Automotive

HERE maps to offer traffic services crowdsourced from cars

HERE maps to offer traffic services crowdsourced from cars

The most recent models of cars these days are equipped with all kinds of sensors, and yet traffic services still mostly rely on just one source of data: GPS probe data. HERE, the map making service formerly owned by Nokia and now owned by a consortium of three German car makers, is aiming to change that with four new services of its own. Falling under the collective HERE Open Location Platform, the services will pool data gathered from the sensors of different cars. And these cars won’t even have to come from the same brand.

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2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo MSRP starts at $174,990

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo MSRP starts at $174,990

Nissan has announced the official starting price of the 2017 GT-R Nismo and it's very far from an affordable car. In fact, if you take the $174,990 price tag for the GT-R Nismo and then add another $1,000 to it, you could own a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The new Nismo GT-R packs in 600hp via a twin-turbo 3.8L V6 engine.

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Smart will offer EV option on every car model in 2017

Smart will offer EV option on every car model in 2017

Smart, the Mercedes-Benz-owned maker of those really tiny Fortwo city cars, is a manufacturer that you think would have gone all-electric some time ago. While that hasn't been the case, the company is making a big move in that direction later this year. Starting with the 2017 model year, all of Smart's vehicles will come with the option of an electric version.

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Google self-driving car suffers its worst accident, still the human driver’s fault

Google self-driving car suffers its worst accident, still the human driver’s fault

Google's self-driving Lexus 450h SUVs getting in minor accidents is not a new thing, but the latest incident appears to be the worst one yet. The vehicle sustained serious damage after it was hit directly on its right side by another car when it entered an intersection in Mountain View, California on Friday afternoon. The Google car was in autonomous mode at the time, but with a human behind the wheel, and thankfully there were no injuries to either party.

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Apple tipped in acquisition talks with Lit Motors

Apple tipped in acquisition talks with Lit Motors

Following a report earlier today suggesting Apple is in talks with McLaren, more sources have cropped up to say the company is also talking with Lit Motors, maker of an intriguing, atypically designed self-balancing motorcycle. A total of three sources spoke up about the rumored talks, saying they concern a ‘potential acquisition’ of the motors company. The move would be done to bolster Apple's troubled 'Project Titan' automotive project.

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First ever USA autonomous car policy released by Dept of Transportation

First ever USA autonomous car policy released by Dept of Transportation

The United States Department of Transportation appears to be attempting to get ahead of the oncoming age of self-driving vehicles with the release of their own comprehensive policy. This is the first major document produced by the USA Department of Transportation, one that also indicates that they're more than just hopeful that self-driving cars will be here soon, they're encouraging their arrival.

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LEGO Caterham Seven 620R super-accurate car model release set

LEGO Caterham Seven 620R super-accurate car model release set

This week LEGO revealed the final build of the LEGO Ideas model based on the Caterham Seven 620R sports car. This vehicle is just about as authentic a replica of an automobile ever made (on this scale) in LEGO brick. Inside the box are (over) 770 bricks, several of which are extremely rare and/or unique to this set. Much like previous heavy-hitter LEGO Ideas releases like the Back to the Future LEGO Delorean, this model comes with its own booklet that includes information about the LEGO fan/designer and the Seven 620R - and there'll be instructions for the model too, of course.

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Ford reveals some interesting, and weird, car tech ideas

Ford reveals some interesting, and weird, car tech ideas

While car makers are scrambling to make cars smarter, even self-sufficient, not all automotive innovations need a drastic change in the car’s systems. And some need not even change the car itself. As part of its “Further with Ford” program, the car maker looked to its own designers and engineers to come with up not just with ideas but also working prototypes to make drivers’ and commuters’ lives easier. Thus, experiments like Carr-E, Phone As Car, and On the Go H2O were born.

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NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 AI board now has a smaller, single-core form

NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 AI board now has a smaller, single-core form

When you speak of NVIDIA, you will mostly like first think of high-end graphics cards mostly used to power gaming rigs and hard-core multimedia computers. Of late, however, the company has been putting its processing power at the service not of gamers only but also of car makers. Earlier this year, it unveiled its new DRIVE PX 2 single-board computers that would drive, pun perhaps intended, hi-tech AI systems inside autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles. Now it is announcing the DRIVE PX 2 for AutoCruise, which is basically a DRIVE PX 2 that has been pared down to a single NVIDIA Parker chip.

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Nissan unveils new Sentra SR Turbo for 2017

Nissan unveils new Sentra SR Turbo for 2017

It's been more than a few years since the Sentra SE-R held the position of an affordable, sporty compact in Nissan's lineup, but we might just be seeing a return to those days with announcement of the new 2017 Sentra SR Turbo. The four-door sedan joins the Juke in offering a turbocharged inline-four, but substantially one-ups the stock 124-hp Sentra SR with a 1.6-liter engine that puts out 188-hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.

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Apple car project sees layoffs amid report of ‘reboot’

Apple car project sees layoffs amid report of ‘reboot’

Apple's mysterious work in the automotive sector, the oft-reported "Project Titan," seems to be going through a number significant changes recently. There are said to have been "dozens" of employee layoffs following a "reboot" in strategy and closure of part of the project, according to the latest report on matter from the New York Times. These changes are believed to be tied to the recent change in leadership, which saw longtime Apple executive Bob Mansfield take over the project in July.

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LEGO Bucket Wheel Excavator Review : Biggest. Technic Set. Ever.

LEGO Bucket Wheel Excavator Review : Biggest. Technic Set. Ever.

We've got the biggest LEGO Technic set in the world here this week and we're about to get in deep with how much we dig it. This is the LEGO Bucket Wheel Excavator, a "Technic" brand set that utilizes mainly Technic pieces, but a small set of standard LEGO bricks as well. This set is more than just a Technic set - it's not just a model. It's not the sort of thing an adult builds and lets sit on a shelf, as some LEGO Technic sets are prone to do. Instead, this set, be it on purpose or by complete coincidence, works with LEGO Minifigures.

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