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November 20, 2014
Uber hits brakes on talk of finding dirt on reporters
San Francisco (AFP) Nov 18, 2014
Uber chief Travis Kalanick on Tuesday took to Twitter to condemn an executive's suggestion to dig up dirt on reporters who write critically of the car-sharing service. Kalanick's emphatic tweets came as Uber tried to undo damage to its public image - and to its relationship with the media - from comments made days earlier at an elite Manhattan dinner party by the startup's executive vice president of business, Emil Michael. At a gathering held in the spirit of improving Uber's rapport with the ... read more

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Funding for Uber could push value past $30 bn: report
The popular car-sharing startup Uber could see its value top $30 billion after a new round of funding, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. ... more
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Toyota racing to record profit, but China flashing red signal
Toyota on Wednesday said it was on track to book a record $17.5 billion full-year net profit, as Japan's major automakers wrapped up a bumper earnings season, but the industry is facing headwinds from slower demand at home and in China. ... more
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Hyundai, Kia to pay $100 million over fuel economy suit
Hyundai and Kia agreed to pay $100 million Monday to settle a US government investigation into exaggerated fuel efficiency on 2012 and 2013 car models sold in the United States by the South Korean automakers. ... more
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Electric car revs to world record in Switzerland
A racing car designed and built by students in Switzerland on Monday set a world record for acceleration in electric vehicles, their universities said Monday. ... more
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Renault chief sees Europe auto market slowing in 2015
French carmaker Renault chairman, Carlos Ghosn, said Saturday that he expects slower growth in Europe's auto market next year as it continues to recover from the global economic crisis. ... more
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A Big-Data Approach To Estimating EV Range
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed new software that estimates how much farther electric vehicles can drive before needing to recharge. The new technique requires driver ... more
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Tritium targets Europe for its EV fast charger
As part of its international expansion programme, Australian-based electric vehicle (EV) specialist, Tritium, has signed its first preferred-supplier agreement in Europe with E-WALD, a leading Germa ... more
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EU regulators target Honeywell, DuPont over coolant
EU anti-trust regulators said Tuesday that US firms Honeywell and DuPont may have hindered competition when they produced the only environmentally acceptable auto coolant for the European market. ... more
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Report: Better mpg, switch in fuels means lower expense
Better fuel efficiencies and a change in fuels used for home heating means most people are spending less on energy than before, the U.S. Energy Department said. ... more
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Volvo says will recruit 1,300 in Sweden as sales boom
Chinese-owned Volvo Car Group said Thursday it was expanding its Swedish workforce by about 1,300 as sales peak, bucking trends in the global auto industry which has been cautious about a gradual recovery. ... more
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Hailo taxi app folds in US, looks to Europe and Asia
Hailo, the taxi app launched with the help of London cab drivers, is pulling out of North America, citing tough competition from rivals such as Uber and Lyft. ... more
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China auto sales up 2.5% in September: industry group
China's auto sales rose just 2.5 percent year-on-year in September, the slowest growth for any month this year, an industry group said Monday, as a weak economy took a toll on the world's largest car market. ... more
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Tesla unveils new electric car for bad weather
Electric car giant Tesla on Thursday unveiled a new two-engine vehicle designed to perform in bad weather, featuring four-wheel drive and anti-collision technology. ... more
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Siri can be distraction to drivers: US study
Drivers using hands-free virtual assistants like Apple's Siri can be distracted by the technology, creating safety hazards, according to a study released Tuesday. ... more
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Lamborghini reveals Asterion LPI-910, hybrid supercar that hits 199 mph and gets 57 mpg
Lamborghini's latest concept car, the Asterion LPI-910 achieves a rare and sought after feat in the automotive world, a supercar with overwhelming power and speed with a fuel-efficient and eco-friendly hybrid engine. ... more
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Musk: Next Tesla cars will self-drive 90 percent of the time
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, had already scheduled a series of announcements - presumably about the company's new line of electric cars - for October 9, but he may have already let one of most buzz-worthy talking points out the bag. ... more
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High-tech gadgets drive wow factor at Paris motor show
Ever had trouble getting out of a tight parking space? Had a crash in a foreign country? And what if your car could avoid a potentially fatal collision with a pedestrian? ... more
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EU warns Germany as car coolant row heats up
The EU warned Germany Thursday it risks court action for breaching environment rules unless it forces luxury automaker Daimler to use a new air-conditioning coolant deemed less likely to cause climate change. ... more
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California Issues Permits for 29 Self-Driving Cars
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued permits allowing 29 self-driving vehicles to be tested on Californian freeways and neighborhoods with a human onboard incase the car malfunct ... more
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Reducing traffic congestion with wireless system
by Larry Hardesty for MIT News Office At the Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress last week, MIT researchers received one of the best-paper awards for a new system, dubbed RoadRunner, ... more
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Car hacking: the security threat facing our vehicles
The car of the future will be safer, smarter and offer greater high-tech gadgets, but be warned without improved security the risk of car hacking is real, according to a QUT road safety expert. ... more
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GM expects record 2014 sales in China: executive
US auto giant General Motors (GM) expects to sell a record number of cars in China - its biggest market - this year, an executive said Wednesday, despite an investigation of the sector over pricing policies. ... more
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Swedish carmaker Saab to lay off one third of staff
Swedish auto maker Saab, which is trying to resolve serious financial difficulties by attracting new investors, said Wednesday it was cutting 200 jobs, more than one third of its workforce. ... more
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BYU electric car sets new E1 land speed record at 204 mph
An ultralight electric car - an E1 streamliner called Electric Blue - just set a new land speed record for vehicles in its class, averaging 204.9 mph during two qualifying runs this month on the Bonneville Salt Flats of northwestern Utah. ... more
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