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GM cops record car safety fine as NHTSA switch saga settled

GM cops record car safety fine as NHTSA switch saga settled

GM has inked a $35m settlement with the US Department of Transportation, conceding to record fines and stringent oversight after failing to react sufficiently to the ignition switch issue that left millions of airbags potentially deactivated. The penalty is the current maximum the NHTSA can fine in civil penalties - though GM will in fact pay more, for sluggishness in handing over evidence during the investigation - while the agency describes GM's concessions for monitoring as "unprecedented".

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GM recalls 2.7m cars over lights, steering, brakes and more

GM recalls 2.7m cars over lights, steering, brakes and more

GM has announced a fresh batch of recalls, calling in around 2.7 cars at a predicted cost of $200m for repairs and fixes, though insisting that no fatalities have resulted from the problems. Most significant of the five different issues is one affecting over 2.44m Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn models, to address a fault which GM says has already caused thirteen known crashes and two injuries.

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Buick ticks reversing camera option box across the board

Buick ticks reversing camera option box across the board

Buick is jumping the gun on rear-view camera tech, making a reversing camera standard-fit kit on all of its 2015 cars, despite NHTSA legislation not demanding it until 2018. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ruled back in March that all new cars, sold from mid-2018 onwards, must beam a view from behind the car to the dashboard display, as part of an attempt to cut accidents where careless reversing runs over pedestrians or causes vehicle collisions.

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GM Super Cruise self-driving car tech gets virtual playpen

GM Super Cruise self-driving car tech gets virtual playpen

GM is ramping up its self-driving car tests, using a new high-speed 360-degree simulator to test its upcoming Cadillac Super Cruise tech without having to fully build the vehicles first. Cadillac expects the first Super Cruise equipped models - which will take on some of the responsibility when on highways and in traffic - to appear in showrooms within the next 5-6 years, and has in fact already begun real-road testing of some prototypes.

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International Space Station’s robotic crew member gets legs

International Space Station’s robotic crew member gets legs

Robonaut 2 is a robot living aboard the International Space Station with its many scientists, taking on tasks that allow the crew to do more scientific research while it does menial labor. This beast was developed by NASA and GM (General Motors) and will - as of this week - be getting its own pair of Climbing Legs. These legs will allow the robot to be much more versatile than ever before.

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2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible revealed

2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible revealed

The new 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible has been revealed, the 625 HP droptop version of the Z06 coupe announced back in January, with Chevrolet promising no compromise in performance despite the missing roof. In fact, the 2015 Z06 Convertible is 20-percent stiffer than the old, fixed-roof Z06, Chevrolet claims, and demanded no structural changes over its hard-top sibling. Under the hood is the new LT4 6.2L supercharged V8.

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2015 Corvette Stingray 8-speed paddle shift auto transmission detailed

2015 Corvette Stingray 8-speed paddle shift auto transmission detailed

Chevrolet is giving the 2015 Stingray Corvette a new transmission option that is an 8-speed paddle shift automatic transmission. When this transmission was first announced, some were disappointed that it wasn’t a dual-clutch unit like you find on many high-end sports cars from Europe. Chevy says that people shouldn't be worried about the performance of this paddle shift transmission, it rivals the shift times that you get from the best dual-clutch designs according to GM.

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GM faces NHTSA skewering as blame-game hearing begins

GM faces NHTSA skewering as blame-game hearing begins

GM will apologize but not explain why it took more than ten years to address the ignition key issue that has forced the recall of 2.6m cars, as CEO Mary Barra along with representation from the NHTSA testify today. Acting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Friedman is expected to lay the blame at General Motors' feet, according to pre-submitted testimony, despite reports that the government agency itself opted not to formally investigate the car flaw all the way back in 2007.

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