Cars

Maven is GM’s new on-demand car-sharing service

Maven is the brand name of General Motors' car sharing service from here on out, servicing the United States with on-demand mobility with an "ownership-like experience." What GM hopes to do here is work with Lyft (in a strategic alliance of sorts) and connect with OnStar to provide a "high level of personalized mobility services" in a car-sharing program that'll be expanding immediately. The first step is the city, where Maven will be bringing its car-sharing program to Ann Arbor Michigan.

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Refined GM Maven car sharing service launches

GM has announced the launch of a new personal mobility service via car-sharing called Maven. Maven combines GM's multiple programs under a single brand and offers users access to personalized, on-demand services. Maven has more than 40 employees in the connected car industry and includes ride and car-sharing pros from Google, Zipcar, and Sidecar.

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2017 Audi R8, a road car with a racing DNA, gets a price tag

Audi has just revealed the pricing details for its latest R8 road car. That in itself is already great news for Audi's fans and car fans in general. But even better is the fact that those who willing to put that much money on a 2017 Audi R8 or, better yet, its V10 Plus sibling, won't just be getting the latest generation of a well-known model. They will be getting a road car whose DNA is mixed with race car performance. And not just from the original R8 prototype that broke records at the 24 Hours of Le Mans but, even closer, from the R8 LMS race car with which it share a lot more than engine in common.

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Ford Focus door latch issue catches NHTSA attention

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will investigate an issue affecting 2012 and 2013 Ford Focus vehicles that, at times, could prevent the doors from latching properly. The issue is said to affect about 400,000 of the vehicles, and according to some drivers, has at times manifested while the cars are in motion. The NHTSA revealed its plans in new documents released today; this is a similar probe to the one that ultimately lead to Ford and Lincoln recalls in 2015.

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Tesla Gigafactory coming up short on employment promise

Tesla's Gigafactory, the production complex that will ultimately make the batteries that the company needs for its electric vehicles, has been the focus of much sensationalism. First was the speculation, and even "bidding" on which state will host the factory. Then, when construction started, reporters were so intrigued that they would break the law just to get a scoop. Now the Gigafactory in Nevada might again be in the spotlight, but in a negative way, as Tesla is allegedly unable to fulfill its promise of generating more jobs and income for the state's citizens.

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The first 2016 Ford Focus RS is ready (and we can’t wait)

It's really coming. Ford's very first 2016 Focus RS production car has rolled off the line, and it's making our palms itch to get out to the track. Offering hot-hatch fans a slightly tamer, considerably more affordable version of the driving experience Ford is promising from the GT, it'll be the fastest accelerating car from the blue badge company to wear the RS label.

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Here’s what automakers think of Obama’s autonomous car plans

The auto and electronics industries alike have reacted positively to the DoT's news of a near-$4bn push for autonomous vehicles. The decade-long proposal to turn America's roads into a welcoming arena for self-driving cars - and hopefully cut casualties, emissions, and expense along the way - still needs to be approved as part of President Obama's FY17 budget, but already big names in driverless research have praised the scheme.

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