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Why 1 dealer says Goodyear should not sell tires online
Modern Tire Dealer
Charley Gowland is a longtime independent tire dealer. He has built a mini-empire in Louisiana with his 14-store Chabill's Tire Service LLC retail and commercial chain. He knows how to run a profitable business. If tire manufacturers sell tires online, he thinks that will make his business less profitable.
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Nissan recalls 640,000 more cars over unlatched hoods
USA Today
Nissan has broadened a previous recall to add 640,000 more cars in the U.S. and Canada out of fear that faulty latches could cause hoods to fly up on the road or highway. With the addition of 2013 to 2015 Altima sedans, some 1.1 million Nissan and Infiniti vehicles worldwide are now subject to the recall.
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How Tesla's new tires will soon power cars
The Science Times
Energy innovation has been the core feature of Tesla's success, and its new concept tire unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show could be a real boost to Tesla's bottom line. The new concept tires, dubbed BH03, are manufactured with a layer of thermal piezo-electric material that feeds electrical energy to the electric vehicle's car battery by converting the heat energy produced by friction between tires and road to electrical energy. Tesla has also hinted on the possible manufacturing of a snakelike charging cord that will automatically make its way to the charging slot without the need of driver to stop and manually make the connection.
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Self-driving cars could be the biggest auto safety innovation ever
Fast Company
Like so many things in life, the future of driving is automated. We've known this for some time. But as carmakers and tech companies tinker away crafting the future of autonomous transportation, we're only beginning to foresee the benefits of self-driving cars. Here's a big one: They may save your life. In fact, autonomous vehicles could reduce traffic accidents by 90 percent, according to a new report from McKinsey.
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Auto industry slows for bad weather, but stays on course
The Associated Press via ABC News
February threw snowstorms and other roadblocks at the auto industry, but U.S. sales of new cars and trucks are still poised to hit their highest level in more than a decade this year. Freezing temperatures, disruptions at West Coast ports and rising gas prices took a bite out of U.S. auto sales last month. Still, most automakers reported gains, and analysts say lost sales should be made up as the weather warms in March.
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Google motors into car insurance market in US
USA Today
Google has made it official: It’s getting into car insurance in the U.S. The tech giant announced March 5 that it’s launching a new feature called Google Compare for Auto Insurance. It’s a comparison shopping site that lets consumers compare rates from different insurance carriers.
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Fiat Chrysler recalls 703,000 vehicles to fix ignition switches
Reuters via Automotive News
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 702,578 SUVs and minivans to fix defective ignition switches that can unexpectedly turn off the engine, according to documents posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators. The recall covers Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country minivans from 2008 to 2010 model years and Dodge Journey SUVs from 2009 to 2010.
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Vehicle Safety Improvement Act introduced in House
Rubber News
Leading Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have introduced the Vehicle Safety Improvement Act, a bill that would increase penalties on auto, tire and auto parts makers that fail to recall defective products or notify the government of safety problems. "Recent recalls demonstrate that more needs to be done to keep our roads safe," said Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., ranking Democrat on the committee, upon introducing the bill Feb. 27.
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