FAST ‘N’ CURIOUS

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AIRBAG DEFLATION

Takata, maker of mil­lions of po­ten­tially lethal de­fec­tive airbags, has filed for bank­ruptcy amid mount­ing claims for dam­ages from car mak­ers. Its airbags can spray shrap­nel when ac­ti­vated and have been linked to at least 16 deaths world­wide. More than 1.4 mil­lion airbags have been re­called in Aus­tralia.

A RAW DEAL

GM says sell­ing Opel will cost it more than orig­i­nally thought. The lat­est es­ti­mates is that it will take $7.24bn to off­load its strug­gling Ger­man off­shoot to France’s PSA Group. Much of the cost is tied up with pen­sion li­a­bil­i­ties.

LOOK NO HANDS

Jaguar Land Rover has tri­alled an au­ton­o­mous Range Rover Sport that reaches a des­ti­na­tion with­out hu­man in­put. Its spe­cial prov­ing ground in the UK has round­abouts, traf­fic lights and T-junc­tions. It plans tests on real roads — closed to the pub­lic — later this year and full open road tri­als next year.

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