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Hertz and Clear promise new solution to car rental counter hell
Colin Bertram |

Hertz and Clear announced the debut of Hertz Fast Lane Powered by Clear, a service that uses biometrics to speed members through the rental car process.

BMW names new head of autonomous driving development
Reuters |

Alejandro Vukotich will replace Elmar Frickenstein, who has been in charge of the department since it was created in May 2016 and who will retire after a three-month handover phase in March.

Ford goes back to the future in Detroit's Corktown
Chad Livengood Annalise Frank |

Ford has taken a giant leap into an enormous project to remake where employees think, design and create the vehicles of the future in a Detroit campus that is four years away from becoming reality.

Uber said to file confidentially for IPO on Lyft's heels
Eric Newcomer |

Like Lyft, Uber last week submitted its IPO filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

As Calif. AV population doubles, so do crashes
Pete Bigelow | @PeterCBigelow |

With three weeks left in 2018, California already has had a record year for the number of manufacturers permitted to test autonomous vehicles, the number of those vehicles permitted on the road and the number of crashes...

Lyft files confidentially for U.S. public stock offering
Eric Newcomer |

Lyft filed confidentially for an initial public offering of stock, pulling out ahead of Uber Technologies in the race among ride-hailing companies to go public.

Waymo's first commercial self-driving service launched in Phoenix
Pete Bigelow | @PeterCBigelow |

Google's autonomous driving affiliate Waymo began offering commercial service with its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivans. The service is called Waymo One.

First Shift: Ford plans announcement on jobs
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Ford plans announcement on jobs; Bill Ford's take on VW; Waymo launches paid AV rides; NYC sets Uber, Lyft minimum wage; A Mustang with power - and printed parts; Volvo honor.

White House wants to end EV subsidies, Trump aide says
Ryan Beene and Shannon Pettypiece |

President Donald Trump's top economic adviser said the White House wants to end subsidies for electric vehicle purchases, without saying how it would eliminate the incentives that were created by Congress.

U.S. lawmakers make final push to win approval of self-driving car bill
David Shepardson |

Key U.S. senators are making a last-ditch effort to win approval of a bill to speed the use of self-driving cars without human controls, but face an uphill battle on Capitol Hill.

Audi will invest nearly $16 billion in e-mobility, self-driving cars
Douglas Busvine |

"This planning round bears a clear signature: We are taking a very systematic approach to electric mobility and will be much more focused in future," Audi's interim CEO, Bram Schot, said.

Tesla on Autopilot drove 7 miles with sleeping drunken driver, police say
Jay Ramey |

The California Highway Patrol had some trouble pulling over a Tesla Model S after the driver was determined to be asleep behind the wheel while the vehicle operated on Autopilot.

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