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May 24, 2017
Hong Kong police arrest 21 Uber drivers in sting
Hong Kong (AFP) May 23, 2017
Hong Kong police on Tuesday arrested 21 Uber drivers for carrying passengers without a proper permit following an undercover operation, in the latest setback for the ride-hailing giant. The sting comes as the San Francisco company has encountered regulatory roadblocks around the world, despite its huge popularity, and after five Uber drivers in the southern Chinese city were found guilty of operating without proper licences in March. Those drivers were arrested in a police swoop in 2015 after fu ... read more

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A booming rental bike business has flooded China's streets with packs of cyclists, but their habit of going the wrong way and abandoning their rides anywhere is causing havoc. ... more
China's JAC says electric car tie-up with VW approved
China's JAC Motors said on Monday it had received government approval for a $734 million joint venture with Volkswagen to produce 100,000 electric cars per year. ... more
Singapore car 'vending machine' dispenses with tradition
A vending machine that dispenses luxury cars to well-heeled buyers is the latest space-saving innovation in land-starved Singapore - just don't try to shake it if it gets stuck. ... more
Volvo says may pull brake on diesel engines
The head of Swedish carmaker Volvo said the firm might stop developing new diesel engines due to high costs triggered by stricter regulations, in an interview published by the German media on Wednesday. ... more
Judge curbs Uber engineer in trade secrets case
A judge has ordered an Uber engineer at the center of a self-driving car trade secrets suit sidelined and files taken from Alphabet-owned Waymo returned. ... more
GM announces drive for sustainable rubber
General Motors said Monday it was moving toward sustainable rubber production for the cars and trucks it produces every year, reducing contributions to deforestation in Southeast Asia and South America. ... more
Judge seeks criminal review of Uber-Alphabet dispute
A federal judge has asked for a criminal justice review in the case brought by Alphabet self-driving car unit Waymo accusing Uber of stealing its technology. ... more
Judge blesses $1 bn compensation deal in VW diesel case
A federal judge in California on Thursday said he would approve a $1.2 billion settlement between Volkswagen and the US authorities over the last 80,000 cars in the company's emissions-cheating scandal. ... more

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South Korea building world's largest test site for self-driving cars
South Korea plans to open the world's largest test site for self-driving cars in October, government officials said. ... more
Experiments show that a few self-driving cars can dramatically improve traffic flow
The presence of just a few autonomous vehicles can eliminate the stop-and-go driving of the human drivers in traffic, along with the accident risk and fuel inefficiency it causes, according to new r ... more
Tesla revenues surge as it ramps for Model 3 launch
Tesla said Wednesday that revenues more than doubled in the past quarter compared with a year ago, as the electric carmaker prepared for production of its new mass-market vehicle. ... more
Chinese carmaker Geely to be largest Saxo shareholder
Danish bank Saxo said on Friday that Chinese carmaker Geely, the owner of Volvo, would become its largest shareholder by buying around 30 percent of its capital. ... more
Germany's Bosch sells subsidiary to China's ZMJ
Germany's Bosch, the world's largest auto parts supplier, said Tuesday it had sold its subsidiary making starter motors and generators to a Chinese buyer. ... more
Bike-sharing launched in congested Beirut
Lebanon launched a bike-sharing programme in its capital Beirut on Sunday, hoping to cut down on the congested city's notorious traffic and pollution. ... more
Free rides offered by Alphabet's Waymo autonomous cars
Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent Alphabet, is offering free rides to residents in Arizona as it accelerates efforts to bring autonomous vehicles to the public. ... more
Rideshare rivals Gett, Juno join forces
US-based ridesharing startups Gett and Juno announced Wednesday they were joining forces, helping them step up a challenge to larger rivals Uber and Lyft. ... more

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China's Didi 'most valuable Asian start-up'; Uber exec demoted
China's ride-hailing leader Didi Chuxing said Friday it had raised more than $5.5 billion in new financing amid reports that the fund injection makes it the most valuable start-up in Asia with a worth over $50 billion. ... more
Uber sets 'flying car' launch for 2020
Uber said Tuesday it wants to launch a system of flying cars to move people around cities, with a goal of putting demonstration projects in place by 2020. ... more
China's quota threat charges up electric car market
China's electric-car market is already the world's biggest, but a government proposal to introduce "new energy" vehicle quotas for automakers is further charging it up. ... more
Imitation Game: China carmakers ape foreign brands at Shanghai show
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then global carmakers are basking in the compliments at Shanghai's auto show, where some Chinese-made models bear striking resemblances to famous foreign brands. ... more
Automakers see promise in China car-sharing
Unable to afford a car, Shanghai university student Long Yi endured an expensive taxi commute across his vast city until he started using one of the car-sharing schemes quickly gaining momentum in China. ... more
Beyond China, carmakers seek new drivers of Asian growth
Southeast Asia's potential beckons as global automakers look beyond China's massive market to extend their sales boom in the region, but executives say they face a struggle to match the explosive Chinese growth. ... more
Global carmakers converge on China as rare slowdown looms
Global carmakers converge on China for the Shanghai auto show this week, with the industry bracing for a sharp sales slowdown and potential price war as competition stiffens in the world's biggest car market. ... more
Uber says growth strong as it gives a peek at earnings
Uber on Friday provided a glimpse at its earnings, saying it is growing strong while working to overhaul company culture at the scandal-dented on-demand ride service. ... more
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