While other automakers are working on a gradual progression toward more automation in cars, Google has its eyes on a fully automated self-driving car. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Google Makes The Case For A Hands-Off Approach To Self-Driving Cars
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More Americans across all ages are opting not to drive. Endai Huedl/Getty Images/fStop hide caption

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Like Millennials, More Older Americans Steering Away From Driving
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The Buick Envision, built in China, was on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It will soon go on sale in the U.S. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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With Growing Investments, China's Influence In Autos Is Expanding
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"By the middle of the next decade, the cars and trucks we buy will go twice as far on a gallon of gas," Obama promised in 2013. "That means you'll have to fill up half as often; we'll all reduce carbon pollution." Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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Is Obama's Hope For Better Fuel Economy Sputtering Out?
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The fleet of U.S. vehicles has kept its fuel efficiency at a record high, the EPA says. Here, an electric BMW i3 is seen in Miami. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images hide caption

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There was a lot of excitement in 2012, when the Hiriko car was unveiled at this event at European Union headquarters in Brussels. At the time, the then-president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, hailed the car as a trans-Atlantic "exchange between the world of science and the world of business." Zhou Lei/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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How A Folding Electric Vehicle Went From Car Of The Future To 'Obsolete'
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Vacationers lie on the beach, as well as their vehicle, as they sunbathe in Daytona during spring break. Only 17 miles of beach are currently open for car use and that number may soon be reduced. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Who 'Owns' The Beach? In Daytona, Cars, Turtles And Hotels Duke It Out
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A classic Lincoln Continental convertible is seen in Washington, D.C., in June. Sonari Glinton/NPR hide caption

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Sales Of Convertibles Are Decelerating; Blame The (Fuel) Economy
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Hackers say they took control of a Tesla Model S through the car's computers. Tesla Motors says it is updating its systems with a patch to fix the vulnerability. Tesla Motors hide caption

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Tesla Model S Can Be Hacked, And Fixed (Which Is The Real News)
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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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Would You Buy A Used Car From A Man Named Beer Horse?
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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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Being A Loyal Auto Insurance Customer Can Cost You
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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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Auto Loan Surge Fuels Fears Of Another Subprime Crisis
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