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With summer heat frizzling already frazzled power grids, the California Independent System Operator, which handles the state’s grid and wholesale energy market, took a drastic step last month: It asked electric vehicle owners to charge before 5 p.m. or after 10 p.m. Battery-driven cars and trucks, tools to fight climate change, are ironically exacerbating heat-wave
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TOKYO — It seemed like sure- fire marketing magic when Toyota became a top sponsor of the Olympics after the home country was tapped to host the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. But then the pandemic pushed the global athletic competition into 2021. And then, a new COVID- 19 state of emergency was declared in
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MILAN — Italian supplier Brembo said it will open its first high tech lab in California’s Silicon Valley to accelerate the company’s digitization, one of the key objectives of a plan announced in September. Brembo’s “Inspiration Lab” will focus on strengthening the company’s expertise in software development, data science and artificial intelligence, the premium brake
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BERKELEY, Calif. — Tesla Inc. has introduced an option for some customers to subscribe to its advanced driver assistance software, dubbed “Full Self-Driving capability,” for $199 per month, instead of paying $10,000 upfront. “FSD capability subscriptions are currently available to eligible vehicles in the United States. Check your Tesla app for updates on availability in
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A groundbreaking pilot project underway in Santa Monica, Calif., could help spur the wider and faster adoption of electric delivery vehicles around the U.S. The initiative, called the Santa Monica Zero Emissions Delivery Zone, offers curbside loading areas designated exclusively for zero-emissions delivery vehicles. The project — launched in March — is being spearheaded by
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BERLIN – Volkswagen brand is accelerating its ambition to be seen as a mobility provider that can compete with industry disruptors such as Tesla and Uber. The brand has created a new business unit with responsibility for strengthening its customer focus as digital features become increasingly important to buyers. “As a result of the increasing digitalization
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Years ago, crash-test dummies were primarily built in traditional male figures. That is, female-figure dummies or those mirroring the size and physique of young children were often excluded from critical vehicle safety testing. “What ended up happening is that these safety settings, crash settings, airbag settings, were systematically suboptimally set for these other types of
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Getty Images Sales of new vans in the UK came close to record levels during the first six months of 2021 due to a boom in home deliveries and the economy reopening. But registrations of new cars remained sluggish, with a shortage of computer chips limiting supplies of some models. The Society of Motor Manufacturers
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PA Media Nissan has announced a major expansion of electric vehicle production at its car plant in Sunderland which will create 1,650 new jobs. The Japanese carmaker will build its new-generation all-electric model at the site as part of a £1bn investment that will also support thousands of jobs in the supply chain. And Nissan’s
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Automakers, suppliers, policymakers and traffic safety advocates are all proponents of autonomous vehicle technology as a key development to making roads safer. And self-driving vehicles have additional supporters: those working to fight drunken driving. A vehicle that could safely navigate itself without needing a human driver could have major implications for not only eliminating driver
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BEIJING — WeRide, a China-based autonomous driving startup, said on Wednesday that it would deepen development with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance on autonomous driving technology for the China market as it raised $310 million. The new investment values the entire company at $3.3 billion, Reuters reported. WeRide, led by founder Tony Han, said Alliance Ventures, the
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Motional said it will be launching nuPlan, an expanded public dataset created to help self-driving system efficiency and safety. In order to build safe performance in complex environments for self-driving systems, nuPlan contains a “virtual driving test” that measures the performance of a vehicle’s planning techniques. Motional, the autonomous-driving joint venture of Hyundai Motor Group
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Reuters Aston Martin has begun legal action against a Swiss dealer, accusing it of withholding customer deposits for its £2.5m Valkyrie sports car. The carmaker says it will no longer work with the dealer, Nebula Project, and will now take deposits directly. Nebula signed a deal in 2016 to help finance the Valkyrie and took
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Velodyne Lidar Inc., a supplier of sensors and self-driving technology, has a few developments underway that it says could transform city infrastructure and the automotive sensor space. The San Jose, Calif., company has been building out its Intelligent Infrastructure Solution, known as IIS, a hardware and software product that combines its lidar sensors with artificial
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