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Forget CarPlay: Here’s NVIDIA’s plan to power your next car

Forget CarPlay: Here’s NVIDIA’s plan to power your next car

NVIDIA is no stranger to car dashboards, with the company’s Tegra chips already powering Tesla’s Model S infotainment and the system found in the new Audi A3, but the company has even bigger ambitions for Tegra K1. The chip company brought its Automotive team along to GTC 2014 this past week to show off the heavily-customized Jeep its been working on as a showcase for its vision of the future of mobility tech, and we grabbed some time at the helm to see how it works.

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Volkswagen Group working on new petrol engine for efficiency

Volkswagen Group working on new petrol engine for efficiency

At the rate fuel prices are going up, and the fact that our resources are limited, the only alternative left for us is to improvise our current technology for optimize fuel efficiency. The Volkswagen Group is doing just that. They are working on a tech that impacts the variable compression ratios that will boost its petrol engine efficiency.

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Audi self-driving car brings NVIDIA Tegra K1 front and center

Audi self-driving car brings NVIDIA Tegra K1 front and center

NVIDIA has brought the power of CUDA to mobile, further detailing how the NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC will be brought to Audi to prove its name as the future of mobile processing - inside and outside of cars. In the NVIDIA Tegra K1 you've got processing power enough to roll with self-driving cars like the one Audi has driven out this week in addition to the versatility needed to land in tablets and other odd smart devices down the line. Just like the NVIDIA Tegra 4, K1 is ready for action far above the system-on-chip architecture of the past.

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2015 Audi A3 First Drive

2015 Audi A3 First Drive

No chances are being taken with the 2015 Audi A3. While the outgoing model never quite achieved the same cachet in the US as it did in Europe in five-door hatchback form, the new car targets the US from the outset with an A3 Sedan leading the charge. Starting just under $29,900 but promising Teutonic refinement - and a typically lengthy options list, including what may be the best infotainment system we’ve used so far - the A3 aims to follow in the footsteps of its well-received bigger siblings, not to mention return fire against other recent entrants in the premium C-segment niche. Read on for our first drive report.

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2015 Audi A3 baked-in AT&T LTE detailed for smart dashboard

2015 Audi A3 baked-in AT&T LTE detailed for smart dashboard

Audi and AT&T have confirmed pricing for the integrated 4G LTE connection in the 2015 A3, offering both 6-month and 30-month standalone subscriptions, in addition to plans to include the new sedan in Mobile Share later this year. The car, which will be officially launched this month, will come with six months of LTE service for Audi Connect in the US when new, after which data access will be priced from $99.

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Audi TT 3rd-gen teased with retro details

Audi TT 3rd-gen teased with retro details

Audi has begun teasing the new TT coupe ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the third-generation of the car, and one which promises some of the sharper design of the original. Previewed by a series of design sketches, the new Audi TT will also feature styling cues from the R8 supercar, such as moving the company's logo from the grille to the hood, while Matrix LED lights will be an option.

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Audi Sport Quattro concept production likely plus R8 e-tron reprieve

Audi Sport Quattro concept production likely plus R8 e-tron reprieve

Audi may give its eye-catching Sport Quattro concept the green light to hit production, the company's chief engineer has teased, though the show car's 700HP V8 hybrid engine is unlikely to make it to forecourts. The slope-backed all-wheel-drive concept was first shown off at the Frankfurt auto show last year, as well as at CES 2014 in January, with Audi describing any production potential likely seeing the Sport Quattro positioned as a "boutique" model with a price tag in the region of $160k+; now, though, there's chatter of an altogether more realistic positioning for the car.

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Dashboard Wars: Are iOS and Android Infotainment Cuckoos?

Dashboard Wars: Are iOS and Android Infotainment Cuckoos?

Forget phones and tablets, the next big thing in mobility really can move. Audi, so the latest rumors claim, is readying an announcement that it will put Android on future car dashboards, supposedly set to unveil a plan for NVIDIA-powered infotainment systems alongside Google at CES 2014 next week. The deal is said to be a strike back against Apple's play for the car industry; yet, not every car manufacturer is so keen to throw in with the mobile heavyweights. Soon, the battle lines will be drawn: do you embrace smartphone platforms on your dashboard, or stand against them?

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