The Lexus GX SUV is the most reliable vehicle, according to Consumer Reports. New vehicles and technologies got hammered in Consumer Reports 2018 study of vehicle reliability. As a result, ratings for longtime CR favorites Honda and Tesla plummeted, and every brand from the Detroit Three was mired in the lower half of the industry. Countless buyers consider CR's ratings when shopping for a new car, so this is great news for perennial Nos. 1 and 2 Lexus and Toyota -- in that order this year, flipping from 2018. Like fans of a losing sports team, Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler are left to say "wait till next year."
While Tesla rolls out its Model 3 with autonomous hardware, a new survey found more than half of Americans say they would buy a self-driving vehicle for their next car purchase. The data, provided by Reportlinker, show 70 percent of people love driving themselves. However, 53 percent say they would buy a fully autonomous car for their next purchase, while a third of respondents say they would be interested in buying a partially automated vehicle. A reason why people might be leaning towards self-driving technology is because automation is slowly making its way into American vehicle. More than 50 percent of respondents said their current car has automatic cruise control, 36 percent said it has cameras with rear or side views and 20 percent said it has automatic braking.
Science-fiction visionaries have long promised us all kinds of futuristic transportation options, and while jetpacks and teleportation are still some ways off, the technologies are finally in place to make self-driving cars a reality. It's time for automakers to put the pedal to the metal as they compete with technology companies and other industry disruptors to put partially or fully autonomous vehicles on American roads. The auto industry has a head start: After decades of investments, today's vehicles offer many partially autonomous features like lane departure systems, adaptive cruise control, and emergency braking. Emerging technologies could enable even more vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity, making the leap to fully driverless cars even smaller. In fact, executives from several leading automakers foresee advanced self-driving technology being available by 2021 or even sooner;1 some envision vehicles without steering wheels or pedals to be driven by advanced technology and sensors and not people.
For many of us, the car is one of the most important pieces of technology in our lives. Not only do we rely on it for travel, work and leisure, increasingly the type of car we use says a lot about our wider attitude towards the world in which we live. Similarly, while the automotive sector remains a major part of the global manufacturing industry, many players find themselves at a crossroads in terms of the products they should be both developing and producing. There are also significant global differences – for instance, while most countries are still weighing up the pros and cons of electric and autonomous vehicles, China is forging ahead and, perhaps, offering a glimpse of the future. One thing's for certain: consumer demand is changing and brands need to react to this evolving market if they are to continue to thrive.