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Revel suspends NYC scooter service after two fatal crashes

ER doctor says her hospital treats several Revel-related injuries per shift

Ride-sharing scooter startup Revel said Tuesday it is suspending operations in New York City after a second fatal crash in less than two weeks. Revel tweeted that service “will be shut down until further notice” as it reviews safety and rider accountability measures. Mayor Bill de Blasio said city officials spoke to Revel executives on Tuesday and made clear the company’s safety record is “an unacceptable state of affairs.”

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Pandemic drives average age of cars on U.S. roads to a record high

Hanging onto cars longer was already a trend before coronavirus hit

Drivers are holding on to cars and trucks longer during the coronavirus pandemic. The IHS Markit consulting firm says the pandemic has caused consumers to put the brakes on spending and hold onto their current vehicles for a longer period.

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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover ready for the biggest off-roading adventure yet

Six-wheeled explorer is set to launch for the Red Planet on Thursday

With eight successful Mars landings, NASA is upping the ante with its newest rover. The spacecraft Perseverance — set for liftoff this week — is NASA’s brawniest and brainiest Martian rover yet. It sports the latest landing tech, plus the most cameras and microphones ever assembled to capture the sights and sounds of Mars.

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Mitsubishi expects a massive loss this year due to the coronavirus pandemic

It also announced the end of the long-running Pajero SUV

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. reported Monday a 176 billion yen ($1.7 billion) loss for April-June, and forecast more red ink for the fiscal year, as the coronavirus pandemic slammed auto demand around the world. The shaky results come as Mitsubishi Motors’ alliance partners Nissan Motor Co. and Renault of France work to recover from the downfall of their former chairman, Carlos Ghosn. Ghosn was out on bail, awaiting trial on various financial misconduct allegations in Tokyo, when he fled late last

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Russian enthusiast builds his own steam train mini-railway

He and his friends are now busy building a steamboat and are also planning to make a steam plane

For Pavel Chilin, building his own railway was the fulfillment of a childhood dream. It took the 62-year-old electrical engineer more than 10 years to build a 350-meter (383-yard)-long narrow-gauge railway twisting through the grounds of his steads about 50 kilometers (some 30 miles) outside St. Petersburg. The design of his steam train is based on a classic example from the early 20th century.

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All charges dropped against Red Bull heir in Ferrari crash that killed cop

He's led a playboy lifestyle in years since hitting, dragging motorcycle officer

Prosecutors in Thailand have dropped all charges against a Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune who was accused of killing a Bangkok police officer in a 2012 car crash, officials said Friday. Police Lt. Col. Thanawuth Sanguansuk confirmed that all charges against Vorayuth Yoovidhya have been dropped. The case attracted widespread attention because of perceptions that it showed the rich and well-connected have impunity in Thailand’s judicial system, which in recent years has also been

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Daimler lost $2.2 billion in Q2 but sees signs of recovery

Mercedes-Benz will focus on high-end cars in an effort to boost profit

Daimler, the maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars and Freightliner trucks, lost 1.91 billion euros ($2.21 billion) in the second quarter as the coronavirus outbreak slashed sales of the company's cars, vans, buses and trucks by about a third. CEO Ola Kallenius said Thursday it had worked to preserve cash reserves during a difficult time and was seeing “the first signs of a sales recovery.” Based in Stuttgart, Daimler AG suspended production in March, April and May as the pandemic and related cou

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Alex Zanardi transferred to rehab center after handbike crash

He suffered serious facial and head trauma, possible brain damage

Alex Zanardi, the Italian auto racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist, was transferred to a neurological rehabilitation center Tuesday, a month after getting seriously injured in a handbike crash. The Siena hospital that had been treating Zanardi since the June 19 crash announced that the athlete had been released but, in accordance with Zanatrdi's family, did not say where he was taken. Zanardi underwent three delicate surgeries at the Siena hospital to stabilize him and reconstruct

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Lewis Hamilton wins 8th Hungarian Grand Prix to equal Schumacher's record

He won from his record 90th pole position

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix for the eighth time to equal Michael Schumacher's single-venue record and take the championship lead on Sunday. Hamilton's latest victory from pole position was as comfortable as the nearly 9-second margin over second-place Max Verstappen suggested. The British driver's 86th GP win moved him just five behind the German great Schumacher's F1 record of 91.

NHRA tries to find financial footing after COVID-19 shutdown

The organization is starting to run events with small crowd sizes

Two-time Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan heard the stories throughout the pandemic-forced shutdown. “A lot of people, like my wrench guys, they don't have anything else," Hagan said as the NHRA cranked back up in Indianapolis last weekend. “So I appreciate the NHRA taking the steps needed to keep these guys employed and say we're taking a step forward, toward getting back to normal."

'Yes, we exist': Black fans assess NASCAR's work to diversify

Progress has been made, but there's plenty left to address

Raised in the South Bronx, Johnson considered himself “a closet NASCAR fan,” without a friend or family member who truly shared his interest in catching the latest race. “As you can imagine,” Johnson said, “there just simply weren’t a lot of people receptive to the sport given its history.” The 61-year-old Johnson, who has retired to Miami, shares his passion for the sport with a Black NASCAR Fans group on Facebook.

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Lewis Hamilton could tie Schumacher's record for victories at a single track

He's also closing in on Schumacher's Grand Prix win total

Victory this weekend in Hungary would move Lewis Hamilton within five of Michael Schumacher's record 91 Grand Prix wins, and also tie the Formula One great's record for wins at a single track. Given how well Hamilton drove last weekend to win the Styrian GP in Austria, few would bet against the British driver securing an eighth success at the tight and winding Hungaroring on Sunday. Schumacher currently holds the one-venue record with eight wins at the French GP, when it was staged in Magny-C

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NASCAR hosts largest crowd at a sporting event since pandemic

At least 20,000 people sat socially distanced

Clint Bowyer hopped off his pit stand at Bristol Motor Speedway to learn he'd won the fan vote to advance into NASCAR's All-Star race — an announcement met by a roar from the grandstands. Up to 30,000 fans were allowed to attend Wednesday night's race, NASCAR’s largest with spectators since the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports in March. Attendance figures were not released, but it appeared at least 20,000 spectators were socially distanced throughout the grandstands — making it the larges

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Europe's shift to electric cars picks up speed despite, or because of, recession

'Demand is growing fast, very fast,' with 70 EV and hybrid models to choose from

The coronavirus has cancelled business plans all over the world but Europe's push into electric cars isn't one of them. Sales of battery-powered and hybrid cars have held up better than the overall market amid a deeply painful recession, mainly thanks to the action of governments. The 27-country European Union is moving ahead with a major shift in transportation as part of the bloc's efforts against climate change.

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Biden reveals $2 trillion climate plan that's also an infrastructure and jobs plan

What the plan has in store for cars

Joe Biden released a $2 trillion plan on Tuesday to boost investment in clean energy and stop all climate-damaging emissions from U.S. power plants by 2035, arguing that dramatic action is needed to tackle climate change and revive the economy. In remarks near his home in Wilmington, Delaware, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee sought to reframe the politics of climate change. “When Donald Trump thinks about climate change, the only word he can muster is ‘hoax,'" Biden told report

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Grant Imahara of 'Mythbusters' dies at age 49

'A truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer ... and gentle person'

Look out, Mars — NASA Perseverance rover leads a fleet of spacecraft about to launch

UAE orbiter and China rover missions are using the same launch window

Mars is about to be invaded by planet Earth — big time. Three countries — the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates — are sending unmanned spacecraft to the red planet in quick succession beginning this week, in the most sweeping effort yet to seek signs of ancient microscopic life while scouting out the place for future astronauts. The U.S., for its part, is dispatching a six-wheeled rover the size of a car, named Perseverance, to collect rock samples that will be brought back to

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F1 star Lewis Hamilton wins Styrian Grand Prix, raises fist against racism

Most drivers took a knee on the grid before Sunday's race

Standing on the podium to celebrate his latest win, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton raised a clenched right fist and then delivered a message to his fellow drivers not to slow down in the fight against racism. It's 52 years since American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos introduced that powerfully defiant gesture to a worldwide TV audience when standing on the podium during their medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. On Sunday Hamilton and the other 19 F1 drivers

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NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson angered, frustrated by coronavirus false alarm

Apparent false positive caused him to break his streak of 663 consecutive starts

Jimmie Johnson is just as confused as everyone else about his plight with the coronavirus. A positive test caused the seven-time NASCAR champion to miss the first race of his career, and it was followed three days later by a negative test. “There’s a lot of speculation there," Johnson said Friday, a full week after testing positive.

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IndyCar drivers grateful to have fans back this weekend

Sprawling Road America course is conducive to social distancing

Simon Pagenaud says racing hasn’t been quite the same without spectators to cheer the drivers on for the opening stages of the IndyCar season. The IndyCar series will welcome fans for the first time this season during the REV Group Grand Prix doubleheader Saturday and Sunday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Road America’s setup makes it an ideal testing ground for welcoming back fans.

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Car dealerships, including those owned by lawmakers, got billions in PPP money

Three-quarters of the nation's dealerships got coronavirus relief

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