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Enlarge / Elon Musk speaking to a crowd in Los Angeles On Thursday evening in Los Angeles, Tesla, SpaceX, and Boring Company CEO Elon Musk laid out plans for The Boring Company to start building longer tunnels under the city. The first step? A 2.7 mile north-south test tunnel parallel to one of the city’s …

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Enlarge / Tesla CEO Elon Musk in 2014. Tesla executive Matthew Schwall has left the company for rival Waymo, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. According to his LinkedIn page, Schwall has been at Tesla since 2014 and serves as “Tesla’s primary technical contact with safety regulatory agencies such as NHTSA and the NTSB.” …

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Formula 1’s subscription streaming service is now operational. It comes in two tiers, and these are the prices if you live in the US. But day one didn’t go smoothly. The stream was constantly dropping and buffering. When it was working, the picture quality was pretty good. Like everyone else I think the Halo device …

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Enlarge / The Toyota TS050 hybrid driven by Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland, Kazuki Nakajima of Japan, and Fernando Alonso of Spain competes during the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps Race at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on May 5, 2018 in Spa, Belgium. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images The World Endurance Championship is trying something new. As it transitions …

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Enlarge / Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks onstage at Elon Musk Answers Your Questions! during SXSW at ACL Live on March 11, 2018 in Austin, Texas. On April 11, Robert Sumwalt, the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, called Tesla CEO Elon Musk to tell him that the federal agency was taking the unusual …

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Enlarge / Aarhus, Denmark – September 14, 2016: Tesla car dealer entrance Since Tesla’s Model 3 production began in July 2017, the company’s quarterly financial results have been very alike. Has Tesla produced the number of cars it said it would last quarter? (No.) Is Tesla burning through a whole lotta cash? (Yes.) Is Tesla …

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The 2018 Hyundai Kona. These are press shots from the media drive in Hawaii, but we borrowed ours from the Chicago-region press fleet. Hyundai The Kona’s cabin features leather seats in Limited and Ultimate spec. Hyundai The 1.6L turbocharged GDI engine comes in either Limited or Ultimate trims. Hyundai A 2018 Kona SEL. This loses …

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Language is imprecise and fungible. One person’s SUV is another person’s crossover. One company’s mid-size crossover is another company’s full-size SUV. In other words, marketing materials and commercials don’t tell the whole story when it comes to the most popular car segment in the US. I recently spent a week behind the wheel of a …

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Tesla Factory in Fremont, California, 2016. Production had been halted for much of last week in Tesla’s car factory in Fremont, California, and its battery factory near Clark, Nevada. In a Tuesday note to employees, CEO Elon Musk said that the pause was necessary to lay the groundwork for higher production levels in the coming …

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Enlarge / Velodyne’s lidars aren’t the only game in town any more. Velodyne David Hall invented modern three-dimensional lidar more than a decade ago for use in the DARPA Grand Challenge competitions. His company, Velodyne, has dominated the market for self-driving car lidar ever since. Last year, Velodyne opened a factory that it said had …

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