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Russian Yo-Mobile hybrid car project sold to government for 1 Euro

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Russia’s ONEXIM group, owned by tycoon Michael Prokhorov, has sold the technology and development rights for its Yo-mobil hybrid vehicle to the state-run NAMI institute for 1 euro. The falling ruble and slowing car market could triple the project cost. The hybrid vehicle project was announced by Mikhail Prokhorov in 2010 and has more than 200,000 advance... 

Apple and Tesla decline to comment on merger rumors

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A meeting last year between top Apple brass and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has sparked speculation that the hugely successful electronics maker is interested in purchasing the forward-thinking electric car company. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the man in charge of mergers and acquisitions at Apple, Adrian Perica, met with Elon Musk about one year ago.... 

Feds Consider Vehicle Location Tracking in New Cars

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Proposal may lead to more accidents, mileage taxes and tickets for “recorded traffic violations”. In a few weeks, federal officials may require new vehicles to have trackable GPS “safety” devices which could be hacked to cause automobile accidents and may even usher in mileage taxes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is spending the... 

Paul Walker died in car crash from ‘traumatic injury and burns’

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Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker did not die from the impact of the crash alone – he also burned alive, his death certificate has confirms. The 40-year-old’s official cause of death was given as the ‘combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries’ by an LA County Coroner. Walker’s official ‘Certificate of Death’... 

Bailout of General Motors cost taxpayers $10.5 billion

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The US government ended up losing $10.5 billion on the General Motors bailout. Taxpayers lost a whopping $10.5 billion on the federal government bailout of General Motors – but officials insisted another course of action would have been even worse. After selling its remaining shares of the Detroit-based automaker Monday, the US Department of the Treasury... 

Feds consider mandating new cars to broadcast speed, location

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently considering whether to require all new cars to include communication technology that constantly broadcasts a vehicle’s location, speed, and perhaps even the number of passengers inside. This new technology, dubbed “vehicle-to-vehicle” (V2V) communications, would be used to alert drivers to... 

Belarus begins confiscating and selling vehicles of drunk drivers, Russia looks to follow

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A court in Belarus has confiscated the car of a repeated drunk driver and ordered the person to 1.5 years of community service following the introduction of a new law. The car is now set to be sold. Russia is considering similar legislation. A 28-year-old man became the first offender to experience the strict new laws aimed at combating drunk driving in Belarus.... 

Peugeot experiences €4bn in lost sales over Iran bans

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Employees of French automaker Peugeot-Citroen (PSA) from Aulnay-sous-Bois, near Paris, demonstrate in protest at job cuts in front of the Paris Motor Show in Paris, September 29, 2012. The French automaker Peugeot has experienced an estimated four billion euros in lost sales after cutting ties with the Iranian automaker Iran Khodro under pressure from an American... 

MP wants to outlaw Russian dash cam videos

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The trace of a flying object in the sky over Chelyabinsk / still from a dashboard camera Posting videos from a vehicle’s dashboard camera online violates the Russian constitution and should be banned, the head of the Lower House mass media committee has said. Aleksei Mitrofanov spoke at a Tuesday roundtable dedicated to protection of children from the... 

Police start using ‘black boxes’ in car crash investigations

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Nearly every car being manufactured right now comes with a little added bonus by way of a tiny recording device nestled under the center console. And if you’re looking to keep your driving habits under wraps, you might want to start worrying. As many as 96 percent of the cars mass-produced in 2013 include event data recorders, or EDRs, yet the existence of... 

ACLU reveals docs of mass license plate reader surveillance

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The American Civil Liberties Union has released documents confirming that police license plate readers capture vast amounts of data on innocent people, and in many instances this intelligence is kept forever. According to documents obtained through a number of Freedom of Information Act requests filed by ACLU offices across the United States, law enforcement... 

Obama administration sues BMW plant for not employing felons

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BMW X3 being manufactured at the Spartanburg, SC plant. The Obama administration objects to the fact that not enough black felons are not being employed at the plant. The EEOC is suing a BMW plant in Spartanburg, SC. The EEOC says they are discriminating against black people by not employing felons. The notorious EEOC is a Soviet style commission created to... 

Iranian experts unveil new UAV, solar car

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Iranian researchers have produced an indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which can be used for reconnaissance mission together with a domestically-designed and -developed solar car. The aircraft, named ‘Afar’ and developed by Iranian technicians at the Qazvin Branch of the Islamic Azad University, has a wingspan of three meters (about 10 feet) and... 

German truck maker MAN to see lower sales in 2013

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German truck manufacturer MAN expects lower sales and earnings in 2013 after the net profit of the company in 2012 contracted to 189 million euros (USD253 million) in the face of Europe’s faltering economy. According to a statement released by the company on Friday, “MAN Group will see a … decline in revenue and a disproportionately large drop in... 

French Peugeot sales drop by 16.5 % amid eurozone crisis

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The logo of French car maker PSA Peugeot is seen on a car parked in front of French Economy minstry in Paris, September 11, 2012. French auto-giant Peugeot has reported a 16.5 percent drop in sales of cars and spare parts worldwide as Europe’s financial crisis takes its toll on the country. The business, known fully as PSA Peugeot Citroen, recorded worldwide... 
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