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US government moves to mandate car connectivity [w/video]

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Technology, Videos The federal government is inching closer to mandating cars have the ability to communicate with each other, in a move regulators say could reduce crashes while still protecting motorists’ personal information. “By warning drivers of imminent danger, V2V technology has the potential to dramatically improve highway safety.” – David [...]

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Aston Martin trademarks DB10 through DB14

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Government/Legal, Aston Martin, Luxury What comes after DB9? That’s the big question currently surrounding Aston Martin as the British purveyor of luxury GTs prepares to replace its long-serving core model. And now we may have a clue at what the answer will be. Reports coming in from the UK indicate that [...]

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Only 1 in 234 pass Melbourne’s tough new taxi driver test

Filed under: Government/Legal, Work, Australia In London, cab drivers undergo a grueling testing and memorization regime known ominously as “The Knowledge.” Obtaining a license to drive one of the British capital’s distinctive black cabs is so difficult that students often use motor scooters to get around and learn some 320 routes on 25,000 roads, a [...]

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Thieves still love older Hondas and pickups most, says NICB [w/video]

Filed under: Sedan, Truck, Government/Legal, Safety, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Jeep, Nissan, Toyota No one wants to have their car stolen, but a new study by the National Insurance Crime Bureau has some bad news for older Honda owners and pickup drivers. Fortunately, it has better news for drivers overall. The group is reporting that [...]

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Japanese spark plug giant NGK pleads guilty to price fixing, to pay $52M fine

Filed under: Maintenance, Government/Legal, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota The ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice into price fixing in the automotive industry has nabbed one more company breaking the law. Japanese parts giant NGK Spark Plug Company agreed to plead guilty to a felony count of pricing fixing and bid rigging in the in the [...]

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Police arrest chairman, managers of Chinese auto parts firm whose factory blast killed 75

Filed under: China, Government/Legal, GM Chinese police have arrested three individuals in connection to the deadly explosion at an auto parts factory outside Shanghai nearly three weeks ago, Reuters is reporting. Among those three is Wu Chi-tao, the chairman of Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products, the company that operated the factory in Zhoushan, roughly 80 miles [...]

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Does Dollar Rent A Car routinely swindle customers via insurance scam? [w/video]

Filed under: Etc., Government/Legal In retrospect, Eileen McMonigal believes she looked like the perfect target for a scam. She had recently fractured an ankle, so when her flight arrived in Tampa, Florida, she needed a wheelchair to get around the airport. A young escort helped collect her belongings, which included carryon luggage and a puppy [...]

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Russia may respond to sanctions by banning car imports

Filed under: Car Buying, Government/Legal, Earnings/Financials, Russia The Iron Curtain may be lowering on Russia again, at least when it comes to the country’s auto industry. The government there is reportedly considering a ban on imported cars as a response if the West puts more sanctions in place. However, even if the restrictions materialize, domestically [...]

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This Decepticon-themed Maserati ticketed for imitating a police car

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Etc., Government/Legal, Maserati, Luxury States have different laws about how closely your car can mimic the look of a police car, which this Massachusetts driver might’ve wanted to have look into. Even though he’s driving a Maserati GranTurismo in homage to the Transformer Barricade and it reads “Decepticons” and “To punish [...]

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Tony Stewart could face criminal charges in Kevin Ward Jr case [w/poll]

Filed under: Motorsports, Government/Legal, Celebrities The tragic case of Tony Stewart striking and killing Kevin Ward, Jr. in a sprint car race earlier this week has been dividing opinions, with some screaming for Stewart’s head and others saying that Ward brought it upon himself. But while local law enforcement did not initially arrest Stewart or [...]

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Ex-CEO of red-light camera company indicted on corruption charges

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety A former chief executive officer of one of the world’s largest makers of red-light traffic cameras was indicted on federal corruption charges Wednesday, along with two city officials in Chicago. A federal grand jury returned a 23-count indictment against the three, alleging that ex-Redflex CEO Karen Finley provided approximately $570,000 in [...]

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Google testing the autonomous motorcycle waters in California [UPDATE]

Filed under: Government/Legal, Technology, Motorcycle Apparently not content to field a fleet of four-wheeled autonomous cars, reports are floating in that the Internet giant has petitioned the State of California to allow the testing of autonomous motorcycles, as well. The team at Google, apparently led by engineer Anthony Levandowski, has designed and built a riderless [...]

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Weekly Recap: Auto execs face life in prison for recall delays under proposed legislation

Filed under: Government/Legal, Bentley, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, GM, GMC, Luxury The stiff punishments are part of broader transportation legislation, but clearly McCaskill has automakers in her sights. Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill threw down the gauntlet this week, proposing a bill that could send auto executives to prison for life if they were found to have [...]

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What you missed on 8.8.14

Filed under: Truck, Government/Legal, Technology, Audi, Chevrolet, GM, GMC Exploring the promise of electric turbos There is a revolution brewing in the world of forced-induction for your cars engine, thanks to the fast-developing technology of electric turbochargers. (Yes, we know that they’re kind of/sort of superchargers… got it covered). Promising tremendous gains in both performance [...]

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New Jersey may shield drivers from other states’ red light, speed cameras

Filed under: Government/Legal The bill targets any speed-control devices that are capable of automatically producing a recorded image of an alleged violation. New Jersey may soon prohibit other states from issuing traffic citations to its residents for alleged violations that were caught on speed or red-light cameras. Lawmakers in the Garden State have introduced a [...]

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2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit is ready to serve and protect

Filed under: Sedan, Government/Legal, Dodge, Police/Emergency Okay speed freaks, it’s time to update your cheat sheet of police headlights, as Dodge has just unveiled the new 2015 Charger sedan’s police variant, the Pursuit. Like previous Charger Pursuits, the 2015 model is based on a modified version of the civilian sedan, featuring the same basic batch [...]

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