<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - auto]]> http://gazette.com/rss/auto Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:20:57 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore]]> http://gazette.com/worlds-first-self-driving-taxis-debut-in-singapore/article/feed/389702?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/worlds-first-self-driving-taxis-debut-in-singapore/article/feed/389702?custom_click=rss

SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.

Select members of the public will be able to hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo, have been testing self-driving cars on public roads for several years, nuTonomy says it will be the first to offer rides to the public. It will beat ride-hailing service Uber, which plans to offer rides in autonomous cars in Pittsburgh, by a few weeks.

The service will start small — six cars now, growing to a dozen by the end of the year.

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:21:15 -0600 <![CDATA[World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore]]> http://gazette.com/worlds-first-self-driving-taxis-debut-in-singapore/article/feed/389751?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/worlds-first-self-driving-taxis-debut-in-singapore/article/feed/389751?custom_click=rss

SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis began picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.

Select members of the public can hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo, have been testing self-driving cars on public roads for several years, nuTonomy says is the first to offer rides to the public.

Its launch in Singapore is beating ride-hailing service Uber, which plans to offer rides in autonomous cars in Pittsburgh, by a few weeks.

NuTonomy is starting small — six cars now, growing to a dozen by the end of the year.

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:56:51 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Senate backs health plan pricing bill]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-senate-backs-health-plan-pricing-bill/article/feed/389562?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-senate-backs-health-plan-pricing-bill/article/feed/389562?custom_click=rss

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on action by the California Legislature (all times local):

6:25 p.m.

California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown legislation that would require health insurance plans to notify customers if state regulators have deemed their premiums unreasonable.

The bill cleared the state Senate in a 25-12 vote on Wednesday.

California regulators review proposed health plan rates each year for companies that sell directly to individuals or small businesses. The regulators have no power to reject prices they consider unreasonable or unjustified but can publicly label them as such.

The advocacy group Health Access California says many consumers don't know that their health plan ha

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]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:30:59 -0600 <![CDATA[California lawmakers approve extension of climate change law]]> http://gazette.com/california-lawmakers-approve-extension-of-climate-change-law/article/feed/389638?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-lawmakers-approve-extension-of-climate-change-law/article/feed/389638?custom_click=rss

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend the state's landmark climate change law — the most aggressive in the nation — by another 10 years, resisting fierce opposition from oil companies and other business interests to keep the program alive at least through 2030.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, a strong advocate of the state's climate initiatives, has said he'll sign the bill when it comes to his desk.

The move keeps alive the legal framework that underpins California's wide-ranging efforts to fight climate change, from a tax on pollution to zero-emission vehicle mandates and restrictions on the carbon content of gasoline and diesel fuel.

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]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:20:08 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: California governor promises more climate fights]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-california-governor-promises-more-climate-fights/article/feed/389693?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-california-governor-promises-more-climate-fights/article/feed/389693?custom_click=rss SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California Legislature's approval of legislation expanding the state's climate change law, the most aggressive in the nation (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

California Gov. Jerry Brown says more climate-change laws will follow after the Legislature approved an extension of the state's landmark law restricting greenhouse gas emissions.

At a news conference Wednesday, the Democratic governor said opponents have been vanquished. He promises more fights and victories, and says to critics: "Bring it on."

Brown would not elaborate on his plans, saying he doesn't want to channel a strategy he's still pondering.

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]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:17:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Fact sheet: 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage]]> http://gazette.com/fact-sheet-2017-mitsubishi-mirage/article/feed/389455?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fact-sheet-2017-mitsubishi-mirage/article/feed/389455?custom_click=rss

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage GT

BASE PRICE: $12,995 for ES with manual transmission; $14,195 for ES automatic; $14,795 for SE manual; $15,995 for SE automatic; $16,495 for GT.

PRICE AS TESTED: $17,330.

TYPE: Front-engine, front-wheel drive, five-passenger, subcompact hatchback.

ENGINE: 1.2-liter, double overhead cam, inline, three cylinder with MIVEC.

MILEAGE: 37 mpg (city), 43 mpg (highway).

TOP SPEED: 98 mph.

LENGTH: 149.4 inches.

WHEELBASE: 96.5 inches.

CURB WEIGHT: 2,117 pounds.

BUILT AT: Thailand.

OPTIONS: None.

DESTINATION CHARGE: $835.

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]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:33:26 -0600 <![CDATA[2017 Mitsubishi Mirage an economical hatchback]]> http://gazette.com/2017-mitsubishi-mirage-an-economical-hatchback/article/feed/389456?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2017-mitsubishi-mirage-an-economical-hatchback/article/feed/389456?custom_click=rss

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage subcompact hatchback combines subtle restyling, more power, more features and gas-sipping performance in an economical package.

The base, five-door Mirage hatchback comes with standard power windows, door locks and outside mirrors, air conditioning, keyless entry, electronic stability control, traction control and seven air bags. It's also a fuel economy leader, with city/highway mileage ratings of up to 39 miles per gallon.

Starting manufacturer's suggested retail price, including delivery charge, for a base 2017 Mirage ES with five-speed manual transmission is $13,830. For an ES with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that a driver operates like an automatic, it costs $15,030.

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]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:32:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Sensors, other devices can help prevent hot car deaths]]> http://gazette.com/sensors-other-devices-can-help-prevent-hot-car-deaths/article/feed/389386?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sensors-other-devices-can-help-prevent-hot-car-deaths/article/feed/389386?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — Hot cars are a danger to children, particularly in a sweltering summer like this one. There are some devices on the market — built into cars as well as child seats — that can help prevent kids from being left behind.

So far this year, 27 children in the U.S. have died after they were left in hot vehicles, according to Kids and Cars, a Kansas City-based advocacy group. That includes the death last month of a 2-year-old in Dallas left behind in a hot car while his family was in church. The total this year has already surpassed the total for all of 2015.

Of the 755 children who died in hot cars since 1990, a majority — 55 percent — were unknowingly left behind. In 28 percent of cases, kids climbed into t

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]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:06:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Ford recalls over 88K vehicles due to stalling problem]]> http://gazette.com/ford-recalls-over-88k-vehicles-due-to-stalling-problem/article/feed/389360?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ford-recalls-over-88k-vehicles-due-to-stalling-problem/article/feed/389360?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 88,000 cars and SUVs in North America because the engines can stall without warning due to a fuel pump problem.

The recall covers certain Ford Taurus and Police Interceptor sedans, Ford Flex wagons, Lincoln MKS sedans and Lincoln MKT SUVs from the 2013 through 2015 model years. All have 3.5-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engines.

Ford says the fuel pump control modules can fail, and the engines may not start, or they could stall, leaving drivers without the ability to restart them. The company says it's not aware of any crashes or injuries from the problem.

Dealers will replace the control module at no cost to owners.

Ford says it's working with parts makers to ship ne

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]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:52:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Tesla lays claim to world's fastest production car]]> http://gazette.com/tesla-lays-claim-to-worlds-fastest-production-car/article/feed/389072?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tesla-lays-claim-to-worlds-fastest-production-car/article/feed/389072?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors says a new version of the Model S electric car is the quickest production car in the world from zero to 60 miles per hour.

The company says the Model S P100D sedan can go from stopped to 60 in 2.5 seconds.

The LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder with gas engines were faster, but they were million-dollar specialty cars that can no longer be bought new, CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday.

The new P100D has a new 100 kilowatt-hour battery pack that extends the car's range to about 315 miles. The top range of the previous Model S was 294 miles. The new battery also is available on the Model X SUV.

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]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:30:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Asian stocks meander, dollar up on North Korea's missile]]> http://gazette.com/asian-stocks-meander-dollar-up-on-north-koreas-missile/article/feed/388915?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asian-stocks-meander-dollar-up-on-north-koreas-missile/article/feed/388915?custom_click=rss

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks meandered Wednesday as investors awaited fresh cues from Federal Reserve on the outlook for interest rates. Markets were steady following the submarine launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.6 percent to 16,590.00 on rising hopes for more stimulus from the Bank of Japan and government stimulus, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.2 percent to 5,564.40. But South Korea's Kospi fell 0.2 percent to 2,045.77 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index lost 0.7 percent to 22,848.38. The Shanghai Composite index was almost unchanged at 3,088.88. Markets in Southeast Asia were mixed.

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]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:24:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Honda resumes full production at quake-hit motorcycle plant]]> http://gazette.com/honda-resumes-full-production-at-quake-hit-motorcycle-plant/article/feed/389216?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/honda-resumes-full-production-at-quake-hit-motorcycle-plant/article/feed/389216?custom_click=rss TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Honda Motor Co. has resumed full production of motorcycles at a plant that was idled by major earthquakes in April.

The company said Wednesday that it had "virtually normalized" production at the factory in Kumamoto, on the southern island of Kyushu, as of the day before.

The plant was completely offline for about two weeks after the two major quakes, the strongest a magnitude 7.3, struck in mid-April, devastating the area and killing 50 people. It has gradually restored output, starting with parts.

Honda said it was still working to fully stabilize its supply network for engine parts for mini vehicles, transferring some of the production from Kumamoto to a factory Suzuka, in eastern Japan.

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]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:11:24 -0600 <![CDATA[California lawmakers advance steeper goal to cut emissions]]> http://gazette.com/california-lawmakers-advance-steeper-goal-to-cut-emissions/article/feed/389091?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-lawmakers-advance-steeper-goal-to-cut-emissions/article/feed/389091?custom_click=rss

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers moved closer to extending the state's ambitious climate change law Tuesday after winning critical approval from business-minded Democratic lawmakers in the state Assembly with encouragement from the White House.

A majority of members in the state Assembly approved extending the state's landmark greenhouse gas emissions law, moving the proposal to the state Senate, which is expected to pass the measure before the Legislature wraps up next week.

"We need to make sure we are not throwing away the most incredible program we have in this country. Really, we are the leader," said Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.

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]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:04:23 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: California Senate OKs anti-prostitution bills]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-california-senate-oks-anti-prostitution-bills/article/feed/389063?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-california-senate-oks-anti-prostitution-bills/article/feed/389063?custom_click=rss SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on action by the California Legislature (all times local):

6:40 p.m.

People caught paying for sex would have to spend at least 24 hours behind bars under a measure advancing in the California Legislature.

The bill approved in a unanimous vote on Tuesday is one of several attempts by lawmakers to crackdown on prostitution.

On top of the jail time for so-called "johns," AB1708 would require a fine of $250 to $1,000. The fine would be $1,000 to $10,000 for people who solicit sex from minors.

The measure was approved without discussion, but Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego has said the Legislature should go after people who contribute to demand for pros

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]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:38:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Demand sags for California credits aimed at greenhouse gases]]> http://gazette.com/demand-sags-for-california-credits-aimed-at-greenhouse-gases/article/feed/389105?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/demand-sags-for-california-credits-aimed-at-greenhouse-gases/article/feed/389105?custom_click=rss SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's latest carbon auction brought disappointing results Tuesday as litigation and lagging support by lawmakers weigh down the state's landmark programs combating climate change.

State officials said only 34 percent of the available carbon pollution credits were sold in the latest auction under the program, which requires companies that emit climate-changing gases to buy the pollution permits.

It was a slight rebound from this spring, when investors bought just 10 percent of the pollution credits offered, signaling a rocky period for the state's overall campaign against climate-changing pollution from fossil fuels.

The cap-and-trade program is a keystone of Gov.

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