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January 10, 2017
US charges VW executive with fraud in diesel scandal
Miami (AFP) Jan 9, 2017
US authorities charged a Volkswagen executive with fraud and conspiracy, saying he helped cover up the "dieselgate" emissions-cheating scandal, the Justice Department said Monday. Oliver Schmidt, who led the German automaker's US regulatory compliance office from 2012 to March 2015, appeared in a Miami court Monday to face charges he knowingly lied to US regulators. He did not enter a plea, and was ordered held for another hearing Thursday, according to news reports. The FBI arrested Schmidt ... read more

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Renault-Nissan doubles down on autonomous cars
Renault-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn told a tech gathering Thursday the automaker is committed to self-driving cars, as he unveiled a series of initiatives to advance the technology. ... more
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BMW to deploy 40 self-driving cars in US, Europe
BMW Group announced Wednesday it would deploy 40 self-driving vehicles for tests in the United States and Europe ... more
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Hyundai eyes autonomous cars for the masses
Hyundai's Ioniq draws little attention as it maneuvers the streets of Las Vegas. ... more
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Electric car startup unveils 'new species' of vehicle
Faraday Future, the secretive electric car startup with ambitions to overtake Tesla, unveiled its first production vehicle Tuesday, proclaiming it to be a "new species" for personal transportation. ... more
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Chrysler's new tech-rich concept car aims young
Fiat-Chrysler on Tuesday unveiled a concept car designed for Millennials: an electric-powered minivan with modular components that can be adapted for autonomous driving. ... more
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U.S. funding more alternative vehicle efforts
Charging stations along the U.S. highway system and advances for school bus fleets are getting the bulk of new alternative vehicle funding, the government said. ... more
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Volkswagen reaches emissions agreement with 3-liter car owners
Volkswagen on Thursday said it had reached an agreement in principle with owners of 3.0-liter cars affected by its emissions cheating scandal. ... more
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China fines GM unit $29 million for 'price-fixing'
Beijing has fined the Chinese unit of General Motors nearly $29 million for "infringing on the rights of consumers and its competitors" via price-fixing, Shanghai authorities said. ... more
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Uber puts brakes on self-driving cars in California
Uber on Wednesday said it put the brakes on self-driving cars in California because state officials yanked registration for vehicles being used for a pilot program. ... more
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VW reaches $1 bn compensation deal in 3.0-liter diesel case
Volkswagen has reached a $1 billion agreement with US authorities on a compensation deal for the last 80,000 vehicles affected by its emissions-cheating scandal in the United States, officials said Tuesday. ... more
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Better road planning could boost food production while protect forests
Conservation scientists have used layers of data on biodiversity, climate, transport and crop yields to construct a colour-coded mapping system that shows where new road-building projects should go ... more
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Google's Waymo adds 100 Chryslers to self-driving fleet
Google's spinoff self-driving car division Waymo announced Monday it added 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans to its fleet of self-driving vehicles being tested. ... more
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VW settles Canada drivers' class action over emissions
Canadian drivers of Volkswagen vehicles whose diesel engines were equipped with devices to cheat emissions tests will share up to Can$2.1 billion in a lawsuit settlement announced Monday. ... more
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GM probed in China for antitrust violations: source
Chinese antitrust officials are investigating General Motors in the wake of escalating tensions between Beijing and US President-elect Donald Trump, a person familiar with the matter said Wednesday. ... more
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Uber defies California, keeps self-driving cars rolling
Uber said Friday it planned to keep its self-driving cars on the streets of San Francisco, defying a state order to halt the test program. ... more
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French cars lead EU list of low CO2 emitters, Ferrari fined
The European Union on Friday said luxury carmakers Ferrari and Aston Martin would receive a fine for exceeding their carbon emission targets, as French cars lead the way in lowering emissions. ... more
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GM first to deliver mid-priced, all-electric car
General Motors began deliveries Tuesday of the first all-electric car model aimed at the middle market, getting a head start on Tesla Motors and other competitors. ... more
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California shuts down Uber's self-driving cars
California shut down Uber's testing of self-driving cars shortly after the ride-sharing service launched its pilot in San Francisco, citing a lack of permit and threatening to sue. ... more
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Google self-driving car unit spins off as Waymo
Google's self-driving car unit is being spun off and rebranded as Waymo as it aims "to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around." ... more
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US unveils 'V2V' plan for cars to talk to each other
US officials announced a proposal Tuesday to help speed up the adoption of autonomous vehicles by requiring new cars to communicate with each other and "speak the same language." ... more
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China auto sales peak in November: group
Auto sales in China, the world's biggest car market and crucial to manufacturers worldwide, reached a new peak in November, data from an industry group showed Monday. ... more
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Electric vehicle market footprint growing
Europe and China are expected to dominate the consumer electric vehicle market as the footprint grows into double-digit percent, a market report finds. ... more
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S. Korea fines Volkswagen $32 mn for false advertising
Seoul's anti-trust agency slapped the South Korean unit of German carmaker Volkswagen with a 37.3 billion won ($32 million) fine Wednesday for false advertising over the carmaker's emissions fraud scandal. ... more
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