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General Motors will be teaming up with the U.S. Navy to develop hydrogen-powered unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs). Fuel-cell UUVs have the capacity to operate independently 70 days at a time, and would replace more limited battery-drive systems currently in use in so-called UUVs, according to Navy officials. “If you want long endurance you really need […]

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After receiving a license in Michigan to test self-diving vehicles earlier this month, the mysterious Faraday Future was approved for public road testing in California. Citing an industry source, an Automotive News report says the company plans to make use of the California Department of Motor Vehicle’s approval by the end of the year. “Faraday […]

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Faraday Future, the secretive electric car company, applied for Michigan manufacturer’s license plates to test self-driving vehicles. The Detroit News cited Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, who said Faraday Future “contacted him in January about how to apply for plates to test self-driving vehicles there.” The company has since applied for […]

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Toyota and Honda each announced separate initiatives on Thursday in connected cars and artificial intelligence to stay competitive with emerging tech rivals in Silicon Valley. Toyota and KDDI Corp. have partnered to establish a global communications platform. The platform will enable the operation of communications networks throughout the world to support car connectivity, Toyota said […]

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“Pencils down.” Those are the words Tesla Motors’ chief executive Elon Musk used in describing the time deadline for the Tesla Model 3 final design. “Almost all of the Model 3 design is done, and we’re aiming for pencils down basically in six weeks, complete pencils down. And we’re tabling — you know, if there […]

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Tesla Motors’ chief technology officer and co-founder, JB Straubel, was the keynote speaker at the recently held International Transport Forum held in Leipzig, Germany. During his address at the ministerial session, Straubel touched on a number of subjects that circled around electric transportation and electric vehicles — mainly the innovations regarding batteries and autonomous driving. […]

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he expects Apple Inc. to be a direct competitor for electric vehicles sales as early as 2020. Apple will “probably make a good car and be successful,” said Musk at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes on Wednesday. “They should have embarked on [the car] project sooner.” In September […]

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Toyota Motor Corp. is close to acquiring two robotics divisions from Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, according to a news story. Toyota is on track to buy Boston Dynamics, a U.S.-based firm, and Schaft, founded by a University of Tokyo graduate, as reported by Japan’s Nikkei business daily. Both of these firms are divisions of […]

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The Energy Security Leadership Council, a group of business executives and retired U.S. military officials, is calling on removal of regulatory barriers and a national policy to help bring autonomous vehicles to roads. Proposals released by the council were outlined in a series of policy recommendations. The Energy Security Leadership Council is co-chaired by FedEx […]

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General Motors’ new carsharing service Maven is stepping forward with vehicles being rented in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Chicago. Ann Arbor has more than 1,300 approved users and GM quietly launched a few weeks ago in Chicago. Maven will be rolled out to additional major U.S. metro areas this year as GM reaches out to […]

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