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March 15, 2017
Intel buying Israeli car tech firm Mobileye for $15 bn
Jerusalem (AFP) March 13, 2017
Intel will buy Israeli car tech firm Mobileye for more than $15 billion (14 billion euros), the companies said Monday, in a deal signalling the US computer chip giant's commitment to technology for self-driving vehicles. Israeli media reported that the deal worth approximately $15.3 billion was the largest ever cross-border acquisition for an Israeli tech firm. It comes with Intel and Mobileye previously collaborating with German automaker BMW to develop self-driving cars. Intel and Mobileye ... read more

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Automobile sales in China jumped more than 22 percent year-on-year in February, an industry group said Friday, in fresh evidence that a cut in purchase taxes was supporting demand in the world's largest car market. ... more
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'Global startup' vows autonomous car by 2020 in US
A "global startup" which makes electric racing vehicles unveiled plans Friday to sell a fully autonomous electric car in the US market by 2020. ... more
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Uber backlash after Hong Kong drivers found guilty by court
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Pressure mounts on Uber and CEO after missteps
After a series of embarrassing revelations, ridesharing giant Uber faces challenges in keeping growth on track, with top executive Travis Kalanick likely to face pressure to give up some control. ... more
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Australia sues Audi, Volkswagen over emissions cheating
Australia's consumer watchdog Wednesday launched court action against Volkswagen and its subsidiary Audi over an emissions cheating scandal, claiming they engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct. ... more
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Norway says half of new cars now electric or hybrid
Norway, which already boasts the world's highest number of electric cars per capita, said Monday that electric or hybrid cars represented half of new registrations in the country so far this year. ... more
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Volkswagen to recall over 680,000 Audis in China
German carmaker Volkswagen will recall nearly 680,000 premium Audi cars in China, according to the country's quality regulator, over defects in coolant pumps that could lead to engine fires. ... more
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Secret Uber software steers drivers from stings
Uber on Friday acknowledged the use of a secret software program to steer drivers away from trouble, including sting operations by local authorities to catch lawbreakers. ... more
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Protectionism would be 'disaster' for autos: Renault-Nissan's Ghosn
Renault-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn warned Thursday that protectionist trade policies could spell "disaster" for an automotive sector that depends on open borders for a complex supply chain. ... more
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Kymeta aimes to deliver terabyte connectivity to the car of the future
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NTU Singapore invents ultrafast camera for self-driving vehicles and drones
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Tesla takes on Gulf gas guzzlers
Electric carmaker Tesla announced the opening of a new Gulf headquarters Monday in Dubai, aiming to conquer an oil-rich region better known for gas guzzlers than environmentally friendly motoring. ... more
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Germany, France plan cross-border self-driving test zone
European neighbours Germany and France plan to test self-driving vehicles on a stretch of road linking the two countries, the transport ministry in Berlin said Wednesday. ... more
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Volvo Cars posts strong earnings on record sales
Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars, owned by Chinese group Geely, said Wednesday it posted a healthy profit rise in 2016, boosted by record sales and stronger finances. ... more
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