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First Shift: U.S. probes Ford tailgates that can open unexpectedly
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U.S. probes Ford pickup tailgates that can open unexpectedly; Legalized weed, more wrecks?; U.S., EU blame each other in trade spat; VW's scrap-and-save plan; Uber trailer venture.

Cable industry moves to snatch airwaves away from 'talking cars'
Todd Shields and Ryan Beene |

Twenty years ago automakers won the rights to use a portion of U.S. airwaves for ultra-safe “talking cars.” But now the cable industry wants more of those airwaves.

Uber gets IPO proposals at potential $120 billion valuation, report says
Molly Schuetz |

Uber has recently received proposals from banks for an initial public offering valuing the ride-hailing company at as much as $120 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Geely-backed flying-car developer Terrafugia starts taking orders
Staff report |

Terrafugia, a U.S.

Rand study shows it's hard to gauge self-driving car safety
Pete Bigelow |

The great promise of automated vehicles is that they will be safer than human-driven ones, but finding the metrics to measure this is a complicated task that has no easy benchmarks.

Keeping disruption in perspective
Hannah Lutz | @hm_lutz |

Big shifts are coming to the auto retail world, and dealers say they're getting ready for them. But don't fall for all the fantastical forecasts you hear, they caution.

Volvo shifts safety strategy for self-driving future
Shiraz Ahmed | @shirazzzz |

Volvo, with a bevy of new tools to ensure passenger safety, is shifting its safety strategy from passenger protection to accident prediction and avoidance, says the director of the Swedish carmaker's Car Safety Center.

The plan behind Mobis' fake city
Hans Greimel | @hansgreimel |

South Korean supplier Hyundai Mobis, determined to catch up on self-driving technology, invested $300 million to equip its new proving grounds with multiple test tracks, including an intelligent transportation system course...

NADA's Lutz gives a word of caution on 'hype'
Hannah Lutz | @hm_lutz |

"Question the hype." That's Wes Lutz's advice on prognostications of how primary transportation models will change.

Arizona plans public, private automated vehicle research hub
Pete Bigelow | @PeterCBigelow |

Arizona's governor signed an executive order establishing a public-private partnership that will form a research center and proving ground to help improve the safety of self-driving vehicles.

Mercedes plans advanced self-driving tech for next S class
Christiaan Hetzner | https://twitter.com/christiaanhtznr |

Mercedes's next S class, which is due in 2020, will offer the brand's first Level 3 self-driving system capable of eyes-off conditional autonomy.

Volvo, Nvidia expand autonomous driving collaboration
Douglas A. Bolduc | BolducANE2014 |

Volvo will use chipmaker Nvidia's high-powered Drive AGX Xavier technology to help make its next-generation cars capable of up to hands-free Level 4 autonomous driving.

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