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May 17, 2016
Waze squeezes into Uber's lane with carpool feature
San Francisco (AFP) May 16, 2016
Google-owned navigation application Waze on Monday began testing a carpool feature that rolls near the home turf of Uber and Lyft. Waze Carpool stressed that it intended only to help commuters get to or from their jobs, chipping in to cover trip costs, and was not getting involved with the types of on-demand rides that Uber and Lyft offer. Still, Waze Carpool would serve as an alternative to ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft - at least for people dealing with daily commutes. "Waze ... read 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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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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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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Self-driving cars in a fast lane: Fiat Chrysler chief
Self-driving cars could hit roads within five years, the head of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Friday, days after the company announced an alliance with Google parent Alphabet. ... more
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Volvo Cars gets junk rating as bond offer hits the road
Sweden's Volvo Cars said Friday it received a junk credit rating from the Standard and Poor's agency as it seeks to sell $500 million euros ($571 million) of bonds to investors. ... more
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Paris' Champs-Elysees goes car-free on Sunday
The constant thunder of cars on Paris' most famous boulevard will be silenced Sunday when the Champs-Elysees goes pedestrian-only for the day in the first instalment of a monthly effort to tackle pollution. ... more
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Tesla accelerates to hit target of 500,000 cars yearly
Tesla is speeding the timeline for building half a million cars annually as it steps up production to meet growing demand for its electric vehicles. ... more
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Ford invests in cloud firm Pivotal in self-driving car push
Ford said Thursday it was investing $182 million into San Francisco cloud computing firm Pivotal as it deepens its work on connected and self-driving cars. ... more
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New Zealand aims to double use of electric vehicles
The government of New Zealand said Thursday it was taking additional steps to adopt a low-carbon economy by creating incentives to use more electric vehicles. ... more
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Google autonomous car project teams with FiatChrysler
Google parent Alphabet on Tuesday announced that it has partnered with Fiat Chrysler in a major expansion of its fleet of self-driving vehicles. ... more
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Google autonomous car project teams with FiatChrysler
Google parent Alphabet on Tuesday announced that it has partnered with Fiat Chrysler in a major expansion of its fleet of self-driving vehicles. ... more
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New graphene-based film may keep your next laptop cool
As engineers squeeze electronics into smaller packages, it becomes increasingly hard to keep them cool. Enter functionalized graphene nanoflakes. ... more
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China's Baidu eyes driverless car production by 2020
Chinese search engine giant Baidu is planning to produce driverless cars by 2020, its chief executive said, as the company reported revenue climbed sharply in the first quarter. ... more
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Volkswagen vows to overcome emissions-cheating crisis
Embattled German carmaker Volkswagen vowed Thursday to overcome its current crisis triggered by the engine-rigging scandal, insisting it would not allow itself to be slowed down by the affair and would return to profit this year. ... more
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Cactus-inspired skin may provide boost to electric car industry
The fuel cells that power electric cars require a significant amount of water. Fuel cell membranes are hydrated with a radiator, water reservoir and a humidifier - all energy-intensive components. ... more
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'Pioneer' commuters go electric in polluted Mexico City
Martin Vazquez glides silently through the pandemonium of rush hour in Mexico City, drives his sky-blue scooter up to a charging station and plugs it in. ... more
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Germany to boost electric cars with 1 bn euro scheme
Germany will subsidise electric car purchases to give a jolt to sluggish growth in the sector and help meet national climate goals with zero-emission mobility, the government said Wednesday. ... more
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Technology drive sees 'connected car' link-ups in China
China has the youngest premium car buyers in the world, and their tech-savvy demand for "connected cars" - coupled with Communist regulations - is driving international automakers into the arms of the country's Internet giants. ... more
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Lithium War Heats Up After Epic Launch Of Tesla Model 3
The unveiling of Tesla's Model 3 electric car was no less than the lifting of the final curtain on a game-changing energy revolution. And if we follow that revolution to its core, we arrive at lithi ... more
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Global carmakers see rising competition in China
Global carmakers gathered in Beijing on Monday to show off their wares as competition intensifies and growth slows in the world's biggest auto market, with SUVs and new energy vehicles the focus of attention. ... more
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China could electrify global rechargeable car market
Electric cars have their highest-profile prophet in US-based entrepreneur Elon Musk and their widest adoption in Norway, but China's vast auto market will decide their worldwide future, experts say. ... more
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China's Tesla BYD has electric dreams
In contrast to the usual pattern of technological advance, Chinese car firm BYD - for Build Your Dreams - has led the way in electric vehicles but now faces increasing competition from Western manufacturers. ... more
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Google, Uber in coalition to promote self-driving cars
Google and Uber are part of a coalition unveiled on Tuesday to push for a unified US legal code on self-driving cars as part of a broader lobbying drive to promote that technology. ... more
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Scandal-hit VW delays German recall after failing to get regulatory nod
Volkswagen said Monday it was postponing a recall of tens of thousands of vehicles to remove a device designed to cheat pollution tests, after failing to obtain regulatory approval for the repair. ... more
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