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November 23, 2017
Driverless, electric future just round the corner for urban cars
London (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
A driverless, electric car is only a swipe away in the cities of the future, where pollution clampdowns and rapid advances in technology will transform the way we travel, despite lagging infrastructure. As more and more countries announce a phasing-out of pure petrol and diesel cars, early versions of tomorrow's models are already on the streets: hybrid cars, fully electric motors and vehicles that can partially drive themselves. Attitudes to vehicle ownership in cities are changing as smartphon ... read more

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Singapore to deploy driverless buses from 2022: minister
Driverless buses will appear on some roads in Singapore from 2022 as part of plans to improve mobility in the land-scarce city-state, its transport minister said Wednesday. ... more
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Free wheelin' in New York: the Big Apple bike boom
Expanding bike lanes, handing out free helmets and making lessons free: New York is making great strides in encouraging pedal power at the expense of exhaust fumes, even if some cyclists are still nervous about navigating bottleneck traffic. ... more
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Volvo to supply Uber with self-driving cars
Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars said Monday it has signed an agreement to supply "tens of thousands" of self-driving cars to Uber, as the ride-sharing company battles a number of different controversies. ... more
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India opens first-ever EV charging station
In announcing a first, a state-owned oil company in India said charging stations for electric vehicles can address some fundamental pollution issues. ... more
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Free wheelin' in New York: the Big Apple bike boom
Expanding bike lanes, handing out free helmets and making lessons free: New York is making great strides in encouraging pedal power at the expense of exhaust fumes, even if some cyclists are still nervous about navigating bottleneck traffic. ... more
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UK budget aims for driverless cars by 2021
British finance minister Philip Hammond is to announce 75 million pounds ($99 million, 84 million euros) funding for Artificial Intelligence and plans to put driverless cars on UK roads by 2021, in his budget speech on Wednesday. ... more

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Want safe travels? Find freeways with these features
New BYU research commissioned by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) shows a number of highway features that make accidents less likely. Among them are some that are intuitive: minimal hills a ... more
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Horrific highway pile-up kills 18 in China
A highway pile-up involving at least 30 cars killed 18 people in eastern China on Wednesday, local authorities said, leaving dramatic scenes of twisted and burnt-out wreckage and a towering column of black smoke. ... more
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Volkswagen China to invest billions in new energy cars
Volkswagen will invest more than 10 billion euros ($12 billion) along with its partners in China to build new energy vehicles in the country, the company said on Thursday. ... more
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Godspeed: Francis passes on Lamborghini
Lamborghini gave Pope Francis a personalised white supercar on Wednesday, but he put it up for auction to raise money for charity rather than give up his trademark popemobile. ... more
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Tesla unveils its all-electric semi truck
After revolutionizing electric cars, Tesla is tackling a new frontier in "green" transportation with the introduction a futuristic all-electric semi truck. ... more
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Lyft takes Uber challenge north to Canada
US ride-sharing startup Lyft said Monday it is launching next month in Toronto, the first city in what is expected to be an international expansion for the Uber rival. ... more
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Uber comes of age with SoftBank tieup
Uber's tieup with Japanese tech giant SoftBank suggests the ridesharing giant is set to come of age in the business world, but it still faces a long road ahead. ... more
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EV corridor will stretch from Norway to Italy
German utility company E.ON and a mobility service provider said Friday they would work to establish an electric-vehicle corridor linking Norway to Italy. ... more

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Vehicle emissions per driver on the rise, study finds
The average emissions emitted per individual driver in the United States is getting worse, a report Friday from the University of Michigan found. ... more
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Auto workers at Chinese-owned US plant reject bid to unionize
The United Auto Workers has suffered another stinging defeat as workers overwhelmingly voted against unionizing at the Chinese-owned Fuyao car glass plant in Ohio. ... more
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Introducing autonomous vehicles sooner could save hundreds of thousands of lives
Autonomous vehicles should only have to be moderately better than human drivers before being widely used in the United States, an approach that could save thousands of lives annually even before the ... more
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Uber IPO 'target' is 2019: CEO
Uber is on track for a 2019 public stock offering and the plan is not dependent on new funding from Japan's SoftBank, the global ride-sharing giant's CEO said Thursday. ... more
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Uber joins forces with NASA to develop flying taxis
Uber on Wednesday unveiled a partnership with NASA that will see it develop flying taxis priced competitively with standard Uber journeys. ... more
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S. Korea to fine BMW, Mercedes, Porsche over emission rule breaches
South Korea plans to hit Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Porsche with a total of $63 million in fines for violating emission rules, its environment ministry said on Thursday. ... more
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Ford, Chinese firm to invest $756 million on electric cars
US auto stalwart Ford announced on Wednesday a $756 million investment with its Chinese joint venture to produce electric cars, just as US President Donald Trump arrived in Beijing for thorny trade talks. ... more
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Waymo cars hit the the road without drivers
Waymo on Tuesday said that its self-driving cars are hitting the road without anyone behind the wheel as the Alphabet subsidiary steers toward launching an automated ride service. ... more
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