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California bumps decision deadline in VW emissions scandal

California bumps decision deadline in VW emissions scandal

Following the receipt of a letter proposing an alternative way to deal with the Volkswagen emissions scandal, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has decided to extend the deadline for rejecting or approving the scandal’s repair plan. The extension decision came in on Friday and pushes the decision deadline back to January 14, giving the agency about three extra weeks to consider the best course of action.

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1969 Dodge Daytona left to rust in barn now worth $180K

1969 Dodge Daytona left to rust in barn now worth $180K

The images you see here of an old Dodge may appear to be of a car left to rust and waste away in the countryside until it becomes worthless, and that's exactly what it is. Almost. This vehicle was discovered in an old barn in Wisconsin, to be specific, and while the rusting and wasting away part is correct, even after all that it's still valued at roughly $180,000. That's because it's a 1969 Dodge Daytona, a very iconic American muscle car, of which only 503 were ever built.

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McLaren P1 production has reached its end

McLaren P1 production has reached its end

McLaren has announced the completion of its 375th (and last ever) example of the McLaren P1, and with it comes the end of production for that model. The Ultimate Series production will still plod on for a while longer, though, with some limited edition McLaren P1 GTRs’ still in the pipeline. This track-only version of the P1 features 986 horsepower and is scheduled to wrap up sometime early next year.

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Samsung to enter self-driving car business as components manufacturer

Samsung to enter self-driving car business as components manufacturer

Samsung confirmed today its interest in playing a part in the rapidly developing self-driving car industry. They won't be making their own vehicle, as many rumors have suggested Apple is currently, but instead the South Korean electronics giant announced that it will create a team dedicated to developing components and software for the automotive market. This team will be separate from Samsung's other businesses, but will work with its other technology divisions.

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NHTSA’s proposed rating system update will favor crash avoidance tech

NHTSA’s proposed rating system update will favor crash avoidance tech

Automotive technology is changing, and it is time for rating systems to change with it. In a proposal announced today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking an update to its own five-star rating system for new cars. The updated version will take into consideration measurements gathered by more advanced human-like crash dummies as well as crash-avoidance technology.

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Volvo turns dump truck into RC car, gives 4-year-old the controls

Volvo turns dump truck into RC car, gives 4-year-old the controls

There's probably a dozen different ways to advertise a dump truck, and they're probably all boring compared to this. Volvo has unveiled its new FMX, an 18-ton, 540hp, 8x6 all-wheel-drive construction dump truck. In order to promote the thing, Volvo basically turned it into a remote-controlled car, able to be driven from a remote location via custom-made controls, and then handed it over to a four-year-old to play with.

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Google self-driving cars aim to talk to pedestrians, patent reveals

Google self-driving cars aim to talk to pedestrians, patent reveals

There have already been a number of examples of Google's self-driving cars being overly cautious in the name of safety, such as confrontations with a cyclist at an intersection, or just driving so slowly that they get pulled over. However, there are times when a vehicle needs to be a bit aggressive in order for other drivers to accommodate and make room. A four-way stop could be one example. Fortunately, Google has received a patent that would allow the vehicles to communicate their intentions to others.

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Toyota to recall 1.6 million cars with Takata inflators

Toyota to recall 1.6 million cars with Takata inflators

Toyota will recall 1.6 million vehicles located in Japan to replace potentially faulty inflators from Takata Corp. These inflators had previously been recalled and determined to be safe; the reason for Toyota’s change of mind isn’t clear, but is perhaps a wise move given the potentially fatal results when the airbags are faulty. Toyota isn’t the first automaker to backtrack on a recall decision; earlier this month, Nissan also re-issued recalls in Japan over Takata inflators.

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Ford’s ‘Drugged Driving Suit’ encourages sober youth driving

Ford’s ‘Drugged Driving Suit’ encourages sober youth driving

Driving while intoxicated is reckless and, unfortunately, too common, especially among young drivers. Various organizations and auto makers have come up with ways to tackle the problem, the latest of which is Ford. The company recently unveiled its 'Drugged Driving Suit,' a suit of sorts that simulates what it is like to drive while under the influence of various illegal drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, and heroin.

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Rules requiring ‘quiet cars’ to have audio alerts delayed (again)

Rules requiring ‘quiet cars’ to have audio alerts delayed (again)

In January 2013, the U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed a minimum sound requirement for electric and hybrid vehicles, a move to protect pedestrians who may fail to notice a silent car driving past. “This proposal,” the agency had said, “will help keep everyone using our nation’s street and roadways safe.” The plan to implement such sounds has been ongoing since despite auto maker objections, but it recently hit a snag that has stalled the finalization until early next year.

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Tesla recalls all Model S sold because of one single bolt

Tesla recalls all Model S sold because of one single bolt

Tesla decides to recall every single Model S vehicle due to a single, isolated incident regarding a seatbelt. One single customer, apparently, turned around to speak with a person in the back seat of their Tesla Model S vehicle, and a seatbelt bolt came undone. No-one was hurt, and the bolt was the sort that tightens the seatbelt in the event of an accident. Shaming recall calculators of other, larger companies, Tesla has decided to do a full recall of the vehicle.

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Your hoverboard will now get you arrested in NYC

Your hoverboard will now get you arrested in NYC

This week the NYPD made relatively clear that self-balancing scooters or "hover boards" are now illegal inside the city. The call was made this Monday, believe it or not, as Tweeted (also believe it or not) by the New York Police Department's 26th Precinct Twitter account. There it was said that "the electric hoverboard is illegal as per NYC Admin. Code 19-176.2." Strangely the tweet was deleted not long after being sent. No tweet or tweet, the law remains.

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