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A Didi IPO would be huge, given its $56 billion valuation last year

A Didi IPO would be huge, given its $56 billion valuation last year.

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Segway-Ninebot expects to double its yearly revenue for the next 3-5 years

Segway-Ninebot expects to double its yearly revenue for the next 3-5 years.

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We talk to Nissan's EV boss, Nicholas Thomas, at the global HQ

We talk to Nissan's EV boss, Nicholas Thomas, at the global HQ.

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Investors can buy shares of classic cars, like playing the stock market

Investors can buy shares of classic vehicles.

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Car Connectivity Consortium wants personalized, transferable keys for future mobility

Car Connectivity Consortium wants personalized, transferable keys for future mobility.

First Drive

Can the new hybrid right the wrongs of the second-gen Insight?

Can the new hybrid right the wrongs of the second-gen Insight?

Two Wheels

Prototype jacket features turn indicators and brake lights

Ford's smart jacket aims to solve a number of safety issues related to commuting on a bicycle.

Limits drivers to same-sex passenger, limits hours of operation

Limits drivers to same-sex passengers, limits hours of operation.

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The program is only available in Nashville and Philadelphia for now

The program is only available in Nashville and Philadelphia for now

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Huzzah! You'll no longer need to watch your iPhone in the cupholder

Huzzah! You'll no longer need to watch your iPhone in the cupholder.

OTA Connect will help add new features to existing cars

Like the weather, everyone talks about over-the-air (OTA) software updates for cars, but no one really does much about it, except for Tesla. Until now. Starting today, Here, the company known for its automotive mapping services, hopes to change this and help keep car electronics current with its new OTA Connect services.

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Not Android Auto — Android Automotive, the OS starting with Audi, Volvo

Not Android Auto — Android Automotive, the OS starting with Audi, Volvo

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Responds to voice commands right in the infotainment system

From Bluetooth syncing to systems like CarPlay and Android Auto, the link between your smartphone and car grows closer every day. Today, Ford announced that its Sync 3 infotainment system will now have full Waze integration, meaning you can natively use the community-based traffic and navigation app in Ford vehicles. While we knew that has been in the works for months, the app can now be used with hands-free voice controls.

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Safeguards being added — and no more drivers rating passengers

China's biggest ride-sharing company, Didi Chuxing, will disable features such as profile pictures, ratings and public tags from its carpooling service, as it looks to win back trust after the killing of a female passenger sparked questions about safety.

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Parental threats won't work, but small parental rewards might

Getting teens to put down their phones when they get behind the wheel is no easy task, but a small study suggests that parents may have more luck when they offer cash rewards.

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It'll also help monitor your teenager's stealth driving habits

Volkswagen of American says it's adding new features to its VW Car-Net Security & Service mobile app starting today. They include alerts to let owners know when their Volkswagens are being driven past a set curfew or taken for a spin by an unscrupulous valet attendant and a service that finds off-street parking spaces.

Car Buying

Here's a car-shopping checklist of infotainment functions to test

Here's a quick checklist of infotainment functions to test and questions to ask when new-car shopping.

ETC

$18B plan: Gets Didi's data, co-develop autonomous vehicles

Volkswagen AG, the world's biggest automaker, is in talks to form a joint venture with China's Didi Chuxing to manage part of the ride-hailing company's fleet of cars and help develop "purpose-built" vehicles for Didi's services.

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Democratization of tech: Same – or better – amenities as luxury cars

One of the great things about technology is – with the exception of Apple products – consumers get more for their money every year. For example, the first 1GB USB drive I bought in 2005 cost me $30. Today you can get 10 for that price, delivered to your door thanks to Amazon. The same goes for car tech.

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GM pilot expands Maven into an Airbnb for cars

Owners of GM vehicles will be able to rent them to other drivers.

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