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China cracks down on taxi apps like Uber, banning unlicensed cars and drivers

The Chinese government is introducing tighter regulations on taxi apps like Uber by banning their use of unlicensed cars and drivers. A statement released late on January 8th by the Ministry of Transport said: “Every limousine app company should abide by transport market rules, take their responsibilities seriously, and ban private cars from operating on their platform.” Although no individual services were named, the new rules will affect US firm Uber as well as local incumbents Kuaidi Dache and Didi Dache. The ministry explained that “banning private cars from using the apps will put passengers at ease.”

Authorities praised the “innovative” apps, but said their concern was for passenger safety

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Volvo’s Vision 2020: The Road to Safety: In five years, the Swedish automaker aims to have no deaths in its new cars: here’s how they’re getting there

Volvo's Vision 2020: The Road to Safety

Automakers face countless challenges when setting the goals they want their cars to achieve. Balancing interests between emissions, power, luxury, style and safety all weigh heavy in the minds of decision-makers. While some brands have a reputation……

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CHV: Kawasaki Railcar Manufacturing Facility: From the MTA to the DC Metro, many of the USA’s transit systems have their rail cars built in the heartland

CHV: Kawasaki Railcar Manufacturing Facility


In the second video in our series from Kawasaki’s plant in Lincoln, Nebraska, we visit the company’s railcar facility. While the brand is traditionally associated with the power-sports industry, they actually manufacture an enormous array…

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GM plans to sell cars with ‘highly automated driving technology’ in two years’ time

GM has announced details of its first cars to employ automated driving technology. Addressing the Intelligent Transport Society today, CEO Mary Barra said a new Cadillac model equipped with what the company calls Super Cruise, a semi-automatic system that enables hands-free driving on highways whether you’re traveling fast or stuck in traffic, will go on sale in around two years. Barra calls Super Cruise “an advanced, highly automated driving technology” that lets the driver “take a break from the wheel and pedals and let the car do the work.”

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Cool Hunting Video: 27 Robots: Josue Maldonaldo sculpts cars by day and creates imaginative musical creatures by night

Cool Hunting Video: 27 Robots


Not unlike the laboratory of a mad scientist, Josue Maldonaldo’s gadget-filled studio on the outskirts of Detroit is full of odd and fascinating creations. By day, Maldonaldo sculpts life-sized model cars for Ford, but by night, he creates his very own artwork…

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Google’s Street View cars help locate gas leaks in US cities

Google’s Street View cars have a checkered history; they carry some truly incredible technology, but have also landed the company in hot water. But a few of Google’s cars have taken on an additional task while logging miles across the US. Instead of sniffing for Wi-Fi networks, they’re sniffing for gas leaks. Three Street View cars equipped with specialized sensors capable of detecting methane were dispatched in Staten Island, Boston, and Indianapolis.

They took 15 million readings in all across those locations, which were chosen because of aging pipelines and other infrastructure issues that make leaks more likely. And the hunches proved correct; Google’s cars measured one gas leak for every mile they traversed in the city of Boston,…

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Dream Cars: A tome of some of the most creative, visionary ideas in auto design throughout the last century

Dream Cars


Everyone’s idea of their personal “dream car” is different. For some it’s the latest supercar, for others it’s an off-road adventure-mobile. However the dream cars of auto designers are in a category all their own. Sarah Schleuning (curator at the High Museum…

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Highlights from the 2014 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este: Our first-person look at the spectacular classic cars and their prideful owners

 Highlights from the 2014 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d’Este


The oldest running Concorso d’Eleganza, Villa d’Este brings the most rare classic cars to an intimate lawn alongside the western shore of Lake Como. This year included younger favorites like the retro futuristic 1969 Abarth…

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New regulation requires all cars to have rear-view cameras by 2018

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued new regulations today requiring all vehicles weighing under 10,000 pounds to be equipped with rear visibility cameras by May 2018. The new rule is designed to protect pedestrians from vehicles backing up into them, though it has up until now faced numerous delays.

Though carmakers like Honda and Acura have already begun to outfit their cars with backup cameras, the regulations will apply to all cars, buses, and trucks for the 2019 model year. The NHTSA has been pushing for this rule for years, though a final rule has been delayed five times since 2011. According to the group, the new cameras must provide a 10-foot by 20-foot field of vision directly behind the vehicle…

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Apple’s ‘iOS in the car’ said to be launching next week with cars from Ferrari, others

It’s been more than eight months since Apple first previewed iOS in the car, a system designed to put Apple’s Siri, Maps, and other services in automobile dashboards. And now that vision could be closer to a reality. According to the Financial Times, Apple and a handful of automakers plan to show off the first wave of cars with the feature at the Geneva Motor Show. Citing sources, The Times says Ferrari, Mercedez-Benz, and Volvo will all show off models that incorporate it. Those companies declined to comment on the report, though were named last year in a group of early adopters that also included Honda, Nissan, Chevrolet, Kia, Hyundai, and Jaguar.

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