Paving its future: Ferrari unveils wide-ranging new plans

MARANELLO, Italy (AP) — Ferrari is paving its way to future growth with a look to its roots. The company’s new CEO, Louis Camilleri, unveiled a new business plan Tuesday that includes reviving iconic models and embedding them with Formula One technology. Significantly expanding Ferrari’s electric-gasoline hybrid powertrain offering and affirming plans to introduce a utility vehicle that hews to the brand’s performance levels, Camilleri laid out his ambitions for a company he took over only in July following the death of long-time CEO and chairman Sergio Marchionne. “Our objectives…

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No way out? US, China tariffs may become the ‘new normal’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The path to peace in a trade war between the United States and China is getting harder to find as the world’s two biggest economies pile ever more taxes on each other’s products. The United States is scheduled to slap tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports Monday, adding to the more than $50 billion worth that already face U.S. import taxes. China has vowed to counterpunch with tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods. President Donald Trump is ready to up the ante, threatening to tax…

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Will flying cars take off? Japan’s government hopes so.

TOKYO (AP) — Electric drones booked through smartphones pick people up from office rooftops, shortening travel time by hours, reducing the need for parking and clearing smog from the air. This vision of the future is driving the Japanese government’s “flying car” project. Major carrier All Nippon Airways, electronics company NEC Corp. and more than a dozen other companies and academic experts hope to have a road map ready by the year’s end. “This is such a totally new sector Japan has a good chance for not falling behind,” said…

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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to use Android system in its dashboards

TOM KRISHER and KELVIN CHAN AP, 12:05 PM DETROIT (AP) — The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, one of the world’s top-selling automakers, has decided to go with Google’s Android operating system to run its dashboard information and entertainment features. The change, which won’t roll out until 2021, means that users will get Android features such as Google Maps, Waze and the hands-free Google Assistant, without having to connect a phone. They’ll also be able to download auto-specific apps, such as those that find and pay for parking spaces, from the Google Play…

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Trump backs off imposing China investment limits

President Donald Trump shifted away from a proposal to impose limits on Chinese investment in American technology companies and high-tech exports to China on Wednesday, choosing instead to call upon Congress to strengthen an existing review process. The announcement followed intense internal battles over the issue and reports of impending bans on Chinese investment that had sent financial markets into a nose dive at the beginning of the week. Instead of immediate bans on Chinese investment designed to protect sensitive U.S. technology industries, the administration said it would work with…

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Justices adopt digital-age privacy rules to track cellphones

Police generally need a warrant to look at records that reveal where cellphone users have been, the Supreme Court ruled Friday in a big victory for privacy interests in the digital age. The justices’ 5-4 decision marks a big change in how police may obtain information that phone companies collect from the ubiquitous cellphone towers that allow people to make and receive calls, and transmit data. The information has become an important tool in criminal investigations. Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by the court’s four liberals, said cellphone location information…

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Hyundai Motor, Audi join hands for fuel cell technology

Hyundai Motor Group said Wednesday it signed an agreement with Audi AG to jointly develop electronics vehicles powered by fuel cell. Under the multi-year agreement, Hyundai’s affiliates including Kia and Audi’s parent company Volkswagen AG will share components, supply chains and patent licensing. The duration of the partnership wasn’t disclosed. Hyundai, the world’s fifth-largest automaker, began to mass produce fuel cell vehicles in 2013. But in South Korea and elsewhere, wider adoption of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles has been slow largely due to a dearth of refueling stations. South Korea’s…

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Tesla sues ex-employee alleging data theft, leaks to media

A former employee hacked into computers at Tesla’s Nevada battery factory, stole confidential information and combined it with falsehoods in leaks to the media, the electric car maker alleged in a federal lawsuit. The suit was filed Wednesday, three days after CEO Elon Musk warned employees of sabotage from within the company. Martin Tripp of Sparks, Nevada, admitted to Tesla investigators that he wrote software that transferred several gigabytes of data outside the company, including dozens of photographs and a video, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday. Hacking software from…

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Revealed: Winners of the ‘Oscars of watches’

The winners of this year’s “Oscars of watchmaking” have been chosen, with a wide range of time pieces recognized for their engineering perfection and eye-catching design. An industry jury chose the world’s best watches in fifteen different categories including sports, jewellery and travel time watch, with the awards presented by the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) in Geneva earlier this month. The grand prize for the world’s best watch, the Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix, was awarded to the Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1 from Ferdinand Berthoud. This limited-edition white…

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Driverless ‘Roborace’ car makes street track debut

The autonomous “DevBot #1” took a giant leap forward in Morocco recently, making its debut on a street track at the Formula E Marrakech ePrix. The battery-powered prototype is being tested for Roborace — a proposed race series where driverless cars will compete on temporary city circuits. “It’s the first time we’ve run the Devbot in driverless mode on a Formula E track in the middle of a city street,” Roborace’s Justin Cooke told CNN. “It’s so exciting for the team who put hours and hours of work in. These…

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