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Google's autonomous tech can be considered driver under federal law, NHTSA says

8:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads....
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Q&A

Nissan plans big strides in connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Nissan is working to leverage its early lead in electric vehicles for bigger strides in autonomy and connectivity. Richard Candler, Nissan Europe's head of advanced product planning, provided details in an interview....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: 'Autopia' future promoted by Google and Apple will hurt traditional carmakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Industry disrupters such as Google and Apple are better funded than their potential rivals from the automotive field. That could be bad news for traditional auto companies, an industry analyst said....
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Army marches forward with self-driving trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016

The U.S. Army is developing driverless trucks and could end up operating the largest fleet of autonomous vehicles. A key test comes this summer when the Army conducts road tests in Michigan....
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BMW's laser headlights showcase Osram's mass-market goals

Feb. 6, 2016 06:15 CET

German supplier Osram is equipping BMW 7-series sedans with laser headlight modules, marking a move to the mass-market for the technology, which is already available on BMW's i8 plug-in hybrid suprcar and Audi's R8 LMX sports car....
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Obama seeks $10-a-barrel oil tax for self-driving cars, transport outlays

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

President Obama will propose a $10 per barrel tax on oil in his fiscal 2017 budget to finance self driving cars, public transit, railroads and other transportation improvements, the White House said....
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Google expands self-driving car testing to Washington state

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Google parent company Alphabet said its self-driving car project will expand testing to Kirkland, Wash., later this month, the third city where it is testing autonomous vehicles....
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Opel CEO on reaching breakeven in 2016: 'We can see the target now'

Feb. 2, 2016 06:01 CET

Karl-Thomas Neumann says Opel has beaten all internal targets since he arrived four years ago as CEO and this year the automaker expects to break even after more than a decade of losses. Neumann spoke with Automotive News Europe about the challenges that need to be overcome to reach this point....
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Zetsche: Apple, Google 'can do more' than we thought

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and other a handful of his senior execs met recently with around 70 companies in Silicon Valley, according to the German weekly Welt am Sonntag. Asked about Google and Apple's automotive pursuits, Zetsche told the newspaper: “Our impression was that these companies can do more and know more than we had previously assumed.”...
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Got gadgets?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Some of the most revolutionary innovations originate not with carmakers but with the suppliers who provide the building blocks and concepts that reshape the industry. Here is a sampling of some of the most cutting-edge technologies....
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Cheap gas hits hybrid, EV residuals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2016

Beware! Falling gasoline prices are hitting the residual values of used hybrids, electrics and plug-ins - hard. The influx of used small cars set to return to the market is just going to make matters worse....
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GM names executive to lead autonomous driving efforts

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

GM is reorganizing certain vehicle engineering operations to speed efforts to develop autonomous and electrified vehicles. Doug Parks, GM's vice president for global product programs, will become vice president for autonomous technology and vehicle execution, reporting to global product chief Mark Reuss....
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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Beware the pitfalls of digital ads

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

The industrywide push to put much of the car buying and financing process online, including ads, is a good thing. But dealers should make sure that online ads don’t come back to haunt them....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Will Volvo's S90L land stateside?

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Is an even more luxurious, longer variant of Volvo's S90 sedan in the cards for North America?...
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM shifts r&d role to meet new realities

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

GM researchers, working in four locations around the globe, are focused more on developing products and technologies that can be put into production in years, not decades....
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DAVID UNDERCOFFLER

A driving enthusiast can't wait for self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

My love for cars is in my DNA. So why I am looking forward to the day I don't have to drive?...
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Apple, Google making progress on car projects, Daimler's Zetsche tells paper

Jan. 24, 2016 12:07 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said a recent trip to Silicon Valley revealed that Apple and Google have made more progress on automotive projects than he had assumed....
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GM creates Maven car-sharing brand

Jan. 21, 2016 10:57 CET

General Motors is folding car-sharing services in Germany and the U.S. into a unit called Maven....
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Ford to boost F-150 fuel economy with stop-start technology

1:59 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

Ford is planning to put automatic stop-start technology on hundreds of thousands of F-150 pickups, including the high-performance Raptor version, to help drivers get better fuel economy....
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LATEST LAUNCHES

Opel boosts connectivity offer in new Karl

Jan. 21, 2016 06:01 CET

Opel's new entry-level model, the Karl, is the brand's cheapest car but it now offers advanced connectivity features that will allow a smartphone to be connected to the dashboard touchscreen and a 4G WiFi hotspot to be created....
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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Efficiency, compliance still trump shorter visits to F&I office

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

Speed in the F&I office, while a priority, may not be dealerships' No. 1 goal anymore....
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Fiat Chrysler runs short on time to fix emissions problems in U.S.

Jan. 20, 2016 10:35 CET

Fiat Chrysler is running short on time to fix its emissions record in the U.S. The company finished last in an Environmental Protection Agency ranking of CO2 emissions for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. The EPA plans to accelerate its targets sharply beginning next year....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The danger of being a pioneer

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

Some companies making the most noise about efforts to transform the car have a poor record of consistently delivering world-class vehicles when they become distracted from the core mission....
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BMW to roll out restaurant-booking digital helper

6:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

BMW is pushing back against tech competitors with a digital helper that lets drivers locate a nearby restaurant with free tables, book seats and find the best route there....
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NHTSA chief vows action this year on cybersecurity

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

The nation's top auto safety regulator said his agency will take action this year to address automotive cybersecurity issues, as the spread of connectivity technologies threatens to expose vehicles to new paths of attack....
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