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5 reasons experts think autonomous cars are many years away

Apr. 22, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles when we might actually see them carrying passengers in every city, and you'll get an almost universal answer: Not...

Tesla CEO plans to hand the car keys to robots next year

Apr. 22, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects to start converting the company's electric cars into fully self-driving vehicles next year as part of an audacious plan to create a network of robotic taxis to compete against Uber and other ride-hailing services. The vision sketched out Monday during an...

The Latest: Tesla to introduce new ride-hailing service

Apr. 22, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on Tesla's plans for fully-autonomous vehicles (all times local): ___ 1:50 p.m. Tesla says it will introduce a ride-hailing service with no humans driving the vehicles. CEO Elon Musk and others detailed the company's plans to have self-driving vehicles operational by next...

Republicans trump Evers' charging station plan

Apr. 22, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans worked Monday to trump Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' plan to spend $10 million on electric vehicle charging stations in the state budget, announcing their own bill to set up the stations. Republicans and Evers have been stealing each other's ideas for months in a...

City of Newport to seek grant for EV charging station

Apr. 21, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — The city of Newport wants to welcome drivers of electric vehicles with charging stations for them. The Caledonian Record reports the Newport City Council voted this week to seek a state grant of less than $30,000 with a 10 percent city match to install a two-port EV charging station....

Honda slows Accord, Civic production as buyers shift to SUVs

Apr. 19, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Honda is slowing production of Accord and Civic cars as U.S. buyers continue to favor SUVs and trucks. The Japanese automaker said Thursday that it will temporarily idle a second-shift production line in August at its Marysville, Ohio, assembly plant, in part to prepare the factory...

Toyota, SoftBank fund, Denso invest $1 billion in Uber

Apr. 19, 2019 1:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top automaker Toyota, auto parts maker Denso and internet company SoftBank's investment fund are investing $1 billion in car-sharing Uber's technology unit. The Japanese companies said Friday that Toyota Motor Corp. and Denso Corp. will together invest $667 million and SoftBank Corp.'s...

Colorado to use Volkswagen settlement to purchase new buses

Apr. 18, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado will use part of an emissions scandal settlement to replace 28 diesel buses with electric or cleaner-burning vehicles. The Denver Post reports the state will provide around $14 million in grants to six transit agencies from the $68.7 million the state received from Volkswagen of...

Electric scooters have zipped by docked bikes in popularity

Apr. 17, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Love them or hate them, electric scooters are everywhere — zipping along city streets and littered on sidewalks, to the dismay of pedestrians and drivers who must share the road. And now they have overtaken station-based bicycles as the most popular form of shared transportation...

Solar car startup Sono to build in Sweden, starting in 2020

Apr. 17, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Munich-based startup Sono Motors plans to build the first mass produced solar electric vehicle in Sweden, starting next year. Sono Motors and National Electric Vehicle Sweden announced Wednesday they've signed a deal to manufacture the self-charging Sion at a former Saab plant in Trollhattan....