“We live diversity!”: Daimler touts LGBT-friendly values at Pride events worldwide

June is Pride month, y’all! In the coming weeks, we’ll see colorful parades, a handful of homophobes making ill-advised tweets, and dozens of companies telling everyone how much they value their LGBT employees. The first of those companies is Daimler,…

Volkswagen will stop using animals in diesel exhaust experiments (and it’s about damn time)

In January, we learned that BMW, Daimler (parent to Mercedes-Benz), and Volkswagen were funding lab tests that forced monkeys and humans to breathe diesel fumes. Why? To undermine a 2012 decision by the World Health Organization that classified diesel exhaust…

Saudi Arabia begins issuing driver’s licenses to women!

Saudi Arabia probably isn’t the first place you think of when you hear the words “human rights”–unless those words are preceded by a few others, like “terrible record on”. Though there are reports of thriving LGBT communities in some corners…

Waymo and Fiat Chrysler may sell self-driving cars to the public

Earlier today in Balocco, Italy, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne gave something of a farewell address. But instead of looking backward, as you might expect of an outgoing executive, Marchionne laid out FCA’s plans for the future. Those plans…

Trump may be targeting German automakers with new import tax

Either someone’s off his meds, or he’s found Roseanne’s stash of Ambien. CNBC reports: Citing several unnamed U.S. and European diplomats, the weekly business magazine reported that Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron last month he would maintain his trade policy with…

What’s with all these Tesla Autopilot crashes?

Yesterday, as many of you were making the Home Alone face at a WTF tweetstorm from conspiracy theorist/actress Roseanne Barr, a Tesla Model S plowed into a parked police car in California: The driver, a 65-year-old from Laguna Niguel, Calif.,…

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Someone put a real engine in a Barbie car, and it’s hungry for blood

Remember Barbie Jeep Girl? She only wishes that she had this whip: a goddess-forsaken mashup of a Barbie Power Wheels Ford Mustang, a dirt bike engine, and lots of sticky pedals. It’s apparently a death trap, and loads of fun….

Uber’s no-good, very-bad week in Arizona

Uber’s long, long list of problems got a little longer this week. First, the National Transportation Safety Board investigation of the fatal crash involving a self-driving Uber and a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona confirmed what we already knew: the software…

Elon Musk freaks out following unflattering Tesla headlines

I get it, I get it: creating things is hard work. And after you’ve spent hours or weeks or years building something from nothing–whether that something is an electric car or an oversized ego–it’s frustrating to watch other people criticize…

Automakers tell Trump “climate change is real” (but do they believe it?)

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about the auto industry’s uncanny ability to speak from both sides of its mouth when talking about emissions regulations. To the public, automakers proudly state that they’re doing everything they can to develop…