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Diamler concept does double duty
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Daimler is developing an autonomous electric vehicle that can switch between being a people carrier and a delivery van, as the automaker seeks an edge over rivals such as Alphabet's Waymo and Deutsche Post in shaping the...

BMW drives to cut battery costs, share costs on autonomous vehicles
Joseph White |

BMW plans more deals with mining companies to secure electric vehicle battery materials, and is open to forming alliances to share the costs of developing AV systems, the automaker's r&d chief said.

BMW's Vision iNext concept serves as tech 'incubator'
Urvaksh Karkaria | @urvaksh |

The all-electric Vision iNext, a semi-autonomous crossover, is more of an "incubator" than an early glimpse of a production-ready car. But the vehicle reveals the technologies being developed by BMW.

VW seeks industry alliance for self-driving technology
Christiaan Hetzner | https://twitter.com/christiaanhtznr |

VW wants to team up with other automakers to create an industry standard for self-driving technology. Such a move would give companies better legal protection following accidents involving AVs.

Uber to spend $150 million in Toronto on engineering, self-driving cars
Heather Somerville |

Uber is spending $150 million to open an engineering hub and expand self-driving car operations in Toronto, underscoring the company's commitment to autonomous vehicle development despite setbacks.

Daimler buys 20% stake in VW's Heycar used-car platform
Jan Schwartz |

Daimler will buy a 20 percent stake in Heycar, a used-car portal launched last year by rival VW.

AutoNews Now: Volkswagen to end Beetle production in '19
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VW to end Beetle production in '19; GM recalls 1.2 million vehicles to fix steering; Ford's new battleground; Adient names CEO; Uber's Toronto AV push; Driverless Volvo truck.

Porsche pushes two more on-demand pilot programs
Urvaksh Karkaria | @urvaksh |

Porsche's ongoing experimentation with on-demand vehicle access has generated two more pilot programs. The goal: Find ways to get people into Porsches.

Pioneer gets financial lifeline as car navigation business struggles
Naomi Tajitsu and Makiko Yamazaki |

Pioneer secured a bailout worth up to $540 million from Baring Private Equity Asia, after failed bets on car navigation and audio systems saddled it with debt and pushed it into the red.

Audi's e-tron crossover to feature Gentex toll-payment technology
Anisa Jibrell |

Audi is giving its upcoming e-tron electric crossover an extra blanket of convenience with a toll payment technology that will be compatible with certain toll roads in the U.S. and Canada.

U.K. test of flying taxi led by energy CEO
Nate Lanxon and Marie Mawad |

The founder of one of Britain's national energy suppliers has a new company, and he intends for it to offer inter-city flying taxi services that take off and land vertically within four years.

Mercedes' first full-electric vehicle is one of many aimed at challenging Tesla
Urvaksh Karkaria | @urvaksh |

Mercedes-Benz is firing the opening shots in what will surely be a bloody battle to dominate the next generation of powertrain technology.

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