October 26, 2012

Auto Briefs

Feds see a future with driverless cars; Audi closes in on competition


Google's autonomous car in 2010. (Associated Press file photo)

Fed group sees future with driverless cars
Cars that drive themselves may hold the potential to save thousands of lives, an Obama administration safety official said this week, as the government prepares to launch a research initiative to determine the safety and reliability of automated driving technologies. Automated vehicles are the next "evolutionary step" in car technology, David Strickland, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, told an industry gathering. He declined to say when the government might propose safety standards for automated cars.

— The Associated Press



Audi may spoil BMW run for luxury leader
Audi, which is beginning a push to grow its U.S. business, may be the spoiler in the U.S. luxury-vehicle sales race, helping Mercedes-Benz by shearing buyers from BMW. The race looks to be heading for another close finish between the companies, with Mercedes ahead of BMW by 5,221 deliveries this year through September. But fast-growing Audi is closing in on BMW, and the sporty brand is more often compared with BMW than with Mercedes. About 27 percent of Audi shoppers considered BMW in September while 16 percent considered Mercedes, according to Edmunds.com data.

— Bloomberg News


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