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GM To Start Building Carbon Fiber Truck Beds: Report

General Motors has plans to introduce carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic materials in their ‘lightweighted’ pickup truck beds as an effort to meet increasingly stringent fuel economy standards and customer expectations, according to this report from Automotive News. Now how about those bear cage commercials?Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Safety Group Says There’s ‘Nothing Safe’ About GM’s New App That Lets Drivers Buy Stuff In The Car

General Motors announced its new Marketplace app, meant to allow drivers to order things by poking their infotainment screens on the road, Tuesday. It was only a few hours later when the National Safety Council was all over the folks at GM, reminding them that maybe shopping while driving isn’t a great idea.Read more… Continue […]

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California DMV Ditches Rule to Limit Liability for Self-Driving Car Manufacturers

California regulators have shot down what appeared to have been a very ill-advised plan to let self-driving car manufacturers dodge liability for crashes if the cars weren’t maintained to industry-written specifications, the Associated Press reported. No such maintenance requirements exist for standard human-driven…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The United States Gets Put On Blast For Outrageous NAFTA Demands

Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know as you head out into the wilderness of our ongoing international nightmare. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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GM Shows Off A New Autonomous Fuel-Cell Truck Platform Called SURUS And It’s Pretty Damn Cool

I have to admit, I was surprised by GM’s announcement of their new robotic fuel-cell-powered all-terrain utility-truck platform, SURUS. Most automaker reveals aren’t this confidently utilitarian, and it also seems to be a rebirth of a GM concept I thought was long dead, the Hy-wire fuel-cell concept that featured a…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The Cold War Was Once Fought With Bonkers Concept Cars

It’s not widely known, but for a very brief period in the early 1950s, the Cold War was being fought with massive, bulbous slabs of cyclopean automotive futurism: the first concept cars. Before the Space Race got started, America and the Soviet Union squared off behind panoramic windshields and huge steering wheels. …Read more… Continue […]

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