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Audi e-tron will use cameras in place of side mirrors, but not in US

Audi's first battery-electric crossover will also usher in radical new technology for the automotive industry. The production e-tron electric crossover will ditch traditional side mirrors and replace them with camera-based digital mirrors, the brand announced on Wednesday. Unfortunately, we won't see them in the United States due to a lack of regulations...

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FCA in talks to use Waymo self-driving tech in showroom-bound models

Waymo is making huge strides in the race to develop a safe and robust self-driving service. The Alphabet-owned company formerly known as the Google Self-Driving Car Project on Thursday announced that starting in 2018 it will order up to 62,000 additional Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids to join its self-driving fleet. It follows Waymo's announcement in March that...

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GM’s self-driving car business receives $2.25B from world’s biggest tech fund

General Motors' self-driving car business (GM Cruise) has been given a huge vote of confidence by SoftBank Vision Fund. The fund, which controls more than $100 billion in assets and is considered the world's biggest tech invester, on Thursday announced it will inject $2.25 billion in GM Cruise in return for a 19.6 percent stake. An initial payment of $900...

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Could Chrysler be axed?

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is scheduled to reveal a company-wide strategy Friday at an investor meeting in Balocco, Italy, his last before his retirement next year, and there are rumors swirling the plans might call for the axing of the Chrysler brand, whose lineup consists of just the 300 and Pacifica. The rumor was reported Wednesday by...

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BMW explains the 5 levels of self-driving capability

A lot of companies are working on self-driving cars but the day when we all hurry around in pods without steering wheels is a long way off. In the meantime, self-driving technology will slowly filter across to cars in piecemeal form, with the Society of Automotive Engineers in 2014 presenting a roadmap of five key levels of capability that we'll pass on the...

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McLaren names Indy 500 winner as new chief test driver

McLaren's next-generation of sports cars and supercars will first be handed to Kenny Bräck. The British automaker announced Wednesday that the Swedish racing driver is now chief test driver. He replaces long-time tester Chris Goodwin who last year joined Aston Martin. The title comes with major responsibility: climb behind the wheel of numerous McLaren...

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Germany’s second-biggest city to introduce diesel bans on May 31

Hamburg will become Germany's first city to impose a ban on diesel cars. The ban will be introduced on May 31 but only along two major roads in the city center. A number of signs have been erected to warn drivers of the ban and suggest alternative routes. It's not a blanket ban on diesel, as it is only on cars introduced prior to 2009, when Euro 5 emissions...

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China to cut tariffs for cars, auto parts

In what could prove to be a major turning point in China's tough stance on trade in the auto sector, China's Finance Ministry on Tuesday confirmed cuts for import tariffs on cars and car parts. Due to roll in from July 1, the cuts will see tariffs on most vehicles reduced to 15 percent, and on certain parts reduced to 6 percent. Many cars imported into...

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Thousands of more Tesla Supercharger stations coming

In the coming days, we should have an updated map showing exactly where "thousands" of new Tesla Supercharger stations will pop up in the near future, per Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Musk responded to a vehicle owner via Twitter on Wednesday and said the "thousands" of new stations are currently under construction or remain in a permitting stage. The added...

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