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California proposes giving more freedom to test self-driving cars

California will allow companies more leeway in testing self-driving cars on public roads while restricting how the nascent technology is advertised under revised draft regulations. In one of the biggest changes, the new rules would allow for the absence of a driver in some instances, provided there is two-way communication with the vehicle.

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Volkswagen will pay $1.2 billion to settle U.S. dealer claims

Volkswagen AG confirmed late Friday it will make $1.21 billion in payments to 652 U. ...

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Delphi seeks to expand road test

Delphi Automotive wants to expand its road test of driverless taxis - scheduled to ...

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Volkswagen will pay $1.2 billion to settle U.S. dealer claims

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California proposes giving more freedom to test self-driving cars

California will allow companies more leeway in testing self-driving cars on public roads while restricting how the nascent technology is advertised under revised draft regulations. In one of the

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Volvo plans to offer fully self-driving car to luxury buyers

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Michigan group leads $2.5M stake in cybersecurity firm targeting driverless cars

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After Nissan ultimatum, Jaguar Land Rover says Brexit must be fair for all

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Artificial intelligence will make cars very smart

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Toyota drops new diesel for C-HR crossover

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Nissan debuts 'revolutionary' new Micra

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Honda, at last, previews Civic Type R bound for U.S.

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Audi Q5 gains size, power

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