News Roundup

Suspect in custody after police chase RV in Southern California; dog seen tumbling from vehicle

Tesla sued after 2-year-old accidentally crashes Model X into his pregnant mother

A California family has filed a product liability lawsuit against Tesla after a woman was pinned against a garage wall when her 2-year-old son climbed into her parked Model X and accidentally drove it into her on Dec. 27, 2018.

Elon Musk says Tesla pickup will start at $49,000 and be better than a Ford F-150

Elon Musk said he’s aiming to build an electric Tesla pickup that’s better than a Ford F-150 at a starting price of $49,000 or less.

A reveal of the new model is expected this year.

Traffic was halted on a Michigan roadway Thursday night after $30,000 in cash fell off the back of a truck and the paper currency went flying all over the road, according to reports.
CHP officers wrote 19,850 of those tickets statewide last month, which was designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month, an increase of about 700 over the same period last year.
After running limited tests in the US and elsewhere, Google Maps is rolling out speed limit warnings and both fixed and mobile radar locations in over 40 countries, Google has confirmed to TechCrunch. The features are borrowed from Google-owned Waze and will appear in the iOS and Android Maps. The speed limit signs are located in the bottom corner of Maps and the radar and photo radar traps appear as icons on the virtual roads.
The concept turned heads almost 50 years ago but the retro-styled classic mysteriously disappeared. But now it has been shown again in all its glory.
You can throw out notions that Ferrari is completely averse to electric cars. The Italian supercar maker has unveiled its first production plug-in hybrid, the SF90 Stradale, and it’s a clear attempt to bridge the gap between the gas-powered tradition and the electrified future. The machine mates a 4-liter, 769-horsepower turbo V8 with a trio of electric motors (217HP effective horsepower) that, combined, can take the car to 62MPH in 2.5 seconds while offering a modicum of eco-friendliness. If you like, you can drive just over 15.5 miles purely on electric power — confusing to onlookers expecting a roar, no doubt, but helpful if you’d rather not consume gallons of fuel while you’re stuck in traffic.

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — San Jose parking enforcement officers could soon get automatic license plate readers on their vehicles if one city council member gets his way.

“If we can’t hire more people, then we can use technology to help us solve some of these crimes,” said councilman Johnny Khamis.

Elon Musk Says ‘Hyperloop’ Tunnel Is Now Just a Normal Car Tunnel Because ‘This Is Simple and Just Works’

Back in 2017, Elon Musk had grand visions for the test track built by The Boring Company, his tunneling firm, in Los Angeles. The Boring Company’s tunneling work was closely linked to Musk’s Hyperloop idea, which would require hundreds of miles of tunneling to be viable, although the actual test track in California…

The ‘Honda Civic Type OveRland’ Is a Mean-Looking Lifted Honda Civic Type R

The “safari” trend in the car world has gone off the rails in recent years, with folks nearly getting themselves killed just to give their vehicle that certain look. But, while I’ve backed off on my “Safari All the Cars” take, I will say that I’m a fan of this lifted Honda Civic Type R.

Amphibious Mitsubishis of the ’80s and ’90s Are Rad As Hell

Pardon me while I breathe heavily into a paper bag, but I’m only just now learning that there were at least three Mitsubishi Pajero amphibious off-road concept vehicles made in the 1980s and ’90s. And yes: one of them was in a Jackie Chan movie.

Stolen 1991 Ford Mustang discovered in Missouri barn 26 years later, police say

Police in Missouri are searching for the owner of a white 1991 Ford Mustang GT discovered in a barn last week almost three decades after it was reported stolen in 1993.

The owner of the Mustang is known only as “John R.,” according to the nearly 30-year-old police report. Records indicate there was another owner listed, but neither have working phone numbers, police told WDAF-TV.

Texas is poised to ban red light cameras

Texas is set to become the 11th state in the country to ban the use of red light cameras. The Dallas News reported the state Senate passed a bill that would outlawthe devices designed to catch drivers speeding through red lights by a 23 to eight vote last week. It now awaits the signature of Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign the bill into law. Abbott campaigned on ditching the cameras last year as he ran for re-election.

The Ferrari Testarossa was destroyed by the blaze in Wickham, Hampshire, which required two fire crews to put out.
The “safari” look is so hot right now and I couldn’t be happier. Every car looks cool with knobby tires, a roof basket and some extraneous lights. Including (especially?) an old Mini that outgrew its job with Red Bull and is enjoying a second life as a tiny overlander.
German investigators are confident they will soon arrest a man who stole a rare vintage Ferrari during a test drive, after collecting new evidence in the case.
It’s hardly a secret that we really like the new NSX around here. It’s also not really a secret that Acura is having a hard time moving units of the quick hybrid supercar. In 2018, across the whole year, Acura only managed to sell 170 examples, and despite a revamp for the 2019 model year sales remain slightly soft.…
Wrecked cars are being bought at knock-down prices from salvage websites, repaired cheaply by middlemen and sold on, eventually being picked up by dealers who don’t know their history.
Karol Zwolinski wasn’t thrilled when he got the recall notice that his Ford Focus RS needed to have its head gasket replaced, but at least Ford was taking care of the potential problem, even though Karol had experienced no trouble. Still, he only had until the end of May to take care of it, so on April 9 he took his…
Our standard for what makes a movie stunt impressive is pretty high these days. But there’s another major factor that makes it hard to have crazy car action in today’s movies–the inherent idiosyncrasies of modern cars themselves.
Ashley Smith (pictured), who has a prosthetic left leg, was stopped near Saulce sur Rhône in southern France last Saturday on his way to Monaco for a rally.

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