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Nevada considers technology to scan cellphones after crashes

Mar. 17, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Most states ban texting behind the wheel, but a legislative proposal could make Nevada one of the first states to allow police to use a contentious technology to find out if a person was using a cellphone during a car crash. The measure is igniting privacy concerns and has led...

SEC charges Volkswagen, former CEO with defrauding investors

Mar. 15, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators charged Volkswagen and former CEO Martin Winterkorn with defrauding investors during its massive diesel emissions scandal. The charges from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission come two years after the German automaker settled with the U.S. over criminal and civil...

Tesla unveils Model Y SUV, expanding into popular segment

Mar. 15, 2019 1:10 AM EDT

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — Tesla unveiled a new all-electric SUV on Thursday night that the automaker hopes will win over consumers looking for an all-electric alternative in the most popular segment of the auto market. Cheers from a hangar-packed crowd of Tesla customers, employees and members of the media...

LA suburb in deal with Tesla for large fast-charging site

Mar. 13, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A Los Angeles suburb has agreed to a deal with Tesla to build what's described as the largest fast-charging site for electric vehicles in the western United States. Southern California News Group reports the Pasadena City Council this week voted for a five-year pact with Tesla to...

Honda recalls 1.2M more vehicles with dangerous air bags

Mar. 12, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A type of Takata air bag inflator once thought to be safe has now come under scrutiny after a crash and explosion in Maryland injured the driver of a Honda minivan. The incident forced Honda on Tuesday to recall about 1.2 million vehicles in North and Central America from the 2001 to 2016...

Self-driving test vehicle added to auto history museum

Mar. 12, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — One of General Motors' first self-driving test vehicles is going on display at an automotive history museum in suburban Detroit. The Henry Ford history attraction announced Tuesday that it has acquired a modified pre-production Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle. The GM-donated vehicle...

Volkswagen vows to build 22 million e-cars over next decade

Mar. 12, 2019 6:08 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen said Tuesday it plans to ramp up its production of electric vehicles over the next ten years to 22 million and reduce its carbon footprint over vehicle life cycles by 30 percent. Previously, the company said it would aim for 15 million. That was...

Highlights of Trump's $4.7 trillion budget request

Mar. 12, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's $4.7 trillion budget request proposes steep cuts to domestic spending, a funding boost for the Pentagon and $8.6 billion for his signature border wall with Mexico. Leading Democrats immediately rejected the plan, signaling another bruising fight just weeks after a...

Las Vegas bets on Elon Musk for tunnel transit system

Mar. 6, 2019 8:43 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entrepreneur Elon Musk's dream of an express tunnel transit system could finally become a reality in Las Vegas after major setbacks in other cities. Las Vegas' tourism agency announced Wednesday it is recommending that an enterprise backed by the divisive billionaire receive a contract to...

The Latest: Last car comes off line at GM assembly plant

Mar. 6, 2019 3:39 PM EST

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the idling of a GM plant in Ohio (all times local): 3:40 p.m. The last Chevrolet Cruze has rolled off the assembly line at a General Motors plant in Ohio where 1,700 hourly positions are being eliminated, perhaps for good. The factory near Youngstown is the first of...