Dec 21, 2015

Motorist killed in apparent ambush on Nagoya street

Assailants in two cars reportedly blocked another on a Nagoya street and fatally attacked the driver with what appeared to be knives and baseball bats. An employee at a convenience store in Nakagawa Ward called the police at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, reporting that ...

Dec 11, 2015

Japanese cars do best in insurance industry safety rankings

Japanese brands dominate the insurance industry’s rankings of the safest vehicles for the 2016 model year. The U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday that 48 vehicles earned its highest rating of “Top Safety Pick Plus.” That’s up from 33 a year ago. ...

Jul 22, 2015

Security experts hack into, seize control of moving car

A pair of veteran cybersecurity researchers have shown they can use the Internet to turn off a car’s engine as it drives, sharply escalating the stakes in the debate about the safety of increasingly connected cars and trucks. Former National Security Agency hacker Charlie ...

New self-driving Google cars plying Silicon Valley roads

Jun 26, 2015

New self-driving Google cars plying Silicon Valley roads

The latest models of Google’s self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company’s Silicon Valley headquarters in a test of how they work around other vehicles driven by people. It’s the first time that the pod-like, two-seat vehicles have been allowed ...

Jun 11, 2015

Apple cars hit the streets to gather new map service data

Apple said Wednesday that it is cruising streets in specially equipped cars to gather pictures and other data for its free online mapping service. For years, a Street View team has been ranging the world for Google Maps. Following in its tracks, Apple promised ...

May 31, 2015

Okinawans face hike in auto insurance premiums

Japan’s nonlife insurers plan to raise auto insurance premiums on Okinawa in October, informed sources said. The hikes, expected at around 10 percent, reflect the rise of accidents in the prefecture as both tourism and car ownership grow, sources said. A rise in vehicle ...