Donald Trump fans flames of trade war with Germany and…Harley Davidson?!?

Donald Trump thinks trade wars are awesome, but he’s not such a fan of German automakers (or Germany in general). That has the folks at BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen–not to mention their investors–very worried. The Washington Post reports: Yet, despite healthy…

Elon Musk emailed Tesla leaker/whistleblower after lawsuit was filed

Do Musk’s lawyers know? Or are they, like Trump’s lawyers, just powerless to stop the guy from running his mouth? The Washington Post reports: Hours after Tesla sued its former employee on charges he had stolen company secrets, and days…

Uber driver was watching The Voice just before fatal self-driving car crash

The police in Tempe, Arizona, have now called the deadly collision “entirely avoidable“: A 318-page report from the Tempe Police Department, released late on Thursday in response to a public records request, said the driver, Rafaela Vasquez, repeatedly looked down…

J.D. Power Initial Quality Study: Genesis, Hyundai, and LGBT-unfriendly Kia earn top marks

If you’re looking for a new ride, one of the best sources of information about current models is J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study. Every year, it polls tens of thousands of consumers to find out what kinds of problems they’ve…

Another thing that Tesla and Trump have in common: Leaks

At first glance, you’d probably assume that Tesla and the Trump administration are polar opposites. One’s based in California and is beloved by eco-friendly liberals; the other’s in Washington, D.C. (and, on the weekends, Florida), admired by the sort of…

Apple is poaching top talent to win the self-driving car race

Word about Apple’s self-driving car program–dubbed project Titan–broke years ago, but the company has been pretty coy about Titan’s plans, and even whether it exists. However, recent developments suggest that Titan is going full-steam, and it’s poaching experts in the…

What does LGBTQ America look like today?

Buzzfeed recently partnered with research firm Whitman Insight Strategies to conduct a wide-ranging poll of LGBTQ Americans. Some of the results were a bit surprising–for example, nearly half of those surveyed (46%) identified as bisexual, and if the findings are…

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Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee flub IIHS safety test

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published findings from its latest crash tests on midsize SUVs, and it looks as if Ford and Jeep may need to go back to the drawing board. On the upside, Volkswagen’s new Atlas…

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Tesla Autopilot update issues more warnings to death-wish drivers

“To nag or not to nag?” That is the question. For Tesla, the answer is: “We’d rather not, but some of you refuse to do things the right way.” And so, the latest iteration of Tesla’s semi-self-driving Autopilot software does…

NTSB: Autopilot steered Tesla Model X toward barrier in fatal California crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has completed a preliminary review of the fatal crash that killed 38-year-old Walter Huang in California last March. And…well, it’s complicated. Huang died when his Tesla Model X collided with a crash attenuator–one of those barriers…