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February 01, 2015
Uber steers anti-taxi idea to become global phenomenon
Washington (AFP) Jan 29, 2015
Unlike many American startups, Uber was not founded in someone's garage, but was conceived instead on a cold night in Paris, when two tech entrepreneurs could not find a taxi. Uber chief Travis Kalanick and co-founder Garrett Camp were attending the technology conference Le Web in late 2008, where they were brainstorming ideas for a new venture - in Kalanick's terms, "jamming" like jazz musicians. "There are two cities in the world that I think are the worst to get a cab - Paris and San Franci ... read more

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Toyota sells 10.23mn vehicles in 2014, still world's top automaker
Toyota kept its title as the world's biggest automaker on Wednesday as it announced record sales of 10.23 million vehicles last year, outpacing General Motors and Volkswagen, but a shaky outlook for 2015 could see it lose the crown to its German rival. ... more
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Congestion expected after Toyota green car orders soar
Toyota has been swamped by orders for its first mass market hydrogen fuel-cell car, the company said Thursday, with demand in the first month nearly four times higher than expected for the whole year. ... more
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China taxi booking app raises $600 mn for expansion
The operator of one of China's leading taxi booking apps, Kuaidi Dache, has raised $600 million for expansion, a statement said Thursday, even as the government tightens control over such services. ... more
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Peugeot sales power ahead; China now biggest market
Peugeot Citroen on Wednesday reported a turnaround in sales in 2014 after three years of decline, spurred by runaway growth in China, now the carmaker's leading market ahead of France. ... more
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From Rovers to Self-Driving Cars
NASA's Ames Research Center and Nissan North America have signed a Reimbursable Umbrella Space Act Agreement and the first annex to that agreement. The umbrella agreement allows for partnerships in ... more
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China 2014 auto sales beat 23 mn, but growth slows
China's auto sales exceeded 23 million vehicles last year, an industry group said Monday, but annual growth halved from 2013 as a weaker economy took its toll on the world's biggest car market. ... more
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New transport options aim to be 'un-Segway'
A host of newfangled wheeled devices unveiled this week offer innovative solutions to urban transport which could fulfill the failed ambitions of the Segway. ... more
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Emissions-free cars get closer
A University of Delaware research team is considering the important question of what it will take to create an affordable emissions-free car. The question, an issue of engineering and economics, is ... more
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Do sports cars have a future in a driverless world?
Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Bugatti. The prestigious names embody performance and luxury across the automotive world. ... more
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Has car manufacturer taken the corner too fast with the boxfish design?
Billions of years of evolution have provided solutions for countless technical problems, while teaching designers and engineers a thing or two along the way. But now a car manufacturer has designed ... more
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Toyota announces release of hundreds of fuel cell patents
Toyota wants to build a hydrogen society. But first, they want the Toyota Mirai - the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to be released commercially - to be a hit on the market. To spur excitement (and to encourage fuel cell innovation, Toyota officials say), the company is releasing some 5,680 patents related to the technology that powers the Mirai. ... more
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Car of the future emerges at Las Vegas electronics show
It has four wheels, is always connected and the driver is optional: the car of the future is starting to take shape from collaboration between automakers and their technology partners. ... more
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Daimler gives look at autonomous 'living space' car
German automaker Daimler on Monday showed its vision of the driverless car, a prototype vehicle that allows four passengers to face each other as the vehicle finds its way. ... more
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BMW to pay subsidies Chinese dealers: report
German carmaker BMW has agreed to offer 5.1 billion yuan (686 million euros, $818 million) in subsidies to its Chinese dealers to help make up for losses from slowing sales, Bloomberg news agency reported Monday. ... more
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Toyota to give away fuel-cell patents to boost industry
Toyota will give away thousands of patents for its fuel-cell cars, it said Tuesday, in an effort to encourage other automakers into the new industry. ... more
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Volvo acquires 45 percent of Chinese vehicle maker
Swedish truck maker Volvo Group said Monday it had completed the acquisition of 45 percent of a subsidiary to Chinese motor giant Dongfeng for $893 million (741 million euros). ... more
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Innate behavior determines how we steer our car
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have solved a 70 year old mystery in traffic research: an until now inexplicable jerkiness when we steer a vehicle. The discovery may lead to safety ... more
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Uber rings in New Year with two million rides
Car-sharing startup Uber on Friday bragged it rang in the New Year with two million rides, many of them apparently to revellers heading home in early morning hours. ... more
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Hyundai Motor to build two more plants in China
South Korea's Hyundai Motor said Tuesday it would build two more plants in China, each with a production capacity of 300,000 vehicles, to expand its share of the world's largest auto market. ... more
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Swiss citizen dies in 50-car Slovenian highway crash
A Swiss national died and 30 people were injured, two of them seriously, in a highway pile-up Sunday after heavy snow in central Slovenia, police said. ... more
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Google self-driving car prototype ready to try road
Google on Monday announced that the first completed prototype of its self-driving car is ready to be road tested. ... more
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Rice study fuels hope for natural gas cars
Cars that run on natural gas are touted as efficient and environmentally friendly, but getting enough gas onboard to make them practical is a hurdle. A new study led by researchers at Rice Universit ... more
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Underfire Uber ramps up rider safety
Uber is ramping up driver background checks and other security measures worldwide after the smartphone-focused car-sharing service was banned in New Delhi following the alleged rape of a passenger. ... more
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Honda to recall almost 570,000 vehicles in China
Japanese carmaker Honda will recall almost 570,000 vehicles in China from February due to potentially defective airbags, China's quality watchdog said. ... more
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