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Toyota to streamline its self-driving car development
Toyota to streamline its self-driving car development

Toyota said last week that it will invest billions into creating a new, wholly-owned company devoted exclusively to researching and developing self-driving cars Partnering with automotive suppliers Aisin and Denso, Toyota says that it is investing $2.8 billion into the Toyota Research...Read More»

Uber launches self-driving pilot in San Francisco with Volvo Cars
California's new rules turn self-driving cars into remotely operated, road-going drones

The nation's most populous state is taking drivers out of cars, but not out of the equation entirely. California regulators approved Monday rules that will remove the requirement for a human to be in the driver's seat for backup. Instead, companies like Google's Waymo self-driving cars division...Read More»

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Utah takes step toward putting self-driving cars on its roads

In an effort to lower the number of drunk or distracted drivers on the road, Utah is on pace to become the first state to fully legalize self-driving cars. Legislators in the state's House Transportation Committee gave the nod Wednesday to a bill that would make self-driving cars legal in the...Read More»

2018 Porsche Macan
Diesel is dead at Porsche

For the past few years, it has been impossible to find a new diesel-fueled Porsche on dealer lots in the U.S. Soon, it will be impossible to find one anywhere in the world. Speaking with Britain's Autocar magazine, a Porsche spokesman cited the “cultural shift” of its customer base as...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Google's Waymo approved to begin self-driving ride-share across Arizona

Waymo's driverless ride-sharing service has won a race against Uber in Arizona—and the company did it without a driver at the wheel. Waymo, Google’s self-driving car division, secured approval from the state of Arizona last month to operate as a Transportation Networking Company (TNC)...Read More»

2019 BMW X4
BMW courts military vets with new training school

A new vocational training program will give BMW owners another way to thank their mechanics for their service. On February 26, a pilot class of nine U.S. Marines will begin a 16-week hands-on training workshop to become BMW technicians at San Diego’s Camp Pendleton Marine base. MORE: BMW...Read More»

2018 Toyota Camry SE
2018 Toyota Camry, some Lexus models recalled

Toyota’s redesign of the 2018 Camry was meant to light a fire under the staid mid-size sedan, but this isn't exactly what they meant. The automaker announced Friday that about 11,800 2018 Toyota Camry owners will receive recall notices by late March asking them to return their vehicles to...Read More»

Chevrolet Bolt EV with Apple CarPlay
Car hacks: how an old iPhone and in-car Wi-Fi gave me free navigation

Car hacks are little ways to make your time in a car easier, quicker, smarter, or more convenient. Auto journalists have a few of their own, but we learn a lot of them from readers. Here's one from Jay Lucas. What follows are his words, lightly edited by The Car Connection for clarity and style. I...Read More»

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Chinese automaker looking to build cars in South Carolina

Chinese automotive startup Lynk & Co is reportedly looking to build cars in the U.S. A top contender for an assembly plant location is Ridgeville, South Carolina, where the automaker’s parent company, Geely, conveniently owns another plant that is getting ready to produce Volvos...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata airbag recall grows by 3.3 million more cars

An additional 3.3 million cars using Takata airbag inflators have been added to an already massive recall list. The tally now stands at approximately 34 million vehicles, making it the largest wave of recalls in U.S. history. The latest round affects cars made by Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler...Read More»

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