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Musk: Tesla isn’t losing engineers to Apple (it’s the opposite!)

Musk: Tesla isn’t losing engineers to Apple (it’s the opposite!)

Earlier this year, rumors surfaced Apple was working on some sort of automotive project. Some believed it was an autonomous car; others felt it was more CarPlay related than anything else. While those rumors have (mostly) subsided, the idea is still there. Part of the rumor mill involved Tesla losing bunches of engineers to Apple, conjuring tales of a troubled Tesla. Speaking after Tesla’s earnings report yesterday, CEO Elon Musk said his company hasn’t lost many employees to Apple at all. In fact, they’re the ones taking Apple employees away from Cupertino.

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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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Apple’s weird minivan caught on tape — self-driving car, or mapping?

Apple’s weird minivan caught on tape — self-driving car, or mapping?

There’s lots of speculation that Apple is getting into the automotive game, with a van found to be leased tot hem roaming the streets of California with special equipment mounted to the top. Though it’s not totally clear what the van and equipment are for, some speculate Apple is getting into the autonomous car game, and is using the equipment to learn more about how humans drive. Though we’ve seen the van in pictures, a new video gets right up next to the van, and shows a tablet-like device on the inside.

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You can now order Cadillac’s BMW baiter, the ATS-V

You can now order Cadillac’s BMW baiter, the ATS-V

Late last year, Cadillac unveiled their newest performance-focussed automobile, the ATS-V. The RWD twin-turbo V6 turned heads with its angular design, but dropped jaws with its performance. With 455 HP and 445 lb-ft torque, the 189 mph top speed is almost an easy gallop for the ATS-V rather than a redline end goal. If you’ve had your eye on one, we suggest you finish reading this article, then get in your car and head to your Cadillac dealer, because the ATS-V is now up for pre-order.

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Ford Shelby GT350R: the most track-ready street legal Mustang ever

Ford Shelby GT350R: the most track-ready street legal Mustang ever

This week the folks at Ford have shown off the Shelby GT350R Mustang, a vehicle they're suggesting is the most "track-capable" production-level Mustang they've ever built. This vehicle will be coming to the United States as well as Canada later this year (2015), and is quite the looker. We got a chance to see it in press photos earlier today with amped-up levels - now we're having a peek with our own photos captured at the North American International Auto Show 2015.

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Valeo announces lighting, connected car initiatives at CES

Valeo announces lighting, connected car initiatives at CES

Dedicated to reducing CO2 emissions and intuitive driving technology, Valeo is announcing a series of new products at CES this week meant to ease the stress of driving and enhance our experience behind the wheel. For tech fans, Valeo is rolling out InBlue, a smartphone and smartwatch capable app that serves as a virtual key that operates your car via Bluetooth. Cruise4U might be the backbone for your self-driving car of the future, and Valeo is also introducing some next-gen auto lighting tech.

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Google wants self-driving car ready in five years

Google wants self-driving car ready in five years

Google “doesn’t want to become a car maker”. And judging by their quirky first pass at the job, we’re happy to hear it. Instead, Google wants the hardware for their self-driving cars to be done by someone else. Anyone else. Noting they’re “looking for partners”, Google’s self-driving care lead, Chris Urmson, also notes they’d like the car to hit us in five years’ time. Their first feat will be a fleet of self-driving cars, which they hope to have in testing next year.

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Ford and Automatic team up makes cars extra smart

Ford and Automatic team up makes cars extra smart

With Ford SYNC, you’re able to interface with your vehicle through your steering wheel for calls, music, and directions. With Automatic, car owners are able to get vehicle diagnostics sent to their smartphone. Together, Ford and the team behind the Automatic device are creating a smarter system.

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