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February 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Attention electric vehicles: 2014 will be good to you. That's the prediction from IHS Automotive, which said Tuesday it expects global production of EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs) to rise 67% this year. That compares with just a 3.6% increase in the production of all vehicles globally. Several key factors account for the expected increase in electric vehicles. “European emissions standards are tightening in the second half of this year,” Ben Scott, an analyst for IHS Automotive, said in a statement.
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AUTOS
February 3, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
The Department of Transportation will push the development of a short-range radio system aimed at stopping crashes by allowing cars to exchange basic facts about speed and direction to other vehicles as fast at 10 times a second. Called vehicle-to-vehicle communications, such a system would give vehicles the ability to warn drivers of potential dangers as far as 300 yards away.  The technology could be linked to safety systems already in some vehicles that automatically trigger the brakes or make steering adjustments to stop collisions.  “This is just the beginning of a revolution in roadway safety,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Cars of the future will know when they're about to get hit - and how to speak up about it. U.S. auto safety regulators on Monday took the first steps toward mandating that automakers build cars that talk to one another. They would speak in short-range radio signals, trading messages that would prevent accidents on a broad scale, according to the Transportation Department. The most advanced cars today can already spot trouble ahead. They use sensors to detect cars or fixed objects ahead, and alert drivers - or, in some cases, even slam on the brakes.
NATIONAL
January 30, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro and David Zucchino
ATLANTA - As Georgia nursed a hangover from a freak winter storm, Gov. Nathan Deal took responsibility Thursday for poor preparation that led to massive gridlock in and around Atlanta, forcing drivers to sleep in their cars overnight or abandon the vehicles along slick, snow-covered roads. Most schools and offices across the area remained closed because of icy roads. Uniformed state and local police escorted motorists back to hundreds of abandoned vehicles along the interstate system.
NATIONAL
January 30, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
Troopers and police in Atlanta on Thursday were escorting motorists back to hundreds of vehicles that were abandoned along the region's interstate system after a rare winter storm paralyzed the city in a freezing traffic gridlock that still has residents in recovery.   Across town, it was a case of “Dude, where's my car?” Officials warned that it was not yet completely safe to head back out onto the roads: subfreezing overnight temperatures dipped into the teens, leaving ice-covered roads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The California Highway Patrol is searching for a big-rig driver who fled on foot after being involved in a fatal multi-vehicle crash in Fontana early Thursday. The accident was reported about 2:11 a.m. at Etiwanda and San Bernardino avenues, just north of the 10 Freeway, KTLA reported. A CHP dispatcher for the Inland Empire Traffic Management Center did not immediately have details on the crash. But at the scene, CHP Sgt. Eric Lee told news reporters that the big rig was traveling north on Etiwanda, ran a red light and collided with two vehicles that were traveling west on San Bernardino.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A teenage passenger who was killed in the July crash landing of an Asiana Airlines jetliner was already dead when she was struck by two rescue vehicles, a report released by San Francisco airport and fire officials claims. Ye Meng Yuan - a 16-year-old Chinese high school student - was not wearing her seat belt, and her death was caused by the trauma of being ejected from the plane, according to the report submitted to the National Transportation Safety Board and made public this week.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | Ronald D. White
Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the Seal Beach company that builds and operates natural-gas filling stations for some of the nation's biggest bus and truck fleets, is banking on corporate customers to buy more clean-energy vehicles this year. Executives hope that a growing fleet will boost sales of natural gas and propel Clean Energy to its first annual profit since its 1997 founding by Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens, the onetime oil baron and corporate raider, and the company's chief executive, Andrew Littlefair.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan and David Zahniser
A pedestrian in her 60s was hospitalized Tuesday after being struck by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's vehicle in downtown Los Angeles, according to the mayor's office. Garcetti was in the car, speaking on the phone, when the accident occurred, according to a written statement released by his office. He did not see what happened, the statement said. "I'm very concerned about her and wish her a speedy recovery,” Garcetti said. "I look forward to speaking with her soon. " The police vehicle in which Garcetti was riding was heading east on Second Street near Spring Street, on the way to City Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan and David Zahniser
A 60-year-old woman was hospitalized Tuesday after being struck by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's vehicle in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said. Garcetti, a passenger, was talking on the phone with a reporter from the Economist when the accident occurred and did not see what happened, according to the mayor's office. The black sport utility vehicle, driven by a police officer, hit the woman just outside the Los Angeles Times building at 2nd and Spring streets. The accident was captured by a Times security camera.
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