Biggest issue with autonomous vehicles is humans Dietmar Exler, chief executive of Mercedes-Benz USA, is often asked why it's taking so long to develop self-driving cars writes Russ Mitchell of the Los Angeles Times.
It's not technology, he tells them. That's advancing fast.
It's not insurance and liability issues. "I do believe in lawyers," he said. "I'm a lawyer myself. We will solve these issues out."
Holbrook joins Honda Racing/HPD as a development driver Shea Holbrook joins Honda Racing/HPD as a development driver for the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Dec. 2-4, for the first competition test of the HPD's 10th-generation Honda Civic.
After a successful season in Pirelli World Challenge for Shea Holbrook, earning a Top-5 finish in the Touring Car championship in the first season for the team's 2016 Honda Accord V6 Coupe, the Shea Racing co-owner and driver will join Honda Racing/HPD at the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Holbrook joins the team as a development driver for the newest Honda Civic as HPD prepares the platform for 2017.
Pierre Gasly laid down a marker in the fight for the 2016 drivers' standings with an assertive fourth win of the season in this evening's Feature Race in Abu Dhabi: a great start and superb drive saw the Frenchman make the checkered flag almost 7 seconds ahead of Nobuharu Matsushita and Artem Markelov.
The Red Bull tester has led the way all weekend, and nothing changed when the lights went out: Gasly pulled away easily from fellow front row starter Sergey Sirotkin, who soon had his mirrors filled by teammate Matsushita and Oliver Rowland, who both had great starts, but the Russian held them off as Markelov and Antonio Giovinazzi slotted in behind the pair at Turn 1, ahead of Norman Nato and Alex Lynn.
Hoosier native Florence Henderson dies at age 82 LOS ANGELES (WTHR) - Florence Henderson, the "Brady Bunch" Mom, Hoosier native, and Indianapolis 500 singer, has died. She was 82 writes Carlos Diaz of WTHR.
She died surrounded by family and friends, her manager, Kayla Pressman, said in a statement late Thursday.
Henderson, a native of Dale, Indiana, was well known in Indiana for singing "America the Beautiful" and "God Bless America" at the Indianapolis 500. She was the Grand Marshal of 2016's 100th Running of the race.
Scott Dixon has more boxes to tick before calling time on career
Don't mention the R word to Scott Dixon.
Race wins, not retirement, remain the No 1 thing the biggest star in Kiwi motorsport spends his time contemplating.
South Auckland-raised Dixon completed his 16th season at the top level of American Championship Car Racing in 2016, a period reaping four IndyCar title triumphs, 39 race victories and an Indianapolis 500 win.
Ligier Takes Center Stage At Autosport International
Ligier JS P3
Ligier, one of the most illustrious names in motorsport, will be at Autosport International between 12-15 January 2017.
Autosport International is Europe’s largest motorsport show and Ligier Sports Cars UK will have one of the most prominent stands – adjacent to the main stage. On display will be the Ligier JS P3 sports prototype that customers can buy from the exclusive UK agents to the French manufacturer. Representatives from Ligier Sports Cars UK will be available to talk to anyone interested in the most popular LMP3 car on the market. The Ligier JS P3 has proven success after winning both the 2016 European Le Mans Series and V de V Championship.
Video: Formula E and Sustainability The world's biggest climate change and sustainability conference took place in Marrakesh alongside the Marrakesh ePrix. This film guides us through the sustainability aims of Formula E. Comment
Video: Homestead history in the Rearview NASCAR.com's Costner Merrifield recaps an excitement filled weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway that saw Jimmie Johnson win his historic seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Title. Comment
Charles Leclerc celebrates after clinching the title today
We sat down with newly crowned GP3 Series Champion Charles Leclerc to discuss his winning season...
GP3 Series: Charles Leclerc, GP3 Series Champion. How does that sound?
Charles Leclerc: It sounds really nice. It feels so good. It’s such a relief for me and the team. We’ve worked so hard for this result. They’ve done an amazing job all season to provide me and my teammates with the best car. It has been a great year. They made me grow a lot as a driver as well. That helped me to win the Series. It feels so good!
Vettel puts Ferrari on top in final Abu Dhabi practice
Sebastian Vettel has three wins at Abu Dhabi
Sebastian Vettel turned the fastest lap on ultrasoft tires to top the third and final practice session for the Abu Dhabi GP at Yas Marina. Max Verstappen was 2nd for Red Bull, 0.137s behind the German and just ahead of the 2nd Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.
Championship title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg rounded out the top-5 for Mercedes, a position they have not been in all season. Hamilton must finish at least 3rd if he has any chance of winning the title, regardless of where Rosberg finishes.
Leclerc crowned Champion as De Vries wins dramatic GP3 race
Ferrari Driver Academy and ART Grand Prix rookie Charles Leclerc started the 2016 GP3 Series season as a title favorite and today his dream became reality after a very eventful Race 1 at the Yas Marina Circuit. His title rival Alexander Albon (also from ART GP) started from reverse pole but suffered damage and retired during a battle for the lead of the race. Dutchman Nyck de Vries was victorious from the Arden International duo of Jake Dennis and Jack Aitken. The Monegasque also retired in dramatic fashion but he had done enough already to clinch the prestigious crown.
Pierre Gasly strategized his way to possibly his most important pole position, holding his nerve and staying put in the pitlane while every other driver stormed onto the Abu Dhabi circuit when the track ran green before finally emerging as his rivals were returning, giving himself a clear track to drag home a dominant fifth pole position of the season ahead of Sergey Sirotkin and Artem Markelov, with his title rival and teammate Antonio Giovinazzi having to make do with 6th position.
With the early evening's gloom denied by the scores of floodlights all around the circuit, all but one of the drivers ran straight out on track, but Gasly stuck to his plan and waited until the 13th minute of the session before firing his engine and leaving the pitlane: Alex Lynn, Norman Nato, Nicholas Latifi, Nobuharu Matsushita and finally Sergey Sirotkin spent time at the top of the timesheets, but the Red Bull tester made use of a clear track to return a laptime of 1:47.476, almost a second to the good over the Russian, before coming back to the pits as his rivals prepared to leave again.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson made the most of his return to midget racing, winning Thursday night's 76th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Larson held off a furious late-race rally from early leader Brady Bacon to win his second career Turkey Night Grand Prix in the 76th running of the prestigious event at California's Ventura Raceway.
Larson, of Elk Grove, Calif., started from the outside of the front row in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Bullet/Speedway Toyota alongside Bacon. Larson fought his way to the lead on lap 21 with a turn two outside pass of Bacon. Larson then navigated through numerous bouts with lapped traffic as Bacon rapidly closed to mount a serious challenge on Larson for the victory in the final laps.
Red Bull Racing and TAG Heuer extend their engine naming partnership through 2018
Red Bull pits
After a highly successful first year, Red Bull Racing and TAG Heuer are delighted to announce that they will continue to power ahead into the future with the team set to run with TAG Heuer-branded engines for two more years, through the 2018 season.
The renewal was announced today at Yas Marina Circuit, location of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final round of the 2016 Formula One World Championship.
Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in 2nd Abu Dhabi Practice
No one can touch the Aldo Costa machine drivers
Driving the invincible Aldo Costa designed Mercedes F1 car, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg ran 1-2 in Friday's 2nd practice for the title deciding Abu Dhabi GP at Yas Marina. Hamilton's lap of 1m40.861s was just enough to edge his teammate Nico Rosberg by just 0.079s.
Sebastian Vettel put his Ferrari third ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, barely a quarter of a second off the Mercedes, with team mate Kimi Raikkonen backing him up in sixth.
Once in awhile, a rare car comes up for sale and we remark on the rarity and the cost.
Today is "once in awhile," because another supercar produced in extremely limited quantities is heading to auction. It's a Ferrari Enzo, and this one is the property of none other than fashion designer and retailer Tommy Hilfiger. Mr. Hilfiger must've preferred other modes of transportation because this example shows just 3,622 miles on its odometer.
By now you know the facts and figures of this car, but it certainly bears repeating. Ferrari crafted just 399 examples (plus one extra for the Pope) and there are certainly less than that still kicking around due to accidents. This specific car wears an assembly tag bearing the number 50152. It's part of the first run of 349 cars offered for sale before the automaker produced the rest.
Albon claims third pole in Yas Marina ART Grand Prix's Alexander Albon could not have looked happier after pocketing pole position at the season finale at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The Thai racer's best laptime of 1:55.274 earned him four bonus points for pole, which cuts his deficit to Series leader Charles Leclerc to 25 points. The Monegasque qualified P5, with fellow title challenger Antonio Fuoco in P11. Arden International's Jake Dennis and Jack Aitken completed the top three.
Cloudy conditions with a strong breeze set the scene for the thirty minute qualifying session for Round 9 of the 2016 GP3 Series season. Albon immediately set the early place in the 1m56's before Dennis bettered his time by two tenths. ART Grand Prix's Nyck de Vries then dipped into the 1m55's with a best lap six tenths clear of the Briton.
Pierre Gasly got his Abu Dhabi weekend started to plan after topping the timesheets in this morning's Free Practice session in the emirate, grabbing P1 late in a busy session ahead of former teammate Alex Lynn and title rival Antonio Giovinazzi.
The Red Bull tester stopped the clocks at 1:50.940 late in an exciting session which saw the top spot swapping throughout, with the Williams tester making a late bid to bump his old teammate off but missing by just 0.062, with Gasly's PREMA teammate stopping the clocks at just over a tenth off him.
Porsche puts Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas out to pasture
Porsche has decided to put two of its LMP1 drivers out to pasture. Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb have been informed their services are no longer needed in their LMP1-Team and their seats in the over 900 hp 919 Hybrid Le Mans prototypes will be taken by new blood.
Their departure from the LMP1 line-up leaves three vacancies in the two 919 Hybrids after 2015 world champion Mark Webber's retirement.
Porsche GT drivers Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber, who drove the winning 919 at Le Mans in 2015, could fill two of them.
Lewis Hamilton turned the fastest lap in first practice for the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to beat Mercedes teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg who only needs to play ‘stroker ace' once again to win the title.
Hamilton put up a 1m42.869s on the Pirelli soft compound tires to finish 0.374 seconds ahead of his teammate to lead the Mercedes row.
The Red Bull row was led by Max Verstappen in third and Daniel Ricciardo fourth.
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