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GM’s Cruise Automation is doubling its autonomous test fleet and reports that the test fleet was involved in more collisions last month. Cruise Automation is General Motors’ self-driving unit. Cruise has been testing self-driving vehicles in San Francisco, in order to develop software for urban environments. In the last three months, Cruise has increased its number […]

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Audi has just released the fourth generation of the A8, with its AI traffic jam pilot and 48-volt electrical system – and a plug-in hybrid is to follow. During a launch ceremony yesterday at the Audi Summit in Barcelona, the company said the full-size sedan has a “systematically electrified drive” and will be the first […]

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Coming out of the shadows, electric vehicle startup Rivian Automotive completed the purchase of the former 2.4-million square foot Mitsubishi factory in Normal, Illinois. Rivian, founded by MIT graduate R.J. Scaringe as a spin-off of Mainstream Engineering in 2009 in Florida, originally planned to develop a $25,000 mid-engine, rear-drive sports coupe with better-than Toyota Prius […]

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During his keynote presentation yesterday at the Consumer Electronic Show, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn stated that a second-generation Leaf is coming “in the near future,” though he gave no information regarding driving range or a date and model year. It is known that Nissan has already developed a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery as suggested on the […]

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Self-driving cars will hit the roads in Canada’s Ontario Province shortly after the beginning of the new year, marking a Canadian first. Ontario launched the Automated Vehicle Program in October 2015 but had received no applications for permits and public testing through at least July 2016, Automotive News Canada reported. It took nearly a year […]

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European truck manufacturer Iveco threw its hat into the green heavy-duty truck ring with the introduction of the Z Truck Concept at last week’s IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany. The Z stands for “Zero,” as in zero CO2 emissions, zero accidents, zero stress and zero waste of driver time. The long haul futuristic […]

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The ongoing deals between automakers and tech companies continued today with the Renault-Nissan Alliance inking a partnership with Microsoft Corp. Microsoft agreed to provide its Azure cloud platform for cars made by Nissan and Renault as the automaker pushes forward with developing connected and self-driving vehicles. “While the connected car experience is in its infancy, […]

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Perth, the capital of West Australia, has become the first city in Australia to test a self-driving battery electric bus. The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (RAC) received a specific permit from the state government to conduct the three-month test that began last week on public roads. The route is about 1.6 miles (2.5 […]

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At last week’s Moscow auto show a self-driving shuttle bus was displayed by NAMI, a Russian government-backed automotive research organization. The bus is a result of a partnership between NAMI, Mercedes-Benz’s parent Daimler, heavy-truck manufacturer Kamaz, and Russia’s Internet search engine giant Yandex. Kamaz will built the self-driving shuttles, Daimler is providing autonomous technology and, […]

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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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