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Ford-controlled company acquires laser detection firm

Ford Motor Co.’s autonomous car software and robotics subsidiary has purchased a laser detection company. The move by Ford-controlled Argo AI is another example of automakers and tech companies assembling pieces to develop self-driving vehicles in-house. Ford announced Friday that Pittsburgh-based Argo had purchased Princeton Lightwave of New Jersey for …

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Motorcyclist killed in Ceres crash identified

The motorcyclist killed in a crash on northbound Highway 99 in Ceres on Thursday afternoon has been identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office as Denver Carlson, 34, of Modesto. Early findings in the California Highway Patrol investigation of the 5 p.m. crash near the Hatch Road off ramp are …

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Challenges remain for Musk’s hyperloop in Maryland

Elon Musk’s East Coast “hyperloop” project still faces technological and regulatory hurdles as Gov. Larry Hogan announced Maryland’s support for construction of the project last week. Maryland may have jumped the gun a bit, as a day after the Oct. 19 announcement, Musk tweeted a clarification: “Not ready to do …

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