Chris Valasek (left) and Charlie Miller talk about hacking into vehicle computer systems during the Black Hat USA 2014 hacker conference in Las Vegas last August. Steve Marcus/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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NPR's Frank Langfitt has been offering free taxi rides around Shanghai to talk to ordinary Chinese. He drives a Camry around the city, but rented a van for a trip 500 miles outside the city earlier this year. He recently decided to buy a car, which can be a complicated process in China. Yang Zhuo for NPR hide caption

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Some auto insurance companies could be using a tactic called "price optimization" to charge loyal customers a higher premium. iStockphoto hide caption

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Auto dealers are extending loans to a growing number of people with weak credit. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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With the ability to control phone calls, texts, and audio, Apple's new CarPlay system will ensure drivers' "eyes and hands stay where they belong," the company says. CarPlay will be included in several car models this year. Apple hide caption

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Ford says it sold the most F-series trucks since 2006. Here, a 2014 F-150 goes through quality control on the assembly line at Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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The Youabian Puma has turned heads at the LA Auto Show, where attendees have been startled by its 20-foot length and unusual design. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A mechanic repairs a bike at Calmera bike shop in Madrid in September. As car sales slump across Europe, bicycle sales in Spain are outpacing cars — a trend seen across much of the Continent. Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images hide caption

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This 1958 Chevrolet Cameo pickup truck with 1.3 miles and a three-speed transmission sold for $140,000 at Saturday's auction of vehicles stockpiled for decades by car dealership owner Ray Lambrecht. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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Tesla Motors has outsold several luxury carmakers in California in 2013, on the strength of its Model S, seen here in the foreground. The Telsa Roadster is behind it. James Lipman/Telsa hide caption

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Traffic engineers face "a new conundrum" in dealing with red-light cameras such as this one in New Mexico, according to a recent study looking at how cameras are operated and the perception that they are used to generate revenue. Susan Montoya Bryan/AP hide caption

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