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  • WASHINGTON— Experts say the development of self-driving cars over the coming decade depends on an unreliable assumption by many automakers: that the humans in them will be ready to step in and take control if the car's systems fail. Instead, experience with automation in other modes of transportation like aviation and rail suggests that the strategy will lead...

  • WASHINGTON, July 18- Automakers have the technology to meet aggressive mandates to hike fuel efficiency by 2025, but the fleet-wide improvement will not be as great as the Obama administration once forecast because buyers are switching to pickup trucks and SUVs, federal regulators said Monday. The report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the...

  • July 18- U.S. regulators are investigating whether Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV had inflated vehicle sales figures, the company said Monday, following a lawsuit by Illinois dealers in January. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice are probing the way the Italian-American automaker reports vehicle sales to individuals,...

  • The Securities and Exchange Commission as well as the U.S. Department of Justice are conducting the investigation and the Italian-American automaker based in London is cooperating, according to a company statement.

  • The company confirmed Monday that it is cooperating with investigations by the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The group alleges that an FCA executive offered Napleton $20,000 to falsely report sales of 40 new vehicles. The SEC and Justice Department in Washington would not comment on the probe.

  • DETROIT— The U.S. government says the nation's cars and trucks are well on their way to meeting fuel economy and emissions standards set for 2025.. A report on the standards was issued Monday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the California Air Resources Board. A company could fail to meet standards on pickup...

  • The London Metal Exchange today finds itself operating in "business continuity" mode with open-outcry ring trading migrating east of London to the disaster recovery site in Chelmsford. That's because of "a structural issue" within the Exchange's new home in Finsbury Square. It has historically been viewed much in the same way as the problem with the building at...

  • TOKYO, July 15- Japanese aluminium products makers such as UACJ Corp and Kobe Steel are boosting output capacity in the United States in a bid to snare market share as automakers turn to the lighter metal to meet stricter environmental rules. UACJ, Japan's biggest rolled-aluminium products maker, began production of sample aluminium sheets for autos last...

  • TOKYO, July 15- Japanese aluminum products makers such as UACJ Corp and Kobe Steel are boosting output capacity in the United States in a bid to snare market share as automakers turn to the lighter metal to meet stricter environmental rules. UACJ, Japan's biggest rolled-aluminum products maker, began production of sample aluminum sheets for autos last month at...

  • July 13- General Motors Co narrowly avoided having to shut down some or all of its North American plants because of the failure of a small Massachusetts parts supplier when a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge ruled on Wednesday that GM could retrieve the tooling and finished parts from the supplier, Clark-Cutler-McDermott, a court hearing showed.

  • DETROIT, July 13- Tesla Motors Inc has cut the starting price of its Model X crossover, the second time this year the electric vehicle maker has lowered prices after missing sales targets. Tesla said on Wednesday a new version of the Model X crossover, the 60 D, will be priced from $74,000, $9,000 less than the Model X 75 D. Equipped with a 60 kWh battery, the 60 D has less...

  • July 13- Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors has added a lower-priced version of its Model X crossover. The new Tesla Model X 60 D is priced from $74,000, $9,000 less than the Model X 75 D. Equipped with a 60 kWh battery, the 60 D has less torque and a shorter range between charges than the 75 D. Last month, Tesla cut the base price of its Model S sedan to $66,000.

  • July 7- Investigators found a laptop computer in the Tesla Model S sedan involved in a fatal crash in May while running on autopilot, Florida investigators said on Thursday, leaving it unclear whether the driver was distracted at the time. Neither the laptop nor a DVD player also found in the vehicle was running after the crash, said Sergeant Kim Montes of the...

  • July 7- Investigators found a laptop computer in the Tesla Model S sedan involved in a fatal crash on May 7, the Florida Highway Patrol said on Thursday.

  • July 6- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a July 1 crash in Pennsylvania of a Tesla Model X "to determine whether automated functions were in use at the time of the crash," the agency said in a statement on Wednesday. NHTSA said it was "collecting information from the Pennsylvania State Police, Tesla and the driver," Albert...

  • July 6- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a July 1 crash in Pennsylvania of a Tesla Model X "to determine whether automated functions were in use at the time of the crash," the agency said in a statement on Wednesday. NHTSA said it was "collecting information from the Pennsylvania State Police, Tesla and the driver," a Michigan man.

  • July 5- Tesla Motors Inc began investigating a fatal crash in a Tesla Model S in Florida soon after the May 7 incident and informed federal safety regulators on May 16. May 4: Tesla announces Q1 results; Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk says Tesla will accelerate Model 3 launch and hike total production by 10 times to 500,000 in 2018. May 7: Joshua Brown killed in...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ DETROIT, July 5- Tesla Motors alerted regulators to a fatality in one of its electric cars in partial self-driving Autopilot mode nine days after it crashed, the company said on Tuesday, defending its decision not to make the accident public before a federal investigation was announced. Tesla learned about the crash of the Model S sedan in Florida "...

  • MILWAUKEE, JULY 4- Erica spends four hours daily walking miles of Milwaukee streets and alleys, digging through garbage and stuffing her red plastic grocery cart with aluminum cans and other small metal items to sell to support her three children. Prices have fallen mainly because of a downturn in global demand from manufacturers, especially in China, pressure...

  • WILLISTON, Fla., July 1- A digital video disc player was found in the Tesla car that was on autopilot when its driver was killed in a May 7 collision with a truck in May, Florida Highway Patrol officials said on Friday. Questions of why the car did not stop for a turning truck, and whether the victim, Joshua Brown, was watching the road are critical for Tesla Motors Inc. The...