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Congress asks Zuckerberg to explain Cambridge data scandal

Tesla's and SpaceX's verified Facebook pages disappeared on Friday, minutes after billionaire founder Elon Musk promised on Twitter to take down the page when challenged by a user. "Delete SpaceX page on Facebook if you're the man?" a user tweeted to Musk. His response: "I didn't realize there was one. Will do." Each Facebook page had more than 2.6 million followers. Musk had begun the exchange by responding to a tweet from WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton of the #deletefacebook tag. "What's

Car Buying

How to pick an EV, and what you’ll need when you bring it home

Electric cars have been around since the dawn of the automobile. (And bar night trivia alert: At one point in the early 1900s, EVs were about a third of the cars on the road). But it's taken more than 100 years for them to achieve their full promise. Now, quick charging networks and high-capacity batteries have opened up EVs to a wider audience, and particularly in urban areas, they're a perfect fit.


That's six times what it sells now, and the Leaf is world's bestseller

Nissan announced plans to sell 1 million electric vehicles (EVs) annually by 2022, a six-fold jump from what it sold last year, and said it had no plans to stop testing its self-driving cars on public roads, calling them safe.


Nissan's Reborn Light project combines solar panels and old batteries

Together with the 4R Energy Corporation in Japan, Nissan has started a project which will provide the Japanese town of Namie with lighting, using solar panels and used Leaf batteries.


It promises electric-only range on par with the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

Porsche has released a new video highlighting its work testing a new generation of plug-in hybrid Cayenne crossovers that it says is due on the market soon. While details about the new PHEV are scarce, Porsche says the Cayenne E-Hybrid will have more range than the preceding model and be comparable to the Panamera, its other line of plug-in hybrids.


The SUV will be based on a Mahindra platform

Ford has announced that it will co-develop an SUV with Mahindra, the Indian manufacturer of tractors, EVs, and most importantly for this story, trucks. The new SUV will use a Mahindra platform, and it's implied that Ford will do the heavy lifting on the rest of the vehicle. The two companies will also develop an electric vehicle, perhaps with input or branding with Mahindra's Pininfarina subsidiary.


‘Support, but skepticism’ among investors for unprecedented scheme

Shareholders of electric car company Tesla approved a compensation package potentially worth $2.6 billion for Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk on Wednesday, though by a lower margin than U.S. CEOs typically receive on pay votes.


Autonomy expert: ‘The sensors should have detected the pedestrian’

Police in Arizona on Wednesday released a short video of a fatal collision between an Uber self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian, as investigators probe the accident that has put new focus on the safety of autonomous vehicles.


The iNEXT concept will also see production, says BMW CEO

The i4 four-door coupe wasn't the only BMW electric vehicle confirmed today. As reported by Auto Express, the 2020 BMW iX3 will also be part of BMW's next-decade "product offensive," confirming what we already suspected about the brand's first full-electric SUV. The increasingly electrifying carmaker plans to offer 25 electrified models by 2025.


BMW CEO says it will go between 340 and 435 miles on a charge

The BMW i Vision Dynamics concept unveiled at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show previewed what a production full-electric four-door might look like. Now, BMW has confirmed that a production version will indeed arrive by 2020 and that it will have Tesla-beating range.


Munich headquarters and engine plant in Steyr, Austria, searched

BMW's headquarters were raided on Tuesday by German prosecutors investigating the suspected use of illegal emissions control software capable of manipulating exhaust levels.


Who's at risk here? Uber? Volvo? Tech suppliers? All of the above?

The death of a pedestrian hit by a self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona this week could offer a test of who can be held legally responsible for accidents when a human is no longer at the wheel, legal experts said.


Toyota Research Institute conducts on-road testing in California and Michigan

DETROIT - Toyota Motor Corp said on Tuesday it will pause autonomous vehicle testing following an accident in which an Uber self-driving vehicle struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Ariz. Separately, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Phoenix said it was awaiting the results of an investigation by Tempe police of the fatality before reviewing whether any charges should be filed. The Tempe police chief has told the San Francisco Chronicle that a preliminary look at video of the fatal crash

Quick Spin

In South Korea, we test Hyundai's latest hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.

When we travelled to South Korea to test out the new Hyundai Santa Fe, we also got a chance behind the wheel of the new hydrogen-powered Nexo fuel-cell SUV. Hyundai unveiled the Nexo at CES in January as a replacement for the Tucson Fuel Cell, which logged miles and gathered data in 18 countries over the course of its generation. The Nexo is an improvement: It's more efficient, packed with smarter driver assistance technologies and, in our opinion, is more attractive.

Video shows crash victim stepping in front of car ‘like a flash’

The police chief in Tempe, Ariz., has told the San Francisco Chronicle that a preliminary look at video of the fatal crash involving a self-driving Uber car in Tempe indicates the no fault on the part of the Uber.


With bill before Congress, how will policymakers and the public react?

The death of a woman in Arizona struck by a self-driving car with no human control, the first fatality involving a fully autonomous vehicle, is an event the nascent industry has long dreaded and comes at a sensitive time.


Ford may buy or lease heavily blighted Michigan Central Station

Ford Motor Co. is reportedly in discussions to purchase one of the largest, most well-known eyesores in Detroit as part of a bid to move more staff into the city from its headquarters in neighboring Dearborn and attract young talent to the company.


The incident happened in Tempe, Ariz., and involved a Volvo XC90.

An autonomously-driven Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz., late Sunday evening. A statement from local police indicates that the woman was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk. A bicycle was present at the accident scene, according to local news station ABC 15, but it's not yet clear if the deceased was walking with or riding the bike.


SUV would beat the sedan to market by two years

At the time of the Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin announced it would be re-awakening the storied Lagonda brand to manufacture zero-emission luxury cars. The timeline for these was cast to 2023 at first, but now information has come to light that Lagonda would start selling cars two years earlier, with — you guessed it — an SUV.