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Uber fires back at Google spinoff in self-driving car case

Introduced in 2014, Google’s self-driving car is unusual in that it does not have a steering-wheel or pedals, but it has logged more than 2 million autonomous miles.  Image Google.

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber is refuting claims that its expansion into self-driving cars hinges on trade secrets stolen from a Google spinoff, arguing that its ride-hailing service has been working on potentially superior technology. The legal defense, presented in documents filed Friday in San Francisco federal court, marks Uber’s first detailed response to explosive allegations […]

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New Ford technology eliminates night driving fears


A new poll, commissioned by Ford, has shown that worries over night blindness and the fear of hitting someone top a list of nighttime driving fears. For the latter at least, there is now a solution that goes beyond wearing spectacles. The car maker is for the first time introducing new technology that is designed […]

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15 PH teams compete in Shell Eco-marathon Asia in Singapore

Shell Eco-marathon gathers students to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient vehicles. PHOTO FROM THE SHELL OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.shell.com

Singapore—Fifteen teams from various engineering schools in the Philippines are set to compete against 109 squads from 19 other Asia-Pacific countries in this year’s Shell Eco-marathon Asia on Friday. The four-day annual event is hosted here for the first time after its successful editions in Malaysia in 2010-2013 and the Philippines in 2014-2016. The Philippine […]

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Waze and Spotify’s duet means musical commuting

In this March 15, 2012, file photo, Ben Gleitzman waves his hand over a traffic and navigation app called Waze on his Apple iPhone in a Menlo Park, Calif., parking lot during a demonstration showing traffic conditions on the display. AP

A new joint feature allows users to get turn-by-turn navigation within their Spotify app or, if they prefer access to their Spotify playlists while using Waze. It means that voice instructions or alerts will temporarily mute out the playlist rather than the music and the navigation system both competing for the driver’s aural spectrum at […]

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Uber requires drivers to take selfies


Ride-sharing service Uber launched on Monday a new security feature meant to reduce fraud, help drivers guard against “compromised accounts” and provide passengers an additional measure of safety. The improved security procedure involves requiring Uber drivers to periodically take profile pictures of themselves—or selfies—to allow the service to validate through its internal database whether the […]

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California gives green light to self-driving car tests

People look towards an autonomous self-driving vehicle, as it is tested in a pedestrianized zone, during a media event in Milton Keynes, north of London, on October 11, 2016. Driverless vehicles carrying passengers took to Britain’s streets for the first time on Tuesday in a landmark trial which could pave the way for their introduction across the country. The compact two-seater cars trundled along a pedestrianised zone in Milton Keynes, north of London, in a trial by Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) which plans to roll out 40 vehicles in the city. AFP

SAN FRANCISCO, United States — The US state of California is easing its rules for autonomous car testing, by allowing testing of vehicles in which there is no human driver. The new rules have yet to be submitted for public consultation, with a final version expected by the end of the year, according to its […]

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Chevrolet to offer unlimited 4G LTE plan for drivers of their cars


Chevrolet car owners in the United States will soon be able to turn their cars into mobile hotspots. Starting March 3, owners may avail of an unlimited plan for $20 a month. Subscribers will be given access to a prepaid OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot enabled by AT&T, reports The Verge. Apparently, in-car Wi-Fi use […]

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Jaguar and Shell launch world’s first in-car payment system


Jaguar drivers can now use their car’s touchscreen to pay for fuel with a new cashless payment app developed in conjunction with Shell . The Shell app is one of several new enhancements to the 2018 Jaguar F-PACE, XE and XF models. Other updates include the introduction of a new 247HP 4-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine […]

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Volvo Cars’ 90 series cars receive safety, powertrain and connectivity updates including Android Auto

XC90 T8 R-design

Volvo Cars, the Swedish premium carmaker has announced several important updates to its 90 series cars, delivering new safety, powertrain and connectivity updates. Volvo’s smartphone integration offer, which already includes Apple CarPlay, will now come with Android Auto functionality in Volvo’s large driver interface. “Volvo Cars is the only car maker with a split screen […]

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Ford and Toyota establish SmartDeviceLink

LAS VEGAS—Ford Motor Company and Toyota Motor Company are forming SmartDeviceLink Consortium, a nonprofit organization working to manage an open source software platform with the goal of giving consumers more choice in how they connect and control their smartphone apps on the road. Mazda Motor Corporation, PSA Group, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI) and Suzuki […]

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Apr 26, 2017

Here are some easy and practical tips to keep motoring free and easy as the summer heat continues to