Weekend news overview December 22, 2023

By | December 24, 2023

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Here we present our weekly Jalopnik series, summarizing the latest news. We’ve presented our most-read offerings, as well as some you may have missed.

Mercedes gets approval for turquoise automated driving lights, so the police don’t stop you for watching a movie

3/4 front view of a gray Mercedes-Benz EQS with turquoise rear lights3/4 front view of a gray Mercedes-Benz EQS with turquoise rear lights

3/4 front view of a gray Mercedes-Benz EQS with turquoise rear lights

Mercedes-Benz is the first automaker to receive approval to sell a Level 3 automated driving system in the United States; The first S-Class and EQS sedans from customers in California and Nevada equipped with the Drive Pilot system arrived at dealers this month. Drive Pilot lets you take your hands off the wheel and your eyes off the road in traffic jams up to 65 km/h, so you can read a book, watch a movie on the hyperscreen, talk more easily to your passengers or even use your mobile phone. telephone, depending on local law. -Daniel Golson Read more

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2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

It turns out that the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV that Kevin Williams of InsideEVs stranded in Virginia isn’t the only Blazer EV with problems. This time it is not a press car. Instead, it’s a Blazer EV that Edmunds bought with its own money less than two months ago. With only 2,600 miles on the odometer, it has now been at the dealer for two weeks with numerous problems. – Collin Woodard Read more

Hyundai to sell 70 street-legal units of its dreamy angular EV sports car: report

Image: HyundaiImage: Hyundai

Image: Hyundai

Hyundai’s stunning N Vision 74 concept is headed for a limited production run in 2026, according to a report from Korea’s ET News. The hydrogen-and-battery-electric hybrid sports car was unveiled in July 2022 and has been on the minds of enthusiasts around the world ever since. The N Vision 74 will reportedly hit showrooms in 2026, although only 100 examples will be built, and thirty of them will be reserved for racing by Hyundai. – Bradley Brownell Read more

Watch John Oliver spend 30 minutes talking about how much Elon Musk sucks

Screenshot from John Oliver's Last Week Tonight episode about Elon MuskScreenshot from John Oliver's Last Week Tonight episode about Elon Musk

Screenshot from John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight episode about Elon Musk

It’s been a long year. Will the Titan submarine be crushed? That was only six months ago, even though it feels like it must have been at least two years ago considering everything that’s happened since. Elon Musk in particular has been constantly in the news and rarely for anything positive. Yes, he’s finally managed to deliver 10 Cybertrucks, which is great news for Joe Rogan fans, and he’s slashed prices on most of Tesla’s lineup, but he’s also made it abundantly clear over the past year that even if you like Teslas, you should too. Don’t give him your money. – Collin Woodard Read more

Five people crushed when driver rolled an SUV while trying to make donuts in the parking lot [Update]

Screenshot of the news report showing the SUV rolling overScreenshot of the news report showing the SUV rolling over

Screenshot of the news report showing the SUV rolling over

We all do stupid things when we’re young. Driving too fast. Occasionally crashing a car. Staying out way too late the night before your college finals. However, we usually don’t do anything that is so reckless that several people have to go to the hospital. And yet, that’s what happened Saturday evening in Colorado Springs, Colorado, when an SUV overturned in a parking lot, crushing five people, KKTV reports. – Collin Woodard Read more

Drunk driver killed a pedestrian, thinking it was a deer, then drove 38 miles with the body in the car

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Screenshot: NBC 5DFW

A heavily intoxicated driver struck and killed a pedestrian in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday evening. The driver, Nestor Luján Flores, drove unhindered — despite the victim’s body in the passenger seat — more than 40 miles to a town called White Settlement on the west side. of Fort Worth, where he stopped in the parking lot of a Jack In The Box. An employee of the restaurant called the police to investigate after the gray Kia Forte had been parked for three hours. Police responded shortly after 11 p.m. and discovered the driver slumped over the steering wheel of the wrecked car. – Bradley Brownell Read more

Self-Checkout comes to airport security, testing begins in Las Vegas

Illustration: Monash UniversityIllustration: Monash University

Illustration: Monash University

The Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, has installed a new self-service screening lane in an effort to speed up the TSA screening process. This pilot program – part of the Science and Technology Directorate’s Screening At Speed ​​initiative – will start in January in an effort to determine its effectiveness and efficiency. Airlines are seeing more travel than ever as people flow through airports across the country at higher rates than before the pandemic. If the program is successful, we will see self-service scanning at airports across the country, if not around the world. It’s unlikely that this technology will remain just in Vegas. – Bradley Brownell Read more

A broken 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV leaves a journalist stranded in Virginia

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

When Kevin Williams of InsideEVs got his hands on a 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV, he had big plans for it. Starting in Columbus, Ohio, he would take it on a 450-mile road trip to Raleigh, North Carolina, to real-world test its range, charging speed, comfort and driving experience. Considering that vehicles built on General Motors’ Ultium platform have had many issues since its introduction, he knew it might not be a trouble-free journey, but as he pointed out, the Blazer EV was recently named MotorTrends SUV of the world. Years, so it can’t be that bad, right? – Collin Woodard Read more

Police in California must tell drivers why they stopped them starting January 1

Image: Kevork Djansezian (Getty Images)Image: Kevork Djansezian (Getty Images)

Image: Kevork Djansezian (Getty Images)

Getting stopped by the police sucks. Depending on who you are, it can be an easy or harrowing experience. No matter who you are, one of the most annoying parts of getting pulled over is having the police ask you, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” Fortunately, California drivers won’t have to hear it anymore starting January 1. -Lawrence Hodge Read more

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