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Inside Automotive (Dec 6th, 2017)

Lyft’s self-driving tests are underway in Boston. The ride-hailing company is partnering with autonomous car startup nuTonomy, as part of their partnership announced earlier this year.  Some Boston Lyft passengers in the city's Seaport area will be matched with self-driving cars. All rides will be conducted in compliance with regulatory requirements and there will be a human backup driver behind the wheel. — TECHCRUNCH

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Tesla’s Chief People Officer Gabrielle Toledano has been appointed to the board of directors for mobile gaming company Glu Mobile. Toledano has a background in heading human resources departments for gaming and tech companies. She previously served on the executive team at Electronic Arts, along with serving in HR roles with Microsoft and Oracle. Toledano is a direct report to CEO Elon Musk and will continue serving in her role at Tesla after her appointment. — TESLARATI

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The Boring Company published a map outlining its potential tunnel network in Los Angeles. The effort to build an underground network of tunnels to transport vehicles has started building prototypes in Los Angeles, founder Elon Musk’s hometown and the location of Tesla’s design studio and SpaceX. The tunnels are initially planned for the west side of Los Angeles, following the route of the 405, However, there is a connection to Downtown Los Angeles through South LA, and the stops at USC, Staples Center and Dodger Stadium.The project would need a significant amount of regulatory approval if and when Boring develops the necessary technology to complete it. — BGR

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The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that Tesla can sell cars directly to consumers there. In 2015, the Missouri Auto Dealers Association sued Tesla after the Missouri Department of Revenue granted the automaker licenses to sell cars in the state. A judge then ruled that Tesla had to stop selling cars once its license expired in 2016. The company has since re-opened the stores and has been selling cars as its case made its way through the legal system. However, the appeals court ruled that the car dealers did not have the right to sue Tesla and dismissed the case. — STL PUBLIC RADIO

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BMW and Porsche are joining forces to enable faster electric car charging. The automakers are already working together, along with others like Mercedes-Benz and Ford, through the “FastCharge” consortium, which would create fast charging at 350kW. But the automakers want to further improve the project and lay ground to charge at 450kW. Charging at this rate could potentially allow long-range EVs to be fully charged in 15 minutes. — ELECTREK

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