In Trump vs. California, Mary Nichols unlike any other negotiator

As the head of CARB, Mary Nichols is arguably California's most powerful weapon in its war with President Donald Trump over the state's plan to combat climate change and have automakers toe the California line.


Octane opportunity: Don't blow it

The prospect of reaching a consensus on setting a new national octane standard -- with benefits for the environment, fuel economy and vehicle performance -- is tantalizing indeed.

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Uber pulls up in Japan with taxi-hailing service

Uber plans to launch its first taxi-hailing pilot service in Japan that will connect passengers to other taxi providers, as it seeks to expand in the country where the firm has been blocked from setting up its own fleet of drivers.

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Octane opportunity: Don't blow it

The prospect of reaching a consensus on setting a new national octane standard -- with benefits for the environment, fuel economy and vehicle performance -- is tantalizing indeed.

Intel Mobileye car ignores red light in self-driving test

Mobileye, the Intel-owned maker of driver-assistance systems, has joined the race to create a fully driverless car with a fleet of prototype vehicles that navigate Jerusalem without the use of lasers or radars, which rivals have relied on heavily. But there have been speed bumps.

Tesla executive Schwall joins Waymo

Waymo said that Matthew Schwall had joined the company from Tesla, where he was the electric car maker's main technical contact with U.S. safety investigators.


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