Automotive

This all-electric Corvette set a new EV speed record

This all-electric Corvette set a new EV speed record

The 2006 Z06 Corvette you see here was recognized recently for setting a new world record for the fastest street-legal all-electric car. Now, before you scratch your head wondering when Chevy produced an electric version of their flagship sports car, know that this isn't the everyday Corvette. Dubbed the GXE, it's a heavily-modified version from automotive startup Genovation, which is known for producing powerful electric motors and batteries.

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Ford patent details a movie theater on (self-driving) wheels

Ford patent details a movie theater on (self-driving) wheels

Self-driving cars — the thought of relinquishing the wheel in favor of a passive presence in one’s car is a hard pill for some to swallow, but the technology isn’t without its upsides. You’ll get to nap on the ride to work, some argue. Or, for the parents out there, you’ll get to spend those blessed minutes swaddled in utter silence, free to daydream in peace. For those who find silence uncomfortable, Ford has a different idea: self-driving cars with integrated movie projectors.

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Toyota Project BLAID wearable helps the blind ‘see’

Toyota Project BLAID wearable helps the blind ‘see’

Toyota has shown off the prototype of a wearable designed specifically for the blind. Part of Project BLAID, the wearable aims to “help fill the gaps left by canes” and other aids used by the visually impaired, and does so with a compact, relatively small shoulder-mounted design. Project BLAID uses cameras, vibration motors, and more to detect the wearer’s surroundings and guide them to wherever they’re going.

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Mercedes shows off a day in the life of a GLS in stunning VR

Mercedes shows off a day in the life of a GLS in stunning VR

A car is a tool used as part of something greater, a means to travel to new places and experience new adventures. We get glimpses of those could-be adventures from dramatic commercials, but they don't offer much -- at least, not as much as stepping into someone else's world could. Enter Mercedes-Benz and its new partnership with Loki the Wolf Dog, a dog through which we can live vicariously on Instagram, and a new story Mercedes-Benz is telling through virtual reality.

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Stanford’s autonomous Audi hits the track to improve its AI safety

Stanford’s autonomous Audi hits the track to improve its AI safety

While Audi already has its own, err, self-driving Audi, researchers at Stanford University have been working with an autonomous TTS for several years now, developing their own artificial intelligence. Now the school has shared that they're even hitting the race track, letting their car navigate the course at speeds up to 120mph. The purpose is not to have the Audi TTS, dubbed "Shelley," compete in a circuit with real humans, but rather to use the data from high speed driving to improve safety.

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BMW plans for its future with intelligent, autonomous vehicles

BMW plans for its future with intelligent, autonomous vehicles

It seems BMW is having a few concerns about getting left behind when it comes to the rising trend of all-electric vehicles and autonomous driving features. The German car manufacturer now has specific goals to strengthen its research and development team with engineers familiar with artificial intelligence and software development. The source of this motivation is no doubt a fear of increased competition from the likes of Apple, Tesla, Google, and other Silicon Valley newcomers with automotive aspirations.

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Toyota all-wood Setsuna concept to appear at Milan Design Week

Toyota all-wood Setsuna concept to appear at Milan Design Week

Japanese car makers have been on a roll lately with concepts or art projects that combine their vehicles with unusual materials — Lexus made a car entirely out of cardboard, then another had wheels made of ice, while Nissan went with a life-size origami model. Now it's Toyota's turn, and they're not coming up short. They've just announced their Setsuna concept, a car made from wood, which will be revealed at Milan Design Week in April.

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Ford F-150 drivers allege brake failure, NHTSA investigates

Ford F-150 drivers allege brake failure, NHTSA investigates

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced an investigation into complaints that some 2013 and 2014 model year Ford F-150 trucks can experience brake failure. According to the NHTSA, the issue could affect about 420,000 of the 3.5-liter V6 pickups; it has received 33 complaints about the possible issue so far, with some drivers reporting their trucks suffered “complete” braking failure, a few instances of which reportedly resulted in crashes.

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New Porsche 911 R is the spiritual successor drivers have been waiting for

New Porsche 911 R is the spiritual successor drivers have been waiting for

While the 2016 Geneva Motor Show has been overshadowed by the announcements of supercars like the Bugatti Chiron and Lamborghini Centenario, Porsche also quietly announced a new model that 911 enthusiasts have likely been waiting their whole lives for. It's a new 911 R, a throwback to the 1967 model of the same name, one of Porsche's most iconic road-ready race cars. A combination of features from the GT3 RS and a body that's not overwrought with giant spoilers or wings, this could be the purest distillation of Porsche there is for driving enthusiasts.

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Goodyear unveils spherical concept tires for autonomous cars

Goodyear unveils spherical concept tires for autonomous cars

Goodyear has taken the wraps off two new concept tires designed specifically for autonomous vehicles. The most interesting of the two is the Eagle-360, a spherical concept tire that can move in any direction using, in part, a magnetic levitation system. As exciting as the Eagle-360 is, it isn’t reasonable for the upcoming fleet of self-driving cars. To meet present-day needs, Goodyear has also introduced its new IntelliGrip concept tires.

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Aston Martin DB11: Chief Engineer and Designer explain the “Second Century” supercar

Aston Martin DB11: Chief Engineer and Designer explain the “Second Century” supercar

The dawn of a new era has begun in Geneva with the eagerly anticipated official debut of the Aston Martin DB11. Every great carmaker has an icon that will shape perception for a generation, and this Aston Martin DB11 will do just that for one of the world’s greatest luxury sports car brands.

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Google’s self-driving car hits bus in first at-fault accident

Google’s self-driving car hits bus in first at-fault accident

Google’s self-driving cars have been involved in automotive accidents occasionally during their time on public roads, but up until recently those incidents were the fault of a human driver, not the autonomous cars. That trend changed this month, with a Google self-driving Lexus SUV hitting the side of a bus in a low-speed accident. No one was hurt, and Google has accepted some responsibility for the auto incident.

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