<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - auto]]> http://gazette.com/rss/auto Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:54:27 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[10th Cruisin' the Coast kicking off on Mississippi coast]]> http://gazette.com/10th-cruisin-the-coast-kicking-off-on-mississippi-coast/article/feed/404904?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/10th-cruisin-the-coast-kicking-off-on-mississippi-coast/article/feed/404904?custom_click=rss GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Classic cars have been rolling into south Mississippi over the past week for the 20th annual Cruisin' the Coast event. It kicks off Sunday night with a parade in Pascagoula.

Cruisin' chairman Woody Bailey told The Mississippi Press (http://bit.ly/2cJwIjA ) that registrations are running about 370 ahead of last year, when a record 7,639 Cruisers registered.

Linda Hornsby, executive director of the Mississippi Hotel and Lodging association, told WLOX-TV (http://bit.ly/2cJwzwr) that there are still plenty of rooms available throughout the week of events.

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]]> Sat, 01 Oct 2016 13:24:53 -0600 <![CDATA[California opens pathway for cars that lack steering wheel]]> http://gazette.com/california-opens-pathway-for-cars-that-lack-steering-wheel/article/feed/404803?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-opens-pathway-for-cars-that-lack-steering-wheel/article/feed/404803?custom_click=rss California regulators have changed course and opened a pathway for the public to get self-driving cars of the future that lack a steering wheel or pedals.

It's not going to happen immediately — automakers and tech companies are still testing prototypes.

But, in a shift, the state's Department of Motor Vehicles said in a revision of draft regulations released late Friday that the most advanced self-driving cars would no longer be required to have a licensed driver if federal officials deem them safe enough.

The redrafted regulations will be the subject of a public hearing Oct. 19 in Sacramento.

The DMV has been wrestling for several years with how to oversee the emerging technology.

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]]> Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:02:07 -0600 <![CDATA[California opens pathway for cars that lack steering wheel]]> http://gazette.com/california-opens-pathway-for-cars-that-lack-steering-wheel/article/feed/404735?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-opens-pathway-for-cars-that-lack-steering-wheel/article/feed/404735?custom_click=rss California regulators have changed course and opened a pathway for the public to get self-driving cars of the future that lack a steering wheel or pedals.

It's not going to happen immediately — automakers and tech companies are still testing prototypes.

But, in a shift, the state's Department of Motor Vehicles said in a revision of draft regulations released late Friday that the most advanced self-driving cars would no longer be required to have a licensed driver if federal officials deem them safe enough.

The redrafted regulations will be the subject of a public hearing Oct. 19 in Sacramento.

The DMV has been wrestling for several years with how to oversee the emerging technology.

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]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:32:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Volkswagen reaches $1.2B settlement with dealers in scandal]]> http://gazette.com/volkswagen-reaches-1.2b-settlement-with-dealers-in-scandal/article/feed/404729?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/volkswagen-reaches-1.2b-settlement-with-dealers-in-scandal/article/feed/404729?custom_click=rss SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Volkswagen has agreed to pay its U.S. dealers up to $1.2 billion to compensate them for losses they said they suffered as a result of the company's emissions cheating scandal, according to a settlement agreement filed Friday in federal court in San Francisco.

Under the terms of the deal, dealers can choose to opt out and pursue their own lawsuits against Volkswagen. A judge still has to approve the settlement before it can go into effect.

Volkswagen previously reached an agreement with attorneys for car owners. That deal calls for it to spend up to $10 billion buying back or repairing about 475,000 vehicles involved in its scandal and paying their owners an additional $5,100 to $10,000 each.

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]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:49:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Frenchman Olivier Pla takes pole for IMSA finale]]> http://gazette.com/frenchman-olivier-pla-takes-pole-for-imsa-finale/article/feed/404671?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/frenchman-olivier-pla-takes-pole-for-imsa-finale/article/feed/404671?custom_click=rss BRASELTON, Ga. (AP) — Frenchman Olivier Pla took the pole Friday for the 10-hour Petit Le Mans endurance race Sunday, the season finale for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Pla had a fast lap at 1 minute, 13.061 seconds at 2.54-mile Road Atlanta in Michael Shank Racing's Honda-powered Liger prototype. He will co-drive with Brazil's Oswaldo Negri.

"The car has been fantastic and the crew just kept improving it," Pla said.

Tristan Nunez was second in the Prototype class, the fastest of the four classes competing at Road Atlanta, with a 1:13.520 in a Mazda,

In the Prototype Challenge class, Robert Alon was quickest with a lap of 1:16.411 in his PR1/Mathiasen Chevrolet-powered Oreca.

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]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:45:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Stocks say 'nevermind'; reverse recent losses as banks jump]]> http://gazette.com/stocks-say-nevermind-reverse-recent-losses-as-banks-jump/article/feed/404480?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stocks-say-nevermind-reverse-recent-losses-as-banks-jump/article/feed/404480?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed Friday as banks made a rapid recovery following a steep fall a day ago. Investors hoped Deutsche Bank and the financial system in general were in better shape than they had feared.

Banks made the biggest gains Friday as Germany's largest bank tried to reassure investors about its financial health. Investors hope Deutsche Bank will be able to negotiate down the massive cost of settling a U.S. investigation into mortgage securities. Energy companies rose as the price of oil continued to move higher, and strong earnings from Costco sent consumer stocks higher.

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]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:38:25 -0600 <![CDATA[BMW issues recall for new Takata air bag problem]]> http://gazette.com/bmw-issues-recall-for-new-takata-air-bag-problem/article/feed/404509?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bmw-issues-recall-for-new-takata-air-bag-problem/article/feed/404509?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — Another potentially deadly problem has surfaced with Takata air bags, this one forcing BMW to recall over 4,000 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada.

The new problem was traced to improper welds, and it's separate from the trouble that has caused the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.

The latest recall, unveiled Friday in documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, affects certain BMW X3 and X4 SUVs from the 2015 model year, and X5s from 2014 and 2015. The driver's front air bag inflator can separate from a plate, shooting out metal and other debris. "This may result in injury or death to vehicle occupants," BMW said in the documents.

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]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:27:19 -0600 <![CDATA[California OKs self-driving vehicles without human backup]]> http://gazette.com/california-oks-self-driving-vehicles-without-human-backup/article/feed/404551?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-oks-self-driving-vehicles-without-human-backup/article/feed/404551?custom_click=rss SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new California law allows self-driving vehicles to be tested on public roads with no human backup.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bayareane.ws/2dBBS6Y ) that under the bill signed into law Thursday by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, vehicles without steering wheels, brake pedals or accelerators can be tested at two Bay Area sites. The vehicles will be limited to speeds of less than 35 mph.

The trials will take place at Contra Costa Transportation Authority's autonomous-vehicle testing site on a former naval facility and at a business park that contains public roads.

Officials say Google and Apple have expressed interest in using the former naval site. The business park project will

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]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:48:34 -0600 <![CDATA[US closes probe of Jeep automatic braking; no recall sought]]> http://gazette.com/us-closes-probe-of-jeep-automatic-braking-no-recall-sought/article/feed/404479?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-closes-probe-of-jeep-automatic-braking-no-recall-sought/article/feed/404479?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators have closed a yearlong investigation into the Jeep Grand Cherokee's automatic braking system without seeking a recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began the probe in June of last year after getting complaints that the system braked for no reason, increasing the risk of rear-end crashes.

But investigators, in documents posted Friday, found in testing that there was no single cause for unintended braking, and that the brakes came on only for short periods and didn't cause any crashes. The agency says the Jeep system performs as well or better than similar systems from other automakers. Its tests found that the braking at the root of the complaints reduced the SUV sp

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]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:28:08 -0600 <![CDATA[US consumer spending at weakest pace in 5 months]]> http://gazette.com/us-consumer-spending-at-weakest-pace-in-5-months/article/feed/404441?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-consumer-spending-at-weakest-pace-in-5-months/article/feed/404441?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers scaled back their spending in August to its weakest pace in five months, reflecting a drop in spending on autos. Income growth also decelerated as wages and salary gains slowed following four strong months.

Consumer spending was unchanged last month after solid gains of 0.4 percent in July and 0.3 percent in June, the Commerce Department reported Friday. It was the poorest showing since a similar flat reading in March.

Personal incomes rose 0.2 percent last month, just half the gain in July. It was the weakest showing since a 0.1 percent drop in February. Wages and salaries, the biggest income category, were up just 0.1 percent after two months of 0.5 percent increases.

The August spen

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]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:37:43 -0600 <![CDATA[From Ferraris to SUVs: 5 cars that shone at the Paris show]]> http://gazette.com/from-ferraris-to-suvs-5-cars-that-shone-at-the-paris-show/article/feed/404440?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/from-ferraris-to-suvs-5-cars-that-shone-at-the-paris-show/article/feed/404440?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — An obscenely powerful hybrid sports car, a family-friendly SUV with enough space for seven adults, and an electric vehicle that promises to keep going for over 300 miles (500 kilometers) on a single charge — these are some of the notable vehicles shining on the display stands under bright overhead lights at the Paris auto show.

Executives at this year's show are talking about how the industry can adapt to — or, better yet, profit from — disruptive change such as electric engines, networked vehicles, car sharing, and autonomous driving. All that could start coming together between 2020 and 2025, some think.

Right now, however, they have some cars they want to sell.

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]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:38:36 -0600 <![CDATA[US consumer spending flat in August, weakest in 5 months, with drop in auto purchases]]> http://gazette.com/us-consumer-spending-flat-in-august-weakest-in-5-months-with-drop-in-auto-purchases/article/feed/404442?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-consumer-spending-flat-in-august-weakest-in-5-months-with-drop-in-auto-purchases/article/feed/404442?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — US consumer spending flat in August, weakest in 5 months, with drop in auto purchases.

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<![CDATA[State Supreme Court rules in favor of $150M ethanol plant]]> http://gazette.com/state-supreme-court-rules-in-favor-of-150m-ethanol-plant/article/feed/404425?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-supreme-court-rules-in-favor-of-150m-ethanol-plant/article/feed/404425?custom_click=rss PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has removed the final obstacle for a $150 million ethanol plant in Sully County.

Justices this week denied the appeal of 11 Onida-area residents who oppose the plant's location, according to the Capital Journal and KCCR radio.

The neighbors had sued, saying county officials improperly rezoned the site for commercial agriculture processing to make way for the plant.

The county maintained the argument was technical and lacked substance, and a state district judge late last year affirmed the zoning decision.

Opponents then appealed to the state Supreme Court. Justices did not rule on the merits of their argument, instead saying that the opponents didn't file their

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]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:00:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Renault signs deal for venture in Iran as its economy opens]]> http://gazette.com/renault-signs-deal-for-venture-in-iran-as-its-economy-opens/article/feed/404402?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/renault-signs-deal-for-venture-in-iran-as-its-economy-opens/article/feed/404402?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — Renault has reached a deal with Iran's government to open a plant making at least 150,000 vehicles a year, as European companies race for a share of Iran's market now that international sanctions have been lifted.

The French carmaker announced the deal with the Industrial Development & Renovation Organization of Iran on Friday, during the Paris auto show.

The plant in a Tehran suburb will produce Duster and Symbol cars starting in 2018. Renault will be majority shareholder, and have its own distribution network in Iran for the first time, according to a company statement. Financial details were not released.

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said Iran could have demand for 2 million cars in 2020, making it

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]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:09:24 -0600 <![CDATA[New York state to help farms reduce carbon emissions]]> http://gazette.com/new-york-state-to-help-farms-reduce-carbon-emissions/article/feed/404323?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-york-state-to-help-farms-reduce-carbon-emissions/article/feed/404323?custom_click=rss ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is spending $2.5 million on efforts to help local farmers reduce their carbon emissions.

The funding announced this week can also be spent on local initiatives to help prepare farms for droughts and other effects of climate change.

The money will be awarded to local soil and water conservation districts.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose office announced the funds, says climate change is a "new reality" and that helping farms reduce their greenhouse gas emissions is one way to reduce the impact.

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball says droughts and floods are becoming more common. He says 26 counties in the state are now under a federal natural disaster designation because of th

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