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Getty Images Sales of new vans in the UK came close to record levels during the first six months of 2021 due to a boom in home deliveries and the economy reopening. But registrations of new cars remained sluggish, with a shortage of computer chips limiting supplies of some models. The Society of Motor Manufacturers
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Years ago, crash-test dummies were primarily built in traditional male figures. That is, female-figure dummies or those mirroring the size and physique of young children were often excluded from critical vehicle safety testing. “What ended up happening is that these safety settings, crash settings, airbag settings, were systematically suboptimally set for these other types of
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PA Media Nissan has announced a major expansion of electric vehicle production at its car plant in Sunderland which will create 1,650 new jobs. The Japanese carmaker says it will build its new-generation all-electric model at the site. Its partner, Envision AESC, will also build a new electric battery plant. The new electric vehicle hub,
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BEIJING — WeRide, a China-based autonomous driving startup, said on Wednesday that it would deepen development with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance on autonomous driving technology for the China market as it raised $310 million. The new investment values the entire company at $3.3 billion, Reuters reported. WeRide, led by founder Tony Han, said Alliance Ventures, the
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Automakers, suppliers, policymakers and traffic safety advocates are all proponents of autonomous vehicle technology as a key development to making roads safer. And self-driving vehicles have additional supporters: those working to fight drunken driving. A vehicle that could safely navigate itself without needing a human driver could have major implications for not only eliminating driver
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The coming GMC Hummer EV weighs more than 9,000 pounds and can reach 60 mph in about 3 seconds. The twin electric motors in the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT make more torque than a diesel-powered F-150 and can propel the 4,500-pound vehicle to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Tesla’s Model S Plaid can reach
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Motional said it will be launching nuPlan, an expanded public dataset created to help self-driving system efficiency and safety. In order to build safe performance in complex environments for self-driving systems, nuPlan contains a “virtual driving test” that measures the performance of a vehicle’s planning techniques. Motional, the autonomous-driving joint venture of Hyundai Motor Group
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Reuters Aston Martin has begun legal action against a Swiss dealer, accusing it of withholding customer deposits for its £2.5m Valkyrie sports car. The carmaker says it will no longer work with the dealer, Nebula Project, and will now take deposits directly. Nebula signed a deal in 2016 to help finance the Valkyrie and took
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Velodyne Lidar Inc., a supplier of sensors and self-driving technology, has a few developments underway that it says could transform city infrastructure and the automotive sensor space. The San Jose, Calif., company has been building out its Intelligent Infrastructure Solution, known as IIS, a hardware and software product that combines its lidar sensors with artificial
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Even when utilizing General Motors’ Super Cruise to control vehicles, human motorists like to maintain an active role in the driving process. That’s the conclusion of a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in which researchers analyzed the driving behavior of motorists who use the advanced driver-assist system. Far from passive monitoring of
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The accelerating e-commerce trend is placing more pressure on delivery and logistics companies to compete with the likes of Amazon. That’s part of why FedEx is teaming with autonomous technology company Nuro Inc. to test autonomous vehicle delivery. Autonomous bots could answer some of the ongoing speed, efficiency and labor challenges associated with parcel logistics.
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DETROIT — Hyundai Motor Co. has accelerated efforts around developing air taxis and will offer services around those vehicles rather than just selling them, the South Korean automaker’s COO told Reuters. Hyundai is ahead of the timetable it previously laid out for the rollout of urban air mobility vehicles, also known as flying cars, Jose Munoz,
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Used vehicles are expected to continue to command higher prices for the foreseeable future, but the reason may not be as simple as lower availability amid higher demand. Based on data from IHS Markit, one might conclude that vehicles in operation in the U.S. are set to shrink, given what happened in 2020. But so
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Despite a precipitous drop in travel, pedestrians are dying in increasing numbers across the United States. Highway safety officials say speeding motorists and diminished traffic enforcement may be driving an increase in pedestrian fatalities that’s reached historic proportions during the pandemic. Approximately 6,721 died in 2020, according to estimates from the Governors Highway Safety Association.
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