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Daily News: Tuesday 1/30/18

McLaren

McLaren 720S Customized by McLaren Special Operations Sells for Charity

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McLaren likes to tout the fact that they can build customers anything through their McLaren Special Operations program, otherwise known as MSO. To demonstrate this while simultaneously benefiting a charity, MSO has participated at the previous two Naples Winter Wine Festival (NWWF), auctioning off an MSO creation to benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF).

This year, the company created a one-of-a-kind McLaren 720S for the charity and festival. Enhancements are mostly visual, with Narello Red exterior paint, Saddle Brown leather interior with Narello Red stitching, and a grape motif throughout the cabin. At auction, the car finally sold for $650,000.

This is the second year that McLaren and MSO have participated in the Naples-based event, raising a total of $1,130,000 for children. Look for them at next years Naples Winter Wine Festival.

 FCA Delivering Thousands of Self-Driving Mini-Vans to Waymo Self-Driving Service

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Waymo’s multi-year partnership seems to be bearing results in the world of autonomous ride hailing services. FCA and Waymo’s jointly-developed autonomous Chrysler Pacifica Minivan has slowly been trickling into the testing phases of autonomous ride hailing, with 100 of the vehicles delivered in 2016 and a further 500 in 2017.

Now, testing seems to be moving into the public ‘Beta’ phase, with FCA delivering thousands more of their Pacifica Autono-Vans to Waymo. The company plans on launching their ridesharing service as a pilot program in Phoenix, beginning this year, with expansion into further markets as technology and legal situations allow.

Who knows, this year you may hop in a taxi, Uber, or Lyft and not have a driver to contend with. Neat.

Stephen Hyden View All

I recently recieved a degree in History from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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