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But automakers oppose freeze, want U.S. to work with California

California wouldn't be able to set stricter standards.

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The $700 plate can display messages or used to track cars

After years in development, California is finally rolling out its digital license plate pilot program. Drivers can purchase and install plate that uses the same E Ink screen technology as an Amazon Kindle or various wearables. The new digital display was developed by Reviver Auto and replaces a traditional stamped plate. It's available for both consumer and commercial vehicles, though at a considerable cost.

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So far, all of those vehicles still have humans behind the wheel

Apple has more than doubled the number of its self-driving cars, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has confirmed. Since obtaining a permit to test autonomous vehicles, Apple's fleet size has steadily risen – from a scant three test cars, to 27 in January, and now, 55 intelligent machines. Should the program remain on course, consumers could be chilling out in the driver's seat by 2019.

They oppose planned mpg freeze, want feds and California to make nice

U.S. President Donald Trump is meeting 10 major automakers at the White House on Friday to discuss the fate of landmark fuel efficiency standards and a looming confrontation with California and other major states.

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In early April, California's new rules that allow automakers, tech giants and just about anybody to test fully driverless cars on its roads finally took effect. But before those companies can realize their ride-hailing robot taxi ambitions, they have to wait for the state to adopt a proposal issued by the California Public Utilities Commission. The public utility regulator's proposed rules would allow autonomous vehicles to give rides to the public as part of a pilot program – that is, so

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But it may take a while before you see one in the wild

Automakers can now start testing fully driverless cars on California's roads. According to the state DMV's new regulations that became effective on April 2nd, it can now issue three types of autonomous vehicle testing permits. The first kind is the original one it approved years ago, which needs a driver behind the wheel, while the other two could pave the way for the release of Level 4 to 5 autonomous vehicles. See, the second type of permit it can dole out will allow automakers to test fully d

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Scott Pruitt will declare the rules 'not appropriate' but won't announce replacement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to use a Virginia car dealership on Tuesday as the setting to tout its rejection of the Obama administration's landmark vehicle fuel efficiency rules, a move that could put automakers in the middle of a battle between the Trump administration and California. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt plans to sign a declaration by Sunday that the Obama administration's vehicle efficiency rules for 2022 through 2025 are "not appropriate" and must be revise

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And here's how NHTSA might justify a decision to lower mpg goals

The Trump administration might lower fuel economy targets as soon as 2021. Automakers desperately want concessions, spending $49 million on lobbying in 2017.

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Lyft joins Uber, Tesla, Apple, Subaru, Samsung and others in getting the permit.

Uber has had its permit since March.

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It may institute a phase-out of gas car sales like the U.K. and France

Even without a ban, existing legislation will make gas cars a tough sell in California in the future.

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Ride along with Greg Migliore down California's scenic Highway 1.

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This is the first part of the price VW will pay in its diesel emissions settlement.

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State has set its own emissions standards since 1970

EPA head Scott Pruitt was thought to be eliminating California's emissions waiver, but the Golden State's right to set its own mandates remains in place.

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"If EPA acts to weaken or delay the current standards for model years 2022-25, like California, we intend to vigorously pursue appropriate legal remedies to block such action."

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Regulators want to know if the company formerly known as Otto has been testing illegally.

Uber says the trucks only test driver assist tech in California.

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Pilot program could begin in San Diego this year.

CARB wants to encourage lower-income buyers to choose EVs.

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BMW, General Motors lead the charge

Zero-emissions vehicles accounted for about 3.5 percent of California new-vehicle sales last year, or almost half the state's mandated goal for 2025.

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The hydrogen-fueled extender adds 125 miles of range.

UPS will start testing an electric truck with a hydrogen fuel-cell range-extender in Sacramento by the end of September.

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EV owners will pay a $100 annual fee in lieu of gas taxes.

The average California motorist will see transportation costs rise by about $10 a month.