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Self-Driving Cars’ Prospects Rise With Vote by House – New York Times

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Auto and technology giants, including Ford Motor, General Motors and Waymo, Alphabet’s driverless division, have pushed hard for the new law. They have also pressed regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to clarify safety guidelines covering self-driving technology. Elaine L. Chao, the transportation secretary, is expected to announce revised guidelines for the vehicles next week in Michigan. In recent years, dozens of states have passed laws related to…

Exclusive: An army of tow trucks tackles Houston’s flood-damaged cars – Reuters

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

HOUSTON (Reuters) – How do you remove hundreds of thousands of damaged cars from a massive city still mired in water and muck? Tow-truck driver Alex Toll will tell you: one vehicle at a time. Toll is part of an army of more than 1,000 tow truck pilots contracted by Insurance Auto Auctions Inc (IAA), a unit of Carmel, Indiana-based KAR Auction Services Inc. Their job is to extricate vehicles…

Self-Driving Cars’ Prospects Rise With Vote by House – New York Times

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Photo Tech and auto giants, including General Motors, the maker of Cadillacs, have pushed for a new law that would advance the development of driverless cars. Credit Jeff Swensen for The New York Times WASHINGTON — Lawmakers in the House took a major step on Wednesday toward advancing the development of driverless cars, approving legislation that would put the vehicles onto public roads more quickly and curb states from slowing…

Self-Driving Cars’ Prospects Rise With Vote by House – New York Times

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Photo Tech and auto giants, including General Motors, the maker of Cadillacs, have pushed for a new law that would advance the development of driverless cars. Credit Jeff Swensen for The New York Times WASHINGTON — Lawmakers in the House took a major step on Wednesday toward advancing the development of driverless cars, approving legislation that would put the vehicles onto public roads more quickly and curb states from slowing…

Google’s Street View cars are now giant, mobile 3D scanners – Ars Technica

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

reader comments 42 Google’s got a hot new ride. The company has a new Street View car with updated cameras, and—surprisingly—a set of Lidar (Light, Detection and Ranging) cans! Google doesn’t have anything up officially about this, but Wired has the scoop on the new vehicles. The new cars are all Hyundai Elantra GTs with a sweet paint job (ok, probably a vinyl wrap) featuring—what else?—Street View imagery of beautiful vistas. The…

Exclusive: An army of tow trucks tackles Houston’s flood-damaged cars – Reuters

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

HOUSTON (Reuters) – How do you remove hundreds of thousands of damaged cars from a massive city still mired in water and muck? Tow-truck driver Alex Toll will tell you: one vehicle at a time. Toll is part of an army of more than 1,000 tow truck pilots contracted by Insurance Auto Auctions Inc (IAA), a unit of Carmel, Indiana-based KAR Auction Services Inc. Their job is to extricate vehicles…

Google’s Street View cars are now giant, mobile 3D scanners – Ars Technica

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

reader comments 42 Google’s got a hot new ride. The company has a new Street View car with updated cameras, and—surprisingly—a set of Lidar (Light, Detection and Ranging) cans! Google doesn’t have anything up officially about this, but Wired has the scoop on the new vehicles. The new cars are all Hyundai Elantra GTs with a sweet paint job (ok, probably a vinyl wrap) featuring—what else?—Street View imagery of beautiful vistas. The…

South Carolina QB Jake Bentley: ‘We know that special things are happening here in Columbia’ – SECcountry.com

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

South Carolina was an underdog before last week’s win over NC State, and it’s an underdog again this week at Missouri. That’s totally fine with quarterback Jake Bentley. The sophomore guided the Gamecocks to a 35-28 win over the Wolfpack after throwing for 215 yards and 3 TDs last Saturday. Despite that impressive win away from home against a talented ACC foe, South Carolina opened as a 4.5-point underdog against…

South Carolina QB Jake Bentley: ‘We know that special things are happening here in Columbia’ – SECcountry.com

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

South Carolina was an underdog before last week’s win over NC State, and it’s an underdog again this week at Missouri. That’s totally fine with quarterback Jake Bentley. The sophomore guided the Gamecocks to a 35-28 win over the Wolfpack after throwing for 215 yards and 3 TDs last Saturday. Despite that impressive win away from home against a talented ACC foe, South Carolina opened as a 4.5-point underdog against…

BMW’s electric Mini is coming in 2019 — here’s everything we know – Business Insider

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

BMW BMW’s electric mini is officially on the way! BMW released images of its electric mini concept ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show, which opens to the public on September 16. We have yet to see final specs for the mini, but we got a glimpse of what’s to come in 2019. Here’s what we know so far:

BMW’s electric Mini is coming in 2019 — here’s everything we know – Business Insider

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

BMW BMW’s electric mini is officially on the way! BMW released images of its electric mini concept ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show, which opens to the public on September 16. We have yet to see final specs for the mini, but we got a glimpse of what’s to come in 2019. Here’s what we know so far:

Time to perfect your royal wave! Queen’s old Bentley which still directs the driver to Windsor Castle when they tap … – Daily Mail

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

The Queen’s old Bentley car which still directs the driver to Windsor Castle when they tap the ‘home’ icon on the sat nav is up for auction. The handsome Bentley Mulsanne, valued at £180,000, was the personal conveyance of Her Majesty and Prince Philip between 2012 and 2014. During those years the chauffeur-driven motor escorted the Queen to many visits in London including her only ever cabinet meeting at Downing…

Scotland plans to ‘phase out’ gas and diesel cars by 2032 … – TechCrunch

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Another country is looking to get rid of gas-powered vehicles entirely: Scotland, which wants to “phase out” new gas and diesel-powered cars entirely by 2032 (via The Independent). The Scottish government’s plan is set to beat the UK’s target by eight years, if all goes well, and also involves building out its roadway charging infrastructure to support the use of EVs instead. The decision by Scotland to join in the…

Scotland to ‘phase out’ new petrol and diesel cars by 2032 | The … – The Independent

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

The Scottish government has pledged to phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans across Scotland by 2032, eight years ahead of the UK Government target. Nicola Sturgeon outlined plans to “massively expand” charging points and set up pilot projects to encourage uptake of electric vehicles. The SNP leader also said there were plans to make the A9 Scotland’s first fully electric-enabled road and that an innovation fund would be set up…

Drivers whose cars were flooded by Harvey can’t find rentals – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

See more of the story BEAUMONT, Texas — His three vehicles flooded by Hurricane Harvey, Jason Bell checked at one car-rental office only to find about 2,500 people ahead of him on the waiting list. When he tried a more out-of-the-way location, the reservations still numbered about 300. Many other storm victims have the same problem. Tens of thousands of personal vehicles were inundated by floodwaters or smashed by wind-tossed…

Scotland plans to ‘phase out’ gas and diesel cars by 2032 – TechCrunch

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Another country is looking to get rid of gas-powered vehicles entirely: Scotland, which wants to “phase out” new gas and diesel-powered cars entirely by 2032 (via The Independent). The Scottish government’s plan is set to beat the UK’s target by eight years, if all goes well, and also involves building out its roadway charging infrastructure to support the use of EVs instead. The decision by Scotland to join in the…

We need to stop pretending that the autonomous car is imminent – Recode

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

A version of this essay was originally published at Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry. It’s time to face some challenging realities when it comes to autonomous cars. While consensus seems to imply that the future of driving is nearly upon us, even a relatively cursory check of some of the necessary enablers for truly autonomous automobiles would suggest otherwise. From security…

Scotland to ‘phase out’ new petrol and diesel cars by 2032 – The Independent

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

The Scottish government has pledged to phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans across Scotland by 2032, eight years ahead of the UK Government target. Nicola Sturgeon outlined plans to “massively expand” charging points and set up pilot projects to encourage uptake of electric vehicles. The SNP leader also said there were plans to make the A9 Scotland’s first fully electric-enabled road and that an innovation fund would be set up…

Drivers whose cars were flooded by Harvey can’t find rentals – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

See more of the story BEAUMONT, Texas — His three vehicles flooded by Hurricane Harvey, Jason Bell checked at one car-rental office only to find about 2,500 people ahead of him on the waiting list. When he tried a more out-of-the-way location, the reservations still numbered about 300. Many other storm victims have the same problem. Tens of thousands of personal vehicles were inundated by floodwaters or smashed by wind-tossed…