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California has approved the biggest innovation in license plate technology since science figured out how to trap wild letters and numerals onto a plate of metal: the electronic license plate. The state claims they could save up to $20 million per year on postage, but there’s some pretty huge questions about that, as…
Our emissions standards are probably the biggest booster to automotive performance in the past half century, making our cars not only more eco-friendly but more powerful, too. Trump has been trying to cut it all down, but now California and 16 other states suing to stop him.
Bad news for everyone driving a green energy car in Los Angeles County: you’re about to have to follow the same rules of the road as everyone else. (Update: Actually no, just some of the same rules now.)
California and the U.S. government are barreling toward a legal battle, after reports emerged that President Donald Trump’s administration will propose revoking the state’s ability to set its own standards for car emissions and fuel economy. Fuel economy targets would also reportedly be frozen until 2026, under the…
Tesla contract workers aren’t receiving legally required overtime pay or mandated work breaks, according to a new lawsuit filed in California state court. The employees faced “pressure” from a temp agency that hires workers at Tesla’s California factory to take a debit card to accept their compensation, rather than a…
While most of us almost compulsively check our fitness trackers every morning before work to see just how poorly we slept, a California couple said they didn’t even wake up when a Honda Civic catapulted into their house early on Tuesday morning. They even said they left their house that day without noticing it.
Every day, automakers and tech companies test self-driving cars on California roadways. Starting in April, remote-controlled autonomous cars could join them on public streets, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Around 2:18 a.m. on Sunday, California Highway Patrol said they got reports of some sideshows happening in Oakland. Among the things included? Scores of cars, fireworks, and a green laser, which eventually got someone arrested.
Yesterday, we brought you the story of how a drugged driver sent a Nissan Altima through the wall of a dentist’s office, which normally would not be remarkable except that the dentist’s office was on the second floor. Now, new video has emerged showing that the Altima practically jumped a bus.
After being scheduled to close next month to be bulldozed and turned into a mall, California’s Irwindale Speedway isn’t done for after all. Posts on social media said the speedway announced it Thursday night, and a spokesperson from the track confirmed to Jalopnik on Friday that Irwindale will stay open.
Thousands of homes have been destroyed and dozens of lives lost in the wildfires of Santa Rosa, California. Thankfully, heroes like Dr. Scott Witt have the courage to risk their safety and help those in need.
Last week, as wildfires raged in Santa Rosa, California, fire trucks from across the state were called to assist. This video captured by a truck from Berkeley—an hour away from Santa Rosa—is as harrowing as any since the fire began consuming 220,000 acres and claiming at least 40 lives.
As the California wildfire continues to spread, rescue workers and emergency services have to push themselves through unbelievably dangerous conditions, as evidenced by a video released by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office sourced from a cruiser racing through the raging fire.