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Following an early May death of a Model S driver operating the car in Florida in its semi-autonomous Autopilot function, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is opening a preliminary evaluation. Today Tesla issued a blog post saying it had delivered information to NHTSA following the car’s careering into a tractor trailer which had […]

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Today, Ford Motor Company issued a recall for more than 900 Ford Focus Electric sedans. The recall stems from a problem with the car’s transmission differential assembly. Ford’s recall notice said that in certain vehicles, it is possible the differential pinion shaft could wear out, resulting in a shaft fracture that would cause the vehicle […]

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Almost three-quarters of U.S. drivers are interested in riding in a self-driving car, and 80 percent say they would pay extra for the new technology, according to a survey report. AlixPartners surveyed 1,517 U.S. drivers to find that when presented with the attributes of self-driving cars, 73 percent said they would want autonomous vehicles to […]

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BMW Group is reportedly ready to announce a development partnership for autonomous vehicle technology with Mobileye and Intel. According to people familiar with the matter today, BMW CEO Harald Krueger is expected to join senior executives from Israeli collision detection software maker Mobileye and U.S. chipmaker Intel for an event Friday announcing details on the […]

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Significant growth is expected in the North American plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market this year and beyond, according to a new study by Navigant Research. In 2016, growth will be driven by sales of the Tesla Model X, the second-generation Volt, and by the introductions of the Chevrolet Bolt, the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid electric […]

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers says U.S. regulators have underestimated the cost of achieving fuel economy targets and are giving California too much power over federal policies. As federal authorities review the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rules for 2022-2025 in a so-called midterm evaluation, this news comes from the lobbying effort on behalf of […]

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Columbus, Ohio, will be using the Flow software suite developed by Sidewalk Labs, an offshoot of Google parent-company Alphabet, to support its Smart City project. The Sidewalk Labs system uses monitors embedded in streets and stand-alone wireless connected kiosks to monitor traffic flow. The data it receives is merged with Google Maps and Google’s Waze […]

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An investor group at Tesla Motors is calling for changes to its board of directors and separating the roles of chairman and chief executive from CEO Elon Musk’s control, days after Tesla’s proposed bid for SolarCity. CtW Investment Group, which works with union-based pension funds and holds 200,000 shares of Tesla, submitted a letter to […]

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Certain models of the third-generation Toyota Prius and Lexus CT hybrids are being recalled to address an issue with their airbags. The recall affects approximately 482,000 vehicles in the U.S. and includes the 2010-2012 Prius, 2010-2012 Prius Plug-In Hybrids and 2011-2012 Lexus CT200h. According to Toyota, the involved vehicles are equipped with curtain shield airbags […]

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The idea of flying cars was introduced by sci-fi author Jules Verne in 1904, and has adorned numerous covers of Popular Mechanics magazine since 1906. There has been recent development in cars that fly, including a company that Google co-founder Larry Page invested in, but Toyota’s apparent toe-in-the-water raises some questioning eyebrows. The Japanese automaker […]

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