<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - auto]]> http://gazette.com/rss/auto Fri, 01 Jul 2016 03:47:28 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Tesla crash could hurt sentiment on driverless cars]]> http://gazette.com/tesla-crash-could-hurt-sentiment-on-driverless-cars/article/feed/367754?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tesla-crash-could-hurt-sentiment-on-driverless-cars/article/feed/367754?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — It was the crash the auto industry knew was coming but still feared.

The death of a driver who was using Tesla Motors' semi-autonomous mode could add to the public's apprehension of driverless cars even before they reach the road in big numbers. Most major automakers and technology companies, including Google and Uber, are working on fully autonomous cars, and have worried that a highly publicized crash could hurt those efforts.

Joshua D. Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio, died in the accident May 7 in Williston, Florida. According to a Tesla statement issued Thursday, the cameras on Brown's Tesla Model S failed to distinguish the white side of a turning tractor-trailer from a brightly lit sky and didn't automatical

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 02:47:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Tesla driver's death using car's 'Autopilot' probed by NHTSA]]> http://gazette.com/tesla-drivers-death-using-cars-autopilot-probed-by-nhtsa/article/feed/367752?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tesla-drivers-death-using-cars-autopilot-probed-by-nhtsa/article/feed/367752?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — A driver so enamored of his Tesla Model S sedan that he nicknamed the car "Tessy" and praised the safety benefits of its sophisticated "Autopilot" system has become the first U.S. fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the driver's death Thursday, and said it is investigating the design and performance of the Autopilot system.

Joshua D. Brown of Canton, Ohio, the 40-year-old owner of a technology company, was killed May 7 in Williston, Florida, when his car's cameras failed to distinguish the white side of a turning tractor-trailer from a brightly lit sky and didn't automatically activate its brakes, according to statements by

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 02:35:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Tesla crash could hurt sentiment on driverless cars]]> http://gazette.com/tesla-crash-could-hurt-sentiment-on-driverless-cars/article/feed/367742?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tesla-crash-could-hurt-sentiment-on-driverless-cars/article/feed/367742?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — The death of a driver who was using Tesla Motors' semi-autonomous mode could add to the public's apprehension about driverless cars.

Joshua D. Brown of Canton, Ohio, died in the accident May 7 in Williston, Florida, when his Tesla Model S failed to automatically activate its brakes and crashed into a tractor-trailer.

Tesla's shares dropped 3 percent in after-hours trading after the government said it would investigate the crash.

The crash could hurt efforts to bring self-driving technology to market. In a recent University of Michigan survey, two-thirds of drivers said they are moderately or very concerned about riding in a self-driving vehicle.

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 02:01:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Asian shares rise as low interest rates fuel buying]]> http://gazette.com/asian-shares-rise-as-low-interest-rates-fuel-buying/article/feed/367426?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asian-shares-rise-as-low-interest-rates-fuel-buying/article/feed/367426?custom_click=rss

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Asian shares mostly rose Friday with investors remaining in a buying mood amid low interest rates and after world markets recovered their losses from Britain's vote to leave the European Union a week ago.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.7 percent to 15,679.85. China's Shanghai Composite index was up 0.3 percent to 2,939.20. Australia's S&P ASX 200 index gained 0.5 percent to 5,261.80. South Korea's KOSPI jumped 0.9 percent to 1,988.51. Southeast Asian markets were mostly up. The Hong Kong market was closed for holiday.

ANALYST VIEWPOINT: "In a testimony to the influence of low interest rates, world share markets have recovered nearly all their Brexit losses," said Ric Spooner, chief marke

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]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:21:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Tesla driver killed in crash while using car's 'Autopilot']]> http://gazette.com/tesla-driver-killed-in-crash-while-using-cars-autopilot/article/feed/367653?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tesla-driver-killed-in-crash-while-using-cars-autopilot/article/feed/367653?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first person to die in a U.S. crash involving a car in self-driving mode was the tech-savvy 40-year-old owner of a Tesla Model S who nicknamed his car "Tessy" and praised its sophisticated "Autopilot" system.

Joshua D. Brown, of Canton, Ohio, died in the May 7 crash in Williston, Florida, when his car's cameras failed to distinguish the white side of a turning tractor-trailer rig from a brightly lit sky and didn't automatically activate its brakes, according to government records and a Tesla statement issued Thursday.

Brown, who owned a technology company, just one month earlier credited his 2015 Tesla with preventing a crash on an interstate highway. The government said it is investigating the design

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]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:28:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Tesla driver killed in crash while using car's 'Autopilot']]> http://gazette.com/tesla-driver-killed-in-crash-while-using-cars-autopilot/article/feed/367562?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tesla-driver-killed-in-crash-while-using-cars-autopilot/article/feed/367562?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. announced Thursday the first fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode, the 40-year-old owner of a technology company who nicknamed his vehicle "Tessy" and had praised its sophisticated "Autopilot" system just one month earlier for preventing a collision on an interstate. The government said it is investigating the design and performance of the system aboard the Tesla Model S sedan.

Joshua D. Brown, of Canton, Ohio, died in the accident May 7 in Williston, Florida, when his car's cameras failed to distinguish the white side of a turning tractor-trailer from a brightly lit sky and didn't automatically activate its brakes, according to government records obtained Thursday.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:27:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Site of new car condos, track hosts Michigan Rib Fest]]> http://gazette.com/site-of-new-car-condos-track-hosts-michigan-rib-fest/article/feed/367651?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/site-of-new-car-condos-track-hosts-michigan-rib-fest/article/feed/367651?custom_click=rss PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A festival celebrating live music and barbecue is being held at the site of a new private playground for car enthusiasts in suburban Detroit.

Michigan Rib Fest takes place Friday through Monday at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac.

The project's $25 million first phase involved construction of a 1.5-mile track and dozens of car condos, which are climate-controlled garages that can double as entertainment rooms. Buyers can't live in the condos, but they can sleep over on occasion.

The festival is billed as M1 Concourse's first large-scale public event. Use of the track at the former General Motors factory will generally be reserved for condo owners and their guests.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:01:29 -0600 <![CDATA[California attorney general subpoenas refiners on gas prices]]> http://gazette.com/california-attorney-general-subpoenas-refiners-on-gas-prices/article/feed/367636?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-attorney-general-subpoenas-refiners-on-gas-prices/article/feed/367636?custom_click=rss The California attorney general has issued subpoenas to several oil refiners to learn how they set gasoline prices, which are consistently higher in California than in most other states.

Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp., Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp. confirmed on Thursday that they have received subpoenas in recent weeks.

The attorney general is making a sweeping request for information about gasoline supplies, pricing, and maintenance shutdowns that can temporarily create shortages and increase prices, according to people familiar with the investigation. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of the subpoenas.

The requests came from Attorney General Kamala

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]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:59:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Governor Martinez announces 900 jobs in Rio Rancho]]> http://gazette.com/governor-martinez-announces-900-jobs-in-rio-rancho/article/feed/367611?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/governor-martinez-announces-900-jobs-in-rio-rancho/article/feed/367611?custom_click=rss RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Amid uncertainty around Intel in one of New Mexico's largest cities, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday that a vehicle glass repair and replacement company will create 900 jobs in Rio Rancho.

Martinez said at a press conference in Rio Rancho that the Columbus, Ohio-based Safelite AutoGlass will bring new insurance claims processing and support jobs in Rio Rancho over the next four years.

Under the terms of the company choosing Rio Rancho, New Mexico will invest $3 million in Local Economic Development Act funding for infrastructure improvements to accommodate Safelite.

Safelite also will apply for the Rapid Workforce Development Fund, to help teach its workers Spanish language skills.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:13:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Attorney: Volkswagen believes some vehicles can be fixed]]> http://gazette.com/attorney-volkswagen-believes-some-vehicles-can-be-fixed/article/feed/367539?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/attorney-volkswagen-believes-some-vehicles-can-be-fixed/article/feed/367539?custom_click=rss SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Volkswagen believes it can fix some of the diesel vehicles caught up in the carmaker's cheating emissions scandal without compromising their performance, an attorney for the company said Thursday.

Lawyer Robert Giuffra told a federal judge that Volkswagen believes the repair for vehicles with 3-liter engines wouldn't be complicated and would bring them up to their original standard.

"It's just a process that will take time because of the need to do the durability testing to make sure that that fix is a long-lasting fix," he said.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco is overseeing lawsuits against Volkswagen in the wake of the scandal.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:44:25 -0600 <![CDATA[US confirms first self-driving car death involving Tesla S driver using autopilot]]> http://gazette.com/us-confirms-first-self-driving-car-death-involving-tesla-s-driver-using-autopilot/article/feed/367567?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-confirms-first-self-driving-car-death-involving-tesla-s-driver-using-autopilot/article/feed/367567?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — US confirms first self-driving car death involving Tesla S driver using autopilot.

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<![CDATA[Asian shares mostly up as markets get over Brexit shock]]> http://gazette.com/asian-shares-mostly-up-as-markets-get-over-brexit-shock/article/feed/366869?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asian-shares-mostly-up-as-markets-get-over-brexit-shock/article/feed/366869?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly up Thursday as markets continued to gradually get over the shock set off by Britain's vote last week to leave the European Union.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.1 percent to finish at 15575.92, while South Korea's Kospi rose 0.8 percent to 1,972.80. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 1.7 percent to 5,229.20. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 1.5 percent to 20,745.92. The Shanghai Composite was little changed, inching up nearly 0.1 percent to 2,933.24.

BREXIT: Post-"Brexit" worries are easing in recent sessions. Last week, Britain voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, sending stocks reeling. But Britain's stock market has recouped its losses.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 01:28:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Gasoline cheaper in North Dakota this Fourth of July holiday]]> http://gazette.com/gasoline-cheaper-in-north-dakota-this-fourth-of-july-holiday/article/feed/367140?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gasoline-cheaper-in-north-dakota-this-fourth-of-july-holiday/article/feed/367140?custom_click=rss BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gasoline is noticeably cheaper in North Dakota than it was last year heading into the Fourth of July holiday.

The latest weekly report from GasBuddy.com shows an average retail price in North Dakota of about $2.25 a gallon. That's lower than the national average of $2.31 a gallon.

The average price also is nearly 50 cents per gallon cheaper than a year ago in North Dakota.

Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski says the impact of Britain leaving the European Union is expected to add even more downward pressure to summer gas prices, despite record-setting demand.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:40:40 -0600 <![CDATA[State fines refinery $55K for emissions violations]]> http://gazette.com/state-fines-refinery-55k-for-emissions-violations/article/feed/367069?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-fines-refinery-55k-for-emissions-violations/article/feed/367069?custom_click=rss GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — State environmental regulators have fined a Great Falls refinery more than $55,000 for violating emissions limits.

Department of Environmental Quality officials said in a statement Wednesday that Calumet Montana Refining has paid the fine and corrected the violations.

DEQ officials say the refinery exceeded nitrous oxide limits during a test conducted in March 2014. The company also did not adequately monitor sulfur dioxide emissions during that same period.

John Rasmann of the DEQ told the Great Falls Tribune that the agency initially proposed a $100,000 fine, but lowered it after Calumet provided additional information.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:23:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Volkswagen to pay South Dakota $2.5M in civil penalties]]> http://gazette.com/volkswagen-to-pay-south-dakota-2.5m-in-civil-penalties/article/feed/367020?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/volkswagen-to-pay-south-dakota-2.5m-in-civil-penalties/article/feed/367020?custom_click=rss SOUTH DAKOTA, S.D. (AP) — Attorney General Marty Jackley says South Dakota will get $2.5 million in civil penalties from Volkswagen as part of a multi-state settlement with the German automaker over allegations it cheated on emissions tests.

Volkswagen has agreed to pay the states more than $1,000 per car that violated consumer protection laws, totaling $570 million nationwide.

Jackley announced the deal Wednesday, a day after news broke that Volkswagen will spend up to $15.3 billion in settlements with consumers and governmental agencies. Lawyers are calling this the largest auto-related class-action settlement in U.S. history.

Jackley says Volkswagen mislead consumers into buying cars "that were not what they repres

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