automobile

Elio Motors raises $25M in “non-binding” crowdfunding

Elio Motors raises $25M in “non-binding” crowdfunding

Crowdfunding the production of a vehicle? Sure that's done before, but not really on Kickstarter and nowhere near the sophistication that "equity crowdfunding platform" StartEngine offers potential businesses. But that seems to be exactly what Elio Motors needed to boost the production of their three-wheeler car, now almost two years in the making. After all, they were able to gather $25 million in just a month from over 6,000 investors. But hold your horses, that doesn't mean they really got $25 million in cash, only that the sum was a "non-binding indication of interest."

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Autoliv emergency brake exerts 15,000 newtons of force to stop your car

Autoliv emergency brake exerts 15,000 newtons of force to stop your car

Back in the day, the parking brake was known as the emergency brake. I grew up thinking that if you really needed to stop, you cranked that handle up to get the car stopped. After driving for a few years, I realized that locking up the wheels is the best way to lose control of the car, which is why we have anti-lock brakes. The challenge in preventing accidents with other cars and pedestrians is not only to get the brakes activated more quickly, but also to get the brakes themselves to function better.

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2017 Audi R8 gives a glimpse of the future at Le Mans

2017 Audi R8 gives a glimpse of the future at Le Mans

Last weekend, Porsche made history when it broke Audi's five-year winning streak at the 24 hours of Le Mans, its first victory in more than a decade. But even before the race even started, Audi was also making a historic move. On the very same Le Mans circuit, it gave the green light for the first drive experience of the 2017 Audi R8. It has been barely six months since it debuted the 2016 model, but this next generation R8 hit enough of the right notes to give one pause in considering whether to wait for it next summer instead.

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Google was once $6 billion away from owning Tesla

Google was once $6 billion away from owning Tesla

In May of 2013, we reported Tesla and Google were working together on some sort of self-driving car. It may have been more than that; a new report says in 2013, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Google boss Larry Page were in talks for Google to buy Tesla for as much as $6 billion. Musk was apparently dictating terms, asking for as much as $5 billion extra to keep Teslas rolling off the line, and that he remain in-charge of his electric car empire.

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Spindle grille makes its way to the 2016 Lexus ES sedan

Spindle grille makes its way to the 2016 Lexus ES sedan

Lexus just loves is spindle grille, even if many absolutely hate it. It is staying steadfast in its decision to keep the design alive indefinitely. But it's doing more than keeping it alive. It's also spreading it further. Now the controversial grille design is making its way to the car maker's midsize sedan, starting with the 2016 Lexus ES. But while that particular element might be its most glaring difference from its predecessors, the car actually remains somewhat unchanged in other areas, perhaps to minimize the shock people might have.

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Autonomous car down-time may make us sick, study warns

Autonomous car down-time may make us sick, study warns

Autonomous cars sound like a great idea, right? No driving, just shuffling around safely thanks to an always-aware network of connected cars. Those self-driving cars hold a lot of promise, but we’ve not considered all the angles, it seems. What about car sickness? Not driving or riding could lead to down-time spent doing things like reading. In a recent study, U-M Transportation Research asked more than 3,200 how they’d spend their time not driving an autonomous car. Turns out, we may make ourselves sick by letting the machines drive.

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Panoz and DeltaWing patent two arrow-shaped road cars

Panoz and DeltaWing patent two arrow-shaped road cars

Batmobiles these are not, but they could very well be closest you can get, especially one that you can actually legally drive and flaunt around. Motorsports giant Don Panoz and DeltaWing LLC last month filed for not one but two patents over arrow-shaped road cars, a dream that the Nissan BladeGlider once inspired and now has seemingly given up on. Simply called "Street Cars", these design patents are anything but simple. Sadly, based on the designs, only one of them might actually be practical to drive on streets.

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2016 Nissan Maxima resets the meaning of a 4-Door Sports Car

2016 Nissan Maxima resets the meaning of a 4-Door Sports Car

Granted, Nissan was the one who coined the "4-Door Sports Car" moniker to christen its own brand of sports sedan, so it does probably have the right to redefine what that means. Now in its 8th running, the 2016 Nissan Maxima is poised to become the standard of a sports car wrapped around a sedan body, and for this generation, it is including a few twists and tweaks to the design, from without, within, and deep inside the guts. With a nod to a aviation, insights from Nissan's own GT-R, as well as the latest in infotainment and driver assistance technologies, the 2016 Maxima becomes a meeting point of the past as well as the future.

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“We don’t have to worry about autonomous cars,” so says Elon Musk

“We don’t have to worry about autonomous cars,” so says Elon Musk

This morning at GTC 2015, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk spoke onstage with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang about car autonomy. Huang began with the "juicy stuff," as he called it. "You were quoted as saying artificial intelligence is more dangerous than nuclear weapons," suggested Huang to Musk, "...like a demon. How do you consolidate and rationalize that with deep learning’s potential?" Musk replied that autonomous cars weren't really in the scope of what he was speaking about - not with his warning about artificial intelligence, anyway.

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Apple’s car project possibly laid bare as shell company discovered

Apple’s car project possibly laid bare as shell company discovered

Will they, or won’t they? There’s plenty of intrigue surrounding Apple’s oft-rumored electric car project, which is said to be headed for a collision course with Tesla. Though it’s not exactly clear if Apple will actually start making cars like a GM or Ford would, there seems to be enough evidence they’re working on something more than CarPlay when it comes to the world of auto. A new report sheds a bit more light on Apple’s alleged efforts, suggesting they’re going through a third-party to hide their endeavor.

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