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Over 1,000 students will take part in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend at Texas A&M University. The event, which will take place on January 29 and 30, 2016, will see over 100 universities and 20 countries represented as teams compete for the best design. The winner's prototype, chosen by judges from SpaceX, Tesla and Texas A&M, will be built and tested at SpaceX's Hyperloop Test Track planned for construction in Hawthorne, California. Read more from The Verge.

Daimler has reservations about DUH testing results. Tests from the German environmental group Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) allegedly show NOx emissions from a Mercedes-Benz C-Class 200 CDI that were twice the Euro 5 limit. "The test results are questionable as the conditions of the test are not clear. We don't know the specific car, the temperature at the time of the tests, the loading weight," says a Daimler spokesman. The DUH accused Daimler of falsifying emissions data earlier this year. Renault is also challenging results from the DUH that show excessive emissions from its Espace minivan. Read more from Automotive News Europe.

The Los Angeles Auto Show has four additions to its 2016 Connected Car Expo (CCE) advisory board. The new members include Lyft's Derek Kan, Justin Fishkin from Local Motors, Linda Campbell from QNX Software Systems and Damon Lavrinc (yes, the Damon Lavrinc) of Automatic Labs. In addition to setting the conference's agenda, the board will pick the second annual Top 10 Automotive Start-ups. "We're thrilled to continue building a network of top experts to elevate the connected car conversation," says LA Auto Show and CCE President Lisa Kaz. "Year after year, the board continues to lead new and innovative discussions on technology in automotive and transportation industries; and we're excited to see what 2016 will bring." Read more from the Connected Car Expo.

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