Another automaker is creating a better electric battery

General Motors revealed recently that they are developing an electric-vehicle battery that could offer ranges of up to 400 miles on one single charge. If they are successful, this battery would out-run the current leader in electric car manufacturing, Tesla Inc. The battery itself would be versatile in that it could be used in cars or trucks with front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive.

The U.S. government is making some changes to rules regarding passenger safety that could take a direct toll on autonomous vehicles. They are seeking to update standards to take into consideration vehicles that do not have traditional manual controls such as a steering wheel or brake pedals. Driverless vehicles also cannot have a passenger sitting in the traditional driver’s seat position.

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GM unveils electric battery that tops Tesla’s in range

General Motors Co. this week said it’s working on an electric-vehicle battery that could deliver up to 400 miles of range on a single charge.

That’s currently better than any battery that electric-car maker Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) makes, according to published reports and drawing from comments made recently by Tesla CEO Elon Musk about the company’s future plans. Read more

Summary: General Motors revealed recently that they are developing an electric-vehicle battery that could offer ranges of up to 400 miles on one single charge. If they are successful, this battery would out-run the current leader in electric car manufacturing, Tesla.

US revises safety rules for autonomous vehicles

The U.S. government is coming out with new regulations aimed at changing automotive passenger safety standards that could be barriers to autonomous vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it’s seeking comment on proposed updated standards to account for vehicles that don’t have manual controls such as steering wheels or brake pedals. Autonomous vehicles also may not have drivers sitting in the traditional driver’s seat. Learn more

Summary: The U.S. government is making some changes to rules regarding passenger safety that could take a direct toll on autonomous vehicles. They are seeking to update standards to take into consideration vehicles that do not have traditional manual controls.

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