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Another former Tesla employee is seeking permission from a judge to sue Tesla for racial harassment on behalf of over 100 affected African-American workers, according to a report from Bloomberg Technology. The complaint, Vaughn v Tesla Inc in the Superior Court of California, alleges that Tesla workers, including supervisors, regularly used derogatory and discriminatory language against black workers.

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You've probably heard by now that robots are definitely coming for your job, but what if you could become part machine while doing your job? For that, you'd need an exoskeleton, like the one above. Developed by a company called Ekso and now being tested at Ford plants, the skeletons make workers bionic, allowing them to hold things like wrenches longer and without strain.

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In the race to adopt electric vehicles, Australia is sputtering along in the slow lane. Rather than growing, Australian sales of electric cars are actually in decline. In 2016 they represented just 0.02 per cent of new car sales – even lower than in 2013.

Contrast that with Norway, the country with the highest levels of electric car adoption. Almost 30 per cent of new cars sold there in 2016 were electric.

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Joshua Brown was just one of the more than 37,000 people who died in car crashes in the US last year - but his death continues to make headlines. Brown became the first person killed by an semi-autonomous vehicle when his Tesla Model S collided with a truck while in Autopilot mode, and his crash launched a debate about the risks and rewards of allowing self-driving cars on the road.

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We are in the midst of a pretty historic moment. Leaping ahead of the competition, Waymo has announced that its self-driving cars will no longer use a human safety driver while they are tested on the roads of Phoenix. But the even bigger news is that the company is gearing up to launch the first commercial driverless taxi service. Yup, the time has come.

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"Whatever it takes to keep interesting cars on the road" is how I approach the question of whether or not it's OK to do electric conversions for older cars. Some purists hate it, and it's true it's never really the same as an internal combustion engine, but it gets the job done. And electrification has its advantages too -- namely sweet, sweet torque.

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On Saturday, the mad Swedes at Koenigsegg did something truly remarkable: in an Agera RS, a factory driver achieved an average speed of 447km/h during two runs on Nevada's Route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump. This may make the Agera RS the world's fastest street legal production car. Now you can see what those runs looked like from the driver's perspective.

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Formula One is considering a budget cap to level the playing field among its big-budget and smaller teams, and leaked details obtained by Auto Motor und Sport show exactly how they might do it. F1 wants to start testing out the cap in 2019. Notably, drivers' and top managers' salaries and marketing expenditures won't be limited by the cap.

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There were six days in the last six months when petrol prices were at their peak - and the ACCC says if we just didn't buy fuel on those peak price days we could have saved an average 2.6 cents per litre, or something like $85 million a year.

The solution? The ACCC says "use an app".

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Waymo, the self-driving car unit owned by Google's parent company Alphabet, is now about a month away from its trade secret trial against Uber, and things are starting to get a little messy. Waymo planned to argue that Uber stole nine of its trade secrets and used them in its own self-driving cars in order to cut corners and catch up to the rest of the industry. But the judge in the case just threw out one of Waymo's secrets, along with the expert witness Waymo planned to rely on for evaluating how much Uber should owe in damages.

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It's hard to tell exactly what is so entrancing about watching a non-Formula One driver in an F1 car. Maybe it's the Woah, can a person who's never driven one of these things do it well? Without wrecking? thought, or the fact that the closest most of the human population gets to this view is an online racing simulator.

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The Grand Tour's second season is hitting Amazon Prime Video in Australia on December 8, with Top Gear alumni Jeremy "Problematic" Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May doing that thing where they travel the world on Amazon dollars driving cars we couldn't even afford the steering wheel from.

Oh, and there's the trailer.

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In August, after Tesla got production underway for the Model 3 and made first deliveries of the new mass-market electric sedan to employees, CEO Elon Musk said there should "absolutely" be "zero concern" about the automaker's ability to increase production to 10,000 cars per week at some point in 2018. This week, that confidence vanished.

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Video: "Luxury is a state of mind." No, this isn't some awful Johnny Depp perfume ad -- this is a commercial for a 1996 Honda Accord EX, well maintained with two owners and 141,095 miles on the clock.