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England set to trial charging tech for EVs and hybrids alongside major roadways

England set to trial charging tech for EVs and hybrids alongside major roadways

The British government is set to being trials for charging technology for hybrid and electric vehicles that may one day be placed on major A roads in the country. The trials will test the charging tech needed to allow drivers of EVs and plug-in hybrids to travel longer distances on electricity alone. The test doesn't involve charging stations placed at the side of the roads, rather the charging tech would allow batteries to be charged without the driver needing to stop.

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VW and Mazda recall 600k cars for airbags and steering issues

VW and Mazda recall 600k cars for airbags and steering issues

The last year has been one of huge recalls in the automotive industry. Many of the recalls have been due to defective airbags, in some cases that could potentially throw shrapnel into the face of the driver in the event that the airbag deploys. Mazda and VW have become the latest automotive manufacturers to recall a massive number of cars due to issues with the airbags and steering.

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Garage 101: Track Day Preparation – Tires

Garage 101: Track Day Preparation – Tires

Previously I talked a bit about what you need to do to your brakes before you take your car out to the track for your first track day. If you missed that installment, it’s the most imprint thing in getting ready to go to the track, so read it. After you get your brakes sorted out, you need to turn your attention to your tires. You don’t need fancy slicks or racing tires, any tire will do so long as they are in good shape and not showing any cords. If your tires are corded or excessively worn, don’t go to the track until you have them replaced.

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Garage 101: Track Day Preparation – Brakes

Garage 101: Track Day Preparation – Brakes

Welcome to the first installment of Garage 101 on SlashGear - Our weekend car tips & tricks for automotive techies. If you are an automotive enthusiast and want to learn to drive your car in a performance situation, a track day is where you want to go. There are small, and sometimes large and famous, road racing tracks all around the country. What you need to do is find one near you, or not so nearby (I’ve spent years trekking four hours each way to the closest track near me) and call the track to find out when the next track day will be held.

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2016 Lexus GS series gains 200t RWD model

2016 Lexus GS series gains 200t RWD model

The 2016 Lexus GS series has been unveiled at Pebble Beach and the line has a new model for 2016. That new model is the GS 200t with rear-wheel drive and a 2.0L turbo engine under the hood. That GS 200t turbo four makes 241hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy for the 200t is estimated to be 33mpg on the highway.

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Fitbit Universal Windows app for Windows 10 supports all your devices

Fitbit Universal Windows app for Windows 10 supports all your devices

One of the best things about Windows 10 is that it is designed to work on anything you have from your computer to your smartphone or tablet. That means that you can have the same app experience on each of your devices making use lots easier than having to learn a Windows program and an app for your smartphone. Fitbit has announced that its new Universal Windows App for Windows 10 is now available.

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New 10-inch HP tablet tipped by FCC and Bluetooth SIG

New 10-inch HP tablet tipped by FCC and Bluetooth SIG

Several images have turned up online that show a new HP branded tablet as it makes way through the FCC and Bluetooth Sig for the approvals needed to come to market. The tablet is called the HP 10 G2 and the name of the device tips a screen size of 10-inches. The tablet is thought to run Android as an operating system because the HP naming scheme for Windows tablets is different.

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Lexus LX 570 features All-speed Dynamic Radar

Lexus LX 570 features All-speed Dynamic Radar

Lexus has rolled out the latest version of its luxury LX 570 SUV at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California. This car show was traditionally known as the place where people owning meticulously restored and wildly expensive classic cars came to show them off. In recent years, it has become a place where automotive manufacturers come to roll out new luxury and sports models.

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BMW Concept M4 GTS is ready for the track

BMW Concept M4 GTS is ready for the track

BMW has produced some very special models of the M3 sports car in the past going all the way back to the 1988 BMW M3 Sport Evolution and ending with the BMW M3 CRT in 2011. With the M4 having been on the market for a year now, BMW has pulled the covers off a new concept car that is the first special M4 model. The car is called the BMW Concept M4 GTS.

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