Oh, joy: The Uber/Waymo conflamma is now at the center of a federal investigation

That Uber driver’s face in the pic above says it all–at least to the three of you still following this convoluted, never-ending story. AP reports: A recent letter from the U.S. Attorney’s office confirms that the Justice Department has opened…

Can self-driving vehicles flip off bad drivers?

In November, a self-driving shuttle bus began roaming the Las Vegas strip. Within hours, it was involved in a fender-bender. The autonomous car wasn’t to blame for the accident, but the whole thing might’ve been avoided if the vehicle had…

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Can’t afford a Tesla? Just hack grandma’s electric mobility scooter [video]

Want to give the octogenarians in your life a little something special this holiday season? Follow the example of these enterprising Hungarians who hacked an electric mobility scooter, giving it a lot more oomph. Based on the title of the…

California legislature could outlaw gas & diesel vehicles by 2040

Remember when Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt began the process of overturning EPA rules that would force U.S. automakers to design increasingly efficient cars? Remember California governor Jerry Brown’s response to that move, which was basically, “Screw you guys, we’ll…

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GM takes on smartphones (again): Marketplace lets you order food, reserve tables, pay for gas from your dashboard

For decades, automakers assumed that they were in control of our dashboards. Then, smartphones arrived. Unlike aftermarket stereos and other devices that had nibbled away at car companies’ bottom lines for decades, smartphones presented a major opportunity for money-making–one that…

Uber is buying ‘tens of thousands’ of Volvos for its self-driving fleet

If you were planning to live our your golden years driving for Uber, we have good news and bad news. The good news is, you won’t be spending your retirement cleaning up bachelorette-party puke from the back seat of your…

Automakers aren’t giving up on gas just yet–just ask their lobbyists

It’s 2017, and every car company on Planet Earth knows that the future of automobiles is electric. (Well, nearly every car company. Looking at you, Mazda.) But here’s the funny thing: while many of us are eager to see a…

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Elon Musk upstages semi reveal with a new Roadster

Yesterday’s big auto news was supposed to center on the unveiling of Tesla’s new, all-electric 18-wheeler. But the company’s charismatic CEO, Elon Musk, borrowed a page from the Steve Jobs Playbook and offered folks in attendance “one more thing”: a…

Tesla, Uber rocked by allegations of racism, sexual assault

Tesla and Uber are under fire–again. The former is accused of being “a hotbed for racist behavior”, while Uber passengers allege that they were sexually assaulted by drivers. Uber The claims against Uber are shocking, but sadly, they may not…

Faraday Future’s prospects are poor

On paper, electric car start-up Faraday Future looks like a big winner. Its funders have deep pockets, it’s attracted some very talented employees, and most importantly, it’s based in China, which is not only the world’s largest auto market, but…