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Waymo to launch driverless robo-taxis in Arizona

Phoenix - If you’re in Arizona in the near future and require a cab the chances are the vehicle that turns up to take you to your destitution will be without a human behind the wheel. This is in light of Waymo’s plan to introduce an autonomous service.

Two autonomous vehicles are better than one

Two autonomous vehicles connected together and traveling along the same route are safer when compared with one lone vehicle, according to a new study. This is due to wider field of view and extended situational awareness.

Automotive trends, from Car-as-a-Service to Mobility-as-a-Service

Mobility-as-a-Service is a developing trend in transportation, signaling a partial shift away from personally owned modes of transportation towards mobility solutions.

Samsung to begin self-driving car tests in California

Los Angeles - Samsung has been given permission to test out its self-driving cars on public roads in California at the same time that the roads are used for cars driven by people.

Using vehicles as weapons of terror in Europe

Barcelona - A driver deliberately ploughed a van into pedestrians in Barcelona on Thursday, killing 13 people in what police called a "terrorist attack".

Artificial intelligence helps to keep tired drivers awake

Tokyo - One risk with driving is feeling tired and losing concentration. Sleep related problems exacerbate this risk. To help drivers, Panasonic have developed an artificial intelligence platform.

Energy storage industry growing with new battery gigafactories

Research and development in energy storage have given us a whole gamut of storage battery concepts, including lithium-ion, lead acid, sodium chemistries, and flow technologies. This has made clean energy battery storage a fast-growing industry.

Lithium-air batteries could power electric cars

One thing holding back progress with electric cars are the batteries needed to power such vehicles. Considerable promise comes from lithium-air batteries, which enable electric cars to drive farther on a single charge.

Apple handed self-driving test permit

San Fransisco - Apple has been working on autonomous cars for a while but little detail has emerged. That's about to change. Apple has been granted a permit to test self-driving cars on the streets of California.

When vehicles become weapons

Paris - Transforming a vehicle into a simple but deadly weapon of terror -- as happened to such bloody effect in Nice -- is a tactic well known to intelligence agencies.

Paris to ban motor vehicles for an entire day

Paris - The capital of France will ban motor vehicles for a single day next month. This will allow visitors to experience Paris without motorized traffic.

Graphene is the key to the car of the future

Manchester - Graphene could be the key to more fuel efficient vehicles, leading to a generation of cars where less fuel is needed for each pump stop. It all comes down to heat efficiency.

Nanotech can tell you when it's time to change your car’s oil

When to change out engine oil is a dilemma that many car drivers face (or for the less practically minded, when to ask the garage to do it). A new nanotech invention can give motorists the answer.

More than 1,000 vehicles set ablaze on New Year's Eve in France

Every culture has its own special way of celebrating the start of a new year. In France, that celebration often includes citizens setting strangers' cars on fire.

Norway to place 'disco poles' to scare elk away from busy roads

After several traffic incidents involving elks, Norway is trying out a new system using "disco poles" to scare the wandering animals away from oncoming cars on busy roads.

Canada preparing for self-driving cars

Canadian drivers could have a self-driving vehicle in as little as four years. This will end up impacting technology and society in bigger, and possibly confusing, ways.

Op-Ed: Safety measures lower auto insurance rates

In addition to safety measures, efficient administration can also lower a consumer’s car insurance. Eight of the 10 insurance carriers chosen for the study charge less for paperless billing.

8 common auto insurance myths you need to know now Commissioned

Being aware of some common myths and popular beliefs about auto insurance can help save you money. From knowing how accidents affect coverage to finding out more about using rental cars, here are eight myths debunked.

Tesla Motors charging stations arrive on US East Coast

Tesla Motors, maker of electric cars, launched the first official Supercharger station on the US East Coast. The goal is to bring faster and more convenient charging of electric cars with lower wait time and more drive time.

Honda recalls 800,000+ vehicles

Honda is recalling more than 800,000 minivans and SUVs worldwide, which includes 807,000 in the United States alone, because they can roll away, even when drivers have removed the keys from the ignition.

Palestinians design solar-powered cars (videos)

Two different solar-powered cars have been designed in the West Bank by Palestinians, to save on the use of limited resources and also to help the environment.

300 radioactive Japanese cars seized by Russian customs

Russian officials started monitoring imports from Japan soon after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in March 2011. They state that they have stopped 300 radioactive cars from entering the country.

Ford recalls 2013 Escape SUVs, over 10,000 in U.S. and Canada

Ford Motor Co. is recalling over 10,000 recently launched 2013 Escape compact SUVs in connection with a carpeting flaw. All of the vehicles being recalled were reportedly sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

List of top alternative-fuel vehicles offers valuable information

Los Angeles - A ranking of 2012’s hybrid and diesel-powered vehicles released today looks to help consumers make informed selections when shopping for new transportation.

PH Catholic Bishops return vehicles purchased from state funds

At least six Catholic bishops who received service vehicles purchased out of government funds have decided to return them to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), the government agency that released the funds.

Nissan scanning vehicles made in Japan for radioactive material

Tokyo - Nissan has confirmed the safety of all foreign employees working in Japan and announced that they have implemented a policy of monitoring and testing all vehicles manufactured at plants in the disaster-stricken country for traces of radioactive material.

270,000 Toyota vehicles to be recalled due to faulty engines

At least 270,000 vehicles with potentially defective engines will be recalled. Around 180,000 of the total vehicles with defective engines were sold overseas and the remaining in Japan. The models affected were the Crown and Lexus.

Ford recalls 4.5 million vehicles over fire hazard in switch

U.S. automaker Ford has issued its largest single recall of vehicles, involving 4.5 million minivans, after it was discovered a faulty deactivation switch for the vehicles' cruise control may present a fire hazard.

Man wearing Speedo tried to steal several vehicles

A man in speedo swimsuit has recently been arrested after allegedly attempting to steal several vehicles and take items in the car.

Canadian government to spend $5-billion upgrading combat vehicles

Defence Minister Peter MacKay made the announcement at CFB Gagetown,about $1-billion will be spent to upgrade the LAV-3s that are now in service in Afghanistan.
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