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Volkswagen commits to $200M payment to reduce US pollution

Volkswagen commits to $200M payment to reduce US pollution

Volkswagen remains eager to move past the dieselgate scandal and begin regaining its reputation. But while the German car maker has already reached buyback settlements for owners, there's still the matter of all the damage to the environment VW's vehicles have caused by way of skirting emissions laws. To help address this, the company has pledged to make a $200 million payment to a fund intended to fighting diesel pollution.

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Uber refuses to get DMV permit for self-driving car tests in SF

Uber refuses to get DMV permit for self-driving car tests in SF

Less than a week after Uber launched a trial program in San Francisco using self-driving cars, the ride-hailing service found itself in hot water with local regulators. Unlike the dozens of other tech and car companies testing autonomous vehicles in California, Uber decided to do so without applying for a permit from the state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The DMV has warned it will take legal action if Uber doesn't halt its testing until a permit is granted.

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Tesla Supercharger network adds idle fee to boost availability

Tesla Supercharger network adds idle fee to boost availability

Recharging an electric car while out and about is, unfortunately, still a hassle at times. It’s not just a matter of finding an electric car charging station, but also finding a free spot within that station. For this reason, Tesla has announced a new idle fee that will bill car owners who continue to take up a Supercharger spot after their car has finished charging.

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Nvidia approved to test self-driving cars in California

Nvidia approved to test self-driving cars in California

Along with Michigan, California is a hotbed for autonomous vehicle testing, with big companies like Google, Ford, Tesla, Mercedes, and more all getting approval to put their cars on the road. Well, things are going to get even more crowded in the state, as Nvidia is the latest company to get permission from the California DMV, allowing it to test its own self-driving car technology on public roads.

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Keyless-entry cars can be stolen with this new ‘mystery hack’

Keyless-entry cars can be stolen with this new ‘mystery hack’

As cars become more and more reliant on computers and operating systems, not just in their engines but in the ways drivers interact with them, they continue to be susceptible to hacks and other software-based attacks. The latest example comes from the US's National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), which has identified a new tool that can allow thieves to unlock cars equipped with keyless-entry, start the engine, and simply drive off.

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This Lexus is covered in over 40,000 programmable LEDs

This Lexus is covered in over 40,000 programmable LEDs

Lexus is back with another of its radical concept design projects. Following the tires made of ice, life-size cardboard replica, and glowing, heartbeat-projecting paint comes a 2017 IS sedan covered in 41,999 programmable LEDs. Dubbed the "LIT IS," the car can change colors in seconds, or just constantly shift through the spectrum, turning it into a digital disco ball on wheels.

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China’s ambitious elevated bus project has already been abandoned

China’s ambitious elevated bus project has already been abandoned

Back in August, an interesting concept project in China was revealed: a large elevated bus that promised to carry up to 300 passengers while allowing cars on the road to drive directly underneath. Unfortunately it's been discovered that the Traffic Elevated Bus (TEB) has been completely abandoned since September, only a few weeks after the project was said to have been approved for testing.

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Mercedes-AMG GT R sets Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time record

Mercedes-AMG GT R sets Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time record

The Mercedes-AMG GT R, during a recent test drive, clocked the fastest lap time ever on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, Daimler has announced. The lap took 7:10.9 minutes, and proved faster than all the other road-going sports cars tested by sport auto. “Numerous innovations and modifications bear witness that the road-going sports car has racing DNA in its blood,” Daimler boasts, saying the GT R spent significant development time on the track.

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Why the Dakota Access Pipeline fight isn’t over (and Standing Rock knows it)

Why the Dakota Access Pipeline fight isn’t over (and Standing Rock knows it)

This week the US Army CoE said they'd stopped the DAPL oil pipeline the same day authorities' Protester Evacuation Deadline was up - quite a coincidence. It should therefore come as no surprise that the thousands of water protectors (or protestors, if you prefer) have not left their camp after a brief celebration in halting construction. If this pipeline does, indeed, remain stopped and incomplete, it'll strike a major blow for both native rights and a future for electric vehicles taking the place of fossil fuel-hungry automobiles.

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The Apple Car is more than just four wheels, and iPhone is the key

The Apple Car is more than just four wheels, and iPhone is the key

Apple isn't going to make car innovation faster when it's already slowed mobile device market disruption to a crawl. The newest round of rumors on Apple's dealings with the auto industry got me thinking. Apple hasn't become one of the world's most successful companies over the past 10 years by entering saturated markets. Barring any sort of device we've seen before, I'm crossing my fingers that Apple has the next big market disruptor in the pipeline and coming soon.

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Apple letter to NHTSA confirms self-driving car ambitions

Apple letter to NHTSA confirms self-driving car ambitions

Just when it seemed like Apple's much-rumored self-driving car project was on the verge of collapse, more evidence surfaces that Cupertino still has plans in place. A recent letter from Apple to the US's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been dug up, where the former writes that it is "investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation."

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Ixoost EsaVox speaker is $21K and uses real Lamborghini parts

Ixoost EsaVox speaker is $21K and uses real Lamborghini parts

These days, it's becoming more and more common to see luxury car brand names appear on products that aren't cars. This includes Ferrari on a phone, BMW on a bike, and even the Porsche Design team, which slaps the German maker's name on anything it can get its hands on. But this Lamborghini speaker from Italy's Ixoost takes things to a whole new level.

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