Android Pay will make paying friends an easy Assistant command

first_imgGoogle is turning the Google Assistant into a personal bank teller for sending and receiving payments, potentially lighting a fire underneath Venmo and Square Cash. Set to roll out as an update over the next few months, it’ll allow for direct person-to-person transactions, like when you need to settle up a split check for dinner. The news comes as Google expands Android Pay to a number of new markets. Story TimelineAndroid Pay launches today: here’s how to get itAndroid Pay now covers in-app purchases, coming to AustraliaAndroid Pay is adding PayPal to your digital wallet Android Pay is currently available in ten markets, but has announced that Brazil, Canada, Russia, Spain, and Taiwan are all coming soon. Freshly revealed at Google I/O 2017 this week is the new Google Payment API, meanwhile. That will allow Android app developers to integrate payments through any verified credit or debit card saved to a Google account. The API will also support payments through webpages.As the I/O demo showed, actually completing a payment through that process on the user-side becomes just a few simple taps. Rather than having to punch in credit card details and your billing address, you can choose the card from a list of saved options, and then enter a security code or authenticate the purchase with your Android phone. Early access to the Google Payment API is open for developers now.However, for individual users, it’s the direct payments system that’s probably going to be of more interest. Built on top of the Google Assistant, it allows payments to be sent by spoken or typed command. So, you can say “Ok Google, send $20 to Paul for gin” and it’ll process the direct transaction, billing it to your debit card. Indeed, you’ll be able to do it completely hands-free if you have an Android phone with the “Ok Google” wakeword set up, or a Google Home. Individual transactions have been a growing area of interest over the past few years, for tech companies hoping to usurp the cash in your wallet. PayPal’s Venmo service explicitly targeted cash-avoiding Millennials when it launched, while Square Cash followed the company’s merchant payment system with a direct payments option within its app. With the spread of the Google Assistant across so many platforms – including a new version for iPhone, released this week – Google’s ubiquity might be its biggest advantage, however.Yesterday, indeed, Google announced a whole brace of new payments options within the Assistant. That includes more streamlined ordering and purchase options, no need to set up an account with the merchant themselves, and more. last_img read more

Lyft Lux and Lux SUV brings highclass options to riders

first_imgLyft announced the new service today, describing it as a black tie service for its customers who are ‘dressed to the nines.’ The ordinary Lyft Lux service offers smaller vehicles of the luxury variety, while Lyft Lux SUV is for those who need an SUV to pick them up. The company positions its new service as ideal for formal functions, group events, and business meetings, among other things.This is different from Lyft Premier, which allows customers to order a high-end car for ‘a little luxury.’ Lyft Lux is described as the company’s ‘more luxurious ride experience,’ offering ‘ultra-high-end black cars.’ The new service’s rollout is limited, currently being available in New York City, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The company plans to expand this availability in the future.What kind of cars can you expect? While Premier gets riders things like a Lexus ES or a BMW X3, the Lux service offers vehicles like a Cadillac Escalade, BMW 5-series, and Lexus LS. If you go with the SUV version of Lux, you can expect vehicles like a Lincoln Navigator. If you’re a Lyft Driver interested in driving under Lux, check out this article.SOURCE: Lyft Blog Uber has long offered a high-end service for customers who want to rent a luxurious ride, something for a nice night out or a good first impression. Now Lyft has finally gotten into that game, offering its own high-end service. Called Lyft Lux, this new option gives Lyft customers the ability to order a ‘luxurious ride’ that is operated by ‘a top driver.’ The service also comes in a Lyft Lux SUV version. Story TimelineLyft’s next big expansion: service in 54 additional citiesLyft will soon let you round up fares for charityLyft now rewards riders with Delta SkyMiles: here’s the fine printlast_img read more

Galaxy Tab A 80 2017 might be first tablet with Bixby inside

first_imgSamsung’s Galaxy Tab A series is a weird one. Initially marketed for the low to mid tier market, Samsung unexpectedly put out two models with an S Pen inside. And then it launched a third model with a different size. Apparently, it’s not yet done with the line either. And while it may not be able to compete with the Galaxy Tab S3 in terms of specs, it might have one thing that the premium tablet still doesn’t have: Bixby. The discovery comes via a manual for a certain SM-T385, now believed to be the 8.0-inch Galaxy Tab A, 2017 edition. Much of the tablet’s specs haven’t been established yet, but the manual does give some insight into some of the tablet’s features. Sadly, this particular model doesn’t come with an S Pen.Along with Android 7.0, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) will apparently also have Bixby Home. This is Samsung’s equivalent to the mostly defunct Google Now, which surfaces timely and pertinent information based on certain contexts. Its presence in this mid-range tablet seems to imply that Samsung does plan to make at least Bixby Home a staple on all its devices.The bigger question is whether Bixby Voice, the actually most interesting part of Bixby, will also be present. That depends on the hardware requirements needed for Bixby’s language processing, but Qualcomm will probably argue that even a Snapdragon 630 is up to task. Without any dedicated Bixby button, that question remains unanswered.Bixby presence in the Galaxy Tab A, the first outside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 and the first in a tablet, does raise the question of Samsung’s expansion plans for its AI assistant. It admits that it doesn’t have enough big data for Bixby, something that’s only going to be fixed by exposing it to more users. The Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) itself is expected to debut next week at IFA 2017.VIA: Androidulast_img read more

Tez is Googles new mobile payments app for India

first_imgSOURCE: Google Google already has Android Pay but it seems that its digital wallet platform just isn’t enough. At least not for India. There have been rumors circulating that Google plans on launching a new platform for the subcontinent and those rumors have taken flesh today. Adding to the growing number of mobile wallet solutions already in the market, Google is introducing India to Tez with a promise to make dealing with money simpler while at the same time safer. Money never leaves your bank. At least not until you actually make the transaction. Unlike more common mobile wallets, Google makes it clear that you pay directly from the bank account you link with Tez. No intermediaries and no storing in a separate account.As for the banks that support this new platform, Google lists India’s major banks, like Axis, HDFC Bank, ICICI, and State Bank of India. Actually, any bank that utilizes India’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) will, in theory support it. At the other end of the line, any merchant, physical or online, that similarly supports UPI, or has the new Tez logo, will accept payments via Tez.But Tez isn’t just meant for buying stuff. It can also be used to directly send money to a friend or family member nearby. It’s as easy as trying to share a link or a photo with the same people. Presuming they are within range, of course. Tez is not only protected by Google’s new Tez Shield fraud and hacking detection but also by separate UPI PINs and Google PINs. The latter requires that you set a PIN for your phone or screen lock.Tez is now available in India and is compatible not just with Android phones but also with iOS. There is some speculation that Google intends on launching Tez in other Asian countries, though its use of UPI, which is limited to India, could hamper its spread.last_img read more

Google Home Mini was just outed by Walmart

first_imgStory TimelineNew Chromebook Pixel, Google Home mini reportedly comingGoogle Home Mini – the same, but smallerGoogle Home can now finally set and manage remindersGoogle Home Max tipped to better battle Echo Tomorrow is a big day for Google, as it’s expected to reveal a number of big items like the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and the Google Home Mini. Before it gets the chance, though, Walmart is taking a little wind out of Google’s sales by letting the cat out of the bag. It would appear that the massive retailer accidentally spilled the beans on the Google Home Mini just a day before it’s going to be revealed. For a brief moment this afternoon, the Google Home Mini was up for pre-order on Walmart’s website. It probably goes without saying, but if you managed the pre-order the device, Walmart probably isn’t going to honor it. Instead, we’ll all have to wait until tomorrow after Google unveils the device to get those pre-orders in.Still, the listing does give us some good information about the Google Home Mini. The list price for the new device is $49, lining up perfectly with rumors that have claimed a $50 price point. It also claims that the Google Home Mini will be capable of everything the standard Google Home is, just in a smaller, less expensive package.One area where we can expect Google to make some cutbacks is in audio hardware, but unfortunately for us, Walmart’s listing doesn’t delve into specifications. It does say that the device will be 4.53 x 4.53 x 4.72 inches in size and will weigh less than a pound. It also claims that the Google Home Mini will release on October 19, so we can probably expect Google to announce that date tomorrow.The listing has since vanished from Walmart’s website, but not before the folks over at 9to5Google could pull a few of its images. One of those images shows what appears to be the Pixel XL 2 sitting next to the Google Home Mini, front-facing speakers and all. We’ll be at Google’s event tomorrow to see everything that’s revealed, so keep it here at SlashGear for more.last_img read more

Galaxy S9 tipped to answer iPhone X Face ID TrueDepth

first_imgSamsung is one of those manufacturers, so now that Apple has launched an implementation of its own, we can probably expect a variety of Android makers to refine their own approach. This news comes from Twitter leaker Ice Universe, who simply says that the “Galaxy S9 will use 3D sensor front camera.”This 3D sensor would essentially be Samsung’s answer to the iPhone X’s TrueDepth sensor array. Even without the iPhone X, we probably should have expected this from Samsung, with both the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8 offering – admittedly sub-par – facial recognition features of their own. Had Apple never announced Face ID with the iPhone X, it seems like improved facial recognition through a 3D array would have been on the docket for the Galaxy S9 anyway.This could mean larger changes for the Galaxy S9 and (possibly) the Galaxy Note 9. With facial recognition on board, Samsung could opt to remove the fingerprint scanner that has been present in some form since the Galaxy S5. Of course, that could also hang around so that Samsung phones can continue to offer health-related measurements.Unfortunately for all of us, we’re going to have to wait until February or March to find out just what kind of features the Galaxy S9 will have. For now, we’ll just have to add this to the pile of rumors that will only continue to grow as the industry shifts focus from fall’s phones to spring’s. As always, though, take this and anything else you hear about the Galaxy S9 with a grain of salt. Story TimelineGalaxy S9 could look like this bezel-less patentGalaxy S9’s camera likely a speed-master for slo-moTwo Galaxy S9 models just appeared in the pipelineSamsung’s new ISOCELL image sensors could be in the Galaxy S9 Even though we’re still months out from the reveal of the Galaxy S9, there have already been plenty of rumors about the device. One of the latest rumors surfacing today claims that the Galaxy S9 will borrow the iPhone X’s signature feature: Face ID. That Samsung would want to implement something similar to Face ID is hardly shocking, as Android manufacturers have been attempting to implement accurate facial recognition in their phones for some time now.last_img read more

Walmart 3D Virtual Tour brings interactive shopping to retailers website

first_imgWalmart is adding a 3D virtual shopping tool to its website, enabling users to engage with potential purchases in an interactive way. The tool can be used directly within an Internet browser, though it also supports generic / cardboard VR headsets so users can look around as if they’re standing in the 3D space. Many items within the tours are clickable with additional information. Walmart announced the new shopping “experience” today, saying this is a test presently that presents curated spaces — such as apartments — loaded with Walmart items. These include things like Mainstays mirrors and textiles, furniture, decorative elements, and more. That is joined by a second experience called “Buy the Room.”The 3D Virtual Shopping Tour is available starting today, presenting those aforementioned curated spaces that showcase various Walmart goods. Users can tour the spaces, clicking on items that catch their eye to learn more about them. Both the company’s private label and national brands are included in these virtual spaces.The second feature, Buy the Room, won’t be launching until next month. When it does, customers can buy a complete look for their own homes, such as the entire kit for a curated bedroom. The company will launch a total of five curated collections to start with, each of them featuring up to 20 items.AdChoices广告Buyers who like what they see can order the entire room — that is, all the items shown in the images — to save time that would otherwise be spent buying individual items. The company is focusing on small living spaces and dorm rooms, at least to start with. Though you’ll have to wait for those, the virtual room tours are available now via this link.SOURCE: Walmartlast_img read more

Honor Magic 2 teases slideout camera Kirin 980 and tiny bezels

first_imgLike others in the smartphone industry, Honor is fighting a battle to trim down the bezel thickness around its displays and still fit in a front facing camera and all the usual sensors a handset demands. Like the Oppo Find X, the Honor Magic 2 will achieve that with a sliding mechanism. A panel emerges from the top of the phone, on which the selfie camera is mounted. What sets Magic Slide apart is that it’s not just a way to accommodate minimal bezels and the cameras users expect. It’s also being linked in with Honor’s Artificial Intelligence system. The company isn’t being too forthcoming on what, exactly, that means in practice. From what it has said so far, it sounds like the slider will effectively be a shortcut to launching an AI assistant. Also to be confirmed is whether, as on the Find X, the sliding mechanism is motorized. A manual slider might not look so impressive, but it could fit more with Honor using it as a shortcut system. Elsewhere, we know just a handful of specifications. The Magic 2 will be powered by the Kirin 980 processor, making it the first Honor-branded device to use Huawei’s flagship chipset. It’ll use 7nm processes, though beyond that we’re short on details for the chip. Huawei has confirmed it’ll be included in the upcoming Mate 20 Pro. In addition, the Magic 2 will get Honor’s 40W Magic Charge feature. That promises significantly faster recharging times, along with a bump in safety. Honor says it has “15 layers of protection” for battery safety, including automatic identification that the battery, cable, and charger are up to scratch; only then will the Super Charger feature begin. Beyond that – and a sleek curved glass fascia with what Honor claims is a near 100-percent screen-to-body ratio – we’ll have to wait for full details. The Magic 2 will be released soon, Honor says, though pricing and availability remain to be confirmed. With the original Honor Magic never officially reaching US shores, this may be one Android slider we never get to actually enjoy. Huawei’s youth-obsessed subbrand Honor is already teasing its upcoming Android smartphone, with the Honor Magic 2 borrowing some sliding inspiration from Oppo in the process. The new handset was previewed today at Honor’s IFA 2018 event, along with its headline feature: Magic Slide.last_img read more

The MercedesMaybach S 650 Cabriolet is kinda ridiculous

first_img Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet, Interior, Fluss der Linien, Rautensteppung ;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,0 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 272 g/kmMercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet, interior , flowing lines, outer diamond quilting; Fuel consumption combined: 12,0 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 272 g/km That comes as no great surprise: after all, the Mercedes-Maybach sedan is a revamped version of the regular S-Class. Still, there’s no denying that the Maybach team has pushed the boat out with the Cabriolet. Just 300 of the car will be built worldwide, and only 75 of that number will reach the US.Those few buyers will get a choice of three themes. First, there’s Zircon Red paint with a Porcelain and Black interior; second, Cote d’Azur Blue paint with a Porcelain and Saddle Brown interior; and finally, designo Diamond White paint with a Porcelain and Yacht Blue interior. The latter will be paired with an “Affinity” luggage set, with two travel bags and two smaller versions matching the car’s leather. Exklusive Premiere des Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolets am Vorabend der LAAS 2016:Exclusive Premiere of the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolets at the eve of the LAAS 2016 ;; When you already have some of the most luxurious drop-tops in your line-up, how do you elevate open-air motoring to live up to the Maybach name? That’s the challenge the Mercedes-Maybach team set itself, and the answer comes with this, the S 650 Cabriolet, at the LA Auto Show 2016. Hitting production in painfully small numbers, it’s the hyper-luxe version of the S-Class convertible. Exklusive Preview des Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolets am Vorabend der LAAS 2016:Exclusive Preview of the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolets at the eve of the LAAS 2016 ;; Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet Studioaufnahme, offenes Verdeck ;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,0 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 272 g/kmMercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet studio shot, open soft top; Fuel consumption combined: 12,0 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 272 g/km Exklusive Premiere des Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolets am Vorabend der LAAS 2016:Exclusive Premiere of the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolets at the eve of the LAAS 2016 ;; Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet Studioaufnahme Exterior ;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,0 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 272 g/kmMercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet studio shot exterior; Fuel consumption combined: 12,0 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 272 g/km Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet, Interior, Fluss der Linien, Rautensteppung, mit exklusivem “THE AFFINITY” Ledertaschenset ;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,0 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 272 g/kmMercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet, interior , flowing lines, outer diamond quilting with exclusive travel luggage set “THE AFFINITY”; Fuel consumption combined: 12,0 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 272 g/km Exklusive Preview des Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolets am Vorabend der LAAS 2016:Exclusive Preview of the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolets at the eve of the LAAS 2016 ;; Under the hood there’s a 6-liter, V12 engine. That’s good for 621 HP and 738 lb-ft. of torque. Top speed is 155 mph – electronically limited, of course – with power pumped through a seven-speed automatic transmission and to the standard-fit air suspension with steplessly variable damping control. On the outside, there’s Maybach badging and 20-inch exclusive forged wheels with a dichromatic finish. The same Maybach logo is projected onto the floor when the doors are opened. Compared to the regular S-Class convertible there’s more chrome and a new front bumper, notably including a redesigned lower section. Get up close to the headlamps, and you’ll find Swarovski crystals embedded in them. It’s inside, though, where the biggest changes are found. Mercedes-Maybach is describing the upholstery as “waterfall-like” thanks to its progressive perforations; it’s matched with diamond quilting on the seat bolsters. Each color pairing gets a unique trim, including one inspired by the company’s recently announced yacht. Lest you forget that you’re sat in something special, all of the cars will have inlayed, chrome-plated “1 of 300” badging. An exterior-matching fabric car cover is included too, along with a welcome pack that holds an interior-matched leather key fob and a signed certificate from Dr Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Daimler AG. As for pricing, if you need to ask you probably can’t afford it. Considering the regular S65 Cabriolet – with the same 6-liter biturbo V12 engine – kicks off at $247,900, expect a pretty premium on top for the Mercedes-Maybach version. Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet Studioaufnahme, offenes Verdeck ;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,0 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 272 g/kmMercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet studio shot, open soft top; Fuel consumption combined: 12,0 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 272 g/kmcenter_img Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet, Interior, Fluss der Linien, Rautensteppung ;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,0 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 272 g/kmMercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet, interior , flowing lines, outer diamond quilting; Fuel consumption combined: 12,0 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 272 g/km Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet Studioaufnahme Exterior, geschlossenes Verdeck ;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,0 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 272 g/kmMercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet studio shot, closed soft top; Fuel consumption combined: 12,0 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 272 g/km Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet Studioaufnahme, offenes Verdeck ;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,0 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 272 g/kmMercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet studio shot, open soft top; Fuel consumption combined: 12,0 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 272 g/km Exklusive Preview des Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolets am Vorabend der LAAS 2016:Exclusive Preview of the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolets at the eve of the LAAS 2016 ;; Exklusive Preview des Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolets am Vorabend der LAAS 2016:Exclusive Preview of the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolets at the eve of the LAAS 2016 ;; Exklusive Preview des Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolets am Vorabend der LAAS 2016:Exclusive Preview of the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolets at the eve of the LAAS 2016 ;; Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet Studioaufnahme, exklusives Reisetaschen-Set “THE AFFINITY” ;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,0 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 272 g/kmMercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet studio shot, exclusive travel luggage set “THE AFFINITY”; Fuel consumption combined: 12,0 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 272 g/km Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet Studioaufnahme Exterior, offenes Verdeck ;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,0 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 272 g/kmMercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet studio shot, open soft top; Fuel consumption combined: 12,0 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 272 g/km Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet Studioaufnahme Exterior, offenes Verdeck ;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,0 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 272 g/kmMercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet studio shot, open soft top; Fuel consumption combined: 12,0 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 272 g/km Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet Studioaufnahme, Frontansicht ;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,0 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 272 g/kmMercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet studio shot, front view; Fuel consumption combined: 12,0 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 272 g/kmlast_img read more

Tesla driver ignored repeat Autopilot warnings before fatal crash

first_imgStory TimelineFatal crash prompts Tesla Autopilot safety investigationNHTSA closes investigation into Tesla Autopilot crashTesla Autopilot update now rolling out with new semi-autonomous featuresTesla sues ex-Autopilot head for stealing self-driving techYour Tesla Autopilot is one step closer to autonomous driving The driver killed in a high-profile Tesla crash last year repeatedly ignored warnings by the semi-autonomous Autopilot system to take control, US investigators have concluded. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had been digging into the May 2016 incident in which Ohio resident Joshua Brown’s Tesla Model S collided with a tractor-semitrailer truck near Williston, Florida, and has now released its accident docket. More than 500 pages of information have been revealed about the fatal crash, including technological reports, interview transcripts, and photographs. Brown’s crash threw Autopilot and semi-autonomous driver assistance aids into the headlines, and their efficacy and safety back into question. Autopilot, though arguably the most advanced of such technologies available in production cars today, still falls short of full autonomy. Described as a Level 2 system according to the SAE definition, it can maintain the pace of surrounding traffic – braking the accelerating accordingly – as well as track the lines of the road to stay in lane, and even automatically change lanes with a tap of the indicator stalk.While Tesla is clear that drivers of its electric vehicles can take their hands off the wheel for extended periods when Autopilot is engaged, their monitoring of the road conditions are still required. As a result, Autopilot will switch between multiple states, including “hands not required” and “hands required”, prompting the driver to apply torque to the wheel to register their awareness. Everything Autopilot does is logged by Tesla’s computers, and it’s that data which has proved essential to the NTSB figuring out what happened.“For the vast majority of the trip, the AUTOPILOT HANDS ON STATE remained at HANDS REQUIRED NOT DETECTED,” the NTSB writes. “Seven times during the course of the trip, the AUTOPILOT HANDS ON STATE transitioned to VISUAL WARNING. During six of these times, the AUTOPILOT HANDS ON STATE transitioned further to CHIME 1 before briefly transitioning to HANDS REQUIRED DETECTED for 1 to 3 seconds.”AdChoices广告In short, Brown ignored repeated – and escalating – warnings, both visual and auditory, to take the wheel and prove his involvement in the driving process. In the moments before his car struck the side of the truck turning across the lane, sheering off the roof in the process, Brown did not touch the brakes. Nor were the headlights active at the point.What’s also been seemingly been confirmed is that, despite reports at the time, Brown was not watching a movie on a portable DVD player. Suggestions had been made from early responders to the crash scene that the driver had been distracted by watching “Harry Potter” at the time of the crash. It’s still unclear what happened in the seven second period before the incident that, the NHTSA has suggested, the impending collision would’ve been recognizable to Brown.However, the NTSB is clear that, while the evidence suggests that Brown ignored the Autopilot warnings, this isn’t the time for conclusions. Right now, in fact, it’s merely a summary of all of the factual information, and Tesla’s technology is yet to be absolved of any blame in the crash.“The docket contains only factual information collected by NTSB investigators; it does not provide analysis, findings, recommendations, or probable cause determinations,” the agency warns. “No conclusions about how or why the crash occurred should be drawn from the docket. Analysis, findings, recommendations, and probable cause determinations related to the crash will be issued by the Board at a later date.”MORE NTSBlast_img read more

Toyota and Lexus to launch tech to connect vehicles and infrastructure

first_imgToyota and Lexus have announced that both brands will be rolling out tech to connect vehicles with infrastructure in the US in 2021. The automaker wants vehicles to be able to talk to each other and the surrounding environment to help keep passengers and drivers safer. The tech that will be rolled out by 2021 is called Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC). DSRC will be sold in vehicles available in the US by 2021 with the goal of having the tech available on all Toyota and Lexus vehicles by the mid-2020 range. DSRC will enable vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications known collectively as V2X. The tech has already been comprehensively tested via government-industry collaborations and is deployed already in some parts of the US.With the tech, information can be broadcast in an anonymized manner several times per second. The information that can be broadcasted includes vehicle location, speed, and acceleration. That info can be used by other vehicles with DSRC tech to help prevent collisions.Communication with the tech can also help provide real-time information to drivers on potential hazards, slow or stopped vehicles, signals, signs, and road conditions that might be hard for drivers to see. DSRC uses 7 channels of the 5.9GHz spectrum that are allocated for Intelligent Transportation Systems.AdChoices广告Toyota and Lexus point out that vehicles equipped with DSRC will not incur any cellular network charges. The tech is also based on industry standards, so Toyota and Lexus vehicles will be able to communicate with all other vehicles using the tech.SOURCE: Toyotalast_img read more

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III leak could give fans a reason

first_imgExternally, you could easily mistake the PowerShot G7 X Mark III for its predecessor the Mark II which launched more than three years ago. The general design of the cameras are almost identical down to the position of the buttons. The only real difference is a subtle one, with a modified grip that could help improve its handheld use.The Mark III’s insides echoes its external theme. You mostly still get the same specs, like the 20.1 megapixel CMOS sensor. That said, the upgrade to a Canon DIGIC 8 processor is a significant one as it allows the camera to record 4K and 120 fps Full HD videos.So for, however, these all sound like a very minor upgrade in a span of three years. According to Nokishita, however, the PowerShot G7 X Mark III will also have a 3.5 mm port for audio input. This woule be the first in its line to support external mics.AdChoices广告 Different camera makers have different strategies for upgrading their product lines. Some prefer to win over hearts by pushing out software updates that make old cameras feel brand new with new features. Others prefer to launch cameras with incremental improvements in the hopes that some customers would upgrade after every other generation. That strategy is especially true for “beginner-friendly” cameras that aim to sell by the numbers. At first glance, the PowerShot G7 X Mark III seems to be like that but Canon may actually have an ace up its sleeve. With 4K video recording and external audio, the PowerShot G7 X Mark III takes the line one step closer to being a semi-professional camera. Whether that will be enough to entice Mark II owners to upgrade, that will depend on the price when it launches.last_img read more

States Continue Mulling Medicaid Expansions Costs And Benefits

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. News outlets report on analyses in California, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Wyoming.California Healthline: State Based Expansion Makes More Sense, LAO SaysAfter conducting a review of the two choices California officials are considering for optional Medi-Cal expansion, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office yesterday strongly recommended the state-based option, rather than a county-based plan. On a busy Tuesday for health care policy in Sacramento, the Assembly Committee on Health yesterday convened the first hearing of the legislative special session on health care reform and passed the first component of it. … The proposed bill establishes the framework to expand Medi-Cal to childless adults under age 65 in California, up to 138 percent of federal poverty level. It would streamline the eligibility and enrollment process to follow the mandate of the Affordable Care Act, and offer California’s version of federally-required essential health benefits (Gorn, 2/20).The Associated Press: Analyst Says California Should Expand MedicaidThe benefits of expanding health care for California’s poor under the Affordable Care Act far outweigh the costs to the state, according to a report released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office. Legislative analyst Mac Taylor urged lawmakers to adopt an optional Medicaid expansion that features an enhanced cost match from the federal government, meaning Uncle Sam will pick up most of the tab and send billions of dollars flowing into the state (Lin, 2/19).Georgia Health News: Medicaid Expansion Seen As A LifelineThe economic arguments on Medicaid expansion have grabbed headlines in Georgia recently, from projections of the cost to the number of jobs created. But a news conference Tuesday by advocates for expansion took a different approach. It highlighted the human side of the decision. A number of uninsured men in their 40s are getting care in nursing homes because their hypertension went untreated and led to a stroke, said Dr. Harry Strothers of Morehouse School of Medicine, a family physician who practices in Atlanta and East Point (Miller, 2/19). The Texas Tribune: Interactive: Economic Impact Of Medicaid Expansion By Legislative DistrictExpanding Medicaid to cover poor adults is incredibly unpopular among most Texas Republicans — and Gov. Rick Perry has vowed the key tenet of the federal Affordable Care Act won’t be rolled out here. But proposals to do it have gained traction among some fiscal conservatives, who argue the long-term economic benefits of expanding Medicaid could outweigh the political backlash. This interactive map shows the estimated economic impact of expanding Medicaid by legislative district, according to a report by Billy Hamilton, the state’s former chief revenue estimator and a consultant commissioned by the interfaith group Texas Impact and Methodist Healthcare Ministries (Aaronson, 2/20).Health News Florida: Medicaid Expansion Cost? Still A GuessAs legislative hearings continue on the cost vs. benefit of Medicaid expansion – a decision Florida must make in the coming session — only a few things are clear: No one knows for sure whether the expansion to approximately 1 million uninsured Floridians whose incomes are below 138 percent of the federal poverty level will end up being a net plus to the state – since the federal government is putting up over $26 billion over 10 years – or a net minus. A study is available to fit every opinion (Gentry, 2/19).The Associated Press: Fla. Hospitals Push For Medicaid ExpansionFlorida hospital executives warned they will be hit hard if the state does not expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health overhaul because hospitals will lose federal funding they’ve been relying on to care for uninsured patients. Florida hospitals spent more than $2.8 billion caring for uninsured patients in 2011, hospital officials said Monday (Kennedy, 2/19).The Associated Press: Despite Rejection, Wyo. Studies Medicaid ExpansionDespite the Wyoming Legislature’s recent rejection of a plan to extend Medicaid coverage to 17,600 additional low-income adults, the state’s Department of Health continues to study the possibility. Expanding Medicaid is a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act, and the federal government has pledged to initially pay the total cost of the optional expansion that lawmakers rejected last month (Neary, 2/19). States Continue Mulling Medicaid Expansion’s Costs And Benefitslast_img read more

UnitedHealthCare Pushing Congress To Open Up Federal Workers Health Plan

first_imgUnitedHealthCare Pushing Congress To Open Up Federal Workers’ Health Plan This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. At a congressional hearing yesterday, UnitedHealthCare executives said that Blue Cross Blue Shield dominates the FEHB market too much.The Washington Post: Insurance Providers Debate Whether Federal Workers Should Have More ChoicesTwo leading health-insurance providers squared off during congressional testimony Thursday, debating whether the government should allow more plans to participate in the $47 billion health-benefits program for federal employees. At a hearing before the House subcommittee that oversees the federal workforce, United Healthcare urged lawmakers to allow regional and state preferred-provider organizations (PPOs) to join the health-benefit program, which covers about 8 million workers (Hicks, 4/11).Kaiser Health News: Insurers Battle Over Federal Employees’ Health Coverage Tom Choate, chief growth officer for UnitedHealthcare, said the Blues’ “monopoly” of the program is stifling competition and innovation of insurance products. “Much has changed since 1959. We’ve moved from typewriters to laptops; from rotary dial phones to smart phones; from 45s to iTunes,” Choate said at the hearing. “It’s time to update that 1959 law, so federal employees and the federal government can also benefit from innovation and competition in the health care marketplace” (Galewitz, updated 4/11). last_img read more

Special Treatment Examining Who On Capitol Hill Has To Get Coverage On

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. News outlets take a closer look at the circumstances around how members of Congress and their staffs are navigating getting health coverage on the DC insurance exchange — and just who is required to do so and by when.CNN: Is Congress Getting Special Treatment On Obamacare?Congress’ tangled relationship with the Affordable Care Act entered another phase Monday, raising a new question about whether lawmakers are really experiencing the exchanges the way other Americans do. Monday night was the deadline for members of Congress and the thousands of people who work on their staffs to sign up for the Obamacare exchanges, where they must go to get any job-related health benefits. But with technical problems popping up in the past few days, House administrators gave employees (including elected members) a safety net. If they were blocked by technical problems, staff members will still be able to sign up for another week (Desjardins, 12/10).The Washington Post’s Fact Checker: Harry Reid’s Explanation For Why Not All Of His Staff Is Going On ‘Obamacare’If there is anything that illustrates the complexity of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, it’s the tiny section concerning members of Congress and their staff. The Fact Checker has spent some time digging into this issue, and it’s headache-inducing. The law requires members of Congress and at least some of their staff to leave the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program and join the health-care exchanges. That was easier said than done, in large part because congressional employees previously had received a stipend to help pay for premiums, whereas they generally make too much to qualify for subsidies in the exchanges. So a system has be gerry-rigged, using the DC small-business exchange (SHOP), to allow for continued health-care stipends from the federal government. See, it is headache-inducing (Kessler, 12/11).  Special Treatment? Examining Who On Capitol Hill Has To Get Coverage On The Health Law’s Exchangeslast_img read more

Report HospitalAcquired Infections And Other Medical Errors Reduced By 17 Percent

first_img Improved patient safety and fewer mistakes at U.S. hospitals saved the lives of roughly 50,000 people from 2011 to 2013, the Obama administration reported Tuesday. Incidents of hospital-induced harm – such as adverse drug events, infections, falls and bedsores – fell by 17 percent, or an estimated 1.3 million episodes, from 2010. The improvements, driven by a number of public and private initiatives, saved an estimated $12 billion in health care spending, according to a new government report that found dramatic progress in the fight to curb preventable medical injuries at U.S. hospitals. (Pugh, 12/2) Two decades after a Boston Globe reporter died from a preventable medical error in one of the nation’s top hospitals, hundreds of thousands of patients in Massachusetts are still suffering as a result of medical mistakes. A new survey finds that one in every four Massachusetts adults reports a mistake in their own medical care or that of someone close to them over the past five years — a rate that translates to more than a million people. Half of them say they or someone close to them suffered serious harm as a result. (Knox, 12/2) Nearly one-quarter of Massachusetts residents say they, or someone close to them, experienced a mistake in their medical care during the past five years, according to a survey released Tuesday. And about half of those who reported a mistake said the error resulted in serious health consequences. The poll of 1,224 residents by Harvard School of Public Health researchers found that many people did not report the medical mistakes, often because they did not believe it would do any good, or they did not know how to report it. (Lazar, 11/2) McClatchy: Fewer Hospital Mistakes Mean 50,000 Lives, $12 Billion Saved The incidence of often-deadly ailments that patients fall prey to inside U.S. hospitals fell by 17% between 2010 and 2013, the Obama administration said Tuesday. Such accidental ailments include infections, falls and adverse reactions to drugs. The administration estimates that the decline resulted in as many as 50,000 fewer people dying while hospitalized over the three-year period. (Radnofsky, 12/2) Preventable medical errors and hospital-acquired infections have long plagued the U.S. health care system and led to thousands of unnecessary deaths, serious injuries and billions in health care costs each year. Now, a new report from the Health and Human Services Department suggests that new provisions under Obamacare, as well as a joint effort with health officials and hospitals, have dramatically curbed the problem over the last four years – resulting in 50,000 fewer preventable deaths and a savings of $12 billion. (Ehley, 12/2) Meanwhile, a survey commissioned by the Lehman Center for Patient Safety in Massachusetts found that medical errors often go unreported by patients – Wide-ranging efforts to make hospital care safer have resulted in an estimated 50,000 fewer patients dying because of avoidable errors in the past three years, according to a new report presented by government and industry officials on Tuesday. (Millman, 12/2) The Washington Post’s Wonkblog: Hospitals Are Killing Tens Of Thousands Fewer People The Boston Globe: Medical Errors Affect One-Quarter Of Mass. Residents Los Angeles Times: Obama Administration Announces Major Decline In Medical Errors The Fiscal Times: Drop In Hospital Error Rate Saves $12B Since 2010 Report: Hospital-Acquired Infections And Other Medical Errors Reduced By 17 Percent A report released by the Department of Health and Human Services noted that this reduction took place between 2010 and 2013, and saved an estimated 50,000 lives. WBUR: After High-Profile Death, Medical Errors Still Harm Hundreds Of Thousands Infections and other medical errors that harm patients in hospitals have declined significantly, the Obama administration said Tuesday, hailing the progress as a sign that new efforts to improve patients’ safety are bearing fruit. From 2010 to 2013, so-called hospital-acquired conditions declined 17%, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services. (Levey, 12/2) Politico Pro: HHS Sees Progress In Fighting Hospital-Acquired Harm Hospitals are making fewer mistakes, from giving patients the wrong medications to giving them infections, according to a government report issued Tuesday. (Fox, 11/2) More than 50,000 lives and $12 billion have been saved in the past three years amid a drop in the rate of patients being harmed in the hospital, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced Tuesday. An estimated 1.3 million fewer injuries have been sustained in the hospital — apart from whatever health problem brought people there in the first place — amounting to a 17 percent decline from 2010 to 2013, according to a report released by HHS in time for a CMS safety conference in Baltimore. (Norman, 12/2) NBC News: Hospital Errors Drop, Saving 50,000 Lives: Government Reuters: U.S. Hospitals Make Fewer Serious Errors, 50K Lives Saved About 50,000 people are alive today because U.S. hospitals committed 17 percent fewer medical errors in 2013 than in 2010, government health officials said on Tuesday. The lower rate of fatalities from poor care and mistakes was one of several “historic improvements” in hospital quality and safety measured by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. They included a 9 percent decline in the rate of hospital-acquired conditions such as infections, bedsores and pneumonia from 2012 to 2013. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell is scheduled to announce the data on Tuesday at the CMS Healthcare Quality Conference in Baltimore. It is based on a detailed analysis of tens of thousands of medical records, but because data was collected differently before 2010, it is not possible to compare pre-2010 figures to later ones. (12/2) The Wall Street Journal: Rate Falls For Often-Deadly Ailments Acquired In U.S. Hospitals This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Gloria Vanderbilt child heiress turned jeans queen dies at 95

first_img Join the conversation → Share this storyGloria Vanderbilt, child heiress turned jeans queen, dies at 95 Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Reddit Recommended For YouAir France to keep flying to CairoDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know itTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsBank of Canada drops mortgage stress test rate for first time since 2016The storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them through AFP / Getty file photo Facebook She began producing gallery-quality art and wrote memoirs and novels. Her books included 1987’s Black Knight, White Knight, the story of her first two marriages; A Mother’s Story, a 1996 memoir about her son Carter, who committed suicide in 1988; and Obsession: An Erotic Tale, a 2009 novel she wrote at age 85. She also wrote about her romances with celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and Howard Hughes.“I’m always in love, that’s one of my secrets,” she told the New York Times when the book was published.She and Cooper wrote The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love and Loss whose publication coincided with a 2016 HBO documentary about them, titled Nothing Left Unsaid.By that point she was living in an apartment on exclusive Beekman Place in Manhattan. Having sold off her interests in her fashion businesses in mid-life, she made her living through sales of books and art.Gloria Laura Vanderbilt was born in New York City Feb. 20, 1924, to Reginald Vanderbilt and his second wife, socialite Gloria Morgan.“Her mother had married the wrong Vanderbilt — an affable drunkard and spendthrift,” who died when Vanderbilt was 15 months old, according to the New York article. “Just 43, he’d frittered away his US$15 million inheritance and left behind a welter of unpaid creditors.”Her party-loving mother, who inherited nothing, often travelled to Paris and left the day-to-day upbringing of her daughter to a nanny.Sparked by her mother’s plan to separate her from her beloved nanny, young Gloria’s paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who founded New York’s Whitney Museum, successfully sued for custody of “the poor little rich girl.” A 1982 TV movie, Little Gloria….Happy at Last, retells the saga, which dominated Depression-era news reports.Under her aunt’s guidance, Gloria attended elite academies, including Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Conn., as well as the Art Students League in New York City.American heiress, artist, socialite, writer and fashion designe, Gloria Vanderbilt, with her first husband, agent and movie producer Pat DiCicco. Twitter Gloria Vanderbilt, the “poor little rich girl” at the centre of a scandalous 1930s society custody fight who put her Gilded Age name on the backsides of blue-jeaned teenagers 40 years later, has died. She was 95.She died Monday, according to a statement by CNN, citing her son Anderson Cooper, who hosts a news program at the cable channel.“Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman who loved life and lived it on her terms,” Cooper said. Nine West files for bankruptcy, will sell some brands Why fashion brand success stories are so few and far between in Canada Are millennials trading in their fast (cheap) fashion for haute couture? A descendant of Cornelius Vanderbilt, a shipping and railroad magnate, she inherited about US$4 million at age 21, much of which was spent by the time she was in her 40s.Although her life was played out on a public stage from the outset, her fame spiked in the late 1970s when she teamed with apparel-maker and entrepreneur Mohan Murjani to pioneer designer jeans for women that carried her signature on the rear pockets.She appeared in television commercials and at department stores as part of a marketing campaign that sold millions of pairs of jeans from which she earned US$10 million in 1980. The humble denim pant had become a fashion phenomenon.“That’s when I really made a lot of money,” the so-called Jeans Queen said, according to a 2014 article in the Financial Times. “The money you make yourself is the only kind of money that has any reality.”In December 1988, the Gitano Group Inc. bought the Gloria Vanderbilt trademarks from Murjani Worldwide Ltd. for US$15 million. It sold the division in 1993 to a private investor group for an undisclosed price. Gloria Vanderbilt Apparel Corp. was acquired by Jones Apparel Group Inc. in 2002 for US$138 million.The money you make yourself is the only kind of money that has any realityGloria Vanderbilt in the Financial Times Gloria Vanderbilt in January 2016.Reuters file photo 0 Comments Gloria Vanderbilt, child heiress turned jeans queen, dies at 95 ‘Poor little rich girl,’ heiress earned US$10 million from the jeans in 1980 but went on to make her living from her art and writing Patrick Oster Bloomberg News Her jeans enterprise ended in acrimony. She sued her therapist and her lawyer, who had power of attorney, for bilking her out of US$1.5 million of her fashion earnings between 1978 and an 1986 and selling off some of her business interests without authorization. Vanderbilt’s lawyer had also become her “manager, adviser, agent, promoter,” according the New York magazine story.Vanderbilt won her civil lawsuit in 1993, but by then her lawyer, Thomas Andrews, had died and she was unable to collect her financial judgment from his estate. Meanwhile, her licensing royalties had dwindled even as her lavish spending continued. She had to sell her five-storey townhouse in New York and seven-bedroom home in Southampton on Long Island to pay US$2.5 million in back taxes she believed Andrews had handled. She temporarily moved in with her son, Cooper, telling the New York Post she was “not broke.”In 2004 the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph quoted her as saying, “I always spent money I had. And I always spent what I made. I’m not stingy.”U.S. actress and fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt in 1954. June 17, 201912:38 PM EDT Filed under News Retail & Marketing Comment Hulton Archive / Getty Images Her fashion career began as a 15-year-old model in Harper’s Bazaar and she became the darling of leading portrait photographers such as Francesco Scavullo and Richard Avedon.She started creating paintings and collages, and, after seeing her work at a gallery in New York, Johnny Carson showcased them on The Tonight Show. The exposure led to offers to design prints for scarves and dresses. When that business flopped, she grabbed onto a hot new trend — designer blue jeans, Vanderbilt wrote in a 2004 memoir, It Seemed Important at the Time.In 1941, infatuated with movies, she married Hollywood agent and producer Pasquale “Pat” DiCicco. She divorced him in 1945 and married famed conductor Leopold Stokowski when she was 21 and he was 63. The couple had two sons, Christopher and Leopold, and divorced in 1955.She then applied herself to acting, appearing in television dramas such as Playhouse 90 and on Broadway in William Saroyan’s The Time of Your Life.In 1956, she married director Sidney Lumet, divorcing him in 1963, the same year she married Wyatt Cooper, an actor and screenwriter with whom she had sons Anderson and Carter. Wyatt Cooper died in 1978.Vanderbilt experienced what she called the tragedy of her life in 1988 when Carter, at age 23, committed suicide as she watched him jump off the balcony of her duplex apartment in Manhattan.“I have inside me the image of a rock-hard diamond that nothing can get at, and nothing can crack,” she said in Nothing Left Unsaid to explain how she had weathered the sorrows of her long life. “And I’ve always known that about myself.” More Emaillast_img read more

EU Parliament votes for stronger emissions regulations German automakers lobby for weaker

The European Parliament has voted to mandate a 20% cut in CO2 emissions from new cars and vans in 2025 and a 40% reduction in 2030. The EU’s elected chamber rejected the European Commission’s more modest proposal of a 30% cut in 2030 compared to 2021 emission levels. The Parliament’s plan includes penalties for automakers that fail to meet sales targets, a key policy instrument the Commission had dropped from its proposal after lobbying by German carmakers.MEPs also voted to introduce real-world checks on emissions from cars and vans to curb the automakers’ practice of cheating on lab tests. Following the recent discovery that carmakers are already finding ways to manipulate the results of the new WLTP laboratory test, MEPs have made it clear that regulators expect emissions cuts to be delivered on the road as well as in the lab.The EU Parliament rejected the double counting of biofuels and other alternative fuels in regulations that are already promoted through the recently adopted Renewable Energy Directive, and also voted to reduce credits for PHEVs.EU member states are expected to finalize their position on the law at the Environment Council on October 9, and a final deal is expected by early 2019, ensuring the law is confirmed before the next European elections.“Despite an unprecedented lobby effort by the oil and car industries, the European Parliament has voted decisively to require carmakers to make their cars cleaner and sell more electric and hydrogen vehicles,” said Julia Poliscanova of advocacy group Transport & Environment. “A clear majority of EU governments supports Parliament’s decision to accelerate the transition to clean and electric mobility. Only Germany, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria oppose higher ambitions. We shouldn’t allow Germany to hold an entire continent to ransom over its failed diesel strategy. Ministers should approve Parliament’s decision next Tuesday.” Source: Transport & Environment Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine read more

Is The Chevy Volt Your Best Bet For A Used 15000 Car

Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 15, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt Among Top 10 Cars With Highest Depreciation Most Volt drivers rarely use gas — aside from road trips or extenuating circumstances — and if you look at many of these used Volts’ lifetime mile-per-gallon, you’ll discover that it often sits between 100-200 mpg! That’s a crazy figure, but it’s because of the above-mentioned fact that it’s not very common for Volt drivers to use the gas engine often. Added to this, let’s say you find a used Chevrolet Volt with some 30,000 to 50,000 total miles. There’s a really good chance that only 10 percent of these miles are on the gas engine itself. A used car for $15k or less with only 3,000 miles on its engine … sign me up!As with any used car, there are a plethora of variables, so we can’t guarantee that you’ll find the perfect Volt with low miles, a cheap price, high lifetime mpg, little used of the gas engine, and minimal wear and tear. However, though you may have to spend some time searching and expand your search area (depending on where you live), you may be pleasantly surprised at the possibilities.YouTuber WatchJRGo takes us on a deeper dive about owning a Chevrolet Volt. He says while the car is not necessarily the best car for the environment, it will definitely save you money. We agree on the saving money part, but after everything we’ve shared and he shares, we disagree somewhat on the environment part. We go so far as to say that the Volt may be the best car Chevrolet has built to date, with some disclaimers and caveats for sure. Anyhow, let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.Video Description via WatchJRGo on YouTube:Is The CHEVY VOLT The Cheapest $15,000 Car To Drive?We’re talking about the car that saves your wallet, not the environment, and probably not the hunger for speed. For me, buying a Chevy Volt was an obvious choice because it’s impossible to beat the ownership costs and I drive a lot of long distance where it really shines (also the Tesla just can’t go places the Volt can). I just wish it had AutoPilot. To Date, Chevy Volt Drivers Have Saved 108 Million Gallons Of Gas When considering only $15,000-ish used, is the Chevrolet Volt the cheapest car to drive?Wouldn’t it be fantastic if more people realized that they can pick up a used Chevrolet Volt for $15,000 or even less and it will only cost them pennies for their daily driving? While its battery is just large enough to offer compelling (really class-topping) range, it’s small enough that it doesn’t take very long to charge and you’ll barely notice the impact on your home electric bill. In addition, it’s fairly sporty and unique as well.Additional Chevy Volt Coverage: Source: Electric Vehicle News 2019 Chevy Volt, Bolt EV Pass Automobile Mag #noboringcars Test read more