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Future of Iowa digital driver’s license unclear

Future of Iowa digital driver’s license unclear

State officials in Iowa have a plan that will allow drivers to have a digital version of their driver's license rather than having to keep up with a physical card as states have now. These digital licenses would be on the driver's smartphone as an app. The logistics of the plan are now in question as state officials wonder if these digital licenses are something that motorists want.

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Tesla launches in Australia with Model S showroom

Tesla launches in Australia with Model S showroom

Tesla has expanded its presence, landing in the Land Down Under where its Model S is now available for purchase. The arrival in Australia took place late last night, with Elon Musk launching his company's first showroom in Sydney early in the morning local time. This marks the start of what will eventually be a larger presence in the nation -- both additional showrooms and more charging stations are planned over the next couple of years.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a sporty mash-up

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a sporty mash-up

Mercedes-Benz has introduced its new GLE Coupe, a sloped four-door car with a distinct sporty design drawn from "two classes of vehicle", according to the auto maker. Mercedes isn't shy about pointing out its SUV-esque features and notes, such as a raised seating position, while showing how they work in the grand scheme of things to improve the sporty elements integral to the GLE Coupe's design. Says Mercedes, "These two different worlds can normally only be experienced in two separate vehicles – an agile, thoroughbred sports coupé and an easy-going, comfortable SUV. But the new GLE Coupé is different."

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Nissan recalls 470k vehicles over potential fuel issue

Nissan recalls 470k vehicles over potential fuel issue

Nissan has announced plans to recall approximately 470,000 vehicles across the globe due to fuel pressure sensors that mightn't have been tightened adequately. Vehicles with this issue may eventually begin leaking fuel as vibration and heat take their toll, and that fuel leak then poses a fire risk. The affected vehicles range from 2012 to 2015 model years, and include a few Infiniti models; the majority of cars under the recall are located in Japan and North America.

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Uber’s problem extend to Thailand as service deemed illegal

Uber’s problem extend to Thailand as service deemed illegal

Uber is no stranger to articles like this one. Time and again, the ride-sharing company falls victim to articles that paint it in a less-than-glowing light, all set in motion by their own actions. Yesterday, the city of Portland, Oregon sued Uber to halt services, where Uber was legally prohibited from operating. Now, aspects of Uber’s business model have been ruled illegal in Thailand, according to The Wall Street Journal. That might sound fishy, but the parts deemed illegal are the same found offensive stateside.

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Volvo XC90 T8 SUV with Twin Engine tech packs 400hp

Volvo XC90 T8 SUV with Twin Engine tech packs 400hp

Volvo has rolled out a new SUV in the XC90 family called the XC90 T8 that offers buyers all the performance they expect with a SUV, but is much better for the environment. The XC90 T8 has emissions levels on par with a small car according to Volvo thanks to the plug-in hybrid powertrain the SUV features under the hood. The Volvo car is built using a Scalable Product Architecture platform and Drive-E petrol powertrain.

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Amazon’s big box is back; part of ‘new program’

Amazon’s big box is back; part of ‘new program’

Amazon’s box is back. Earlier this year, the company had a big Amazon box that turned out to be nothing more than a promotional deal with Nissan, but sent us into a fit trying to figure out what Amazon was up to. A Re/Code editor has spotted a similar box in San Francisco this morning, part of a “new program” Amazon will begin promoting next week. Five of these boxes are said to be around the US, likely in big cities, but what could they be?

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BMW Power eDrive 5 Series GT rocks 670hp

BMW Power eDrive 5 Series GT rocks 670hp

BMW has unveiled a new concept car at an event in France that brings some serious power to the green crowd looking for a luxurious plug-in hybrid vehicle. The car is called the BMW 5 Series GT and its plug-in hybrid powertrain has 670hp. The Power eDrive hybrid system has a 20 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack that powers a pair of electric motors.

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