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Apple Increases Number of Self-Driving Vehicles in its Fleet to 27

By Ray Prince Apple is advancing its self-driving tests, operating a 27-vehicle fleet in California. According to a Bloomberg Technology report, the California Department of Motor Vehicles confirmed the registration of 24 Lexus RX450h SUVs, in an emailed response. These vehicle registrations were staggered throughout the year, following three in April 2017. Of the vehicles,…

Colorado Releases Comprehensive EV Adoption Plan

By Ray Prince This week Colorado’s state government released one of the most comprehensive plans to date to boost electric vehicle adoption. In the Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan approved by Governor John Hickenlooper, a roadmap is drawn out leading toward electric vehicle progress in the state. The plan is jointly drafted by various Colorado energy…

KPMG Ranks 20 Countries in Autonomous Vehicle Readiness

By Ray Prince A new study by auditing firm KPMG International titled the “Automated Vehicles Readiness Index” has scored 20 countries in their preparedness to accommodate autonomous driving. In first place is the Netherlands, followed by Singapore, the United States, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Rounding out the bottom five are China, Brazil, Russia, Mexico,…

American Drivers Slowly Warming Up to Riding in Self-Driving Cars

By Ray Prince Americans are slowly becoming less afraid and feeling safer while riding in self-driving cars. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), 63 percent of U.S. drivers participating in its annual survey said they are less afraid of riding in a self-driving vehicle. This represents a 14-percent jump from 2017. “Americans are starting…

Pittsburgh May See Self-Driving Ubers in 2019

By Ray Prince Self-driving Uber cabs may hit Pittsburgh’s streets in mid-2019. At Bloomberg’s #TheYearAhead global economic forum event in Davos, Switzerland, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi made the remarks while speaking to John Micklethwait, Bloomberg’s editor-in-chief. During the chat, Khosrowshahi also described how Uber users would have the option of choosing between self-driving vehicle service…

NHTSA Investigating Tesla Model S ‘Autopilot’ Crash

By Sam McEachern The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a crash involving a Tesla Model S that allegedly happened while Autopilot was engaged. Autopilot, for those not aware, is made up of a semi self-driving features that include adaptive cruise control and automatic steering/lane keep. On Monday, the black Model S slammed into…

Elon Musk Under New 10-Year Compensation Plan in All-or-Nothing Deal

By Ray Prince It’s high stakes for Elon Musk’s net worth in an all-or-nothing deal based on hitting new Tesla milestones. On Tuesday, Tesla announced Musk’s new 10-year compensation plan, with performance awards given based on completion of “market cap and operational milestones.” The company said that if Tesla’s market cap increases to $650 billion…

Limited-market Toyota Mirai Hits 3,000-Unit Sales Milestone

By Ray Prince Toyota has reached a sales milestone for its hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, the Mirai, selling its 3,000th car in California. “Toyota remains at the forefront of developing and deploying hydrogen fuel cell technology, and we believe strongly in its potential to help realize a more sustainable and zero-emissions society,” said Bob…

5 Electrified Cars at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

By Jeff Cobb In the never-ending cycle of automakers churning out new electrified vehicles, a few more are on display at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. The term “electrified” is a catchall to cover hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric. In recent years more all-new plug-ins have been shown in Detroit than in the 2018…

Waymo to Test its Self-Driving Mettle in Atlanta’s Heavy Traffic

By Ray Prince Notorious congestion hub Atlanta has been named as Waymo’s next testing ground for its fleet of self-driving minivans. The announcement came Monday via Twitter as Waymo declared Atlanta as its next stop, making it the brand’s 25th test city. Hello ATL! Metro Atlanta is the next stop for Waymo’s test program. Now…

What’s New for the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid?

By HybridCars.com Staff Inspired by community threads from Pacificaforums.com, the “You Asked, We Answered” video series provides in-depth answers to questions about the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Today’s question: What’s new for the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid? There are new model names and a New Price Class for the Pacifica Hybrid in 2018, and the vehicle…

Tesla Model X Owners Want Refunds for Allegedly Defective Vehicles

By Chad Kirchner Frustrated Tesla Model X owners recently turned to a local television station to air their grievances with their expensive and flawed purchases. Sometimes seen as the last resort before pursuing legal action, many newsrooms across the country have investigative reports who handle consumer complaints. The Los Angeles CBS affiliate was tasked with…

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