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White House may relax mpg targets based on safety claims of heavier vehicles – Roadshow

The current presidential administration is weighing the safety advantages of heavier cars as part of its strategy for relaxing fuel economy standards. As it currently stands, the average fuel economy goal for 2026 is 46.6 miles per gallon. The Trump administration is weighing the possibility of dropping that to just 37.7 miles per gallon according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents obtained by Bloomberg. According to these documents, 61 percent of vehicles would have to make use of battery electric or hybrid technology to meet the Obama-era goals,…

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Renault buys 40 percent stake in French car news publisher – Roadshow

Autonomous vehicles promise a future where you can peacefully read on your morning commute, and Renault wants a say in what you’re consuming. Renault has purchased a 40 percent stake in the Challenges Group, a French publishing concern known for its coverage of the automotive industry. The goal is to provide future owners of autonomous cars with an array of editorial content. This investment goes hand-in-hand with Renault’s recent efforts to develop a functional self-driving vehicle, which is slated to hit public roads by 2021. “This project is totally in…

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Technology 

Hey Joe Lawrence, how did you get to be the COO of Porsche? – Roadshow

If you look at Joe Lawrence’s resume you’ll see an eclectic mix of automotive jobs. Car salesman? Yep. Product Training Specialist at Nissan? Yeah, that’s on there too. You’ll even find 6 Series Communications Manager as well as Director of Marketing at BMW. At the top of the page is his current job, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Porsche Cars, North America. So how does a guy from El Paso, Texas go from selling cars at a Ford dealership to being the head honcho at Porsche? It started…

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Technology 

2018 Honda Fit Release Date, Price and Specs – Roadshow

Update, Nov. 23: This first take has been updated with additional information about the vehicle. A full review is on the way, so keep your eyes peeled. Keeping up with the Joneses is a full-time job in the automotive industry. The third-generation Fit is a decent car but Honda’s seen fit to give the Fit a strong midcycle refresh in order to secure its position atop the subcompact segment. Both the front and rear fascia have been redesigned. It’s harder to tell the difference to the back, but the new…

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Top Stories World 

Angela Merkel launches talks to form ‘Jamaica’ coalition

Mrs Merkel’s conservative CDU will have to form a “Jamaica” coalition to form a new government after the Socialist Party walked away from the government. Pre-coalition talks between the three parties began today. The discussions are expected to be difficult as the parties do not typically agree on a broad range of issues. The FDP general secretary Nicola Beer said the atmosphere was “matter-of-fact and solution-oriented”. No concrete ministerial positions have been discussed as yet however tensions have already arisen surrounding the major offices of state. FDP leader Christian Lindner…

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Technology 

Hey Jim Beaver, how did you get to be the king of racing media? – Roadshow

If you follow off-road racing, rallycross or drifting, chances are you’ve heard Jim Beaver. He hosts The Down and Dirty Show, which reaches one million radio listeners, and shows up on TV hosting iconic events like the Mint 400, Red Bull Global Rallycross and the X Games. He’s well positioned to comment on the action, given his 17-year Trophy Truck off-road racing career. In addition to his hosting duties, Beaver has teamed with motocross star Jolene Van Vugt to launch the Polaris Star Car video series for 2017. Each race…

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Science 

Workplace robots have had little impact on jobs in Germany

Still room for us tooJan Woitas/Epa/REX/Shutterstock By Matt Reynolds Robots might not be stealing our jobs after all – at least, not if you’re German. An analysis of more than 20 years of labour automation in Germany found no evidence that robots caused job losses in the country as a whole. Automation has changed the kinds of work people do, but hasn’t taken jobs away permanently, says Jens Südekum at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. Although there are plenty of reports that predict future job losses caused by automation, Südekum’s study…

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Dyson — yes, that Dyson — is working on an electric car – Roadshow

James Dyson and the company that bears his name has had an interest in helping solve vehicle-related pollution issues since 1990. This year, the company has finally confirmed that it will, in fact, build an electric car to help further its goals. James Dyson announced Tuesday that his company will build a battery-electric vehicle and it should by ready by 2020. A 400-plus-person team comprising both Dyson engineers and engineers from the automotive industry is already hard at work on the car. In a statement, James Dyson said he’s committed…

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Space 

Kymeta ships first 400 flat-panel antennas, confirms talks with OneWeb

LONDON — The first 400 flat-panel antennas developed by Redmond, Washington-based Kymeta Corp. have been shipped to customers in the past months as the company predicts 2018 to be the year when the long-awaited technology starts making impacts across a range of sectors that have not used satellite links before. Speaking at the VSAT Global conference in here Sept. 20, Kymeta’s chief commercial officer Bill Marks said the company has received thousands of orders of its 70-centimeter Ku antennas and will start mass production next week on an assembly line in…

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