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Uber to debut lounges in shopping centers across US
Uber to debut lounges in shopping centers across US

Ride-sharing app Uber is set to partner with one of the country’s largest retail shopping center operators to offer new services to patrons. As part of the new alliance, Los Angeles’ Century City will receive a sleek new “Uber Lounge,” while Westfield’s other 33...Read More»

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Volkswagen faces new round of Dieselgate lawsuits

Courts in Europe have so far spared Volkswagen from steep compensation payments to owners of vehicles implicated in the automaker's diesel emissions scandal, unlike in the United States. The carmaker is far from out of the proverbial woods, however, as a new wave of lawsuits will soon be filed...Read More»

Magna's new MAX4 self-driving car software
Magna’s new self-driving system is easy for automakers to integrate into their designs

Magna, a major automotive supplier that develops parts and systems for automotive manufacturers, has unveiled a system that carmakers can use to make any car self-driving capable. Called MAX4, Magna intends to work with various manufacturers to integrate it into the next generation of vehicles. The...Read More»

Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia)
Lyft expands operations to remote locales

Formerly limited to metro areas, ride-sharing is now coming to the countryside. Uber challenger Lyft has opened up its operations to an additional 32 states, meaning its services will now be available in 40 states. While those eight states included 79 percent of the country’s total...Read More»

Nissan’s video-streaming rearview mirror
Nissan makes passengers invisible with new rearview mirror

When the 2018 Nissan Armada hits dealerships this fall, it will come with an LCD screen-equipped “Intelligent Rear View Mirror” connected to a camera that’s designed to improve the driver’s field of view. While Nissan isn’t the first to offer such...Read More»

Kids buckled up in the back seat
The HOT CARS Act could make rear seat child alert monitors mandatory—if it passes

Since 1998, more than 700 children have died from heatstroke as a result of being left in a hot car. According to publicly available data, over half of these deaths are the result of the driver simply forgetting about their passenger. To combat this ongoing epidemic, there are bills under...Read More»

Waymo trains self-driving cars to identify emergency vehicles
Waymo uses its own fake city to push the limits of self-driving car technology

Waymo, the self-driving car technology company that spun off from Google, developed its own artificial city for its fleet of test vehicles. Waymo and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles cooperate on their development of self-driving vehicles, and FCA recently announced a further collaboration with BMW and...Read More»

2015 Audi A4
Audi may have produced thousands of cars with the same VIN, but why?

Bavarian prosecutors discovered thousands of Audis produced with identical vehicle identification numbers, or VINs, according to a new report out of Germany. The Audis were primarily exported to China, Korea, and Japan—but the question is, why did they exist in the first place? The findings...Read More»

ZF self-driving car prototype
German self-driving car ethics: humans above animals

If an impact is unavoidable, German guidelines could suggest that a self-driving car should be programmed to run over a dog or smash into a house, rather than risk killing a human being. At the behest Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, an ethics committee has...Read More»

Audi and Chinese firm Alta Devices team up to develop a glass solar roof panel
Audi developing transparent solar roof panels

Audi and and a Chinese technology firm are teaming up to develop a panoramic glass roof embedded with solar cells capable of powering ancillary systems like air conditioning and seat heater, the automaker said on Wednesday. Working with Alta Devices, a subsidiary of Chinese tech firm Hanergy, Audi...Read More»

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