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Cal Bills Push No-Emission Vehicles

California State Capitol Building

Gov. Jerry Brown embraced a package of proposals from lawmakers Thursday to boost the number of zero-emissions vehicles on California roads, from incentives to buy used cars to new emissions goals for the ride-share industry. Brown used the deck of a hybrid-electric ferry boat, the first of its kind to …

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Toyota invests $500 million into Uber

Uber Autonomous SUV

Toyota and Uber are partnering to bring an on-demand autonomous ride-hailing service to market, a deal that includes a $500 million investment from the Japanese automaker. Under the agreement, Toyota Sienna minivans will be equipped with Uber’s self-driving technology and then deployed on the ride-hailing company’s network, the companies said. …

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Virgin Hyperloop Plans Facility in Spain

Virgin Hyperloop One

Virgin Hyperloop One plans a $500 million testing center in the Andalusia region of Spain to try out components of its planned pod-through-tube transportation system.  There won’t be a test track at the facility, so the entire assembled hyperloop system won’t be tested, but the technology used to build it …

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GM is Hiring Hackers

Self Driving Car Stock Photo

Highly computerized cars could mean consumers’ data is vulnerable or  driver safety might be endangered if car companies aren’t prepared to cut off any data breach or threat to cybersecurity at the pass. General Motors is taking no chances. It’s bringing in those exact people who might do the infiltration to help thwart …

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Uber is Ending Self-Driving Truck Program

Otto Trucks

Uber is shuttering its self-driving trucks unit, a beleaguered program borne out of the company’s controversial multi-million acquisition of Otto nearly two years ago. The company said Monday that Uber Advanced Technologies Group will stop development of self-driving trucks and instead focus its efforts on self-driving cars. TechCrunch

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