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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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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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March sales figures remain strong, but market concerns linger

Tesla Motors wasn't the only car company to close out March with an upbeat sales report. Ford enjoyed its best-selling March in ten years, the company said Friday. Other automakers reported sales growth that topped already-historic levels. Trucks and SUVs continued to be hot sellers.

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Not all are happy about government's new pact with auto industry

Former NHTSA Administrator: Safety Agreement Is 'Toothless'

Back in December, the Department of Transportation won a long-sought increase in the maximum fine it could levy against automakers who flouted federal safety standards. Lawmakers tripled the amount from $35 million to $105 million for each violation.

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EPA report says fuel-economy gains stalled in 2014

Improvements On CO2 Emissions Also Plateau, But It's Not All Bad News

Fuel economy and emissions levels for the nation's automakers showed no improvement year over year, according to the latest numbers released by the Environmental Protection Agency. But that doesn't mean manufacturer's are doing a bad job.

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Copyright Office: Gearheads can keep repairing their cars

New Ruling Gives Car Owners Firm Legal Ground To Modify Vehicles

In a long-awaited ruling announced Tuesday morning, the US Copyright Office granted an exemption in copyright law that will permit gearheads and home mechanics to continue repairing and modifying their cars without running afoul of existing copyright law.

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Auto-industry whistle-blowers could soon reap financial rewards

Senate Passes Legislation Aimed At Accelerating Discovery Of Safety Flaws

In hearing after hearing last year, members of Congress took turns admonishing auto executives and federal regulators for their roles in prolonging an ongoing series of safety crises. Now, Congress is taking action.

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Car enthusiasts face diminished influence in self-driving future

Senators Want NHTSA to Put Autonomous Driving On Fast Track

In many circles, the prospect of autonomous and self-driving cars taking over American roads is greeted with enthusiasm. Among car enthusiasts, however, the idea of removing the driver from the driving often sounds like a soulless and grim transportation future.

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