BMW's autonomous concept car of the future was cool, I guess

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As I approached San Francisco International Airport, my expectations for BMW's new concept car were as big as the looming Boeing 777F Lufthansa cargo jet waiting for me. I had surrendered my cellphone and everything in my purse but my drivers license to see BMW's iNext vehicle. Its tour started in Munich a few days earlier; it came to the Bay Area after a stop at New York's JFK airport, and was scheduled to continue on to Beijing. SEE ALSO: BMW makes sure we can't escape voice assistants while driving After passing a final security check, I climbed up the rickety staircase with fellow media members and entered the cavernous aircraft. We had been told very little about what we were going to see, except it was not only the "car of the future" but the "idea of the future."


Death in West Virginia Is 21st Caused by Takata Air Bags

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A 56-year-old West Virginia man is the 21st person to die worldwide due to exploding Takata air bag inflators. Steve Mollohan was driving a 2006 Ford Ranger when he was involved in a relatively minor crash and died July 1, an attorney for his family said. Ford said it was notified of the death Dec. 22 and inspected the vehicle Dec. 27. Nineteen auto and truck makers are recalling up to 69 million inflators in the U.S. and 100 million worldwide because they can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers.


Tech billionaire Elon Musk plans hyperloop high-speed acceleration and braking test

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Elon Musk has shared a picture of his futuristic tunnel for high-speed travel and it looks awesome. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@FantasticMrNate) has the story. File photo taken in 2018 shows Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk introducing the'Do You Trust This Computer' premiere in Westwood, California. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO says his companies' upgraded hyperloop transportation pod will undergo a test soon -- with the aim of reaching half the speed of sound and then braking in less than a mile. In a late Saturday night tweet, Musk teased the latest progress update in his effort to build a tunnel capable of whisking pods of travelers between cities at speeds of up to 700 miles per hour.


Death in Louisiana Is 20th Caused by Takata Air Bags

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An unidentified person in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is the 20th to die worldwide due to exploding Takata air bag inflators. The person was driving a 2004 Honda Civic when the crash occurred on July 10, 2017, according to Honda. The inflator apparently had been salvaged from a 2002 Civic and was among the most dangerous made by the company. Nineteen auto and truck makers are recalling up to 69 million inflators in the U.S. and 100 million worldwide because they can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers.


Man whose sister killed by air bag: Never got recall notice

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HOUSTON (AP) -- The brother of a 17-year-old Texas girl who was killed last week when an exploding Takata air bag sent a shard of metal into her neck said he never received a recall notice about his 2002 Honda Civic. Faizan Hanif spoke during a news conference Thursday with investigators who said the March 31 wreck should have been a minor accident. Hanif said he never received a notice that his car might have a faulty air bag inflator, a defect that has now been blamed for 10 deaths in the U.S. Honda spokesman Matt Sloustcher said the company mailed multiple notices to owners of the vehicle, including the current registered owner. Sloustcher wouldn't say if one was sent to the Hanif family, but he noted that the Civic had a salvage title. Hanif said couldn't remember when or from whom he purchased the vehicle.