car http://michiganradio.org en The self-driving car is no longer a thing of fiction http://michiganradio.org/post/self-driving-car-no-longer-thing-fiction <p>Are you ready to let your car do the driving?</p><p>Once we thought of the self-driving car as something from science fiction. But technological breakthroughs have been coming at ever-increasing speeds.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Google expects its driverless car will be ready for consumers in the next 3-5 years. GM thinks intelligent vehicles will be on the roads by 2020. Ford predicts 2025.</span></p><p>And researchers at the University of Michigan are making sure the Great Lakes State is front-and-center in developing and testing the connected vehicle technology that is essential to the self-driving car.</p><p>The director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Dr. Peter Sweatman, and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Richard Wallace,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the director of Transportation Systems Analysis for the Center for Automotive Research, joined us today to talk about the future of transportation.</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:11:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 13774 at http://michiganradio.org The self-driving car is no longer a thing of fiction Sometimes you get an I-Pad...sometimes you don't. http://michiganradio.org/post/sometimes-you-get-i-padsometimes-you-dont <p>I think it&rsquo;s no secret that reporters get unsolicited gifts in the mail or at posh press events from time to time.</p><p>That&rsquo;s especially true for reporters on the auto beat.&nbsp;</p><p>A bunch of auto beat reporters a couple years ago (not me) got I-Pads in the mail.&nbsp;&nbsp; I&rsquo;m pretty sure they were returned due to their various employers&rsquo; ethics policies.&nbsp;&nbsp; No one has owned up to keeping one!</p><p>Not all the gifts are that obvious in their attempt to curry favor.</p><p>And some are flat-out hilarious.</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 20:55:22 +0000 Tracy Samilton 6200 at http://michiganradio.org Sometimes you get an I-Pad...sometimes you don't. Average gas price in Michigan is $3.86 per gallon http://michiganradio.org/post/average-gas-price-michigan-386-gallon <p>The <a href="http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com/?redirectto=http://fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com/index.asp">average cost of gas in Michigan</a> is $3.86. That&rsquo;s nearly $1.00 more than it was this time last year.</p><p>Nancy Cain is a spokesperson for Triple-A Michigan. She says generally prices don&rsquo;t go up this much so early into spring, &quot;but this is our 8<sup>th</sup> weekly increase, and we&rsquo;re seeing prices just going up.&quot;</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:00:07 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 2014 at http://michiganradio.org Average gas price in Michigan is $3.86 per gallon Increase in lending to car buyers with subprime credit http://michiganradio.org/post/increase-lending-car-buyers-subprime-credit <p>Perhaps another sign that the 'Great Recession' is thawing. Lending to people with a so-so credit score is on the uptick - at least in the car market.</p><p><a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jHFgDgIfxH0KtnPyMLGyI17HZKeQ?docId=c6669d4119194e08ae304bacd5a1e838">The Associated Press</a> reports "the percentage of loans going to subprime buyers rose 8% in the third quarter, their first year-over-year increase since 2007, according to a report issued Tuesday by <a href="http://www.experian.com/">Experian</a>, a credit reporting agency."</p> Tue, 07 Dec 2010 22:31:30 +0000 Mark Brush 494 at http://michiganradio.org Increase in lending to car buyers with subprime credit Chrysler plans to add 1,000 new jobs http://michiganradio.org/post/chrysler-plans-add-1000-new-jobs <p>Today executives at <a href="http://www.gm.com/">General Motors</a> announced they plan to add 1,000 jobs in Michigan.</p><p>Now, <a href="http://www.chrysler.com/en/?bid=4255897&amp;adid=222072254&amp;pid=45689596&amp;KWNM=chrysler%20&amp;KWID=90159735&amp;channel=PS">Chrysler</a> executives have announced they also plan to add 1,000 jobs.</p><p>The <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704679204575646832313851668.html">Wall Street Journal</a> reports:</p> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 22:05:59 +0000 Mark Brush 406 at http://michiganradio.org Chrysler plans to add 1,000 new jobs