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'Safety' Feature in Self-Driving Cars Was Actually 'Pretty Scary'

Waymo thought letting passengers take over controls would be safer—but it wasn't

(Newser) - When Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car division that started in 2009 as a Google initiative, decided to offer an autopilot "out" for passengers—meaning they could take over the vehicle's controls if a dangerous situation arose—it seemed like a practical and needed feature. But the company's... More »

Guy Uses Stolen Car to Steal Another Car on Test Drive


(Newser) - A Pittsburgh-area luxury car dealership learned the hard way that you should always send an employee along on test drives. The general manager of Midnight Racing Auto tells CBS Pittsburgh that a man arrived at the dealership in his Lexus on Saturday morning and asked to test-drive a $14,900... More »

CarMax Salesman Killed in Test Drive Gone Wrong

Witnesses say Corvette was going 70mph

(Newser) - It was just another test drive—a regular task in the daily routine of a used-car salesman. But for CarMax's Warren Smale, it turned out to be his last ride after a potential buyer crashed the red Corvette they were driving in Tuesday into a tree, killing the 43-year-old... More »

Teenager Dies Taking Lamborghini for Test Drive

Samuel Shepard was taking a family friend's car for a spin

(Newser) - An 18-year-old died yesterday on Long Island, New York, when he took a Lamborghini for a spin and crashed it into a guardrail, Fox News reports. The car belonged to a family friend who'd let Samuel Shepard take it for a spontaneous "test drive." "I think... More »

Cops: Guy Impersonates Officer During Test Drive

He allegedly pulls over a motorcyclist

(Newser) - It's one thing to impersonate a police officer and make a traffic stop . It another to do so while on a test drive, with employees from the auto dealership in the car with you. Police in Salem, Oregon, say Anthony McGuire did just that, reports OregonLive . Employees of a... More »

Overly Long 'Test Drive' Gets Man Arrested

Lloyd Kraft took Ford F-250 for a spin ... didn't come back: police

(Newser) - It's kind of like that episode of Seinfeld, just with a less glorious ending. Police say a Florida man visited Belleview's Prestige Auto on Friday with a fairly typical request: He wanted to test drive a 1997 Ford F-250. Lloyd Kraft reportedly ponied up a phone number and... More »

Toyota's Top Test Driver Killed in Lexus 'Supercar'

He dies testing prototype of car he helped develop

(Newser) - Toyota's chief test driver has been killed driving a prototype of a Lexus LFA "supercar." Hiromu Naruse, 67, apparently veered out of his lane and collided with test drivers in a BMW. The two drivers in the BMW survived, though one is in critical condition, AOL Autos reports.... More »

Don't Buy This Lexus: Consumer Reports

GX 460 SUV flips in routine testing, magazine warns

(Newser) - The 2010 Lexus GX 460 SUV is so dangerous that Consumer Reports has given it the rarely used "Don't Buy" designation, the magazine said today. The vehicle, which retails for about $52,000 to $57,000 , responded so badly "when pushed to its limits on a handling course"... More »

Electric Car Hardly Electrifying

'Unremarkable' Chevrolet Volt as much publicity stunt as vehicle

(Newser) - The Chevy Volt is “the quintessential halo product," a loss leader intended to associate GM with innovation. With the pressure to make money off, the plug-in electric car's designers had the chance to create a vehicle that would make people "coo and stare," Cliff Kuang writes.... More »

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