How Self-Driving and Electric Cars Will Solve Some Annoying Problems

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Electric cars, robo taxis and self-driving trucks are coming and possibly sooner than you think. Limited tests of driverless cars are already happening today and they could be in use everywhere within six years. A change on that scale would reach far beyond the automotive industry to upend businesses, transform our daily lifestyles and reshape cities around the world. Even if the …

Ventura County Old Car Buyback Program Renewed for 2018

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The Ventura County Air Pollution Control District has renewed its Old Car Buy Back Program that will pay county residents to scrap their 1997 or older vehicles to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases in the area. The program is sponsored by your local Air Quality Management District or Air Pollution Control District. This Voluntary Accelerated Vehicle Retirement (VAVR) Program is …

Automakers question Calif. zero-emission mandate as feds reassess mpg rules

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Automakers appeared to make another move on Tuesday in their campaign to relax tailpipe emissions standards, arguing in testimony before a U.S. House panel that California’s zero-emissions vehicle mandate undermines the goal of a single national standard for fuel economy. Under a graduated California law, 15 percent of new vehicles sold in the state must be powered by zero-emission powertrains …

California Considers its Own Ban on Combustion-Engine Cars

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The internal combustion engine’s days could be numbered in California, where officials are mulling whether a ban on sales of polluting autos is needed to achieve long-term targets for cleaner air. Gov. Jerry Brown has expressed an interest in barring the sale of vehicles powered by internal-combustion engines. Brown, one of the most outspoken elected official in the U.S. about …

Mercedes Planning Cut Costs to Fund EV Development

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Mercedes-Benz said the upcoming launch of its EQ electric vehicle family could mean it may not meet its profit margin target in the midterm. The automaker said it will launch a $4.8 billion cost-cutting program to counteract the expected pressure. Mercedes CFO Frank Lindenberg said the brand would trade off some of its profits in the short term in exchange …

Nissan’s next Leaf is cheaper and can almost drive itself

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The Nissan Leaf does pretty well for the automaker. It’s one of the best selling EVs ever and today the company introduced a redesigned $29,990 Leaf with ProPilot, a hands-on semi-autonomous feature for heavy traffic. With a 150 mile range and a price about $700 cheaper than it predecessor, Nissan is determined to stay at the top of the electric-vehicle …

Qualcomm develops new chips for wireless vehicle communications

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Qualcomm Inc. has developed a chipset to allow cars to communicate with their surroundings. Using 4G and upcoming 5G cellular technology, the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset enables cars to connect to other vehicles, infrastructure and pedestrians, improving active safety and driver assist systems. The chipset is slated for commercial sampling in the second half of 2018 and expected to be …