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Nissan, Honda Move to Improve Safety on the Road

Nissan, Honda Move to Improve Safety on the Road

Two Japanese automakers, Nissan and Honda, individually announced, earlier in the week, features that should make driving safer.
Nissan said it will make its Automatic Emergency Braking feature standard on nearly one million cars it expects to sell in the United States in the 2018 model year. The feature will be …

U.S. Government Sues Fiat Chrysler for Emissions Fraud

U.S. Government Sues Fiat Chrysler for Emissions Fraud

The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Tuesday, accusing the automaker of using software to enable over 100,000 diesel-powered automobiles to pass emissions tests.
The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, says that the automaker built and sold 104,000 vehicles …

General Motors Retrenches International Operations to Focus on ‘Future of Mobility’

General Motors Retrenches International Operations to Focus on ‘Future of Mobility’

General Motors, once the world’s largest automaker, said Thursday it will discontinue sales of Chevrolet vehicles in India, South Africa, and East Africa as part of a restructuring to help it focus on more profitable markets and invest in the “future of personal mobility.”
The company sold its European division, Adam Opel, …

Lyft and Alphabet’s Waymo Reach Deal to Partner on Self-Driving Cars

Lyft and Alphabet’s Waymo Reach Deal to Partner on Self-Driving Cars

Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent Alphabet, and Lyft announced plans to collaborate on the development of autonomous vehicle technology.
The two startups will work together to create products and technology for self-driving cars although neither offered specifics on what that would entail or what the terms of the …

ExxonMobil Adds Apple Watch and Ford Sync 3 Support in Speedpass+ App

ExxonMobil Adds Apple Watch and Ford Sync 3 Support in Speedpass+ App

ExxonMobil added multiple features to its Speedpass+ iOS app earlier this week.
The new features include support for the Apple Watch and Touch ID, as well as the ability to add the Speedpass+ app to Ford and Lincoln vehicles with the Sync3 infotainment system.
The addition of Apple Watch support allows owners …

BMW and Intel Launch ‘Highly Automated’ Car Test Fleet

BMW and Intel Launch ‘Highly Automated’ Car Test Fleet

BMW and Intel announced the launch of their highly automated car test fleet Wednesday.
Using technology from Intel’s recent acquisition, Mobileye, the two companies are rolling out a fleet of 40 BMW 7 Series highly automated sedans with multiple Mobileye cameras for road scanning.
The companies plan to use the fleet to …

Peugeot, Citroën Move to Reenter U.S. Market

Citroën and Peugeot, two French automakers that exited the United States in 1974 and 1991 respectively, will soon be back.
PSA Group, which owns both, is taking steps to reestablish itself over the coming years, first by entering the ride-hailing and car-sharing market using its vehicles, and later by establishing a …

JetBlue to Support Green Initiatives in the Cities It Serves

JetBlue to Support Green Initiatives in the Cities It Serves

JetBlue Airways announced its tenth annual “One Thing That’s Green” initiative.
The New York-based airline said it plans to beautify the area in Long Island City where its New York City support center is located with the help of customers and employees. Customers may cast a vote for the city to …

VW Gets Green Light to Sell Some Diesels in U.S.

VW Gets Green Light to Sell Some Diesels in U.S.

Volkswagen’s U.S. subsidiary received the go-ahead to sell thousands of model-year 2015 diesels that have been off limits to buyers until since the Dieselgate scandal became public.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday said Volkswagen dealers can sell the never-titled vehicles after updating their emissions software. Dealers will also have to …

Audi to Acquire Luxury Rental Startup Silvercar

Audi to Acquire Luxury Rental Startup Silvercar

Saying the two companies “share a vision for the future of transportation,” Audi announced plans to acquire Silvercar, a luxury car rental company, on Thursday.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but Audi had previously purchased a stake in the company in 2015 as part of a $28 million Series …

Mercedes-Benz Speeds up Electric Vehicle Development with $11 Billion Investment

Mercedes-Benz Speeds up Electric Vehicle Development with $11 Billion Investment

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler said Wednesday it plans to increase the number of electric vehicles it offers in order to offset higher than expected emissions levels across its product line.
The Stuttgart-based automaker said it will develop ten new electric cars by 2022 and is investing €10 billion ($10.8 billion) in the …

VW Set to Plead Guilty in Dieselgate Case on Friday, New Case Unfolds Against Audi in Australia

VW Set to Plead Guilty in Dieselgate Case on Friday, New Case Unfolds Against Audi in Australia

Volkswagen’s day in a U.S. court has come as a new investigation into l’affaire Dieselgate is unfolding in Australia.
The beleaguered automaker is expected to be formally arraigned and plead guilty to three criminal counts in the Dieselgate case Friday morning at a hearing in Detroit federal court. Judge Sean Cox …