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Aspirations to place self-driving technology in the hands of ordinary vehicle owners had largely been relegated to the back burner. As automakers and technology companies better understood the enormity of that challenge in recent years, they’ve chosen to focus on simpler tasks in the shorter term, concentrating on building virtual drivers for niches such as
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CarMax has pushed the industry in new directions before. Its latest move could prompt others in the highly competitive used-car space to reconsider their return policies. The nation’s largest used-vehicle retailer last week said it was increasing the money-back guarantee on its vehicles to 30 days after purchase, more than quadruple the previous seven. At
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Land Rover sold a total of 6,931 Defenders in the U.S. in a span of seven years in the 1990s. With the Defender’s return to U.S. dealerships last year, the automaker managed to top that figure in less than seven months. Although Jaguar Land Rover’s 2020 sales results won’t be made public until sometime this
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Toyota Motor Corp. thinks cars that can drive themselves should be able to clean themselves, too. The automaker filed a U.S. patent application for a system that would allow autonomous vehicles to sense when they’re dirty and drive to a car wash. The system determines when the vehicle has traveled on an unpaved road or
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Here are some of the 2021 CES Innovation Awards for vehicle intelligence and transportation. IBM/Mayflower autonomous ship IBM provided artificial intelligence and computing technology for the Mayflower Autonomous Ship. It’s due to sail from Plymouth, England, to Plymouth, Mass., this spring. A “Best of Innovation” winner. Waymo 5th-Generation Driver Waymo rolled out its latest autonomous
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Nielsen Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram is traversing largely uncharted digital terrain in an effort to boost website traffic and grow sales. The East Hanover, N.J., dealership has found some white space to build its brand and push new models on Pinterest, a platform on which users search for photos and videos and “pin” them on virtual boards displaying
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DETROIT — Sales of the Chevrolet Bolt doubled in the fourth quarter as General Motors ramped up promotional efforts for the only electric vehicle it currently sells in the U.S. in preparation for the wave of EVs it has coming. Chevrolet officials said an expansion into new markets, additional training and advertising, and increased dealer
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Unprecedented. Trying times. The new normal. These words have been used by many to describe 2020. For so many of us, 2021 cannot come soon enough. Yet, especially now, it’s more important than ever to reflect — looking through the lens of lessons learned in our economy, manufacturing and the automotive industry ecosystem — and
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In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a steady stream of driverless vehicle deployments, electric vehicle announcements and new-mobility startups revealing plans to go public. This shows that even with the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the push into new forms of mobility has continued, and in some respects it’s accelerating. So we’re accelerating
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