Automotive

Nissan Leaf vulnerability opens climate controls to hackers

Nissan Leaf vulnerability opens climate controls to hackers

The Nissan Leaf electric car has a security issue that leaves it vulnerable to hackers, security researcher Troy Hunt has revealed. The vulnerability leaves the Leaf's climate systems -- the air conditioner and heater -- open to hackers, and it all revolves around the auto maker's companion mobile app. While the vulnerability doesn't risk the drivers' personal safety, it does provide an avenue for someone to drain a Leaf's batteries.

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Michigan’s self-driving test site sales pitch: we’ve got potholes

Michigan’s self-driving test site sales pitch: we’ve got potholes

The Great Lakes region can be brutal during winter months, with the true damage becoming apparent once spring rolls around: potholes. Potholes everywhere. It takes time to resurface these destroyed roads, and in the meantime drivers have to be extra careful, otherwise they risk a cracked wheel or more serious damage to their vehicle. It’s for this reason, a new proposal argues, that self-driving car manufacturers should use testing grounds in Michigan, not California.

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Toyota to recall 2.9m cars over seatbelt concerns

Toyota to recall 2.9m cars over seatbelt concerns

Toyota has announced plans to recall 2.87 million vehicles across the globe over a potential safety issue with the seatbelt. The recall will concern the RAV4 and Vanguard SUVs, the latter of which are sold in Japan. The auto maker isn’t sure whether any injuries have resulted from the issue, but is aware of instances where seatbelts were damaged during crashes.

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Verizon Hum adds location tracking, history, geofencing

Verizon Hum adds location tracking, history, geofencing

Verizon Hum, an automotive system comprised of an OBD reader, speaker, and mobile app, has been updated to include some new (and pretty useful) features like geofencing and driving history. Such features could prove useful in various situations, such as a home where a newly licensed teenager is being given the keys. The features have been added to the iOS and Android mobile apps.

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Aston Martin announces electric car partnership with Faraday Future

Aston Martin announces electric car partnership with Faraday Future

Aston Martin has a new partner in developing its previously announced all-electric RapidE concept: Chinese tech firm LeEco (previously known as LeTV). The two companies announced that they are forming a joint-venture with a plan to have the 800hp RapidE available by 2018. What's more interesting is that Faraday Future, the automotive start-up that wowed CES this year with its Zero1 concept, is also involved in the partnership.

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GM to recall Saab and Saturn cars with faulty Takata inflators

GM to recall Saab and Saturn cars with faulty Takata inflators

In the latest recall resulting from Takata’s faulty inflators, General Motors has announced plans to recall approximately 200,000 Saturn and Saab vehicles located in North America. The recall affects Saab 9-3 cars of the model years 2003 through 2011, and the 2010 and 2011 Saab 9-5. As well, the 2008 and 2009 Saturn Astra is affected. Current owners who are uncomfortable driving the vehicles will not be offered loaner cars.

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Toyota Prius goes lime green with new solar reflective paint

Toyota Prius goes lime green with new solar reflective paint

The Toyota Prius pictured above features a shade of green that is probably the last color you'd want adorning the Japanese manufacturer's popular hybrid, but it actually serves a special purpose. The new color option uses science and technology to help drivers conserve electricity by reducing how much heat the car absorbs from the sun. Dubbed "Thermo-Tect Lime Green," the color is the first use of solar reflective paint in a production vehicle.

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2017 BMW M760i xDrive brings M sportiness to luxury 7 series

2017 BMW M760i xDrive brings M sportiness to luxury 7 series

BMW has just revealed a new sedan that marries two of the car maker's most esteemed lines. While it dons the appearance and materials of a member of the luxurious sixth generation BMW 7 family, the new 2017 M760i xDrive boasts of the performance that only the BMW M roster can offer. That thanks to an M performance TwinPower Turbo 12-cylinder V12 gasoline engine teamed up with some of BMW's most sophisticated car technologies to date and construction materials that deliver both rigidity without sacrificing lightness.

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2016 Land Rover LR4 Review

2016 Land Rover LR4 Review

In our remix-obsessed culture, it's reassuring to come across something that's managed to endure the ebb and flow of fashion, and stay true to the qualities that have made it such an appealing part of the cultural landscape for so many years. I'm talking, of course, about the 2016 Land Rover LR4, the luxury box that defies convention by remaining wholly dedicated to the brand's original SUV formula.

Don't take that the wrong way. Although the term 'old-school' has increasingly become one of endearment, the Land Rover LR4 is no mere anachronism left to wither on the showroom floor. This full-size, three-row premium hauler still packs a serious dose of off-road technology combined with daily do-everything capability that explains why it's been such a popular member of the Land Rover line-up for so many years.

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GM to recall 473k SUVs, trucks over loose brake pedal bolt

GM to recall 473k SUVs, trucks over loose brake pedal bolt

General Motors will be recalling 473,000 SUVs and pickup trucks in Canada and the United States due to a potentially faulty bolt and the brake pedal failure it can cause. Most of the recalled vehicles are located in the US, and include the Chevy Tahoe vehicles used by some police departments. When the recall will begin isn't clear at this time.

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Nissan “Winter Warrior” trio revealed for Chicago Auto Show

Nissan “Winter Warrior” trio revealed for Chicago Auto Show

This week the folks at Nissan have revealed three new vehicles - concepts the lot of them. Each of them is ready to roll with winter weather preparedness - extreme winter weather preparedness, with full snow track systems. They're all red, too. They can pretty much take on any set of elements you're going to toss at them. Here you'll find the custom-built Pathfinder, Murano and Rogue, all prepared for their first showing at the Chicago Auto Show.

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Dubuc Tomahawk all-electric supercar promised for 2017 debut

Dubuc Tomahawk all-electric supercar promised for 2017 debut

When we last heard from Quebec, Canada-based automotive start-up Dubuc Motors, it was late 2013 and their sharp-looking Tomahawk was a kit car that made use of a Corvette engine. Fast-forward to the present, and the Tomahawk is an all-electric supercar to be built in North America and see its first release in 2017. Dubuc is ambitious, aiming for the Tomahawk to take the place of the discontinued Tesla Roadster, but with other EV start-ups promising their own supercar contenders, they may soon be facing a crowded market.

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