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Michigan's Public Service Commission will hold a conference to receive additional input on developing regulatory policy for plug-in electric vehicle programs in the state.

The conference is scheduled Feb. 20 at the commission's Lansing office and will include a technical discussion focusing on utility electric vehicle charging pilot programs and assessing program impacts on infrastructure, utility rates and the electrical grid.

The North American International Auto Show kicks off this week, we discuss the details with our guest Hugh Milne.

Chinese automaker GAC Motor says it's on track to enter the U.S. market in the fourth quarter of next year. Company officials made the statement Monday as they introduced two models at the Detroit auto show that likely will come to the U.S. At a packed press conference, GAC showed off a gull-wing compact electric SUV called the Enverge, which is still in the concept phase.

Fiat Chrysler is recalling approximately 1 million trucks in North America due to a software glitch that could prevent side air bags and seatbelts from deploying during a rollover. The company's U.S. division said Friday that it is aware of one death, two injuries and two accidents that may be related to the problem. 

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If you hurt yourself while pulling stuff from your parked car, should your insurance company be on the hook for the injuries?

The Michigan Supreme Court is opening a new term with arguments in that case and many others, including alleged misconduct by an Ann Arbor-area judge who could lose his job.

In 2012, truck driver Daniel Kemp tore a calf muscle while unloading items, just 30 seconds after parking at home.

He sought payments under his no-fault policy but Farm Bureau Insurance said no.

Two courts so far have ruled against Kemp.

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Tesla has sued Gov. Rick Snyder and other state officials, challenging a 2014 law that ensures automakers can only sell through franchised dealerships.

The federal lawsuit filed Thursday seeks a declaratory judgment that the "anti-Tesla" law is unconstitutional and an injunction to prevent its enforcement.

Michigan last week denied Tesla's application for a license to sell directly to consumers in Michigan, citing the law that's backed by big auto companies and their dealerships.

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Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. will soon open an office in Detroit.

Uber's vice president of global vehicle programs, Sherif Marakby, announced the facility at an engineering conference Monday in suburban Detroit.

The office will help Uber collaborate with automakers and suppliers based in the area.

The San Francisco-based company wouldn't confirm where the facility will be located or how many people will work there.

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A co-founder of the Lyft ride-hailing service predicts that self-driving cars will handle a majority of his company's rides within five years.

Lyft President John Zimmer also says personal car ownership will come to an end as the cost of autonomous rides falls.

He made the predictions Sunday in an essay on the future of transportation in urban areas.

Companies are moving quickly toward autonomous cars. Lyft is testing self-driving vehicles in San Francisco and Phoenix in partnership with General Motors.

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Mazda is recalling more than 759,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. and Canada because the rear hatches can fall on people and injure them.

The recall covers certain 2010 through 2013 Mazda 3 compact cars, as well as 2012 through 2015 Mazda 5 vans.

Also included are certain 2013 to 2016 CX-5 and 2016 CX-3 SUVs.

Mazda says the corrosion protection coating applied to the hatch lift supports at the factory wasn't sufficient.

Over time, water containing road salt can get into the supports, causing them to corrode and break.

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