Automotive

Mini’s new concept AR glasses give you X-Ray vision

Mini’s new concept AR glasses give you X-Ray vision

BMW's Mini division just revealed its latest concept gadget, a pair of augmented reality glasses, at the Auto Shanghai show. Mini Augmented Vision is a new pairing of AR technology and driving. The design looks like a cross between aviator specs and actual aviation goggles and is capable of providing a variety of information in un-obstructive, see-through displays. The AR glasses are the result of a collaboration between BMW's DesignworksUSA and Qualcomm.

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Chevy Volt production to halt for 4 weeks: slow sales cited

Chevy Volt production to halt for 4 weeks: slow sales cited

Things aren't looking so good for General Motors' gas-electric hybrid, with the company revealing that Chevrolet Volt production will be suspended for four weeks this summer. The reason revolves around slow sales numbers, and is also to shift focus toward preparing for the upcoming 2016 Chevy Volt model, which will have certain different production requirements. The plant that makes the Volt will likely be staying open during the suspended production, however; that plant is under construction as GM preps to start building the new Volts and the Cadillac CT6.

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Plastic car engine could create lighter cars, better gas mileage

Plastic car engine could create lighter cars, better gas mileage

When it comes to cars, lightening the load can increase performance capabilities and fuel economy. Incorporating plastic components into the body of the car can only cut down the weight so much. So, auto makers are scrambling to find ways to use plastic parts in other components of the car. German research group Fraunhofer has found a way to create a car engine using plastic parts. Sure the pistons need to be metal, but the casing that houses the cylinders can be made of plastic. Fraunhofer's plastic casing weighs 20% less than if it were made using standard aluminum, and a little goes a long way when it comes to performance and saving fuel.

Mercedes and Nissan partner to launch mid-size pickup truck

Mercedes and Nissan partner to launch mid-size pickup truck

Mercedes-Benz and Nissan have officially partnered to create a new mid-size pickup truck, it has been announced. We've known about Mercedes-Benz's pickup truck aspirations for a little while now, and have even gotten a look at a concept for the eventual model (picture after the break), with the auto maker saying its truck will be, in true Mercedes fashion, a luxury offering. Under this new arrangement between the two auto makers, we now know Nissan will be the company building the truck.

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Tesla Motors banned from direct sales in West Virginia

Tesla Motors banned from direct sales in West Virginia

Thanks to a decision made Friday by West Virginia's governor, Tesla Motors will not be allowed to practice its direct-sales approach in the state. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill that protects franchised auto dealers, making them the only outlet where new vehicles can be purchased from. The new law states that auto manufacturers are prohibited from acting as a new car dealer or operating as a dealership. Not surprisingly, Tesla is unhappy about the decision, which just so happens to have been supported by West Virginia's Senate president, Bill Cole, himself a car dealer in the state.

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Department of Homeland Security seeking national license plate database

Department of Homeland Security seeking national license plate database

Early last year, it was revealed the Department of Homeland Security was seeking a Federal License Plate Reader Database, something that was later abandoned in light of privacy concerns. Now the DHS has changed its mind and is again pursuing such a national database, soliciting bids from those who could provide it with such a product. The reason for its return is the department's belief it can now mitigate those aforementioned privacy worries. To prove it, DHS has published a report detailing the info.

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander unveiled at 2015 New York Auto Show

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander unveiled at 2015 New York Auto Show

Mitsubishi has taken the wraps off its newest Outlander at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, revealing a combined total of more than 100 improvements. The auto maker has called this a new era for its brand, at least in relation to "style, refinement" and the driving experience owners get. This is a seven passenger crossover, and says Mitsubishi, it "literally" is like an all-new model, not a rehashed and updated version of the past Outlanders (though that is, of course, what it is).

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2016 Nissan Maxima’s Driver Attention Alert debuts for DDA day

2016 Nissan Maxima’s Driver Attention Alert debuts for DDA day

Just in time for "Drowsy Driving Awareness Day" on the 6th of April, Nissan has revealed that the 2016 Nissan Maxima will be coming with Nissan Driver Attention Alert (DAA) technology. This system will help detect erratic driving caused by a number of factors, inattention and drowsiness included. If drowsiness or inattention are detected by the system, Nissan's Driver Attention Alert will signal the driver with an audible chime sound and an amber coffee cup image on the dashboard.

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U-Haul is latest to tackle the issue of distracted driving

U-Haul is latest to tackle the issue of distracted driving

U-Haul is the latest company to target the growing issue of distracted driving, and it is doing so in the form of a free online course. The course includes a bunch of information about distracted driving and what exactly it is...something many people don't realize includes things as simple as reading a text message while driving. Many auto makers have also been tackling the issue in their own ways, particularly as governments push for technology that will help prevent the problem and institute new laws covering more devices.

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Honda S660 concept roadster to enter production

Honda S660 concept roadster to enter production

At the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda introduced a car style that we seldom see from the auto maker: a nifty little two-seat roadster. It was a concept and there was no guarantee that it would ever enter production, but fast forward more than a year and Honda has decided to make the concept a reality, at least in Japan where the little roadster will be hitting showrooms at some point, and will be joined by a special edition in limited quantities.

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2016 Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan makes its official debut

2016 Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan makes its official debut

It hasn't been a secret that the 2016 Cadillac CT6 would be making it public debut at the New York Auto Show, and leading up to it the auto maker has teased the car in a myriad of ways. We can finally put those teases to rest: the luxury sedan has arrived, and it fulfills all of Cadillac's promises. The CT6 is a big deal for Cadillac for multiple reasons, not the least of which being due to its designation as one of eight new models being launched as part of a multi-billion dollar investment by the auto maker.

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Audi details central controller for piloted driving tech

Audi details central controller for piloted driving tech

Audi has detailed the latest among its efforts for producing new safety-oriented driving technologies, in this case piloted driving. Such functionality will be managed by a central controller the size of a tablet, says the auto maker, serving as the core upon which future piloted driving systems will be developed. Audi calls this a "key milestone" for autonomous driving functionality in general, and serves to showcase its own particular efforts in an industry that is scrambling to get self-driving cars on the road.

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