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German heavy truck maker to lay off 1,800 employees by 2017

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A truck manufactured by Germany’s MAN SE. The company has decided to lay off 1,800 jobs. Germany’s MAN SE has decided to lay off as many as 1,800 jobs in the next two years as part of its cost-cutting policies. The respected truck maker said in a statement that it plans to “realign” some its divisions in Germany, Austria and Poland “avoiding duplication of work … streamlining its indirect... 

Cars Software belongs to us, even if you Buy this Car - General Motors

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Senator Ron Wyden and Rep. Jared Polis discovered that Section 1201 of DMCA’s broken anti circumvention laws. Last week they introduced a bill to fix this part of the DMCA. Thanks to DMCA 1201, John Deer claims it still owns the tractor you thought you bought it from it, instead, John Deer claims you’re really just licensing that tractor: In the absence of an express written license in... 

Ford dismisses 700 workers, no one buys cars

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US car maker Ford is cutting 700 jobs at its Michigan plant to compensate for declining of sales. It was said in the statement of the carmaker issued on Thursday. First 200 workers will fired in June at the Michigan Assembly Plant, in the Detroit suburb of Wayne, other 200 at the end of July and the remainder at the end of September. Low gasoline prices have hurt the sales of the plant, which produces... 

Slovak company hopes to bring Flying Cars to the market by 2017

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Slovak company AeroMobil has been developing a futuristic vision of real flying cars. Now, for the first time, its CEO put a proper timeline on the idea: the expensive toys are to hit the super-rich market by 2017, but quickly improve on specs and price. The company itself has been around for five years, and past prototypes have existed, all getting ever closer to the technological requirements.... 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants Human Drivers Banned

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Whether taking a car for a spin on a Sunday or focusing on getting from A to B after a stressful day, driving can be fun and therapeutic. But Tesla CEO Elon Musk believes humans could be banned from driving in years to come and all cars will, instead, be controlled by robots. The entrepreneur claims that computers will one day do a much better job of driving and that humans are simply ‘too dangerous’... 

Tesla batteries to power entire homes out soon - Elon Musk

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Tesla Motors says its ambitious plan to produce battery packs strong enough to power houses will be reality within six months. The promise comes as the company revealed lower-than-expected sales figures for Model S vehicles. “We are going to unveil the Tesla home battery, the consumer battery that would be for use in people’s houses or businesses fairly soon,” company’s CEO Elon Musk said... 

Britain launches new project to test Driverless Cars

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A driverless vehicle, known as a Meridian shuttle, is seen in central London on February 11, 2015. Britain has launched a multi-million-pound project to develop the technology of driverless cars, giving the green light to the testing of the futuristic vehicles on public roads. UK officials told AFP on Wednesday that driverless cars would improve road safety and create jobs for Britons in the sector.... 

Nearly all cars produced in 2015 collect private data about drivers

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Almost all automobiles sold today contain systems that can potentially be compromised by hackers, a United States Senator warns, but automakers appear largely unaware of the implications, according to his report. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) is calling on the world’s automobile makers to implement mandatory safeguards after his congressional inquiry revealed a widespread absence of security... 

UK road fatalities rise after traffic cop jobs slashing

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Road deaths have continued to surge for a third consecutive quarter, new figures are anticipated to show, after a significant number of traffic patrols have been eliminated from Britain’s road system. The Department for Transport on Thursday is expected to confirm an alarming trend among those killed or seriously injured (KSI) in automobile accidents. In the first six months of 2014, the percentage... 

UK Government Announces Plan to Remotely Control Vehicles

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State to seize control of cars via wi-fi sensors to reduce “traffic congestion” & global warming. The UK government today announced a plan to remotely control vehicles on roads using wi-fi technology in order to reduce traffic and offset global warming, the latest manifestation of the ‘Internet of Things’ that will stir up concern amongst privacy advocates. A report released today... 

China to start exporting domestically-made Volvo cars to US

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A Volvo manufacturing plant in Chengdu, China. China is to start exporting domestically-manufactured Volvo sedans to the United States for the first time ever, the company has announced. Volvo Car Group’s president and chief executive officer, Hakan Samuelson, made the announcement at the Detroit auto show on Monday. Samuelson said the shipping of a new S60 model, manufactured in China, to the US... 

Russia bans transsexuals, gamblers, thieves and other "mental disorders" from driving cars

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Russia has banned transsexual and transgender people from driving as they are deemed to have mental disorders which make them more likely to crash. Also on the list of those prohibited from obtaining licences are exhibitionists, fetishists and voyeurs, with the government claiming it is tightening up controls to cut the number of accidents on the roads. The shocking announcement follows international... 

German firms hurting over Russia bans

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The picture shows Opel’s production plant in Ruesselsheim, Germany. A new poll shows German firms doing business in Russia are suffering from the Western sanctions against Moscow, with hundreds of the companies suspending or cancelling projects. The survey published on Friday by the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce showed 58 percent of the German firms polled said they had been affected by... 

Fiat Chrysler recalls thousands of trucks over technical issue

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A Dodge Dakota made by Fiat Chrysler is seen in the photo. The seventh-largest automaker in the world, Fiat Chrysler, has recalled thousands of pickups due to a technical problem. The automaker says approximately 67,000 model year 2006 and 2007 pickups are recalled because of the problem with a wire in the clutch ignition interlock switch. The trucks are Dodge Dakota, Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, and... 

Google’s self-drive cars to hit streets in 2015

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Google’s famed self-drive car is ready to go. The first fully-functioning automated vehicles will be seen on Californian roads starting 2015. “Today we’re unwrapping the best holiday gift we could’ve imagined: the first real build of our self-driving vehicle prototype,” the search engine giant said on its website on Monday. Initially, the world got to see a different car, with co-founder... 
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