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Uber suspends autonomous driving project after crash - UPDATE

UPDATE: Uber appears to have rolled its autonomous XC90 back onto its wheels, with Reuters reporting the company's self-driving development project is now back in testing after police gave it the all-clear...

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Mercedes-Benz to recall 1 million cars globally for engine fires, local impact unclear
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Mercedes-Benz to recall 1 million cars globally for engine fires, local impact unclear

Mercedes-Benz will recall around 1 million vehicles across various model lines, after numerous reports of engine fires as a result of a faulty fuse. According to a report published by industry journal Automotive News, parent company Daimler announced the recall after 51 fires were reported - the majority being in the USA...


GM, Lyft to test thousands of autonomous Chevrolet Bolts in 2018 - report
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GM, Lyft to test thousands of autonomous Chevrolet Bolts in 2018 - report

General Motors is planning to deploy a fleet of autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EVs with its ride-sharing partner Lyft next year, according to a new report. Reuters cites "two sources familiar with the automaker's plans", saying the American automotive giant is looking to send thousands of autonomous-capable Bolts into testing from next year, which would mark the largest test of fully-driverless vehicles by any major manufacturer...


Order books closing on Holden-built Chevrolet SS
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Order books closing on Holden-built Chevrolet SS

The Chevrolet SS sports sedan - basically the rebadged US-market version of our Holden Commodore - is taking its final orders this month. According to online blog, GM Authority, February is the final month for US customers to place an order for the Aussie-built sports sedan, leaving little more than a week to secure the Chevrolet-badged Commodore...


Google's autonomous cars getting safer
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Google's autonomous cars getting safer

Google's self-driving offshoot Waymo is a step closer to making fully-autonomous vehicles a mainstream reality, according to a new government report released this week. California's Department of Motor Vehicles has released its annual autonomous vehicles disengagement report, which details the number of times human drivers were forced to take control back from driverless vehicles during testing on public roads...


FCA confirms Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, Pickup Truck and US$1 billion investment in US production facilities
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FCA confirms Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, Pickup Truck and US$1 billion investment in US production facilities

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) US has confirmed several upcoming Jeep models along with a US$1 billion ($1.37 billion) investment into its Michigan and Ohio production facilities. The Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer and 'Pickup Truck' – likely to be the dual-cab ute based on the next-generation Wrangler off-roader and likely on the radar for Australia – have been confirmed to commence production by 2020, which should see the addition of 2000 American jobs...


Volkswagen settles two Dieselgate suits for around $3.4 billion, European fixes approved
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Volkswagen settles two Dieselgate suits for around $3.4 billion, European fixes approved

Volkswagen has settled two major Dieselgate-related lawsuits in North America, which could set the company back a further $3.4 billion dollars. 3.0-litre V6 TDI The first case is a US civil lawsuit in relation to the 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine that has a defeat device that detects laboratory emissions testing and is capable of putting the engine into a “temperature conditioning” mode, which limits NOx (oxides of nitrogen) output...


Michigan lawmakers clear road for driverless cars without human controls
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Michigan lawmakers clear road for driverless cars without human controls

Authorities in the US state of Michigan have passed a package of automaker-backed bills that will allow autonomous vehicles to drive on public roads without steering wheels or pedals. According to a new report by the US's Fortune, Michigan's Governor, Rick Snyder, passed the legislation in an effort to re-establish the state as the leader in driverless vehicle development...


Nikola One: Hydrogen freight hauler officially revealed, advanced new battery pack detailed
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Nikola One: Hydrogen freight hauler officially revealed, advanced new battery pack detailed

The Nikola One hydrogen-fuelled semi truck has been officially revealed at the company's Salt Lake City headquarters, along with new details about the zero-emissions hauler. Powered by a fully-electric drivetrain that draws energy from lithium-ion batteries and a hydrogen fuel-cell, the Nikola One claims a zero-emissions range of 800 to 1200 miles (1287-1931km)...


Apple finally reveals autonomous vehicle intentions
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Apple finally reveals autonomous vehicle intentions

American technology giant Apple has at last confirmed its plans to become a player in the coming autonomous vehicle market, in a letter to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - although the extent of its plans remains unclear. Dated November 22, 2016, the document mentions areas where Apple is developing technologies and systems that could contribute to autonomous vehicles...


US authorities want phones to have a 'driver mode' to combat distracted driving
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US authorities want phones to have a 'driver mode' to combat distracted driving

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed new guidelines for a mobile phone 'driver mode', which it believes will help address distracted driving. In a document that covers the second phase of the agency's voluntary guidelines to reduce driver distraction, the US DOT wants manufacturers of portable devices and aftermarket electronic device developers to design new products that offer simplified interfaces and reduce the amount of time drivers take their eyes off the road...


Volkswagen to withdraw diesels from US market, Mercedes-Benz could follow - report
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Volkswagen to withdraw diesels from US market, Mercedes-Benz could follow - report

Volkswagen will not offer new diesel models in the US, the company's brand chief has announced this week, ahead of more stringent regulations that will come into effect by the end of the decade. German newspaper Handelblatt reports that the automotive giant has made the decision to withdraw its diesel offerings, contrary to previous reports that Volkswagen executives indicated TDI models may come back to the States for the one or two years leading up to the new, stricter diesel laws...


Volvo launches mobile concierge service in the US
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Volvo launches mobile concierge service in the US

Swedish manufacturer Volvo has launched a pilot program for its mobile concierge service in the US, which will allow owners to have their car serviced, cleaned and refuelled at their home. Based on the company's consumer research, over 70 per cent of Volvo customers want refuelling services at their fingertips, while 56 per cent want their car picked up for routine maintenance, and 49 per cent would like to be able to have their car moved to another location when desired...


Auto industry lobbies Trump to ease fuel economy targets, safety regulations
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Auto industry lobbies Trump to ease fuel economy targets, safety regulations

A lobbying group representing the majority of the American automotive industry has begun trying to persuade President-elect Donald Trump to ease environmental and safety regulations covering the industry. Automotive News has obtained and published a letter sent by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers to the President-elect and his transition team...


Nissan Tsuru v Nissan Versa: Global NCAP crash test demonstrates concerns in developing markets
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Nissan Tsuru v Nissan Versa: Global NCAP crash test demonstrates concerns in developing markets

International crash-testing authority Global NCAP has conducted its car-to-car crash test between two equivalent models from the US and Mexican markets - and the results are alarming. From the States is the 2016 Nissan Versa (formerly sold here as the Almera), the most affordable Nissan sedan sold in the US...


Volkswagen's $19.3 billion Dieselgate settlement approved by US judge
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Volkswagen's $19.3 billion Dieselgate settlement approved by US judge

The Volkswagen Group's US$14.7 billion ($19.3 billion) Dieselgate settlement with various US authorities, including the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board, has been formally approved by US District Judge Charles Breyer. In a statement, Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen America, said: "Final approval of the 2...


USA v Mexico: Global NCAP to highlight safety concerns in developing markets
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USA v Mexico: Global NCAP to highlight safety concerns in developing markets

International crash-testing body Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) will work with its subsidiaries to perform a crash test that will highlight the disparity in new car safety benchmarks between developed and developing nations, later this month...


2015-16 Kia Optima recalled in US for driveshaft fix, Australian models affected
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2015-16 Kia Optima recalled in US for driveshaft fix, Australian models affected

Kia has issued a recall in the US for 12,214 of its 2015 and 2016 model-year Optima sedans equipped with the 2.4-litre petrol engine, over concerns the right-front axle driveshaft could crack. Vehicles with a cracked driveshaft may not be able to move forward, or could roll away even when the parking brake is engaged...


Audi, Volkswagen recall 280,000 vehicles in US for fuel leaks: Australian impact unclear
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Audi, Volkswagen recall 280,000 vehicles in US for fuel leaks: Australian impact unclear

Three Volkswagen Group notices in the US have seen more than 280,000 vehicles recalled for fuel leaks. Models affected include the Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3, A6, A7, Q5 and Q7. Largest of the three notices is one concerning 143,214 examples of the Audi Q5 and Q7 SUVs, produced from 2009 to 2012 and 2007 to 20012 respectively...


US unveils national guidelines for autonomous cars
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US unveils national guidelines for autonomous cars

The US government has announced a new federal policy for self-driving cars, which includes guidelines for the responsible federal agencies, a model legislative template for state governments, and a 15-point checklist that car makers and technology companies will be encouraged to measure their autonomous vehicles against...