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Hitchhiking Robot Beaten and Left for Dead, US Trip Ends

Aug 5
A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the U.S.

Police Pose as Homeless to Nab Distracted Drivers

Aug 5
Despite all the warnings and tragedies, an average of 660,000 drivers are distracted behind the wheel, busy with cell phones or other electronics. Police in one California city are taking an unusual approach to stop the potentially deadly habit.

Tesla Offers 1st Incentive in Owner Referral Program

Aug 4
Electric car maker Telsa Motors Inc. is offering its first incentive, $1,000 to new-car buyers who are referred by current Tesla owners.

Congress Passes 3-Month Highway, Transit Aid Patch

By Joan Lowy | Aug 3
Congress sent President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds.

Ford F-150 Gets Mixed Crash Test Results

Aug 1
Ford's aluminum-sided F-150 pickup saw mixed results in new crash tests.

Safety Issues: New Ford F-150 Gets Mixed Reviews

Jul 31
The Super Cab version of the Ford F-150 performed poorly in crash tests.

What's in the 6-Year Senate Transportation Bill

By Joan Lowy | Jul 30
The Senate is moving toward the likely passage this week of a sweeping, six-year transportation bill, but the House is putting off consideration of the measure until this fall.

US Agency Denies Request for Fiat Chrysler Investigation

By Tom Krisher | Jul 30
U.S. auto safety regulators have rejected a request from an advocacy group to investigate power system failures in almost 5 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles that potentially could cause stalling and other problems.

Fiat Chrysler Settlement with Gov't Could Prove Costly

By Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin | Jul 29
Fiat Chrysler could be required to lay out hundreds of millions of dollars to get potentially defective Ram pickups and older Jeeps off the road under a deal with safety regulators to settle claims that the automaker mishandled nearly two dozen recalls.

Vettel Wins Action-Packed Hungarian GP Ahead of Red Bulls

By Jerome Pugmire | Jul 29
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel won an action-packed Hungarian Grand Prix for the first time on Sunday, while Nico Rosberg saw his chance to catch Lewis Hamilton in the title race disappear with a puncture near the end.

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