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BMW finally makes Apple CarPlay free

BMW backs down from its paid subscription service

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Porsche developing four-motor electric powertrain for an SUV

The soonest we might see it is in the next-generation Macan

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AWS expands DeepRacer league, announces car updates

Last year at AWS re:invent, the company's massive customer conference, Amazon launched a new miniature race car and a racing league, all designed to teach developers about machine learning in a fun way. "We are adding more chances to compete at AWS events and at your own events, more chances to win with new races, including head-to-head multi-car competitions, and an upgraded DeepRacer car with new sensing capabilities," AWS's Jeff Barr wrote in the company blog announcing the updates.

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In ride-hail boom, New York livery cabs feel squeezed and forgotten

There were nearly 22,000 livery cabs in New York in 2015, and there are approximately 9,600 now

As a livery cab driver in the Bronx for more than a decade, Orlando Lantigua knows some of his customers well. In the outer boroughs and low-income New York neighborhoods — where yellow cabs rarely go and public transportation is sometimes sparse — residents who lack smart phones or credit cards have relied on livery cabs for generations. More than 100 livery cab bases have closed their doors since 2015, when ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft began to provide a large number of trips, cuttin

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Musashi Seimitsu and Aquarius sign deal to develop free piston engine

The engine can be used as an onboard power generator or as a standalone electricity generator

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How Infiniti's 'gas-generated EV' isn't the jumbo shrimp of powertrains

Technically a series hybrid, it combines attributes from existing powertrain concepts

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Hyundai Vision T Plug-in Hybrid SUV Concept lights up L.A. Auto Show

This crossover takes the Sonata's lighting tech one step further

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Volkswagen to invest $66 billion in e-mobility, digital tech by 2024

Plans 75 EV and 60 hybrid variants

Volkswagen will invest 60 billion euros ($66.12 billion) by 2024 to develop electric and hybrid cars as well as digital technologies, the multi-brand car and truckmaking group said on Friday. Volkswagen plans to build 75 variants of electric car and around 60 hybrid vehicle models, it said. Volkswagen plans to retool its plant in Emden, Germany to build an electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) from 2022 onwards, and a decision on where to locate a new factory will be taken by year-

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Daimler takes 'reality check' on robotaxi safety and earnings potential

Ensuring self-driving cars are safe in crowded urban areas is a bigger challenge than engineers had assumed

Daimler has taken a "reality check" on self-driving "robotaxis", acknowledging that making them safe is proving harder than first thought amid questions over their future earnings potential. Daimler would "rightsize" its spending level on robotaxis and that self-driving technology would more likely be applied to commercial vehicles for freight companies on long haul routes. Carmakers raced to develop self-driving vehicles after Google presented a prototype car in 2012, leading Daimler to devel

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Uber self-driving cars were involved in 37 crashes before killing pedestrian

NTSB says Uber software flawed, had no way to detect jaywalking pedestrian

Uber Technologies Inc's autonomous test vehicles were involved in 37 crashes in the 18 months before a fatal March 2018 self-driving car accident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday. The board said between September 2016 and March 2018, there were 37 crashes of Uber vehicles in autonomous mode at the time, including 33 that involved another vehicle striking test vehicles. The NTSB will hold a probable cause hearing on the crash Nov. 19.

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Lithium Mustang EV from Ford and Webasto is lightning in an bottle for SEMA

More than 1,000 pound-feet of torque and a whole lot of performance parts

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Infiniti finally adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for 2020

It comes thanks to an updated infotainment system

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How to start your own game stream

Everybody and their grandma wants to be a streamer. We’ll show you how to get started

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Pedestrian detection systems produce mixed results in latest IIHS tests

Some systems work, some don't: 'This technology is in its infancy'

The assessment comes at a time when pedestrian deaths on U.S. roads are spiking, with an estimated 6,283 people on foot killed by vehicles in 2018, a year that saw the highest number of cyclist and pedestrian deaths since 1990. Pedestrian detection systems, enabled by windshield-mounted cameras or radar sensors in a vehicle's front grill, are coupled with a car's automatic emergency braking system and intended to stop the vehicle if it detects a pedestrian in its path. The study by the U.S. In

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Porsche launches online car sales pilot program in U.S.

It'll let you complete all paperwork digitally before signing final paperwork at the dealer

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