Offbeat Just Cool Cars: This '30 Ford Model A honors vets
Ford patents removable wheel and pedals for future autonomous cars
Lawmakers have cautiously supported automakers' experiments with self-driving vehicles, but they've been split on whether cars need a steering wheel at all times in case humans need to take over. But with more and more concepts ditching control elements (wheels, pedals, gear shifts) entirely, it's likely a matter of time before those wholly autonomous options head to consumers. In the meantime, Ford has received a patent that splits the difference: A wheel and pedals that are completely removable.
Nick Arrington, 63, an auctioneer living in Virginia, shows off his tribute car to America's victory in World War II,. The 1930 Ford Model A has artwork from the time. Video by Henry Taylor/USA TODAY.
USA TODAY's Chris Woodyard talks to Larry "Cigar Larry" McCullah about his 1928 Ford Model A /R at a car show in Huntington Beach, Calif. Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY.
Volkswagen executive pleads guilty in emissions scandal
A German Volkswagen executive pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy and fraud charges in Detroit in a scheme to cheat emission rules on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles. Oliver Schmidt is a former manager of a VW engineering office in suburban Detroit. He was arrested in January while on vacation in Miami.VW admits using software to get around emission standards. It pleaded guilty in March to defrauding the U.S. government and agreed to pay $4.3 billion in penalties, on top of billions more to buy back cars.
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