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    Opel Drove the Ampera-e 260 Miles to Its Paris Debut

    Talk about proof of concept, Opel drove its new rebadged Chevy Bolt 417 kilometers (260 miles) from London to Paris for its debut at the biannual motor show. In fact, even after arriving at the Mondial de l’Automobile, the Ampera-e’s on-board computer was still reporting a remaining range of 80 km (50 miles), demonstrating the […]

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    Next-Gen Toyota Prius Could Ditch Regular Hybrid Propulsion and Go Plug-in

    For all those who’ve alleged Toyota is not so interested in plug-in technology, that assessment may have been premature. According to an Autoblog interview with Shoichi Kaneko, assistant chief engineer for the Prius Prime, the carmaker may make the next generation Prius Liftback exclusively plug-in hybrid. The Prius Liftback hybrid is by far the highest-volume […]

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    Federal Guidelines Balance Safety and Innovation in Self Driving Cars

    The federal government issued long-awaited guidelines late Monday backing fully autonomous vehicles that can save lives. In a joint appearance, Anthony Foxx, secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and Jeffrey Zients, director of the National Economic Council, released guidelines that encourage technology innovations from companies balanced with concerns over public safety. The guidelines provide […]

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    ‘Mobility’ Could Be $5 Trillion Industry in 10 Years but the Costs Projected To Be High

    Market value will be enormous for the global mobility industry – about $5 trillion over the next decade, an industry executive said. Andreas Mai, who recently served as the director of smart connected vehicles at Cisco Systems, estimated that $5 trillion will come from autonomous vehicles, ride-sharing networks, and connectivity. Maj spoke Thursday during the […]

    Volvo Ready to Bring Out Autonomous Technology in Five Years for $10,000 Premium

    Buyers interested in a luxury self-driving car will be willing to pay a $10,000 premium, according to Volvo’s chief. Speaking Thursday at the World Mobility Leadership Forum in Romulus, Mich., Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson said that the automaker expects to have both fully automated and semi-autonomous vehicles available within five years. “Autonomous technology will make […]

    Daimler Unveils New Electric Brand Through Generation EQ Concept in Paris

    Daimler previewed its new EQ electric car brand yesterday through the Generation EQ concept at the Paris Motor Show. It’s the first step in launching 10 new battery-electric models by 2025 in Daimler’s strategy to become the global leader in electric vehicle technology. The German automaker expects electric cars to account for 15 to 25 […]

    Ferrari Debuts LaFerrari Aperta – Video

    The Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta is a car that needs no introduction. It’s an open-air version of this legendary Italian brand’s LaFerrari. Making its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show, this limited-production exotic beauty is launching to commemorate the brand’s 70th birthday. Obviously, the lack of a permanent roof is its defining feature. Accordingly, it’s […]

    Volkswagen’s 13th Brand is its New Ride Sharing Business

    Volkswagen is another automaker getting into the ride sharing business. Volkswagen AG announced at the 2016 Paris Motor Show that it has established an as yet unnamed subsidiary to handle car sharing and logistics. The so-called 13th brand will be based in Berlin, Germany, and according to CEO Matthias Muller will help bring VW into […]

    Nevada Grants First-Ever Autonomous Vehicle Driver’s License

    The first state in the nation to grant self-driving car testing permits just granted the nation’s first autonomous vehicle-related driver’s license to a quadriplegic man. The state of Nevada granted Sam Schmidt with a license to drive a semi-autonomous test car on public roads under restricted conditions. Earlier this year, Schmidt drove more than 150 […]