Automotive

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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Honda navigation concept plugs a phone right into the dashboard

Honda navigation concept plugs a phone right into the dashboard

Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto have come a long way in terms of integrating our smartphones into our car's navigation and entertainment systems, but they're still reliant on the software the auto manufacturer decides to install, as well their infrequent updates. Since all the features a driver needs are already on the phone itself, from maps and navigation to music and phone support, what if we could just connect the phone directly to the car, and have it serve as the infotainment hardware and display?

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Waiting for ‘Apple Car’ will be like a long Christmas Eve, teases Tim Cook

Waiting for ‘Apple Car’ will be like a long Christmas Eve, teases Tim Cook

It's true that we still know next to nothing about Apple's plans for its car-related project, whether it's a full-on vehicle decked out with iPads and built-in Apple Music streaming, or just an infotainment system beyond our imagination. But with the company's hiring for automotive-related positions and its research vehicles seen periodically, we do know they're working on something. Well, CEO Tim Cook made a comment to whet our appetite, teasing that the wait is similar to Christmas Eve.

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Ford uses optical illusion stickers to hide its car designs

Ford uses optical illusion stickers to hide its car designs

Auto makers use various types of camo to hide cars they need to test on the road but don’t want the public to see. On Thursday, Ford detailed the type of camouflage it uses and gave a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the camo being applied. In this case, Ford is now using a special “sticker camo” that is stuck directly onto the car, though it says it is still using vinyl cladding in “a small percentage” of its tests.

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Mercedes is ditching some robots in favor of human staff

Mercedes is ditching some robots in favor of human staff

Our dystopian all-robot future just got hit with a minor setback: Mercedes-Benz is ditching some of its robot workers in favor of humans, citing the human ability to move faster and perform a wider array of tasks. The reason largely revolves around Mercedes’ increased array of customization options — there are so many different individualization options at the moment that robots aren’t able to deal with them all. Humans, the auto maker says, are saving the company money.

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Rimac challenges Tesla with world’s fastest electric car debut in March

Rimac challenges Tesla with world’s fastest electric car debut in March

The automotive world may have largely forgotten, but five years a little-known company called Rimac first unveiled its Concept_One, an all-electric "hypercar" boasting of 1,088 horsepower and a top speed of roughly 220 mph. Well, Rimac is back, and they've announced that the first of eight final production models will officially be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It's been a long wait, but it looks like the auto startup from Croatia has finally arrived.

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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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