Automotive

Ford has a new surveillance system to monitor police cars

Ford has a new surveillance system to monitor police cars

Methods to monitor law enforcement are in demand, and we've been seeing different related technologies that meet this need appear increasingly. One example is the Yardarm sensor that monitors firearm usage, shuttling the data off to a cloud platform where it can be accessed by dispatchers and investigators if needed. Ford is working on its own surveillance system, this one being designed to provide real-time information on the driving actions of any particular police cruiser in which it is equipped.

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Drivebot dongle monitors your car’s health

Drivebot dongle monitors your car’s health

Unless you own an OBD-II reader, a random check engine light coming on in your car requires a trip to the nearest auto shop or service station to have it read -- an annoyance in what are often busy days with little time for unexpected car troubles. The makers behind Drivebot aim to eliminate this hassle with what they call "a Fitbit for your car", and it comes in the form of a Bluetooth-equipped dongle that shuttles data about your vehicle's status to a paired smartphone.

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Study says lane splitting is safer and faster for everyone

Study says lane splitting is safer and faster for everyone

A new study has been published that claims lane splitting is safer for motorcyclists and makes the commute faster for everyone. Lane splitting is when motorcyclists ride between two lanes on the highway in traffic. Riders always knew that splitting lanes was faster for them, but the study found it makes the commute faster for everyone. Lane splitting makes it safer for riders because being rear-ended is the most likely accident to happen in traffic and if the riders get rear-ended, serious harm or even death can occur.

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Homemade flying car crashes in Florida, catches fire

Homemade flying car crashes in Florida, catches fire

Some people take their DIY projects very seriously, as was apparently the case with a duo in Florida who crashed in their Maverick flying car. The Maverick is a homemade machine (it isn't clear whether the passengers bought it or made it), and surprisingly enough, it managed to get in the air with both inside. The downside to the story is where it ended badly: the car made it just high enough to crash spectacularly, injuring the two passengers and causing the vehicle to catch on fire.

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Audi’s new TT racer unveiled ahead of racing series

Audi’s new TT racer unveiled ahead of racing series

Audi has taken the wraps off its latest TT racer ahead of the Audi Sport TT Cup next year, which will feature a 24-car lineup, with six of those cars in reserve for guest drivers. The new TT racer itself boasts 310hp joined by a push-to-pass boost function kicking in another 30hp when needed. The racing version's weight has been slimmed down to 1,125kg, and Audi's Ulrich Hackenberg has said, "The TT is going to thrill fans and drivers."

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1977 Lotus Esprit James Bond submarine car hits eBay

1977 Lotus Esprit James Bond submarine car hits eBay

If you're a James Bond fan and have a spare $1,000,000 laying around, there's a new eBay auction right up your alley. The 1977 Lotus Espirit submarine car from the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me has been listed on the auction website for a solid seven figures, with the owner boasting that it is only one of three Lotus submarine cars remaining. The car is an original movie prop that has been completely restored.

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UberPLUS arrives as higher-end ridesharing option

UberPLUS arrives as higher-end ridesharing option

Ridesharing services have replaced taxi use for many, and while the average car you encounter through one of the services will likely be more pleasant than your average yellow taxi, it still might not be up to your standards for certain events: dates, business meetings, and other notable occasions. For this reason, Uber has introduced a new service that falls solidly between its low-rate UberX service and its high-end UberBLACK, though there's a catch: it is rolling out only in Los Angeles (for now).

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Chrysler recalls 900k cars over fire, stalling risks

Chrysler recalls 900k cars over fire, stalling risks

General Motors has been the big focus of this year's automotive recalls, but it seems Chrysler is looking towards becoming runner up, with the auto maker issuing two global recalls that span nearly a million vehicles. The reasons revolve around different problems, with one posing a fire risk and another potentially causing a spontaneous alternator failure, which could also result in a fire or possibly a car crash. Fortunately, no known injuries have resulted from the issues, though there is one known crash that might have been caused by a faulty part.

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