Automotive

California foots $2 billion for clean transportation incentives

California foots $2 billion for clean transportation incentives

The state of California has passed a $2 billion funding bill extending and expanding clean transportation technology initiatives. The bill, known as AB 8, is the result of a Herculean cooperation effort between economists, businesses, environmental groups, health advocates, social justice organizations, and government agencies. It is the largest bill of its kind in U.S. history.

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Surface 2 beats out iPad, Nokia tablet for Delta pilots

Surface 2 beats out iPad, Nokia tablet for Delta pilots

It would appear that Delta airlines are bucking some device trends this upcoming travel season in a move that will have Microsoft pleased. Though the airline had been working with Apple's iPad slate for some time now, they've begun transitioning to the Microsoft-made Surface 2. This tablet is up for pre-order as of the 24th of September, and will begin appearing on doorsteps and in stores on the 22nd of October here in the United States.

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Toyota and Nissan announce recalls over rollaway risk and sensor issues

Toyota and Nissan announce recalls over rollaway risk and sensor issues

Both Toyota and Nissan have issued recalls for select models they offer, with Toyota recalling a tad under 700,000 Sienna minivans and Nissan recalling over 900,000 models. In Nissan's case, some of its cars are experiencing problems with an accelerator sensor that could fail, causing the car to stall. Toyota's Sienna minivans, meanwhile, have an issue with a shift lever making a rollaway situation possible.

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Attention-operated vehicle uses EPOC headset to detect distraction, shut down car

Attention-operated vehicle uses EPOC headset to detect distraction, shut down car

Distracted driving, whether due to cell phone usage or other reasons, is a major cause of car crashes and the related fallout both in the U.S. and abroad, something that has prompted the NHTSA to propose an in-car system to automatically block cell phones. The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia, more commonly called RAW WA, has come up with a more novel solution involving a so called attention-operated car.

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BMW C Evolution “green” scooter slated for 2014 launch

BMW C Evolution “green” scooter slated for 2014 launch

BMW has announced its upcoming C Evolution scooter's launch plans, with the electric motor bike getting its debut next month in Europe. The C Evolution concept has been shown off in the past, going as far back as summer of 2012, but this marks its actual production kick off. Though there's no mention of it coming to other markets, it is suggested the scooter may find itself in other markets at a later date.

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Ford Battles Nissan for City Contracts with Taxi of the Future

Ford Battles Nissan for City Contracts with Taxi of the Future

Nissan may have cornered the biggest compact van taxi market in the United States with its exclusive Taxi of Tomorrow contract with New York City, but Ford is looking to retaliate in other big markets with its own compact van taxi, the Taxi of the Future. Although lacking in such futuristic features as hoverboard technology and roof-hinged doors, Ford's pluckily branded continuation of its Transit Connect line of compact vans does include improvements like greater fuel efficiency, a certified wheelchair access upgrade, and more luggage space than its predecessors. The company introduced the model Sunday at the Internal Association of Transportation Regulators Conference in St. Louis.

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Nissan partners with Apple for iTunes Radio exclusive

Nissan partners with Apple for iTunes Radio exclusive

Speaking up today on their impending partnership, Nissan and Apple have let it be known that they'll be moving forward on iTunes Radio for automobiles. This move will make Nissan the "exclusive automotive launch partner" for iTunes Radio, and will allow it to retain this title "through 2013." The environment known as iTunes Radio was introduced to the public earlier this month on the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c with the mobile operating system iOS 7.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk seeking engineers for autonomous driving project

Tesla’s Elon Musk seeking engineers for autonomous driving project

Tesla Motors' founder Elon Musk recently revealed that the auto maker has plans for a "practical autopilot system" for the Model S, something that would rival other makers of self-driving cars without going quite as far into the realm of complete autonomic functionality as, for example, Google. Now Musk has sent out another tweet, this one calling for engineers who will report directly to him.

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Volvo and Geely Auto to get new shared modular vehicle architecture

Volvo and Geely Auto to get new shared modular vehicle architecture

Volvo doesn't produce the most exciting automobiles in the United States, but most people will recognize the brand. Volvo does have some interesting technology, such as the self-parking car demonstrator we saw earlier this summer. A new brand that's associated with Volvo that most people won't recognize is Geely Auto. This company has tried to break into the US automotive market in the past with no success.

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