Automotive

Jaguar Land Rover recalls cars after being called out on Chinese TV

Jaguar Land Rover recalls cars after being called out on Chinese TV

Last month, Jaguar Land Rover recalled 104,000 or so cars in the United States over problems with the lights and brakes. Those aren't the only vehicles that have been having problems, however, and now the auto maker has recalled in excess of 36,000 cars located in China over a potential problem with the gearbox. The recall came after the company was called out on Chinese state television over the problem. The auto maker has apologized for the problem, and has added a perk on top of the recall servicing for those who are affected.

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BMW settles with the FTC over restrictive Mini warranties

BMW settles with the FTC over restrictive Mini warranties

Consumer warranties can be tricky. They are ideally designed to protect the consumer, but are mostly written by companies to protect their own interests and profit margin. BMW's auto warranties were scrutinized by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which lead to an official complaint from the FTC. BMW of North America is settling with the FTC over their administrative complaint that BMW's Mini car division restricted its customers freedom to choose after-market auto parts and individual repair garages over Mini's official dealerships. In order to avoid a possibly long and drawn out court battle against the regulatory agency, BMW decided to settle.

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Jeep is considering a pickup truck version of its Wrangler

Jeep is considering a pickup truck version of its Wrangler

Jeep is toying with the idea of getting back into the pickup truck game, said the company's CEO Mike Manley. If it does, we could be seeing a pickup truck version of Jeep's popular Wrangler model some time in the relatively near future. Alongside talk about the possible future pickup model, Jeep also unveiled a new pickup-based Wrangler concept model, giving enthusiasts an idea of what this potential future model will look like. There's no mistaking it as anything other than a Jeep or a pickup truck, but it deviates enough from both to stand out while, in some ways, appearing akin to a Hummer.

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Local Motors’ 3D-printed car “Strati” up close with NVIDIA DRIVE CX

Local Motors’ 3D-printed car “Strati” up close with NVIDIA DRIVE CX

Today we've gotten the opportunity to get up close and personal with the world's first 3D-printed car, "Strati" by Local Motors. This vehicle is being shown this week with NVIDIA DRIVE CX inside - that's a digital cockpit computer only just announced this January at CES 2015. Before this showing, the Strati used a slightly more traditional dash - today it's using a lovely flat display immediately in front of its wheel with graphics the likes of which a road-ready vehicle's never seen before.

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BMW i8 coupe rolls in to GTC 2015 with NVIDIA inside

BMW i8 coupe rolls in to GTC 2015 with NVIDIA inside

NVIDIA made the case this week for an already-strong collection of vehicles sporting their current, previous, and next-generation processor systems. While this particular vehicle doesn't roll with the NVIDIA DRIVE CX system we're seeing on the vehicles of tomorrow, it does work with an NVIDIA GPU, and the infotainment system that directly precedes DRIVE CX. The system in this vehicle was first announced alongside Tesla's Model S team-up with NVIDIA all the way back in 2011. We previously had a look at the convertible version of this vehicle - its BMW i8 Spyder Concept iteration - back at the LA Auto Show in 2012.

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Tesla sees direct-sales victory in New Jersey under new law

Tesla sees direct-sales victory in New Jersey under new law

Tesla's business model involves selling its cars directly to consumers, something the auto maker has said is necessary in order to properly educate potential buyers about what, exactly, the Model S has to offer and other particulars. It, much like we've seen with Netflix, has posed a threat to the established industry by deviating from the norm (in this case, by cutting dealerships out of the picture), and that hasn't gone over well. There has been a push in many states to ban or otherwise limit Tesla when it comes to direct sales, and New Jersey has been one of the auto maker's biggest battling grounds over it.

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Toyota recalls RAV4 EVs over faulty Tesla-supplied components

Toyota recalls RAV4 EVs over faulty Tesla-supplied components

Toyota has announced plans for another recall this year, this time to fix an issue resulting from components supplied by Tesla Motors, the auto maker has announced. The RAV4 EVs are the only model affected by this, and a software issue in the propulsion system is pegged as the root cause, potentially resulting in the affected vehicles shifting themselves into neutral -- something that'll make the car stop accelerating, and could cause a crash depending on the driving situation when this happens.

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Elon Musk says we’ll “take autonomous cars for granted” very soon

Elon Musk says we’ll “take autonomous cars for granted” very soon

Speaking onstage at GTC 2015 this afternoon, CEO Elon Musk made clear the future of autonomous cars. Answering NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang call to speak about the future of cars that avoid crashing on their own, Musk suggested that "we’ll take autonomous cars for granted in a very short period of time." It comes down to safety, of course - and government regulation. "When it comes to public safety, there’s an argument for being quite cautious before there’s a change," said Musk.

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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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NVIDIA DRIVE PX self-driving car system demoed in tiny DARPA vehicle

NVIDIA DRIVE PX self-driving car system demoed in tiny DARPA vehicle

NVIDIA is showing a smart vehicle the size of a remote-controlled car called Project Dave this week at GTC 2015. This is a DARPA project which runs NVIDIA DRIVE PX - a smart system made to allow this vehicle to navigate on its own. Deep neural net in action. We first learned about NVIDIA DRIVE PX back at CES 2015 where it was just a mobile supercomputer. In Dave, 3.1 million connections are made, video is processed at 12 frames per second, and 38 million connections are made per second.

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