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Self-driving vehicle kills pedestrian in US

WASHINGTON: A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in Phoenix in the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle - a crash that could have far-reaching consequences for the new technology. The fatality Sunday…

Norway seeks ‘Tesla tax’ on electric cars

OSLO: Norway, a world leader of zero-emission vehicles, proposed a "Tesla tax" aimed at cutting a tax advantage granted to large electric cars in a heavily criticised move. Electric cars, which have hitherto been exempted from heavy taxes…

Uber in legal crosshairs over hack cover-up

WASHINGTON: Two US states on Wednesday confirmed they are investigating Uber's cover-up of a hack at the ride-sharing giant that compromised the personal information of 57 million users and drivers. Uber purportedly paid data thieves…

Singapore to freeze number of cars on its roads

SINGAPORE: Singapore, one of the most expensive places in the world to buy a vehicle, will freeze the number of private cars on its roads for at least two years, a rare move in Asia where many cities are increasingly gridlocked. The…

Cars racing to become ‘mobile phones on wheels’

BARCELONA:  The car of the future will let you pay for petrol or parking directly from your vehicle and receive traffic alerts and restaurant recommendations from your onboard digital assistant. Connected cars -- or "mobile phones on…