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Tesla vehicles equipped with the Autopilot feature will not be recalled, federal safety regulators said today, after closing an investigation into a fatal crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) closed its investigation into a Florida crash last May in which Joshua Brown was killed when his Model S crashed into the side of […]

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It’s no secret that Beetle sales are less than stellar and that’s led to rumors about the car’s future. Volkswagen doesn’t want to drop the idea of the Beetle altogether, because the nameplate holds such a special place in its history. Klaus Bischoff, head of VW design, called the current Beetle one of his favorite […]

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Amazon is taking autonomous vehicle technology very seriously, being granted a patent for communications between self-driving vehicles and roadway management systems. U.S. Patent 9,547,986 would share trip data from self-driving vehicles on roads that have reversible lanes; these are highway lanes in which vehicles may travel in either direction. Reversible lanes use overhead signals to […]

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General Motors is adding to its list of B20-capable vehicles for fleet, commercial and retail customers interested in cleaner, diesel-powered vehicles. During the National Biodiesel Conference, John Schwegman, director of commercial product and medium duty for GM Fleet, announced GM will add the B20-capable cars and crossovers, and offer the industry’s most expansive lineup of […]

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Tesla Motors will be adding electric motors and gearbox components to its lithium-ion battery Gigafactory in Nevada, for an additional $350 million investment that will create 550 more jobs at the plant. That move was announced last night by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval during his State of the State Speech. He praised the automaker for […]

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Tesla Motors has beefed up its referral program with a Model 3 delivery event and an annual reward offering a Ludicrous top prize. The new quarterly round of referrals was launched yesterday with a first-time addition of an annual round. The quarterly round goes through March 15. Tesla has confirmed that its previously mentioned referral […]

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Audi and its Chinese partner FAW Group have made electrified vehicles a big part of its new 10-year strategic plan in that market. Within the next five years, Audi and FAX will locally produce and bring to the China market five plug-in electrified e-tron models. That lineup will include two all-electric sedans with fully charged […]

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High- and low-rollers alike can catch a free ride on a self-driving shuttle bus by pushing a button in the Fremont Street entertainment district of downtown Las Vegas. The small oval-shaped shuttle, made by French company Navya and named Arma, has a human attendant, but no steering wheel or brake pedal. Using GPS, electronic curb […]

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The U.S. could lead the world in vehicle safety and economic improvements through autonomous vehicle technologies, according to a new global study. Conducted by Global Positioning Specialists, an Australia-based fleet management GPS tracking company, the study estimated the positive impact adopting autonomous systems would have on global economies. The study’s findings sees countries adopting autonomous […]

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In its third attempt, the Acciona 100% Ecopowered 4×4 battery-electric car completed the grueling Dakar Rally in South America, finishing 53rd in its class. Without consuming a drop of gasoline or diesel fuel or emitting a single gram of CO2, the Acciona team drove the 100% Ecopowered EV over the 5,600-mile rally course that stretched […]

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