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Google has brought in a former Airbnb executive to lead commercialization of its self-driving cars. Shaun Stewart served as a top executive for Airbnb’s online vacation home rental marketplace. Airbnb has become a popular mobile app in the newly-emerging “shared economy,” gaining ubiquitous brand identity similar to Uber’s. Stewart will serve as a director of […]

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While manufacturing plug-in electrified vehicles has become a hot business angle for Chinese-backed startups, about 90 percent of them may soon be out of the business. Inspired by generous government subsidies for “new-energy vehicles,” more than 200 startup companies backed by Chinese billionaires and other investors have entered the market. About 95 percent of these […]

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Audi is ready to move beyond parent company Volkswagen’s diesel car scandal as it prepares to launch new sporty models and electrified powertrains. Sporty small cars and refreshed sedans will set drive Audi’s product lineup in the next several years, according to a new model showcase in Automotive News. Audi has been releasing more details […]

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Online juggernaut Amazon appears to be taking a first step toward a “one click” purchase of a car by lunching its Amazon Vehicles car research portal last week. The new website allows shoppers to view detailed pages for thousands of new and used vehicles with specifications, photos and videos not unlike other auto shopping sites. […]

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Tesla Motors is getting ready to launch a revised Autopilot safety alert designed to get through to experienced drivers ignoring previous alerts. Electrek has just learned that the electric carmaker’s upcoming v8.0 software update will come along with a new safety restriction to anticipate drivers blatantly bypassing agreed-upon safety protocols. Autopilot has conditions of operation […]

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The Robocar autonomous EV race car is coming, but first the DevBot prototype is paving the way. Roborace will be a racing series made up entirely of autonomous, self-driving electric cars. It will use the Robocar, which is slated to be unveiled later this year. For now, behold the DevBot, which is a prototype previewing […]

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Uber lost $1.27 billion in the first half of 2016, with much of that coming from incentivizing drivers, unidentified sources told Bloomberg. On Friday of last week, Uber’s head of finance, Guatam Gupta, gave a financial report during a conference call. While not a public company, ride-hailing and ridesharing giant Uber has been holding financial […]

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The first major manufacturer built battery electric cars in this present era started slow in 2011, but progress is happening. In a recent fact sheet, the U.S. EPA documented as much for electric cars – not including the discontinued GM EV1 of the 1990s – saying median range has risen while there are four-times as […]

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California is preparing to extend the nation’s toughest carbon emissions rule another 10 years through 2030. The state Senate passed the bill 25-13 on Wednesday, a day after a 42-29 vote passed it through the state Assembly. Gov. Jerry Brown has said he intends to sign the bill into law, which aims to reduce greenhouse-gas […]

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Giant tech firms and global car companies are in an intense race to launch autonomous vehicles, but this week a three-year old startup beat all of them to the finish line. nuTonomy, a spin out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), introduced the world’s first self-driving taxis to the streets of Singapore, beating the […]

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