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Ford to put brakes on speeding with new tech

By Lucas Mearian | 26 March, 2015 06:45

Ford has announced a new technology that will read speed limit signs and other road restrictions and automatically slow a vehicle.

SolarCity to build its own power grids

By Lucas Mearian | 24 March, 2015 08:32

Seeing a complete reliance on the utilities' grids as increasingly troublesome, rooftop solar distributor SolarCity has decided to begin selling its own power distribution systems.

Tesla announces over-the-air upgrade with range assurance

By Lucas Mearian | 20 March, 2015 07:22

Tesla founder Elon Musk today announced an over-the-air (OTA) software upgrade for all Model S sedans that not only tracks charging station locations but alerts drivers when they're out of range of those stations.

Tesla's Elon Musk says driving may someday be illegal

By Lucas Mearian | 20 March, 2015 06:44

Tesla founder Elon Must believes there may eventually come a day when people are no longer allowed to drive vehicles because it's not safe.

Self-driving Audi to drive from California to New York

By Lucas Mearian | 19 March, 2015 07:49

Automotive component-supplier Delphi is about to launch a self-driving Audi SUV on a 3,500-mile journey from San Francisco to New York.

Hertz is installing car cams that point at drivers

By Lucas Mearian | 18 March, 2015 07:38

Over the past year, Hertz has been installing inward-facing video cameras in about 12% of its rental vehicle fleet as part of an upgrade to the NeverLost onboard navigation system.

Elon Musk promises to end Tesla range anxiety

By Lucas Mearian | 17 March, 2015 04:21

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk used Twitter to announce he'll hold a news conference this week to tout an upgrade for the company's Model S cars to address their limited range.

Why Apple may go its own way with wireless charging

By Lucas Mearian | 14 March, 2015 05:09

When the iPhone 5 was launched in 2012, I wrote an analysis about what it hadĀ and what it lacked; most notably, it didn't support wireless charging.

Why is Apple avoiding wireless charging?

By Lucas Mearian | 13 March, 2015 00:26

First, the iPhone 6 arrived last year without it. Now, comes the Apple Watch. Same story. Wireless charging seems to be something Apple's going to wait on even as major mobile manufacturers adopt it.

New solar installs beat wind and coal two years in a row

By Lucas Mearian | 12 March, 2015 00:05

New installations of solar power capacity surpassed those of wind and coal for the second year in a row last year, accounting for 32% of all new electrical capacity, according to a reportĀ released today from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Lawsuit seeks damages against automakers and their hackable cars

By Lucas Mearian | 11 March, 2015 07:24

A Dallas law firm has filed a lawsuit against three major automakers claiming they have failed to take basic measures to secure their vehicles from hackers.

Lawsuit seeks damages against automakers and their hackable cars

By Lucas Mearian | 11 March, 2015 06:30

A Dallas law firm has filed a lawsuit against three major automakers claiming they have failed to take basic measures to secure their vehicles from hackers.

Within 15 years, solar will be a dominant energy source

By Lucas Mearian | 10 March, 2015 07:44

Solar electricity is expected to become competitive with other forms of electricity in an increasing number of markets globally due to declining solar panel and installation costs, according to a new report.

Self-driving cars could save $190B a year in damages and health costs

By Lucas Mearian | 06 March, 2015 08:03

Each year, roadway crashes account for $212 billion in damages, including deaths, non-fatal but disabling injuries, hospitalizations and property damage.

First U.S. offshore wind farm moves ahead with $290M in financing

By Lucas Mearian | 04 March, 2015 04:57

What is likely to become the nation's first offshore wind farm has closed on more than $290 million in financing, which will allow a five-turbine demo of the renewable energy system to be completed.

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