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More driverless cars set to hit our roads
February 8, 2018 by Danielle Oswald

Driverless cars on the roads are closer and closer to being a reality. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced an agreement to supply thousands of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo to support the launch of the world’s first driverless ride-hailing service.   The

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German automakers facing fury over using monkeys in test trials
February 5, 2018 by David McHugh And Geir Moulson, The Associated Press

Public criticism of the German auto industry has escalated after a report that an industry-sponsored entity commissioned a study of the effects of diesel exhaust using monkeys, while another study exposed humans to low levels of one type of air

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Hyundai to sell autonomous cars in 2021
January 11, 2018 by The Associated Press

Hyundai Motor Co. said Thursday it will begin selling its first self-driving vehicles by 2021 in partnership with U.S. based self-driving technology startup Aurora Innovation Inc. Within in three years, Hyundai and Aurora will bring autonomous vehicles to markets that

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BLAST FROM THE PAST: Vehicle safety inspections
January 3, 2018 by Allan Janssen

When you think of vehicle inspection blitzes, you’re probably thinking about large commercial vehicles. They’re still subject to occasional safety blitzes.  But there was a time when passenger vehicles also came under scrutiny! The latest post on the CARS Facebook

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GM eyes 2019 for autonomous vehicles
December 6, 2017 by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

General Motors Co. expects to carry passengers and deliver goods with self-driving vehicles in big cities sometime in 2019, telling investors it’s moving quickly and plans to be ahead of other automakers and tech companies. The Detroit automaker made the

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Waymo rolls out autonomous vans
November 17, 2017 by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

A self-driving car company created by Google is pulling the human backup driver from behind the steering wheel and will test vehicles on public roads with only an employee in the back seat. The move by Waymo started Oct. 19

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Genuine Parts Company acquires Europe’s Alliance Automotive Group
September 29, 2017 by Adam Malik

A $2 billion deal has been made that will see Genuine Auto Parts Company acquire Alliance Automotive Group, headquartered in London, England. AAG is a European distributor of vehicle parts, tools and workshop equipment. The deal includes the repayment of

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Globalized auto industry vulnerable to new Brexit borders
August 31, 2017 by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press

Ford’s Dagenham diesel engine plant is a marvel of mechanization – a steel and chrome hangar full of LED lighting, robots and computer-controlled machine tools. The U.S. carmaker has invested $2.5 billion in the plant, where 3,150 people churn out

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Renault-Nissan, China’s Dongfeng announce e-car venture
August 30, 2017 by The Associated Press

Automakers Renault and Nissan say they will develop electric cars with a Chinese state-owned partner, adding to a series of tie-ups between global auto brands and local partners in the biggest electric vehicle market. The venture Dongfeng Motor Corp. aims

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Audi to update 850,000 cars as diesel recalls widen
July 26, 2017 by David McHugh And Geir Moulson, The Canadian Press

German automaker Audi says it will fit up to 850,000 diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance, following a similar move by rival Daimler as the auto industry tries to get ahead of public controversy over the

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German government sets up diesel summit with auto bosses
July 20, 2017 by The Canadian Press

The German government has invited leading automakers to a meeting next month to discuss how to reduce diesel emissions. Transport Ministry spokesman Sebastian Hille said Wednesday the CEOs of Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Daimler, Ford’s German branch and Opel are invited

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Doug Betts to lead automotive research at J.D. Power
July 16, 2017 by Allan Janssen

XIO Group, a London headquartered global private equity firm, has announced that its portfolio company, J.D. Power, has affirmed Doug Betts as leader of Automotive for J.D. Power. Betts, a veteran automobile and technology executive, was named senior vice president