Automotive

Nissan, NASA to collaborate on self-driving cars for 2015

Nissan, NASA to collaborate on self-driving cars for 2015

Nissan and NASA make for strange bedfellows, especially when the bed isn't exactly something that will roll out in outer space. And yet the car maker and the space agency have struck up a deal that will see the two working together on autonomous drive vehicles, the current holy grail in automotive technology. The exchange of technologies and ideas is aimed to help both organizations, but Nissan will be the first to show the fruits of that partnership before the year ends.

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Honda fined for failing to properly report injuries, deaths

Honda fined for failing to properly report injuries, deaths

The rough times Honda has been having just got a little worse, with the auto maker being slapped with a record fine for failing to properly report information to the government on deaths and injuries that were tied to possible issues with its vehicles, as well as warranty claims. In recompense, Honda will not only be shelling out $70 million in fines, but will also be more carefully monitored by the government to ensure the issue does not happen again.

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Subaru recalls 199k vehicles over brake line issues

Subaru recalls 199k vehicles over brake line issues

Subaru has initiated a second recall of about 199,000 vehicles over potential troubles with their brake lines. Counted among the recall are many older models, with the total affected cars ranging from 2008 to 2014 model years. The information surfaced in an NHTSA report, which points towards the possibility of salt water reaching the brake lines, which could lead to rust and, subsequently, leaking fluid. The auto maker previously recalled these vehicles for the same issue, but the fix didn't work as intended.

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Audi’s Android tablet: hands-on with a crash-proof slab

Audi’s Android tablet: hands-on with a crash-proof slab

Audi is really giving mobile devices a good run this year. After a new smartwatch custom made by LG, the car maker is also turning to tablets. But make no mistake, this isn't your regular Android tablet simply slapped on with some car-related features. Like the Audi smartwatch, this tablet has been meticulously designed and curated by Audi not only to bring the latest car diagnostics, navigation, infotainment features to backside passengers, they have also been designed to protect said passengers in case of an accident.

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Walkerwheel 350 electric unicycle hands-on

Walkerwheel 350 electric unicycle hands-on

There's more than one self-balancing electric unicycle here at CES 2015 - you didn't think you'd get away with only seeing one, did you? Here we're seeing the lesser-known KOEOK bring the heat with their Walkerwheel 350, a super simple vision for the future of self-transport. While we can't say too much about how well this beast is going to barrel down the road in the field, we can say this: we'd love to have one to get through this convention center with all speed.

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Inmotion v3 Electric Unicycle hands-on: self-balancing and smooth

Inmotion v3 Electric Unicycle hands-on: self-balancing and smooth

The third version of the Inmotion Electric Unicycle is here, and it's a much smoother experience than the rest of the self-balancing unicycles we've used in the recent past. Which is silly to say because it's not like we use self-balancing unicycles all that often - or ever. Inmotion basically has the market cornered. Here at CES 2015, at least, there's really nothing like it. Riding around on a unit that lets you turn with a flick of your hip - that's the future of one-wheeled transportation.

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NVIDIA DRIVE CX brings a digital cockpit computer to your car

NVIDIA DRIVE CX brings a digital cockpit computer to your car

This week NVIDIA is bringing the heat to the car industry with the NVIDIA DRIVE CX. This is a digital cockpit computer made with the NVIDIA Tegra X1. It's able to roll with 16.6 million pixels maximum resolution - more than one display - extremely dense displays, that is. With Drive CX, NVIDIA will be powering the future of mapping, creating a digital cockpit, and making the smart infotainment system in your vehicle all the more smarter in the near future - in a wide variety of vehicles.

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Porsche 918 Spyder assembly showcased in video

Porsche 918 Spyder assembly showcased in video

We've seen hypnotic videos from the world's various fast and efficient manufacturing facilities replete with conveyor belts, fast-moving human workers, and automated machine assembly. A new video from Porsche is in some ways the complete opposite, offering a surprisingly tranquil look at one of its limited Porsche 918 Spyder models being slowly and systematically assembled by hand. The video is a pure look at the process -- there's no obnoxious music or distracting narrative -- and the end result is a beautiful finished product. Check out the video after the jump.

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GM recalls 83k trucks and SUVs over ignition troubles

GM recalls 83k trucks and SUVs over ignition troubles

Last year was fairly brutal for General Motors, which initiated numerous recalls spanning many vehicles covering a roster of different problems. As 2014 rolled over into the new year, GM managed to slip in one more recall, this one over ignition troubles potentially affecting 83,572 trucks and SUVs. As with other recalls it has had for ignition problems, this latest one could lead to stalling, among other things, putting drivers at risk. The affected models span between 2007 and 2014.

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Volkswagen recalls more cars: fire risk cited

Volkswagen recalls more cars: fire risk cited

Automotive recalls -- not only have they been cropping up in ample supply this year, many older-model owners have also found themselves swept up under various manufacturer recalls, something that is fairly atypical as far as automotive recalls go. Volkswagen came to the end of 2014 with a couple of recalls of its own. It was just recently announced the auto maker would be recalling 2015 Jettas due to potential issues with the headlights, and now it has recalled even more vehicles.

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