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Tesla truck prototype spied following winter testing
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31st Mar 2020
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Tesla truck prototype spied following winter testing

Tesla’s Semi – its fully-electric answer to a heavy-duty freight vehicle – has been spotted after completing cold weather testing in Alaska. Two prototypes of the Semi – which was first revealed in 2017 – were spotted in Oregon, presumably on their way back to Tesla headquarters in California. According to the Reddit user who originally posted the picture, the red Semi was wearing Alaska license plates. It’s known that Tesla has a cold testing facility in Alaska state.
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Liam Murphy
Ford joins coronavirus fight, prepares to make medical equipment and masks
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30th Mar 2020
3 min read

Ford joins coronavirus fight, prepares to make medical equipment and masks

US car giant Ford has joined its rival General Motors in answering the call to arms to battle the outbreak of the coronavirus across North America. Ford will work with GE Healthcare to expand production of a simplified version of the company’s existing ventilator design to support patients with respiratory failure or who have difficulty breathing.
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Joshua Dowling
Takata airbag crisis: coronavirus could put brakes on life-saving replacement parts
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30th Mar 2020
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Takata airbag crisis: coronavirus could put brakes on life-saving replacement parts

The coronavirus outbreak could put the brakes on the fitment of life-saving replacement parts for potentially deadly Takata airbags following job losses in car dealership workshops across Australia. To keep the doors open amid a sharp downturn in business, an increasing number of car servicing staff and mechanics have lost their jobs or been forced to take leave, making it harder for consumers to book in vehicles for critical repairs.
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Joshua Dowling
BMW reinvents the wheel for autonomous cars
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29th Mar 2020
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BMW reinvents the wheel for autonomous cars

German car maker BMW appears to be in the process of inventing a collapsible steering wheel for autonomous cars. Patent drawings obtained by a BMW owners forum show the steering wheel is designed to change from a perfect circle to the shape of a football. The idea, apparently, is that the more compact design gives those in the driver’s seat more knee room once the car takes over.
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Joshua Dowling
General Motors shifts gear to produce 10,000 ventilators per month
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27th Mar 2020
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General Motors shifts gear to produce 10,000 ventilators per month

General Motors will mass-produce more than 10,000 ventilators per month as it ramps up efforts to help health authorities combat the deadly coronavirus in the US. The US car giant has formed a partnership with medical supplier Ventec Life Systems to manufacture “critical care” ventilators. Part of a General Motors facility in Indiana – that specialises in automotive electrical components – has been repurposed for the health emergency.
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