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GM wants to ditch the manual controls from its test cars in 2019
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Enlarge / Notice anything wrong with this picture? It’s a little disconcerting to see the interior of a Bolt EV without the driver controls. (credit: General Motors) General Motors is getting ready to ditch the driver for good—at least in its newest R&D vehicles. In 2019, Cruise—the self-driving startup acquired a couple of years ago […]

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Apple’s self-driving cars could use routes others have traveled
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Apple has been working on some sort of autonomous car for a while now. The system — apparently an add-on to existing vehicles — has been seen in a research paper back in November. More plans appeared in a presentation by Carnegie Mellon p…

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Velodyne LiDAR helps self-driving cars operate at highway speeds
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Have you noticed that many self-driving car tests avoid the highway? There's a good reason for it: the LiDAR (laser pulse-based radar) cars use to navigate frequently can't handle high-detail images at the speeds and distances needed for timely reac…

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Can Tesla avoid becoming the BlackBerry of electric cars?
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It wasn't that long ago that the idea of a semi-autonomous, or even an electric car driving on public roads was incredibly far-fetched. Sure, there were hybrids from companies like Toyota and Honda, but nothing that anyone with a straight face would…

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Ford will launch a new brand of electric cars just for China
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Enlarge / Ying Jianren, chairman of Tech-New Group Ltd. and board director of Zotye Auto, and Peter Fleet, Ford group vice president and president, Ford Asia Pacific. (credit: Ford) Ford and Chinese automaker Zotye will partner up on a new line of electric vehicles, we learned Wednesday. The pair is creating a joint venture—Zotye Ford […]

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VW wants to sell you new cars by advertising old ones     – CNET
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Commentary: A new Volkswagen ad says look at this 1960s Microbus and that old, old Beetle. Now buy, um, a Tiguan.

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Porsche's $2,000 Passport subscription swaps cars on demand
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Like the idea of Cadillac's car subscription service, but feel its lineup is a little too… proletarian? If you live in Atlanta, you're in luck. Porsche is launching a Passport service in the city that gives you "frequent" vehicle swaps, unlimited…

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Renault-Nissan bets its future on electric and hybrid cars
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The Renault-Nissan alliance is no stranger to producing electric cars. Have heard of this little thing called the Leaf? However, its eco-friendly vehicles have tended to be odd ducks in the lineup. That's about to change: the Renault Group has unv…

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Boeing just bought a company that’s building flying cars for Uber
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Enlarge / Artist’s conception of Aurora’s eVTOL, a prototype of a plane Uber hopes to use to offer flying car service in Dallas and Dubai starting in 2020. (credit: Aurora Flight Sciences) On Thursday, the aviation giant Boeing announced that it is acquiring Aurora Flight Sciences. The lesser-known company specializes in cutting-edge aviation technologies, including […]

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