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EVgo launches 150kW high-power fast charging station in California

EVgo launches 150kW high-power fast charging station in California

EVgo, the operator behind more than 900 electric vehicle fast charging stations throughout the U.S., has announced the launch of a high-power EV fast charger in Fremont, California. This has been done in conjunction with ABB, but it isn't available to the general public. Instead, EVgo says the charging station will be made available to automotive research vehicles to help with research and development.

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4 Gadgets to make your older car smarter (2017)

4 Gadgets to make your older car smarter (2017)

Your car doesn't have to be very old to feel obsolete. Ample technology is packed into the latest and greatest models, and it can include everything from WiFi connectivity to monitoring your car's metrics and status using your phone. If you want that functionality yourself but aren't in the market for a new car, you're in luck: several products are available that'll make your car 'smarter' using little to no effort.

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First self-driving Roborace test race ends in a crash

First self-driving Roborace test race ends in a crash

This weekend, at the Formula E racing series Buenos Aires ePrix event, the organizers behind Roborace held their first on-track test between two specially-designed electric self-driving cars. While not quite as exciting as a race between human drivers, the cars, known as DevBots, still managed to reach speeds as high as 115mph. But as is often the case during tests like this, an accident did occur when one of the cars crashed while navigating a turn.

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Give your Corvette a wagon look with Callaway’s new AeroWagen mod

Give your Corvette a wagon look with Callaway’s new AeroWagen mod

Corvette enthusiasts may remember back to 2013 when Callaway, the Chevy customization specialist, debuted its concept for what many have referred to as a wagon-style modification for the two-door coupe. Dubbed the AeroWagen package, the add-on technically gives the Corvette a shooting brake look, stretching the car's roof line towards the back. Whatever you may call it, the aftermarket part is finally available for almost all C7 Corvette models, including the Z06 and Grand Sport.

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Gita courier robot will “travel at human speeds with human agility”

Gita courier robot will “travel at human speeds with human agility”

The brand new company Piaggio Fast Forward have introduced their first product: Gita, an autonomous miniature vehicle for luggage. At least, that's what the folks at Piaggio Fast Forward suggest Gita is, a vehicle - but it might be easier to understand as a suitcase that's able to follow its user around an airport. This suitcase is also able to move autonomously in a mapped environment, avoiding obstacles as they appear.

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BMW and Nissan team to boost DC Fast charging stations across U.S.

BMW and Nissan team to boost DC Fast charging stations across U.S.

BMW and Nissan have teamed to expand access to EVgo DC Fast charging stations throughout the United States. Thanks to their effort, electric vehicle owners now have access to 174 new charging station locations across 33 different states, and there are more than fifty additional ones planned for launch throughout this year. Thanks to this expansion, EVgo’s charging network has a new total of 668 dual-port Fast charger stations.

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Tesla Autopilot update now rolling out with new semi-autonomous features

Tesla Autopilot update now rolling out with new semi-autonomous features

Tesla's latest Enhanced Autopilot update is finally rolling out today following months of delays. As CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter, the update is coming to all Tesla vehicles with second-generation Autopilot hardware installed, known as HW2 models, which includes any Model S and Model X cars manufactured since October. Installed as an over-the-air update, it introduces new and improved semi-autonomous features.

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Army tests “hoverbike” successfully, Star Wars fans rejoice

Army tests “hoverbike” successfully, Star Wars fans rejoice

The USA Department of Defense has witnessed the first successful public test of the Army's latest in futuristic vehicles - the hoverbike. This device is officially known as the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle (JTARV), and can be seen tested without a pilot in a video shared by the United States Army Research Laboratory this week. The video shows a small-scale prototype test flight, and may move on to flights with pilots in the near future.

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Electric self-driving shuttle bus begins testing with passengers in Las Vegas

Electric self-driving shuttle bus begins testing with passengers in Las Vegas

If you're in downtown Las Vegas during the next week, you might spot a small, pod-like shuttle bus driving passengers up and down Fremont Street. Operated by transit company Keolis, the electric vehicle is fully autonomous, and offering free rides to the public. Officials says it's also the first self-driving vehicle of its kind to be tested on public roads with passengers in the US.

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Volvo is taking its Sunfleet car-sharing service global

Volvo is taking its Sunfleet car-sharing service global

These days, just about every big-name car manufacturer is launching their own car-sharing service. This includes GM, Ford, BMW, and Toyota. But it turns out that Volvo has been doing it for almost 20 years already, running the Sunfleet service in its home country of Sweden since 1998. Now Volvo reveals that its ready to expand the service and take it global, in turn keeping up with the recent "shared mobility" trend.

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Autonomous Nissan Leaf begins testing on London streets next month

Autonomous Nissan Leaf begins testing on London streets next month

Car-maker Nissan has announced that it will be deploying a fleet of its Leaf electric vehicles outfitted with self-driving technology on the streets of London next month. This will mark their first public test of autonomous cars to be held in Europe. Nissan adds that it has received the permission of the necessary local authorities and the modified Leafs will be driving on public roads, however exact routes haven't been decided yet.

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US Transportation Department reveals new self-driving cars advisory committee

US Transportation Department reveals new self-driving cars advisory committee

The United States Department of Transportation says it is assembling an advisory committee that will focus on automation as it relates to the automotive industry. More than two dozen committee members have already been named, including co-Chair Mary Barra of General Motors and co-Chair Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles. The advisory committee’s Vice Chair position is held by Stanford University engineering professor Dr. J. Chris Gerdes.

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