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Lyft to Develop Self-Driving Car Technology in New Silicon Valley Facility

Lyft is taking a markedly different approach from Uber. While Uber’s self-driving plans have mostly been a solo effort, Lyft has announced what it calls its Open Platform Initiative, a way to develop autonomous vehicle technology in conjunction with automakers and technology companies. “We want to bring the whole industry together with this, and we think there’s a unique opportunity in time right now for Lyft to become a leader while doing it,” said Raj Kapoor, Lyft’s chief strategy officer, in a press event at the company’s San Francisco headquarters….

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1947 Indian Chief rides off with top bid at 700-vehicle Hackenberger auction

In a sea of cars that actually included a couple of sea-worthy vehicles, a motorcycle stole the spotlight at VanDerBrink Auctions’ two-day, two-location, no-reserve auction in Norwalk, Ohio, over the weekend. The disbursement of Ron Hackenberger’s massive collection included 700 cars, trucks, vans, buses, motorcycles, scooters, tractors, bumper cars, and horse-drawn buggies. The total for cars, trucks, and motorcycles sold was $1.67 million. The overall total, including tractors, buggies, and memorabilia sold, was about $2 million. A lifelong enthusiast, Hackenberger accumulated items for decades and dreamed of opening a museum one day. His plans…

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Electric car racing has arrived

NEW YORK — The roar of the engine was replaced by a furious whirring as the future of motorsports came to Brooklyn. Formula E took over part of the waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook on Sunday, the second of two race days for the Qualcomm New York City ePrix. The Formula One-style, open-wheel cars reach speeds of 140 mph but only about 80 decibels, compared with 130 decibels for the cars with combustion engines. Instead of screaming down the straightaways the way F1 cars do, FE cars buzz like giant…

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Wheels: Paddle Shifters Move From the Fast Track to the H.O.V. Lane

The embellishments, made of plastic or metal, are now attached to steering wheels or columns of more than 200 vehicles this year, compared with fewer than 70 in 2007, according to data from Edmunds.com, an automotive research firm. From Acura to Volvo, the paddles are standard equipment in most cases, or they can be added as an option. Some Mini Coopers have paddles, and they do show up in every automatic-equipped Audi and Mercedes-Benz sold in the United States. Continue reading the main story For many carmakers, especially those that…

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Tesla Loses No. 1 Spot in Market Value Among U.S. Automakers

“The market is punishing them harshly for that,” Mr. Whiston said. It may be harder for Tesla to pass G.M. a second time. Auto sales in the United States are slowing over all, and Tesla is not yet a significant player in China, the world’s largest auto market. In the second quarter, Tesla produced more cars than it delivered to customers, causing some analysts to question whether demand for current models — the Model S sedan and the Model X, a sport-utility vehicle — is reaching a plateau. Continue reading…

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Wheels: How to Soothe Luxury-Car Buyers: Add Perks and Subtract Haggling

“Buyers won’t have to wait 45 minutes to see a finance director,” said Jim Dunn, general manager for JM Lexus of Margate, Fla., the world’s highest-volume Lexus dealer, which will offer Lexus Plus. “It’s time to put your best price up front and live with that.” Continue reading the main story At Mr. Cooper’s dealership, the program has been well received. Unit sales are up 28.6 percent in the first quarter compared with the same period last year. Fixed pricing has been tried — and abandoned — before, most notably…

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