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VW: Small Group Of Engineers Built Diesel Cheat Software From 2005

VW: Small Group Of Engineers Built Diesel Cheat Software From 2005

Volkswagen now blames a small group of engineers unable to meet stiff U.S. regulations for its diesel-emissions cheating. The company says a small group of engineers were responsible for the "defeat device" software that allowed diesel cars to cheat on U.S. emissions tests. The software was created... read more

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2015 Tesla Model S 70D in new Ocean Blue color

Tesla Model S Electric Car: Software Changes Since 2012 (UPDATED)

While today's Tesla Model S electric car may look just the same as the first one that rolled off the line a few years ago, it's had quite a few hardware updates under the... read more October 8, 2015 by


 
2012 Fisker Karma from the Rogers' Classic Car Museum collection

Fisker Karma Owners Can 'Code' Their Cars To Add Features Too

Thanks to modern computer controls, it's possible to change the behavior and functionality of a car without ever turning a wrench. Software modifications can help owners... read more September 2, 2015 by


 
2015 BMW i3 REx  -  Driven, Portland OR, April 2015

BMW i3 REx Electric Car: 'Coding' Unlocks Features Owners Want (And May Void Warranty)

The BMW i3 REx model is an unusual beast, the sole example to date of a car built specifically to comply with California regulations that define it as a zero-emission... read more August 28, 2015 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Tesla CTO Hikes Hacking Bounty To $10K (And Does A Shot)

Tesla Motors chief technology officer JB Straubel appeared at Def Con last week to thank the hackers who uncovered vulnerabilities in Model S electric car software. And... read more August 10, 2015 by


 
2015 Tesla Model S 70D in new Ocean Blue color

Tesla Model S Hacked In Low-Speed Driving; Patch Issued, Details Tomorrow: UPDATED

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has come under intense public scrutiny after a pair of hackers took control of a Jeep Cherokee remotely through its Uconnect infotainment system and... read more August 6, 2015 by


 
2012 Toyota Prius V

Recall: 2012-2014 Toyota Prius V Software Update To Cure Stalling

Toyota will recall 109,000 2012 through 2014 model-year Prius V hybrids to address a software issue that could cause the vehicles to slow or stall suddenly. The software... read more July 16, 2015 by


 
2013 Tesla Model S at Supercharger station on NY-to-FL road trip [photo: David Noland]

Life With Tesla Model S: Valet Mode Hides Away All The Fun

As arguably the coolest, most cutting-edge car in the world, the Tesla Model S electric car attracts a lot of curiosity and envy from other drivers. What self-respecting car... read more April 30, 2015 by


 
Tesla Motors website hacked, Apr 2015

Tesla Website, Twitter Account, Musk Twitter Briefly Hacked

Electric-car maker Tesla sits in the heart of Silicon Valley, a place where software security is--or should be--a constant focus of attention. Still, corporate websites... read more April 26, 2015 by


 
2015 Fiat 500e

Third Recall For Fiat 500e: 5,600 Electric Cars To Be Checked For Software Fault

Roughly 5,600 Fiat 500e electric cars will be recalled by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to fix a potential software problem with the cars' Limp Home mode. In a notice issued... read more April 13, 2015 by


 
2013 Tesla Model S electric sport sedan [photo by owner David Noland]

Life With 2013 Tesla Model S: How A Software Update Worked

One of the many cutting-edge features of my new 2013 Tesla Model S is the ability to download software updates over its cellular connection. With its touch-screen controls... read more April 9, 2013 by 10


 
2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid

2013 Ford C-Max Energi: New EV+ Feature 'Learns' Regular Routes

Every driver of a plug-in hybrid electric car eventually wants to drive more on electricity and less on gasoline. So it's frustrating when the battery charge indicator shows... read more November 9, 2012 by 13


 
2012 Tesla Model S

Open-Source Electric Cars? Umm, No, NOT A Good Idea

In the world of software, open source is officially A Good Thing. It enables a far greater creative and technological base to tweak and change a piece of software than might... read more April 17, 2012 by 15


 
Powermat wireless charge pad in Chevrolet Volt

Mac Vs PC Becomes Mac Vs Chevy As Volt, iPhone Won’t Talk

Are you a Mac user or a PC user? There was a time when that question would spawn pages of flame wars on blogs and computer newsgroups, and perhaps even devoted fan pages on... read more July 14, 2011 by 0


 
2011 Nissan Leaf at dealership after software upgrade, May 2011, photo by George Parrott

2011 Nissan Leaf Software Update: Easy, But Slow (4 Hours?)

Nissan's new electric car, the 2011 Leaf, is rolling out slowly. Recently, it came to light that early-delivery vehicles are failing to start after the air conditioning has... read more May 4, 2011 by 3


 
BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept

BMW's Newest, Greenest Concept: Vision EfficientDynamics

BMW's legendary M series performance cars use big, brawny, turbocharged gasoline engines. The 2009 BMW M5, for example, has a 500-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-10. How many... read more August 29, 2009 by 1


 

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