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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, the Audi AI:ME self-driving concept vehicle is on display in the Audi booth at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.  Auto safety experts are hoping that self-driving vehicles will someday prevent the more than 90% of crashes caused by human mistakes, but a new study finds that may not be the case. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study questions whether self-driving cars will be able to prevent all crashes now blamed on human error. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Study: Autonomous vehicles won't make roads completely safe

Jun. 4, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A new study says that while autonomous vehicle technology has great promise to reduce crashes, it may not be able to prevent all mishaps caused by human error. Auto safety experts say humans cause about 94% of U.S. crashes, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study says...

In this April 26, 2020, photo, a prospective buyer looks over a row of unsold 2020 Wranglers at a Jeep dealership in Englewood, Colo. To spur car sales amid the coronavirus pandemic, nearly every automaker has introduced 0% financing. Getting a 0% car loan can be a smart way to finance a new car. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Edmunds: 0% loans are a smart way to get out of a bad loan

Jun. 3, 2020 6:00 AM EDT

To spur car sales amid the coronavirus pandemic, nearly every automaker has introduced 0% financing. Getting a 0% car loan can be a smart way to finance a new car. Edmunds data shows that 26% of vehicle loans in April took advantage of 0% financing. Additionally, an interesting trend emerged from the data: The...

Video shows SUV plowing into officers at Floyd protest in Buffalo, New York, running over at least 1, then speeding away

Jun. 1, 2020 10:53 PM EDT
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Video shows SUV plowing into officers at Floyd protest in Buffalo, New York, running over at least 1, then speeding away.
Protesters hold their hands in the air in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Demonstrators took to the streets of New York City to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Peaceful protesters get lost in action-packed coverage

Jun. 1, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's unrest has made for an unprecedented nightly action show on television, with control rooms that switch quickly between cars ablaze, police officers advancing on demonstrators and ransacked stores in cities across the country. What's easy to get lost are peaceful protesters...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2017, file photo, Sao Paulo Mayor Joao Doria looks on during a news conference, after inspecting the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “We’re fighting against the coronavirus and against the ‘Bolsonarovirus,’” Doria said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, adding that the president has adopted “incorrect, irresponsible positions” and ignored health authorities’ recommendations by glad-handing with supporters in the streets. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Brazil's most populous state eyes reopening business in June

May. 27, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Sao Paulo state, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Brazil, will reopen some of its closed businesses starting June 1 despite a fast growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Gov. João Doria said Wednesday that stay-at-home recommendations will remain in effect until June...

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, wearing a protective face mask, listens to explanations by an employee as CEO of France-based multinational automotive supplier Valeo Jacques Aschenbroicha looks on, in Etaples, , northern France, Tuesday May 26, 2020. Emmanuel Macron announced a 8 billion euro ($8.8 billion) plan to save the country's car industry from huge losses wrought by virus lockdowns, including a big boost for electric vehicles. The plan includes government subsidies for car buyers and longer-term investment in innovative technology, especially in battery-powered cars. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)

France deploys $8.8 billion to rescue ailing car industry

May. 26, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s government is injecting more than 8 billion euros ($8.8 billion) to save the country’s car industry from huge losses wrought by virus lockdowns, and wants to use the crisis to make France the No. 1 producer of electric vehicles in Europe. Starting next week, consumers...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, a worker completes an electric car ID.3 body at the assembly line during a press tour at the plant of the German manufacturer Volkswagen AG (VW) in Zwickau, eastern Germany.  Germany's Federal Court has ruled Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners who bought vehicles rigged to cheat in emissions tests but consumers must accept current value taking into account the mileage they drove rather than the full purchase price. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

German court ruling clears the way to settle VW diesel cases

May. 25, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

KARLSRUHE, Germany (AP) — A German court has ruled that Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners of its diesel cars equipped with software that evaded emissions testing — but consumers must accept the current value of the car based on the mileage they drove since buying it, not the purchase price....

This photo provided by Honda North America shows the Honda CR-V, a compact SUV that has received a number of noteworthy updates for 2020, including more standard driver aids. (Courtesy of Honda North America via AP)

Edmunds: Best updated cars for 2020

May. 20, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

In every new vehicle’s lifespan between full redesigns, there is usually a refresh or what’s called a “midcycle update.” A refresh varies from minor design tweaks to new engines and improved in-car tech. It's a way to keep a vehicle looking and feeling fresh after a few years on the...

Officials: Car lender reaches $550M multi-state settlement

May. 19, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thirty-four attorneys general announced a $550 million settlement Tuesday with auto loan financing company Santander over allegations it knowingly targeted consumers who were likely to default on its loans. Consumers who defaulted on their loans from the company as of last year...

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2019, file photo, Jack Hollis, Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division at Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), speaks at the AutoMobility LA auto show in Los Angeles. Toyota's new Sienna minivan and a revived Venza midsize SUV were supposed to be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show in April 2020, but the show was postponed until late August due to the novel coronavirus. That would have been too close to when Toyota's vehicles would reach showrooms, so the company decided to go on its own and showed them online. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Toyota vehicles debut online as virus postpones auto show

May. 18, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — When Toyota introduced two new vehicles Monday, its executives didn't brag about them from an elaborate stage inside a convention center. Instead, the new Sienna minivan and a revived Venza midsize SUV were shown online from the company's nearly deserted U.S. headquarters and from the...