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  • Hint to electric car dealers: Charge up before the test drive if you want the sale

    Hint to electric car dealers: Charge up before the test drive if you want the sale

    To Oscar Gutierrez, electric cars are a “no-brainer.” “Like, seriously,” he said, his arms outstretched, an incredulous look on his face. “You can drive and not use gas. The state gives you money to buy it. What else could you want?” No surprise, Gutierrez sells electric cars. A sales manager at...

  • Ford reportedly plans to cut 10% of its workers

    Ford reportedly plans to cut 10% of its workers

    Ford Motor Co. is reportedly planning substantial job cuts in order to boost profits and raise its stock price. The Wall Street Journal reported that the cuts would target salaried employees and would reduce Ford's global head count by about 10%. The cuts are said to largely target salaried employees....

  • Driverless cars are the future, and the ugly battle to dominate the field is on

    Driverless cars are the future, and the ugly battle to dominate the field is on

    It’s big. It’s nasty. It’s the fight for dominance in the burgeoning market for driverless cars — and the service they’ll provide. Alliances are forming. Competitors are bulking up. The gloves are coming off. There are accusations of subterfuge. On Monday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup slapped...

  • Court restricts Uber actions in driverless-tech theft case

    Court restricts Uber actions in driverless-tech theft case

    After suggesting the U.S. Department of Justice consider a criminal investigation of Uber in a trade secrets theft case, a federal judge on Monday ordered the ride hailing company to stop the man accused of the theft from work on the technology at issue. The order stems from a lawsuit filed by...

  • Waymo and Lyft team up on technology for driverless cars

    Waymo and Lyft team up on technology for driverless cars

    If the future of transportation is centered on driverless vehicles available to passengers on demand, its first industry powerhouse may have just been hatched. Waymo and Lyft confirmed Sunday they’ve signed a deal to collaborate on autonomous technology through pilot projects and product development....

  • Fiat Chrysler recalls 1 million Ram pickups in North America because of air bag glitch

    Fiat Chrysler recalls 1 million Ram pickups in North America because of air bag glitch

    Fiat Chrysler is recalling approximately 1 million Ram pickup trucks in North America because of a software glitch that could prevent side air bags and seat belts from deploying during a rollover. The company's U.S. division said Friday that it was aware of one death, two injuries and two accidents...

  • VW's emissions-cheating settlement for 3-liter vehicles gets judge's approval

    VW's emissions-cheating settlement for 3-liter vehicles gets judge's approval

    A federal judge in San Francisco has approved a $1.2-billion settlement with owners of 88,500 Volkswagens with 3-liter diesel engines rigged to cheat on emissions tests. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer gave the deal final approval during a hearing Thursday. The deal ends most of the litigation...

  • Toyota to use Nvidia chips for autonomous cars

    Toyota to use Nvidia chips for autonomous cars

    Nvidia, the hot graphics chip company that’s moving quickly into new markets, said Toyota would be using its chips and software in the carmaker’s autonomous vehicles. Tesla already uses Nvidia chips to process the artificial intelligence software that guides its Autopilot technology. Toyota joins...

  • Outlier's Guild to hold Los Angeles custom motorcycle show

    Outlier's Guild to hold Los Angeles custom motorcycle show

    The Outlier's Guild will host a one-day motorcycle show in Los Angeles featuring custom builds, motorcycle art and motor-themed photography.

  • Walt Disney World plans to deploy driverless shuttles in Florida

    Walt Disney World plans to deploy driverless shuttles in Florida

    Walt Disney World in Florida appears poised to launch the highest-profile commercial deployment of driverless passenger vehicles to date, testing a fleet of driverless shuttles that could cart passengers through parking lots and around its theme parks. According to sources with direct knowledge...

  • Honda's 2017 CR-V, now powered by turbo

    Honda's 2017 CR-V, now powered by turbo

    Honda has pumped up its bestselling SUV by turbocharging its engine and adding high-tech electronics to its low-cost crossover.

  • Google to offer rides in self-driving vehicles in Arizona

    Google to offer rides in self-driving vehicles in Arizona

    Google and Fiat Chrysler for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving vehicles they are building under an expanding partnership. The companies announced in spring 2016 that they would build 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans. Those vehicles have been tested...

  • Supreme Court rejects appeal from GM on faulty ignition switches

    Supreme Court rejects appeal from GM on faulty ignition switches

    The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that one plaintiffs' attorney said could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims. The justices without comment left in place a lower...

  • Tesla plans to nearly double its car-charging network

    Tesla plans to nearly double its car-charging network

    Tesla will nearly double its Supercharger electric car charging network this year to 10,000 public charging units globally, up from 5,400, the company said Monday. The company plans to begin producing the mass-market Model 3 later this year, and to expand its current annual vehicle production from...

  • Indian Chieftain Limited motorcycle is a bad urban bagger

    Indian Chieftain Limited motorcycle is a bad urban bagger

    Polaris-owned Indian Motorcycle, pressing its assault on the big bike market, recently added the Chieftain Limited and Chieftain Elite to its line of Chiefs, Chieftains, Springfields, Roadmasters and Scouts. I had a week on the Limited, and liked it a lot. Like its full-dress Chieftain and Roadmaster...

  • Zero DS: A plug-in electric commuter bike that is a rarity in the two-wheeled world

    Zero DS: A plug-in electric commuter bike that is a rarity in the two-wheeled world

    Battery electric automobiles have broken most of the barriers to ownership, even if they haven’t broken sales records. Tesla overcame the performance and luxury hurdles with its sleek Model S. The Chevrolet Bolt EV smashed previous range limitations. In the two-wheeled electric world, Zero motorcycles...

  • Tesla recalls some Model S and Model X cars for parking brake problem

    Tesla recalls some Model S and Model X cars for parking brake problem

    Because of a parking brake that might stick and render a car immobile, Tesla Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for certain Model S and Model X luxury electric cars. In an email to owners Thursday, first revealed by TechCrunch, Tesla said that no injuries related to the defect have been reported,...

  • A flying car will be available for preorder for more than $1 million

    A flying car will be available for preorder for more than $1 million

    It may not be quite like the Jetsons, but for over a million dollars you too can soon fly around in a car. A Slovakian company called AeroMobil unveiled on Thursday its version of a flying car, a light-framed plane with wings that can fold back like an insect’s, a hybrid engine and rear propeller....

  • GM halts operations in Venezuela after factory is seized

    GM halts operations in Venezuela after factory is seized

    General Motors has stopped doing business in Venezuela after authorities took control of a factory in what GM called an illegal judicial seizure of its assets. The plant was confiscated Wednesday as antigovernment protesters clashed with authorities in a country that is roiling with economic troubles...

  • Dangerous Takata air bag inflators are being installed in used cars

    Dangerous Takata air bag inflators are being installed in used cars

    A Nevada crash that nearly killed a young woman has exposed a hole in the government's efforts to get dangerous Takata air bag inflators off the road: There's nothing preventing the devices from being taken from wrecked cars and reused. Karina Dorado's trachea was punctured by shrapnel from an...

  • Uber executive who worked on self-driving systems leaves the company

    Uber executive who worked on self-driving systems leaves the company

    An Uber Technologies Inc. executive who worked on the ride-hailing company’s self-driving vehicle program has left the firm. He is the third executive to exit Uber in two months. The San Francisco company confirmed the departure of Sherif Marakby, Uber’s vice president of global vehicle programs,...

  • Flying cars may be poised to take off, but survey shows Americans want a parachute

    Flying cars may be poised to take off, but survey shows Americans want a parachute

    Flying cars are beginning to look less like science fiction these days, with big companies and small start-ups developing working prototypes. Nothing’s commercially available yet, but experts say highway vehicles with wings are possible over the next five to 10 years. What do consumers think? Michael...

  • Tesla Model X wins AAA Green Vehicle Awards' top honor

    Tesla Model X wins AAA Green Vehicle Awards' top honor

    Tesla's Model X has received the top Green Vehicle nod from the AAA, sharing the honors with electric vehicles made by Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Ford and Lexus. The battery electric luxury SUV won the “overall” and “SUV” categories in the annual awards, given out by the AAA in recognition of vehicles...

  • Ford confirms Shelby GT350 and GT350R for 2018

    Ford confirms Shelby GT350 and GT350R for 2018

    Keeping in sync with today’s observance of National Mustang Day, Ford Motor Co. has confirmed that it will include the Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs as part of its 2018 model year lineup. The two track-ready but street legal hot rods will be available in three new colors, one of them amusingly...

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