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March 20, 2019

Self-driving shuttle cars will soon make their Big Apple debut.

The Boston-based startup Optimus Ride will deploy its first New York fleet within the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the second quarter of 2019, reports The Verge. The vehicles will run in closed loops around the yard and will primarily be used by over 8,000 yard workers. Optimus Ride will also be deploying vehicles in a retirement community in Northern California.

Optimus Ride's venture into the New York market marks the "first commercial self-driving vehicle deployment in the state of New York," according to the company. New York's autonomous vehicle market is still relatively untapped due to stricter regulations on vehicles, like the requirement of a police escort paid for by the operating company, reports The Verge.

Plans for self-driving vehicles to hit Manhattan's streets were previously announced by General Motors, but they never came to fruition.

Optimus Ride's newly-announced deployments in New York and California will be the company's third and fourth fleets, following services in Boston and Reston, Virginia. Marianne Dodson

April 25, 2016

If somehow the Secret Service, local law enforcement, and Donald Trump's own security detail fail to protect him, the Republican presidential frontrunner has a biker gang to back him up. Ever since Trump was forced to cancel a rally in Chicago because of protesters, a group of 30,000 motorcyclists called Bikers for Trump has been patrolling his campaign events to help out law enforcement, Politico reports.

The group, which initially formed to hold independent rallies for Trump, is now appearing at Trump events across the country under the leadership of Chris Cox, a former advance man for former Vice President Dan Quayle. Though the group is doing this of their own accord, Politico reports that Trump's campaign isn't exactly hindering their efforts. Earlier this month, the bikers showed up in Albany to form a "protective barrier" between Trump supporters and Trump protesters. Just last week, the men showed up at a rally inside the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex where Politico reports they were "assuming functions typically reserved for paid security and police — patrolling the dirt floor of the arena, snatching and tearing protesters' signs, and following close behind law enforcement officials as they dragged protesters from the arena, ready to lend a hand."

Next up, the bikers plan to head to Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and California — and then on to the convention in Cleveland. "We're not here to make headlines," Cox told Politico, "we're here to prevent them."

Read the full scoop on Bikers for Trump and the potential trouble vigilante groups could spell for Trump's campaign over at Politico. Becca Stanek

September 26, 2015

Federal regulators plan to test diesel-engine cars more rigorously in light of Volkswagen's emissions scandal, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday in a letter to automakers, The New York Times reports.

"We must continue to improve and adapt our oversight, and we will," said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation.

The EPA is keeping details of the new tests confidential in an effort to thwart carmakers who try to evade the emissions standards with "defeat devices," like Volkswagen used, The Washington Post reports.

Volkswagen admitted Tuesday to circumventing emissions standards in 11 million vehicles, including nearly 500,000 sold in the U.S., which released up to 40 times as much nitrogen oxide as the U.S. standard allows. The company is under criminal investigation. Julie Kliegman

February 5, 2015

As if things aren't already going pretty well if you're lining up for the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, Adidas just sweetened the deal.

There is, of course, a catch to this offer, ESPN notes. For the players to be eligible to win one of the three Porsche 911 Carreras, they also have to sign with the company before starting their sprint. And, if they win, they have to drive around in a car that has a growling cheetah on the side, so there's also that.

On your mark, players. Sarah Eberspacher

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