Now California’s DMV can allow fully driverless car testing

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Automakers can now start testing fully driverless cars on California’s roads, despite recent crashes in California and Arizona involving autonomous driving technology. 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, …

FordPass dongle adds LTE, WiFi and app control to older cars

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One aftermarket solution that makes older cars a little bit smarter is a dongle that plugs into the car’s onboard diagnostics, or OBD, port. Last January, Ford introduced a new gadget it would test in a pilot program that added connected functionality to older cars, the SmartLink. It functions as a 4G WiFi hotspot, adds an LTE hot spot, gives the driver access to information …

Hyundai’s Kona Electric SUV boasts a 292-mile range

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Hyundai’s newly bolstered EV strategy might be off to a good start. It just unveiled the Kona Electric, an adaptation of its crossover SUV that promises to combine both ample space with meaningful performance. The less expensive variant will pack a 133-horsepower, 291-pound-foot electric motor mated to a 39.2-kWh lithium ion battery, which Hyundai estimates will provide for 186 miles of range by European measurements …

BMW Store Design Competition Stirs Interest in Accessories

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Patrick Womack, the general manager of a BMW dealership in suburban Chicago, has long been a fan of the BMW Art Cars painted by celebrated artists such as Andy Warhol. So when a dealer friend approached him about entering a BMW aftersales contest, he decided to get creative. Laurel BMW of Westmont’s M2 Art Wrap design competition was born. The …

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 …