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Volvo unveils self-driving concept car, promises fleet by 2017

Volvo today released photos of its Concept 26, a self-driving sedan that is a prototype for what the carmaker said will be a fleet of vehicles on the roads of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2017.

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Daimler to recycle electric car batteries for massive energy storage systems

Daimler AG plans to take old lithium-ion EV batteries and transform them into power storage systems for businesses and homes, enabling renewable energy systems to store electrical capacity for use off-hours.

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Cops pull over Google driverless car -- but it not for speeding

A Google self-driving car had a run-in with the law this week when it was pulled over in California for driving too slowly and blocking traffic.

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What you can expect from the much-rumored Apple Car

Experts discuss how Apple might disrupt the auto industry and why the Apple Car will be unlike any other car ever made.

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Get ready for car-as-a-service (CaaS)

While self-driving vehicles are inevitable, the vast majority of the fleet will likely be dedicated to services and not personal ownership, according to a new report by IHS Automotive.

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Meet the first Toyota Mirai and the big, expensive plan to keep this hydrogen car alive

The first Mirai can't go far from the sole fueling station available to it. The race is on to build more stations so Toyota can sell more cars.

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Toyota's A.I. research efforts could mean cars that anticipate traffic, pedestrian moves

Toyota Motor Corp. is taking a leading role in artificial intelligence research, investing heavily in areas that would boost advancements to autonomous cars and robots that can aid the elderly.

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VW snags leading self-driving car expert from Apple

Volkswagen has hired from Apple an expert on car automation technology, signaling its intention to become a serious player in the next-generation and self-driving car markets.

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The 2016 Chevy Volt has it all: 53 EV miles for green cred, a sleek redesign for street cred

No other plug-in hybrid can touch the Volt's EV range. The next step is to look and feel normal enough to attract more buyers beyond the green-car nerds.

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Going mobile with Apple's CarPlay (and a VW)

It's no secret that when you buy a car, you get whatever already-out-of-date technology is built in. That's what makes Apple's CarPlay so useful (and exciting).

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Researchers discover hydrogen treatment brings better batteries

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have discovered lithium ion batteries can last longer and charge faster if their electrodes are treated with hydrogen.

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Autonomous cars aren't nearly as clever as you think, says Toyota

The head of Toyota's billion-dollar U.S. artificial intelligence research center delivered a reality check on Friday for anyone over-enamored of autonomous car technology: the cars aren't as clever as you might think.


Google drone delivery, Tesla Autopilot, ISS birthday - The Wrap

On The Wrap this week Google plans to deliver packages by drone, Tesla takes back Autopilot features and the ISS turns 15.

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Tesla to take back some Autopilot controls

With YouTube videos showing Tesla Model S drivers taking their hands off the steering wheel while using the car's Autopilot feature, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said changes will be made to ensure that drivers remain engaged.

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Audi’s A3 Sportback e-tron can’t fix the diesel scandal, but it’s a modestly green start

Audi says more PHEV models will follow it to the U.S., and right now the Volkswagen satellite company needs all the green cred it can get.

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EPA slams VW for more emissions cheating, now involving Porsche and Audi

The EPA today announced a second round of emissions violations against Volkswagen AG involving 10,000 vehicles in the U.S., including some made by Audi and Porsche.

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Google to autonomous cars: Brake for kids!

Google engineers asked employees and their children, who were on site to trick-or-treat for Halloween, to walk around some parked driverless cars so the autos’ sensors could work on detecting children.

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Lonely on the road? What about a robotic driving companion?

After testing human-robot cooperation in space with its Kirobo robot, Toyota is working on a smaller version – actually a cup-holder sized robot – that can keep people company while they drive.

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