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Audi scores first CA autonomous car permit

Filed under: Convertible, Government/Legal, Technology, Audi, Luxury Audi apparently knows how to get to the front of a line when it comes to driverless vehicles. The German automaker had the honor of being the very first company to receive one of California’s new autonomous vehicle driving permits. It was a perfect followup to it being [...]

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What you missed on 9.16.14

Filed under: Car Buying, Convertible, Coupe, Sedan, Performance, Government/Legal, Technology, Supercars, Bentley, Bugatti, Luxury Bugatti Dynamic Driving Experience Ever wonder what it’s like to have so much money that you can literally buy anything you want? What would that be like? Our man Basem Wasef gets to play the part of the rich distinguished gentleman [...]

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Congress skewers NHTSA’s investigative competence

Filed under: Government/Legal NHTSA’s incompetence played a role in allowing the General Motors ignition switch crisis to go undetected for years. Five months after the top official at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration promised to reform the federal agency charged with keeping motorists safe, it remains mired in dysfunction and inaction. A report from [...]

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Tony Stewart case to be presented to grand jury

Filed under: Motorsports, Government/Legal Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter. Accordingly, the evidence developed in the investigation [...]

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Federal Robotics Commission could accelerate arrival of self-driving cars

Filed under: Government/Legal Back when investigators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first probed reports of unintended accelerations in Toyota vehicles, they ran into a serious internal roadblock. They lacked the expertise to examine the problem. They suspected a software glitch, but couldn’t delve into the interactions between the software and physical linkages in [...]

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Truant students beware, San Diego school district acquires MRAP

Filed under: Government/Legal, Military Meet the newest vehicle in the arsenal of the San Diego Unified School District, a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, more commonly known as an MRAP, or the US military’s answer to the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) so favored by insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, you might be asking, are the [...]

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What you missed on 9.15.14

Filed under: Concept Cars, SUV, Government/Legal, Crossover, GM, Lincoln, Toyota, Earnings/Financials, Luxury Review: 2015 Lincoln Navigator We take the heavily refreshed 2015 Lincoln Navigator for a spin and find that there’s plenty to like about the brand’s truckish ‘ute. Still, while it boasts a ton of room inside and stunning power from its 3.5-liter EcoBoost [...]

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NHTSA investigating Ford Fiesta for faulty door latches

Filed under: Sedan, Government/Legal, Safety, Hatchback, Ford The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation on the 2011-2013 Ford Fiesta because the regulator has received 61 complaints from drivers, including one claim of an injury, about the doors on the subcompacts failing to latch and sometimes even flying open while driving. NHTSA [...]

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CA man accused of stealing same Ferrari twice

Filed under: Convertible, Government/Legal, Supercars, Ferrari Cars get stolen all the time. It’s an unfortunate reality, but a reality nonetheless. It’s just unusual when the same guy steals the same car twice, but that’s what apparently occurred recently in Fontana, CA. That’s where one Earnie Hooks was arrested late last month driving a black Ferrari [...]

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CA man accused of stealing same Ferrari twice

Filed under: Convertible, Government/Legal, Supercars, Ferrari Cars get stolen all the time. It’s an unfortunate reality, but a reality nonetheless. It’s just unusual when the same guy steals the same car twice, but that’s what apparently occurred recently in Fontana, CA. That’s where one Earnie Hooks was arrested late last month driving a black Ferrari [...]

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Police officers using controversial network to keep tabs on motorists [w/video]

Filed under: Government/Legal Information includes details like motorists’ social security numbers, addresses, identifying tattoos and hunches about which drivers to stop. Law enforcement officers across the country have been using a private intelligence network to compile and share detailed information about motorists in the United States. Despite warnings from state and federal officials that the [...]

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GM’s board of directors was ‘shocked’ and ‘stunned’ by recall woes

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety, GM With nearly 30 million cars worldwide covered under recalls, General Motors hasn’t exactly had the best year. While sales haven’t suffered too badly in the US, the cost of all of the safety campaigns has been a big drain financially for the last two quarters. As investors’ representatives within [...]

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Gender-nonconforming teen sues South Carolina DMV over driver’s license photo

Filed under: Government/Legal Back in June, we reported on the case of 16-year-old Chase Culpepper, a gender-nonconforming teen from South Carolina who was told that he had to remove his makeup – his “disguise,” as the DMV employees called it – before being able to take his license picture. Now, he’s suing the SCDMV in [...]

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Reaching for glovebox isn’t a suspicious act when getting pulled over, court says

Filed under: Etc., Government/Legal, Police/Emergency “Such movement, standing alone, does not give rise to a reasonable belief that appellant was armed and dangerous.” – Judge Stephen Yarbrough Is reaching for the glovebox during a traffic stop suspicious? Is it reason to search a car without a warrant? An Ohio appeals court said no last month. [...]

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