Japan minister going to Lebanon to make case for Ghosn’s return

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 Japan’s deputy justice minister is flying to Lebanon this weekend in an attempt to make the case that fugitive former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn should stand trial in Japan. Hiroyuki Yoshiie will depart from Tokyo on Saturday and meet with Lebanese Justice Minister Marie Claude Najm on Monday, Japan’s justice ministry stated. The former leader […]

Tesla shares decline as coronavirus impacts China car registrations

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Shares of Tesla Inc dropped as much as 14% on Thursday on concerns regarding the impact of the coronavirus on the electric automaker’s vehicle registrations in China. Details from LMC Automotive showed that 3,563 Tesla vehicles were registered in China in January, increasing from 853 vehicles a year earlier, but down from the 6,613 vehicles […]

Waymo and Cruise oppose California self-driving data requirement

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Alphabet Inc’s Waymo and General Motors’ Cruise are leading a backlash in opposition to a California reporting requirement on self-driving vehicle test data that the companies claim is not relevant or appropriate in measuring performance or progress. Data released Wednesday by California revealed Waymo and Cruise once again had the greatest number of test miles […]

AAA to start an app-based car-rental service in Seattle

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AAA Washington, an organization popular for providing roadside assistance, is starting an app-based car-rental service in Seattle this spring, regardless of the closure last year of similar services in the region. GIG Car Share, a branch within AAA Northern California, will begin deploying vehicles in April with a goal of 250 Toyota Prius hybrid-electric cars on the […]

Indiana Senate endorses ban on motorists using handheld phones

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A proposal that would prohibit motorists from using handheld cellphones on Indiana roads seems to be on its way to becoming law. The Indiana Senate voted 43-4 Tuesday in support of the bill that supporters say is intended at making roadways safer by combating distracted driving. House members endorsed previous month a similar version of the bill that would […]

Tesla Autopilot and smartphone distraction caused fatal crash, says NTSB

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Tesla’s partially automated driving system autopilot steered an electric SUV into a concrete barrier on a Silicon Valley freeway as it was operating under conditions it couldn’t manage and because the driver probably distracted by playing a game on his smartphone, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has found. The board made the conclusion Tuesday […]

Renault to seek damages depending on Ghosn probe

Carlos Ghosn in Norway

Renault stated on Monday it had submitted a civil-party petition after French prosecutors last week started an official investigation into alleged misuse of funds at the French automaker. “Renault (…) will continue to fully cooperate with the judicial authorities”, the company stated in a short statement, adding it reserved the right for seeking “damages based […]

Some South Korean Samsung, Hyundai employees self-quarantine

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Some South Korean workers at Samsung Electronics and Hyundai Motor are staying home as a precautionary measure as South Korea scrambles to avoid the coronavirus outbreak from causing widespread disruption in the country. About 1,500 employees of Samsung Electronics’ phone complex in the southeastern city of Gumi have self-quarantined after one of its employees was […]