Automotive technology

June 20, 2018 - 7:39 am
RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Volvo Cars, the first major automaker to abandon cars powered solely by internal combustion engines, is officially opening its first plant in the United States. The Swedish carmaker aims to make 130,000 hybrid or all-electric vehicles a year at the South Carolina factory,...
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In this Thursday, June 14, 2018 photo, Bill Ford Jr., Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, poses in the Michigan Central Station in Detroit. Ford Motor Co. is embarking on a 4-year renovation of the 105-year-old depot and 17-story office tower just west of downtown. The massive project is expected to increase the automaker’s footprint in the city where the company was founded, provide space for electric and autonomous vehicle testing and research and spur investment in the surrounding neighborhood. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
June 17, 2018 - 12:12 am
DETROIT (AP) — Bill Ford looks past the tons of paint, plaster and steel needed to remake Detroit's blighted Michigan Central train station and sees more than just an iconic building in desperate need of a makeover. The executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. and great-grandson of founder Henry Ford...
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A woman poses for a photo in front of a CT6 Cadillac during the Consumer Electronics Show Asia 2018 in Shanghai, China on Friday, June 15, 2018. President Donald Trump is hiking the price of Chinese-made forklift trucks and X-ray machines for American buyers. They are part of a $50 billion list of Chinese exports targeted for a 25 percent tariff hike in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)
June 15, 2018 - 10:32 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China fired back Saturday in a spiraling trade dispute with President Donald Trump by raising import duties on a $34 billion list of American goods including soybeans, electric cars and whiskey. The government said it was responding in "equal scale" to Trump's tariff hike on Chinese...
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, left, listens as Tesla CEO and founder of the Boring Company Elon Musk, right, speaks at a news conference Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Chicago. The Boring Company has been selected to build a high-speed underground transportation system that it says will whisk passengers from downtown Chicago to O'Hare International Airport in mere minutes. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
June 14, 2018 - 10:14 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Entrepreneur Elon Musk said Thursday a high-speed transportation system that will whisk people between downtown Chicago and O'Hare International Airport at speeds of up to 150 mph could be operational in about three years. Musk joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to formally announce...
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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2013 file photo Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars speaks at media previews for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Germany's transport minister said the government is ordering automaker Daimler to immediately recall 238,000 vehicles equipped with software that turns off emissions controls under certain conditions. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, file)
June 12, 2018 - 10:56 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automaker Daimler's recall and software fixes for 774,000 Mercedes-Benz cars and vans in Europe will likely cost close to or more than 100 million euros ($118 million.) Analyst Marc-Rene Tonn at Warburg Research provided the estimate on Tuesday. Tonn says the direct...
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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2011 file photo, KIA Motors logo is seen on a K7 sedan at a showroom in Seoul, South Korea. Kia is recalling over a half-million vehicles in the U.S. because the air bags may not work in a crash. The recall apparently is related to federal investigation into air bag failures in Kia and partner Hyundai vehicles that were linked to four deaths. Vehicles covered by the recall include 2010 through 2013 Forte compact cars and 2011 through 2013 Optima midsize cars. Also covered are Optima Hybrid and Sedona minivans from 2011 and 2012.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
June 08, 2018 - 3:14 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Kia is recalling over a half-million vehicles in the U.S. because the air bags may not work in a crash. Combined with a previous recall expansion by Hyundai, the affiliated automakers are recalling nearly 1.1 million vehicles due to the problem, which has been linked to four deaths...
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Malaysian Minister of Transport Anthony Loke speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Malaysia's Transport Minister says the government will take on an active role in an auto recall to replace flawed Takata air bags after data from eight car manufacturers showed that more than 350,000 car owners have not responded. (AP Photo/Sadiq Asyraf)
June 05, 2018 - 4:11 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's transport minister said Tuesday that the government will take an active role in recalls to replace flawed Takata air bags after data from eight car manufacturers showed that more than 350,000 car owners have not responded. The deaths of seven people in...
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In this April 12, 2018, photo, a visitor watches a Chinese company displaying a Chinese-made industrial robot demonstration on processing soybean at the International soybean exhibition in Shanghai. China says it will narrow its trade surplus with the United States but rejects pressure to change technology development tactics seen as a path to prosperity and its rightful place as a global leader. Beijing highlighted the sensitivity of the issue with its threat to scrap deals aimed at settling a sprawling trade dispute with Washington if President Donald Trump's threatened tariff hike on $50 billion of Chinese technology goes ahead. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
June 04, 2018 - 4:53 am
BEIJING (AP) — Narrow our trade surplus with the United States? No problem, say Chinese negotiators. But change technology tactics that are China's path to prosperity and its rightful place as a global leader? Absolutely not. China highlighted the sensitivity of the issue with its threat Sunday to...
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FILE - In this July 20, 2017, file photo, SoftBank Group Corp. Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son, left, speaks during a SoftBank World presentation at a hotel in Tokyo. SoftBank will spend $2.25 billion for a nearly a 20 percent stake in General Motors’ autonomous vehicle unit. GM said Thursday, May 31, 2018, that it will also sink another $1.1 billion into Cruise Automation. The capital infusion is designed to speed large-scale deployment of self-driving robotaxis next year. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
May 31, 2018 - 5:16 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Two technology giants announced major new investments in self-driving vehicles Thursday, bringing the world a step closer to a time when autonomous cars are a part of everyday life — a reality that General Motors aims to achieve in some places as early as next year. The deals, and...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, the autonomous vehicle company created by Google's parent company, Alphabet, introduces a Chrysler Pacifica hybrid outfitted with Waymo's own suite of sensors and radar, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. A self-driving car service that Google spinoff Waymo plans to launch later this year in Arizona will include up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans under a deal announced Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
May 31, 2018 - 4:28 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A self-driving car service that Google spinoff Waymo plans to launch later this year will include up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. The deal announced Thursday is the latest sign of Waymo's confidence in its self-driving car technology, which sprung from a secret...
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