NTSB releases details in two crashes involving Tesla Autopilot

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An Apple engineer who died when his Tesla Model X crashed into a concrete barrier had earlier complained regarding the SUV malfunctioning on that same stretch of Silicon Valley freeway. His complaints were detailed last week in documents released by federal investigators in two Tesla crashes associating Autopilot, one in California and the other in […]

Mitsubishi postpones factory resumption in China due to coronavirus

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Mitsubishi Motors is postponing the restart of its plant with Guangzhou Automobile Group located in Hunan province until 27 because of coronavirus outbreak, the Japanese automaker stated on Friday. It had previous planned to restart operations as early as February 17. Mitsubishi has also postponed the restart of its engine plant with Shenyang Aerospace in […]

Volkswagen to shut coal-fired power stations at the main plant in Germany

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Volkswagen is closing two coal-fired power stations at its major plant in Wolfsburg, Germany and has rejected offers to sell them to slash the company’s carbon dioxide emissions, CEO Herbert Diess said on Friday. “I have already declined offers from several interested parties who wanted to purchase our old Wolfsburg coal plants and rebuild them […]

Fiat stops production in Serbia as supply from China disrupts

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Fiat Chrysler (FCA) stated on Friday it had temporarily stopped production at its Serbian plant, the first such suspension by an automaker in Europe in response to the coronavirus outbreak in China. Planned downtime at the Kragujevac plant in Serbia, where FCA constructs its Fiat 500L car, has been rescheduled because of the “availability of […]

Volkswagen offers 830 million euros to compensate German consumers

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Volkswagen stated it will compensate owners of its heavily polluting diesel automobiles in Germany in a settlement that will cost automaker 830 million euros ($900 million). In 2015 VW admitted that they were using manipulated engine management software to evade excessive pollution levels in its diesel cars, resulting in series of prosecutions and lawsuits. The […]

China’s auto sales dropped in January mainly because of Coronavirus

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China’s auto sales dropped in January, deepening a significant downturn in the industry’s biggest auto market and adding to economic pressures as the country battles Coronavirus, a virus outbreak. Sales of SUVs, sedans, and minivans dropped 20.2% from a year earlier to 1.6 million, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), reported Thursday. “Enterprises are […]

Meeting CO2 targets in 2020, 2021 a challenge, says Daimler CEO

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Daimler will not give up the profitability of next-generation electric vehicles, CEO Ola Kaellenius stated on Tuesday, as the automaker is having a somewhat hard time to meet more strict European Union anti-pollution rules. Ola Kaellenius Daimler will not give up the profitability of next-generation electric vehicles, CEO Ola Kaellenius stated on Tuesday, as the […]

US allows autonomous vehicle bypass human-driver safety rules

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For the first time, the U.S. government’s highway safety agency has allowed a company’s request to bring a self-driving vehicle on the road that doesn’t require to meet the same federal safety standards for automobiles controlled by humans. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) granted temporary approval for Silicon Valley robotics company Nuro to […]