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Waymo to build its self-driving cars in Detroit
Waymo to build its self-driving cars in Detroit

Google's self-driving car subsidiary Waymo said Tuesday that it will build its self-driving cars in the Motor City. The autonomous car firm said in a new blog post it chose Detroit for its "strong talent base," called the area the "heart of the American automotive industry," and said that it would...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Traverse
2019 Chevrolet Traverse drops optional turbo-4 engine

The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse will no longer offer a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine option. Instead, buyers will only find a 3.6-liter V-6 engine under the hood. GM Authority reported Sunday on the powertrain change for Chevy's largest crossover. "Based on customer feedback, we decided to adjust the...Read More»

Car2Go in Chongqing, China
Chicago police arrest 16 people for stealing cars from Daimler car-sharing service

Sixteen people have been arrested in Chicago and are accused of stealing as many as 100 vehicles from Daimler's car-sharing service Car2Go. The car-sharing service features numerous Mercedes-Benz and Smart vehicles to rent and the company said in a tweet that the cars were stolen via a "fraud"...Read More»

2019 Audi A4
Audi expands new-car subscription service options

Audi's trial new-car subscription service now offers shoppers a less-expensive tier called Core Collection, the automaker said Tuesday. The trial program is only offered in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and now includes two tiers priced at $995 and $1,495 per month. Previously, Audi offered just one...Read More»

2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla to hike price for "Full Self-Driving" driver-assistance tech

Tesla's advanced driver-assistance technology, which isn't even fully operational yet, will cost a lot more next month. "Full Self-Driving," as Tesla calls tech that allows its vehicles to drive themselves from an on-ramp to an off-ramp on limited-access roads with no driver intervention, will cost...Read More»

Production version of VW’s CrossBlue concept to be built in Chattanooga
Five years later, union moves to organize VW's Tennessee car plant again

Workers at Volkswagen's car factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will vote on whether to organize and join the United Auto Workers Union on April 29 and April 30. When the UAW made a push to organize the plant's eligible assembly line workers in 2014, the effort narrowly failed 712-626. The UAW did...Read More»

Ford self-driving cars in Washington DC
Ford, Uber dial back expectations for self-driving cars

Two major players vowing to transform the automotive industry with self-driving cars backpedaled on expectations this week. Both Ford and ride-sharing company Uber tempered expectations for when autonomous cars will arrive and what they'll be capable of when they do. Uber's chief scientist at its...Read More»

New Ford key fobs with anti-hack protection
Ford rolls out new key fob technology to stop hackers

Hackers beware of Ford's latest key fob technology. The automaker said Wednesday that it will begin to introduce new technology that puts its key fobs into a sleep mode to prevent them from being hacked. A duplicated key fob could be used to steal a vehicle. The automaker is launching the tech...Read More»

Lilium Jet VTOL concept
Electrified aircraft could make flying cars a reality

Those 1950s magazine covers with stylized flying cars zipping around may have been onto something after all. Ford Motor Company and the University of Michigan released the results of a study on Tuesday that suggests vertical take-off and landing contraptions—think cars with wings—may...Read More»

Singapore-MIT self-driving car tests in heavy rain at CETRAN facility Image: SMART
Self-driving cars tackle tropical storms at Singapore test center

In Singapore, self-driving development cars are getting a far tougher shakedown than they are in gentle real-world testing in places such as Arizona. IEEE Spectrum on Monday opened the doors to the Center for Excellence for Testing and Research of AVs, or CETRAN, in Singapore, a 200-acre facility...Read More»

Wayve self-driving car prototype
British startup says its self-driving car doesn't need fancy tech

A British startup says it doesn't need the expensive sensing tech found in most self-driving cars and has opted instead to use cameras and artificial intelligence software that learns how drivers react to real-world situations Medium reported Monday that Wayve fits its test cars with a camera, a...Read More»

BYD London double-decker bus
London begins charging drivers of older cars to curb pollution

Beginning last week, drivers of most diesel vehicles and all older cars will pay an extra charge to enter certain parts of London. The Ultra Low Emissions Zone rules went into effect, which are intended to discourage driving older, higher polluting cars into central London. According to a report...Read More»

Texas legislator Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) unveils an 80 mph speed limit sign
Higher speed limits mean more road deaths, study finds

Rising speed limits in the U.S. are to blame a spike in highway fatalities, the IIHS said Thursday. The IIHS published new findings that showed an estimated 37,000 more drivers died due to increases in speed limits compared to if the limits hadn't been raised at all. On average, around 10,000...Read More»

Uber app
Uber spent $2M to champion NYC's new congestion charge

Ride-share giant Uber reportedly spent $2 million in an effort to keep cars out of New York City. The Financial Times (subscription required) reported Wednesday that Uber dug deeper into its pockets than anyone else to lobby New York lawmakers to support a new congestion charge set to fall into...Read More»

GM Cruise AV self-driving car
Automakers band together to govern self-driving cars

Three rival automakers and the car industry's international standards-setting organization joined together to create a new group that aims to create a set of rules to govern development and implementation of self-driving cars. The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium is tasked with setting best...Read More»

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e XLE
Toyota to make its electrification tech open-source

the maker of the original mass-market hybrid car is feeling generous. The Japanese automaker said Wednesday that it will share its electrification tech with rival automakers in a bid to reduce vehicle emissions. The automaker said it will offer about 24,000 patents it currently holds for other...Read More»

Hyundai next-generation cockpit prototype
Hyundai's future cars could include steering wheel-mounted touchscreens

Like a design straight out of MTV's '90s TV show "Pimp My Ride," the early prototype for Hyundai's cockpit of the future unveiled Tuesday is full of touchscreens—even on the steering wheel. The two-spoke steering wheel doesn't include a single button and instead places two touchscreen panels...Read More»

Ford self-driving cars in Washington DC
Survey: Two-thirds of Americans won't buy a self-driving car

Americans aren't ready to give up their steering wheels and pedals. About two-thirds of respondents to a survey said they do not want to buy a self-driving car. The new poll comes from Reuters, which surveyed 2,022 Americans on their thoughts about self-driving cars. Not only were respondents not...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
GM electric car federal tax credit cut in half Monday, Chevy Bolt EV price won't change

On April 1, General Motors' federal electric car tax credit will be cut in half from up to $7,500 to $3,750. It leaves the Chevy Bolt EV without full federal incentives against rival electric cars. The automaker said Thursday that it will not reduce the electric car's price due to the tax credit...Read More»

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