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Real robotaxi service gets a step closer in San Francisco

Enlarge / One of Waymo’s sensor-studded Jaguar I-Paces observes a pedestrian crossing the road in front of it. Waymo The day when robotaxis roam the streets of San Francisco looking for fare-paying customers is getting closer. This week, Reuters reported that both Waymo and Cruise have applied to California’s Department of Motor Vehicles for permits …

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Volvo and Daimler bet on hydrogen truck boom this decade

Enlarge Bloomberg / Getty Images Hydrogen-powered heavy trucks capable of driving long distances are likely to reach a tipping point toward the end of the decade, according to the heads of the world’s two biggest truck-makers. Martin Daum, chair of industry leader Daimler Truck, told the Financial Times that, while diesel trucks would dominate sales …

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Aston Martin’s new boss tells us about the future of the company

From 2020, Aston Martin signed a deal to supply Formula 1 with a Vantage to use as a safety car at some races. The sport is also using a DBX SUV as the medical car at those races. Aston Martin Aston Martin’s CEO, Tobias Moers. Before joining the British company in August 2020, he was …

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Fatal Tesla Model S crash unlikely to involve Autopilot, according to NTSB

Enlarge Andrei Stanescu / Getty Images On Monday afternoon, the National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report for its investigation into a crash of a Tesla Model S that killed the driver and passenger in Texas earlier in April. The crash made headlines because no one was found in the driver’s seat, raising suspicions …

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Android Automotive OS review: Under the hood with Google’s car OS

Enlarge / Please don’t actually drive while wearing a giant Android mask. Aurich Lawson / Polestar Can Google do to car infotainment what it did to smartphones? Every car manufacturer nowadays needs to include an infotainment system with its car, and that means developing an operating system, making a UI that isn’t terrible, building an …

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Rivian’s electric truck features include air compressor and AC outlets

Unless we’re mistaken, the Rivian R1T will be the first battery electric truck in the US market. Rivian The bed is lined with a tough structural composite. Rivian Each corner has a forged steel tie-down eye. Rivian There are two 15A outlets in the bed and another in the gear tunnel. Rivian The spare lives …

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Chip shortage continues, US asks Taiwan to prioritize automakers

Enlarge Aurich Lawson | Getty Images The worldwide semiconductor shortage continues to affect the automotive industry. One by one, automakers have warned that the silicon chip shortage will negatively impact production output and revenues in the coming months. Renault identified the chip shortage as a major problem when reporting its Q1 results in April. A …

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Ford’s ever-smarter robots are speeding up the assembly line

Enlarge / Ford is adding artificial intelligence to its robotic assembly lines. In 1913, Henry Ford revolutionized car-making with the first moving assembly line, an innovation that made piecing together new vehicles faster and more efficient. Some hundred years later, Ford is now using artificial intelligence to eke more speed out of today’s manufacturing lines. …

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Porsche rumored to be entering F1 with Red Bull Racing

Enlarge / Red Bull is assuming control of its own engine development next year once Honda leaves the sport. But could we see Porsche badges on the cars before too long? The rumors won’t stop swirling. Lars Baron/Getty Images Even though we’re only two races in, this year’s Formula 1 season is already shaping up …

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What I learned about cars watching all 8 Fast & Furious movies in 4 days

Enlarge / LOOKS LIKE THEM DUKE BOYS ARE AT IT AGAIN Universal Pictures This week, Universal Pictures announced that a different Fast and Furious movie will be in theaters once a week starting today, leading up to the franchise’s newest sequel on June 25. The best part of the announcement? The showings are free. (The …

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