VW, Ford announce alliance on autonomous vehicles

Volkswagen and Ford announced a new partnership Friday to develop self driving car technology. (July 12)

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Final VW ‘Beetle’ model rolls off Mexican production line | AFP

German auto giant Volkswagen launchs the final edition of its iconic “Beetle” car from its Mexican factory in Puebla. The bug-shaped metallic blue sedan rolls off the production line in central Mexico to rapturous applause, the last of a model first manufactured in the late 1930s. IMAGES

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Here are the top stories for Tuesday July 9th: Four bodies found in and around a home in Ohio, H. Ross Perot dies at 89, Britain’s Labour Party calls on next Prime Minister to hold new Brexit referendum, Volkswagen to stop producing icon Beetle.

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Ford, Volkswagen join forces on pickup trucks

(15 Jan 2019) Volkswagen and Ford form a global alliance to develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups together (Jan. 15)

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Why Young People Helped Elect A Far-Right Authoritarian In Brazil (HBO)

On Sunday, Brazilians elected Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency, putting an ultra-right wing authoritarian in charge of the world’s fourth-largest democracy.

His campaign was fueled by a growing movement of right-wing youth, who promoted him relentlessly on WhatsApp and other social media. They grew up under the center-left government of the Worker’s Party, which ruled Brazil from 2003 until 2016, until it effectively collapsed under the weight of economic crisis and political scandal — all of which was successfully exploited by the right.

That means they’re are also too young to remember the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil from 1964 until 1985. Supporting military rule has been the centerpiece of Bolsonaro’s three-decade career in politics, and his young supporters subscribe to his version of history.

“I was born in 1997, so I didn’t live through it,” said Juan Gabriel Rodrigues Silva, a student and activist in Nova Iguaçu, a city north of Rio de Janeiro. “But when you ask normal people who lived their lives and worked, and weren’t out doing bullshit on the streets, all those people say it was the best period of their lives.”

Brazil’s military regime, with help from the United States, made a systematic effort to exterminate the left. It tightly censored the press and the arts, and it tortured, murdered, and exiled thousands. It also helped install and manage even bloodier dictatorships in Chile, Uruguay, and elsewhere in South America. Bolsonaro’s words echo the military regime to this day: One week before the election, he delivered a speech promising a “cleansing” of the left.

“I’m afraid. It makes me very apprehensive that the population doesn’t know it’s history,” said Lucio Bellentani, an autoworker who was arrested in 1972 for belonging to a union at a Volkswagen plant in São Paulo. Bellentani was imprisoned for two years and tortured repeatedly with electric shocks and beatings.

“I think this is worse than the coup in ’64,” Bellentani said. “Why? Because they are taking power through democratic means. They’re using the system they never wanted — using the instruments we fought for — to gain power.”

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The Best Concept Cars of 2017

These are some of our favorite concept cars that we have featured throughout the year of 2017. Following is a transcript of the video.

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The “Hum Rider” has hydraulic lifts in the wheels. They push 9 feet into the air. Plenty of room to cruise over traffic.

#2

If you love touch screens, this is the car for you. This is Corning’s Connected Car prototype. Everything is a touch screen including the steering wheel.

#3

Lexus has made a car covered in LEDs. This is the 2017 Lexus LIT IS. It has 41,999 LEDs that cover the sedan in designs and colors. Its lighting can also react to people and sounds around it.

#4

Volkswagen wants to take self-driving cars to the next level. This is Sedric. The concept car has a literal friendly face. It has no pedals or steering wheel. Movement would be controlled by a digital assistant.

#5

This Toyota concept crossover is for Gen Y. Behold the Toyota FT-4X Concept. Toyota thinks millennials need a car for “casualcore” outings. Multiple storage options.

#6

This concept car has airbags on the outside. It’s called the Flesby II. LED lighting gives the car some personality. But the lights do more than make faces. They’re meant to communicate with passengers and pedestrian. The exterior airbags absorb the impact of a collision and are supposed to instantly repair any dents.

#7

This is “Deep Orange 7.” It’s a fully-functional concept. It has a very unique storage system. There is a storage area in the front where you can show off your favorite items. Think outdoor gear, yoga equipment, or gardening tools.

#8

This beautiful car is powered entirely by hydrogen. Riversimple has launched Rasa. It looks like something out of a James Bond movie. It gets 300 miles on one tank of hydrogen. The two-seater has gull-wing doors. Electric motors are hidden in the wheels.

#9

Audi’s tail light concept looks incredible. It’s called “The Swarm.” The tail light is a continuous OLED screen.

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Tokyo Motor Show puts the spotlight on electric vehicles

The Tokyo Motor Show opens for a media preview, before throwing its doors open to the public until November 5. The event will feature concept vehicles from top Japanese manufacturers, as well as fresh offerings from major European firms, such as Volkswagen, Peugeot-Citroen and Volvo.

One click of a button away: Volkswagen unveils self-driving concept car

VW envisages a future when a self-driving car is just a click of a button away. Their shared mobility concept is embodied in the self-driving ‘Cedric’ concept car, which was presented at the Geneva Motor Show.

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