Automotive

Honda Clarity fuel-cell vehicle goes on sale for limited buyers

Honda Clarity fuel-cell vehicle goes on sale for limited buyers

In development for several years now, Honda's hydrogen-powered Clarity FCV (fuel-cell vehicle) is finally ready to begin sales. The four-door sedan won't be easy to get your hands on, however, as it's only available to a select few: being in Japan is only half the requirement, with the other being that you need to live close enough to the roughly 15 hydrogen filling stations in the entire country. At least you'll get much better range than an all-electric car.

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Tesla Model S sedans to finally race each other in new EV series

Tesla Model S sedans to finally race each other in new EV series

Tesla's high-tech, all-electric Model S is finally going to see some racing action beyond the quick starts drivers pull off at traffic lights. The company Electric GT Holdings has announced the creation of the Electric GT World Series, an all-electric racing series that will be the first to feature zero-emissions cars based on standard consumer vehicles. The first race in the championship will be held as early as 2017, with each car being a near-production version of the Tesla Model S P85+.

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Uber has a secret emergency line to help with Uber-related emergencies

Uber has a secret emergency line to help with Uber-related emergencies

Have you ever taken a cab, or an Uber and afterward realized that you've forgotten something important in it? It can be rather difficult to retrieve whatever it was. With a cab, you're lucky if you can remember what company the cab was with, let alone the number on the car. At least with services like Uber, you know which driver you were with. However, the company is working on making it easier to help with situations like this.

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2016 Infiniti QX60 First Drive

2016 Infiniti QX60 First Drive

Much of Infiniti's recent success has come from its crossover line-up, where it presents three distinctly different choices for luxury-seeking families. Sandwiched between the entry-level QX50 and the high performance QX70 sits the 2016 Infiniti QX60, the logically-numbered full-size hauler that combines respectable room and a comprehensive level of advanced safety, all wrapped in a premium package. Although no major changes have been made for the current model year, the QX60 has been gently refreshed to keep it current with its line-up mates and continue its task of drawing fresh blood to showrooms.

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GM buys autonomous driving start-up Cruise Automation

GM buys autonomous driving start-up Cruise Automation

US auto giant General Motors has announced that it's acquired Cruise Automation, a San Francisco-based start-up focusing on self-driving technology. There's no doubt this is in effort for GM to develop and bring its own autonomous vehicles to the market as soon as possible. GM says Cruise will operate as an independent unit, keeping their West Coast office open, but exist as part of their recently formed Autonomous Vehicle Development Team.

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Jeep concept features the 707HP V8 engine from Dodge Hellcat

Jeep concept features the 707HP V8 engine from Dodge Hellcat

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Easter Jeep Safari event, where Jeep and off-road enthusiasts gather in the desert in Moab, Utah, the car maker will be showing off a handful of special concept Jeep models. While Jeep has presented concepts to the thousands of participants in the past, this year they've pulled out all the stops on one particular vehicle. Dubbed the Trailcat, it's a Jeep Wrangler that has been outfitted with the 707hp 6.2-liter V8 engine from Dodge's Challenger SRT Hellcat.

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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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