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Ford will let Amazon deliver packages into cars for safekeeping

Ford will let Amazon deliver packages into cars for safekeeping

Not too long ago, Amazon made the almost scandalous announcement that it would be letting its couriers into houses via its Amazon Key system. Then this year, it expanded that to garages and finally to cars. Fortunately, the rollout of Amazon Key has been relatively uneventful and companies are, in fact, siding with the retail giant. The latest to join that club is Ford, who will allow select models to become your mailbox to keep your package safe, while hopefully also keeping your car safe.

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Ford Self-Braking Trolley applies driver assistance tech to shopping

Ford Self-Braking Trolley applies driver assistance tech to shopping

While there are people who'd readily admit being addicted to shopping, few of those will probably look forward to doing groceries. It's one of life's necessary evils that has created a market for online groceries and deliveries. Not everyone can afford to escape regular trips to the supermarket, which parents with toddlers may look to with dread for fear of trolley accidents. Putting its driving expertise to work, Ford has designed a new trolley that intelligently step on the brakes to prevent kids from colliding with people or shelves.

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Tesla will launch its own insurance product in the near future

Tesla will launch its own insurance product in the near future

During a call with analysts today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the company plans to offer its own insurance product to its customers. The new offering will be available in around a month, according to Musk, who didn't provide any specific details on the product. The insurance will be "much more compelling" than existing alternatives, Musk claimed.

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Tesla reports huge $702m net loss for Q1 2019

Tesla reports huge $702m net loss for Q1 2019

Tesla has revealed its Q1 2019 financial details, reporting a heavy loss of $702 million for the first quarter. The company ended Q1 with $2.2 billion in cash and equivalents, a $1.5 billion drop from the end of last year. Among other things, Tesla reports that it was negatively impacted by 'non-recurring items.' The company's $4.54 billion quarterly revenue fell short of expectations.

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New Tesla Models S and X can drive farther before needing to recharge

New Tesla Models S and X can drive farther before needing to recharge

Given the nature of electric vehicles, there will always be two things on drivers' minds. One is where and how fast they can recharge their cars on the road and the other is how long they can go even go before they need to plug in. Tesla announced last month improvements to its Supercharging system and now it is boasting of significant improvements to the latter, claiming that the Model S and Model X are, yet again, the longest-range electric vehicles in the market.

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Tesla custom Full Self-Driving Computer is already in all new cars

Tesla custom Full Self-Driving Computer is already in all new cars

Tesla, particularly CEO Elon Musk, isn't exactly popular for its estimates and predictions. It has recently admitted its failure to meet expectations and demand in shipping its Model 3 electric cars. So when the carmaker actually does get the estimate right, it's a pleasant surprise. Even better, however, Musk has said that its custom Full Self-Driving Computer promised 6 months ago isn't just here, it is actually already hiding inside all Tesla models made within the past weeks.

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Tesla Navigate on Autopilot update brings three new features

Tesla Navigate on Autopilot update brings three new features

Tesla has announced an update for Navigate on Autopilot, the active guidance navigation feature the company launched late last year. The new version brings a "more seamless" experience, according to Tesla, including a specific option the company had promised it would eventually offer: lane changes without stalk confirmation. The update brings a couple other notable changes, as well.

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Tesla Q1 2019 delivery numbers fall terribly short

Tesla Q1 2019 delivery numbers fall terribly short

There have been criticisms of Tesla ability, or rather the lack of it, to deliver on its promises in terms of production and, well, deliveries. That became even more pronounced with the Model 3 which has become the most popular of the three electric sedans. The car maker has largely downplayed those but in its Q1 2019 report on production and deliveries, it had no choice but to admit it had lower than expected deliveries which, of course, will now negatively impact their first-quarter earnings.

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Tesla revives Referral Program with car giveaways, Supercharger perk

Tesla revives Referral Program with car giveaways, Supercharger perk

Tesla has announced a new Referral Program that rewards customers who recommend the company to their friends...assuming that recommendation results in a vehicle purchase, of course. The company explains that its previous Referral Program was popular but pricey, and so it is back with a new version, one that offers exclusive perks for existing customers without the same 'significant costs' for Tesla.

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The Deliverator compact EV brings green deliveries to cramped cities

The Deliverator compact EV brings green deliveries to cramped cities

Arcimoto has launched pre-orders for the Deliverator, a three-wheeled electric vehicle designed specifically for deliveries. The vehicle has a 100-mile range and a top speed of 75mph, making it more substantial than the small autonomous delivery buggies some other companies have introduced. The model offers better efficiency than traditional delivery trucks, however.

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Fiat Chrysler recalls nearly 900,000 cars in US over emissions issue

Fiat Chrysler recalls nearly 900,000 cars in US over emissions issue

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced the voluntary recall of nearly 900,000 Fiat Chrysler vehicles located in the United States. The recall follows an in-use emissions investigation by the EPA, as well as in-use testing Fiat Chrysler conducted under EPA regulations. The recall concerns vehicles that fail to meet emissions standards, according to the agency, which will help consumers deal with the recall.

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All Boeing 737 Max flights suspended in Europe, but not USA (yet)

All Boeing 737 Max flights suspended in Europe, but not USA (yet)

After the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 accident this week, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) banned all Boeing 737 MAX operations in Europe. This goes for all commercial major and third-country operators both in and out of the European Union. This was announced as an official Airworthiness Directive, in effect as of 19:00 UTC, March 12th, 2019.

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