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Waymo To Buy 20,000 Jaguars For Robotic Ride-Hailing Service « Detroit News Watch

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) – Self-driving car spinoff Waymo will buy up to 20,000 electric vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover to help realize its vision for a robotic ride-hailing service. The commitment, announced Tuesday during a New York event that was also webcast, marks another step in Waymo’s evolution from a secret project started in ...

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Trump EPA Expected To Roll Back Auto Gas Mileage Standards (Updated) « Detroit News Watch

By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) – The Trump administration is expected to announce soon that it will roll back automobile gas mileage and pollution standards that were a pillar in the Obama administration’s plans to combat climate change. It’s not clear whether the announcement will include a specific number, but current regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency require ...

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Driverless Car Testing Center Opens, Partners With Microsoft « Detroit News Watch

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) – Michigan’s 500-acre (202-hectare) center for autonomous vehicle research is officially open and will partner with technology giant Microsoft. Gov. Rick Snyder trekked to the Ypsilanti-based American Center for Mobility for Wednesday’s grand opening. Last year, the site became one of 10 places designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “proving grounds” for an automated vehicle ...

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Ex-UAW Official Pleads Guilty In Federal Corruption Probe « Detroit News Watch

DETROIT (AP) – A former United Automobile Workers official has pleaded guilty to accepting illegal payments from Fiat Chrysler. The U.S. attorney’s office in Detroit says Thursday that 64-year-old Keith Mickens is the fifth person convicted as part of federal investigation into corruption involving the union and the automaker. The scheme funneled away millions of dollars meant for a Detroit ...

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Government Agency Says Goodyear Tires May Have Caused Almost 100 Deaths or Injuries « Detroit News Watch

By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. government’s road safety agency says it has received allegations that defective Goodyear motor home tires caused crashes that killed or injured 95 people during the past two decades. The allegations were revealed in an information-seeking letter dated Tuesday that was sent to Goodyear by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. ...

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