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June 16, 2016
What's driving the next generation of green products?
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jun 14, 2016
If you purchased a Toyota Prius, you may have been driven by the desire to conserve the environment or to save yourself some money at the gas pump. But consumers may also choose to buy sustainable products to make themselves appear socially responsible to others. Before making purchases, they evaluate how their decisions will stack up against their peers', according to a new study. The study, "Social Responsibility and Product Innovation," forthcoming in Marketing Science, examines how understandi ... read more

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Car giants see road to riches in sharing
Auto giants are racing to invest in car- and ride-sharing services, lured by the prospect of fat profits yet to be tapped from a billion cars on the world's roads. ... more
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Germany probes VW staffer for 'destroying proof' of fraud
German authorities investigating the Volkswagen pollution cheating scandal have opened a probe into a VW employee suspected of having destroyed evidence of the fraud, AFP learnt Thursday. ... more
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New molecular design to get hydrogen-powered cars motoring
A radical new process that allows hydrogen to be efficiently sourced from liquid formic acid could be one step forward in making the dream of hydrogen-powered cars an economic reality. Using formic ... more
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Germany talks tough on auto emissions
Germany on Tuesday demanded tougher rules on controlling diesel car pollution in Europe as it blamed auto manufacturers other than Volkswagen of using defeat devices to pass emission tests. ... more
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GM wants to keep steering wheels, pedals in self-drive cars
General Motors chief executive Mary Barra came out strongly Tuesday for regulations requiring the retention of steering wheels and foot pedals in self-driving cars. ... more
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EU ignoring diesel pollution despite VW scandal: NGO
European governments are turning a blind eye to over-polluting cars, an NGO report said on Monday, nine months after a scandal exposed emission test cheating by Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker. ... more
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IEA finds electric vehicle use high in Asia and Europe
The global use of electric vehicles is on the rise, though more can be gained by referencing European and Asian policies, an IEA report found. ... more
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Uber raises $3.5 bn from Saudi investment fund
Uber announced Wednesday that the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia has pumped $3.5 billion into the ride-sharing giant, helping fuel its global expansion plans. ... more
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Study shows tax on plug-in vehicles is not answer to road-funding woes
Given declining revenues from gasoline and diesel fuel taxes and the need for new ways of funding road infrastructure, state and federal policymakers are considering or have enacted annual registrat ... more
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GM venture to recall over two million cars in China
US auto giant General Motors (GM) will recall more than two million vehicles produced through a joint venture in China because of an engine component flaw, the firm and officials said. ... more
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Google to open Detroit-area autonomous car center
Google announced plans Wednesday to open a Detroit-area technology center for its self-driving car program. ... more
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Google patent glues pedestrians to self-driving cars
Google on Thursday had a fresh US patent for a sticky coating that could be applied to self-driving cars so pedestrians stick instead of bouncing off when hit. ... more
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VW dieselgate: US judge cites progress toward settlement
The San Francisco judge handling the possible trial of Volkswagen in the emissions cheating scandal said Tuesday that there had been "substantial progress" toward a final settlement. ... more
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Volkswagen, Toyota buy into ridesharing
Toyota and Volkswagen announced separate partnerships Tuesday with rideshare companies Uber and Gett, in the latest such moves by major carmakers. ... more
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Fiat Chrysler suspected of emissions cheating
German regulators suspect that Italian-American auto maker Fiat Chrysler, like Volkswagen, used illegal software to cheat on emissions tests, a newspaper report said Sunday. ... more
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Ex-Googlers rev up plan for self-driving trucks
A former member of Google's autonomous car team and other Silicon Valley veterans on Tuesday introduced a startup devoted to self-driving trucks. ... more
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Tesla raising cash to fund accelerated production
Luxury electric carmaker Tesla Motors announced Wednesday it planned to raise $1.4 billion in new capital to help fund stepped-up production of its new Model 3 car. ... more
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Innovative traffic interchanges help drivers avoid crashes, save lives
The state of Missouri is a pioneer in adopting Diverging Diamond Interchanges (DDIs) named for their innovative design. At these interchanges drivers are diverted to the left side of the road prior ... more
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Waze squeezes into Uber's lane with carpool feature
Google-owned navigation application Waze on Monday began testing a carpool feature that rolls near the home turf of Uber and Lyft. ... more
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General Motors' Opel unit in hot seat over emissions
German carmaker Opel, a subsidiary of General Motors, found itself in the spotlight Friday, with the transport ministry demanding explanations for media reports alleging irregularities in the emissions values of some of its cars. ... more
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Apple invests $1 billion in China taxi app Didi
Apple said Friday it has invested $1 billion in Chinese ride hailing app Didi Chuxing, the bitter rival of US-based Uber, as the tech giant seeks to better understand its second-biggest market. ... more
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France's Peugeot and Chinese partner to develop electric cars
French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen and its Chinese partner Dongfeng Motors said on Wednesday they had agreed to jointly develop electric cars from 2019. ... more
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Chilean cabbies block traffic in protest against Uber
Thousands of Chilean taxi drivers honked their horns and blocked traffic Thursday in a protest against ridesharing service Uber. ... more
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Strolling and selfies as Paris' Champs-Elysees goes car-free
The sight of cars thundering down Paris's most famous boulevard was replaced Sunday by people strolling, cycling and taking selfies in the sun as the Champs-Elysees went traffic-free. ... more
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