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Inside Automotive (Dec 4th, 2017)

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California’s Department of Motor Vehicles has rejected proposed legislation that would have limited liability for self-driving car manufacturers. The state had been considering a recommendation from GM that would have shielded automakers from liability if a self-driving car involved in an accident was not maintained according to manufacturer specifications. After a review of comments, regulators have changed the plan. The DMV is taking comments on the latest changes until December 15, with final regulations expected to be enacted early next year. — AP 

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An analysis of The Boring Company’s tunnel in Los Angeles shows it passing by SpaceX headquarters to CEO Elon Musk’s home. The proposed project would run 20 miles north of the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, which would travel past Musk’s collection of homes in the community of Bel Air. This would also follow the path of one of the busiest stretches of the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, which Musk has been frustrated with in the past. In 2013, Musk offered to personally finance a portion of repairs along that highway. — FAST COMPANY

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Volkswagen has plans to build electric cars in the United States by 2023. The automaker said it hasn’t made a final decision on where the cars will be built, but that Chattanooga, Tennessee is its first choice. The city is currently home to the company’s only U.S. plant. The automaker recently approved plans to invest some $41 billion over the next five years into electric and autonomous mobility solutions. — FORTUNE 

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Velodyne announced its developed a new 128-channel LiDAR sensor, the VLS-128. The sensor would be one of the longest range, highest-resolution sensors on the market. LiDAR sensors are used in most autonomous cars and provide real-time 3D mapping and object detection in autonomous driving systems. Velodyne says the new model has ten times the resolving power of the HDL-64, the company’s previous benchmark model, but is one-third lighter. The VLS-128 will ship by the end of the year. — NEW ATLAS

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Subaru will spend $140 million to expand SUV production at its factory in Indiana. The automaker expects 200 new jobs to be created from the additional investment. Subaru’s new three-row SUV, the Ascent, is scheduled for release in mid-2018. Most of the added capacity at the factory will go producing the new SUV. Subaru now has about 5,600 workers at the company’s Indiana plant, where the Impreza, Outback and Legacy are being produced for the U.S. market. In total, about 400,000 vehicles are projected to be produced in the plant, which would put it in-line with production targets of companies like Tesla. — LAT

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