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A glimpse into Ford's sharing plans for the automotive future

VP Ken Washington discusses Ford Smart Mobility, autonomous cars, and more.

For so-called "traditional" automakers, Detroit's Big Three have spent considerable resources over the past few months upending their conventional business models.

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Google building self-driving vehicle test facility in Michigan

Autonomous minivan development will take place in Detroit suburbs.

Google is establishing a self-driving technology development center in Novi, Michigan.

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Iconic sports cars fail to meet top IIHS crash-test standards

Ford Mustang comes close, but one muscle car permitted 'high likelihood' of injury.

Car enthusiasts don't buy sports cars to stay in the slow lane. But given that the allure of higher speeds and bolder performance might lead to faster and more aggressive driving, they might think manufacturers have outfitted these cars with stringent safety protections.

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Pot-growing neighbors blamed for fire that killed Skylines, dogs

International Vehicle Importers lost more than two dozen vehicles and two pets in fire.

A few days ago, we brought you news on marijuana's danger to drivers. Today, we bring you news on marijuana's danger to cars.

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Post-legalization, marijuana-related fatal crashes double in Washington

New AAA study heightens concern over stoned motorists.

Marijuana impairment is difficult to measure, making lawmaking tricky.

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Volkswagen may soon have remedy for more cheating diesels

85,000 vehicles with 3.0-liter engines could get new software and catalytic converters.

Volkswagen may soon propose a fix for vehicles equipped with 3.0-liter engines. It's about time.

Legally speaking, self-driving cars could follow golf-cart path

Former NHTSA administrator says self-driving cars need their own set of laws.

Autonomous minivans are coming. Preparing them for use on public roads will be as much a legal hurdle as a technical one.

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Feds finally know why Takata's airbags keep exploding

Findings come amid a historic expansion of recall and two more related deaths.

After spending years searching for the cause of deadly Takata airbag defects, federal officials said Wednesday they've finally found answers.

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Takata recalls at least 35 million more faulty airbags

The airbag safety crisis that has engulfed the auto industry – the one behind more than two dozens recalls from 11 different manufacturers affecting roughly 25 million vehicles over the past eight years – just got worse.

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Google and FCA will build autonomous minivans together [UPDATED]

Chrysler and tech giant will collaborate on 100 Pacifica hybrid minivans.

Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles confirmed a partnership Tuesday in which the two companies will collaborate on creating autonomous minivans.

Auto sales return to torrid pace, on track for 17.4m units

Sales get a boost in April after languishing in March.

Sluggish car sales in March appear to be a one-month anomaly. In April, automakers returned to the record-setting sales pace they've enjoyed for the better part of a year.

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Warren Buffett: Self-driving cars will upend car insurance

Billionaire investor predicts big long-term changes, praises Ralph Nader.

At least two prominent billionaires believe the arrival of self-driving cars will eventually spell the end of the auto insurance industry. Speaking on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Monday morning, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates said they believe autonomous vehicles will upend car insurers.

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In Michigan, car hackers could face life imprisonment

But proposed law doesn't discern between criminals, gearheads or researchers.

Car hackers may not want to mess with vehicles in and around the Motor City. A pair of Michigan lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday that would punish anyone who infiltrates a vehicle's electronic systems with penalties as harsh as life imprisonment.

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Minivans could be key to Google-FCA self-driving partnership

Google's Chris Urmson interested in on-demand, autonomous minivans

Executives from Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have held discussions about creating a technical partnership, the purpose of which would be to further development of self-driving vehicles, according to multiple reports. The two companies might make ideal partners.

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Ford rakes in record $2.5b profit during Q1 of 2016

Company more than doubles profit while overall auto sales resume torrid pace.

Ford posted record profits in the first quarter of 2016, the company announced Thursday. Chief financial officer Bob Shanks said Ford enjoyed its best quarterly performance in history, generating operating profits of $3.8 biliion and a record profit margin of 9.8 percent.

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Ford, Volvo, Google, Uber and Lyft form self-driving alliance

Leaders in autonomous technology form a new coalition that seeks clear federal standards.

Ford, Google, Lyft, Uber and Volvo form an organization to better prepare America's roads for self-driving technology.

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Automakers are offering more fuel-efficient cars than ever

Consumer organization says increases in gas mileage are proof CAFE standards are working.

Even with gas prices near their lowest point in more than a decade, Americans are still concerned about the fuel economy of their cars. More than 4 in 5 consumers say gas mileage will be an important consideration the next time they go shopping for a vehicle.

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Ford's new 'Speed Limiter' can regulate driver's speed

Motorists might trade fewer tickets for less vehicle control.

Depending on the point of view, Ford's new speed-limiting technology either helps lead foots curb their appetite for speed or acts as an overbearing back-seat driver that a driver's control.

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Daimler investigates 'possible irregularities' in emissions testing

Internal probe comes at the request of the U.S. Justice Department, company says

One investigation into emissions testing irregularities is winding down. Another is just getting underway.

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Volkswagen may buy back hundreds of thousands of diesel cars

German automaker reaches settlement with US authorities over emissions cheating.

Volkswagen may buy back hundreds of thousands of vehicles and further compensate car owners as part of a deal reached with federal authorities suing over the company's intentional cheating on emissions testing.

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Car owners cheated by Volkswagen could get $5,000

German newspaper reports VW reaches settlement.

Seven months after the Volkswagen diesel scandal first emerged, car owners affected by the company's emissions cheating may soon learn how they'll be compensated.

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