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Samsung to enter self-driving car business as components manufacturer

Samsung to enter self-driving car business as components manufacturer

Samsung confirmed today its interest in playing a part in the rapidly developing self-driving car industry. They won't be making their own vehicle, as many rumors have suggested Apple is currently, but instead the South Korean electronics giant announced that it will create a team dedicated to developing components and software for the automotive market. This team will be separate from Samsung's other businesses, but will work with its other technology divisions.

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NHTSA’s proposed rating system update will favor crash avoidance tech

NHTSA’s proposed rating system update will favor crash avoidance tech

Automotive technology is changing, and it is time for rating systems to change with it. In a proposal announced today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking an update to its own five-star rating system for new cars. The updated version will take into consideration measurements gathered by more advanced human-like crash dummies as well as crash-avoidance technology.

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Volvo turns dump truck into RC car, gives 4-year-old the controls

Volvo turns dump truck into RC car, gives 4-year-old the controls

There's probably a dozen different ways to advertise a dump truck, and they're probably all boring compared to this. Volvo has unveiled its new FMX, an 18-ton, 540hp, 8x6 all-wheel-drive construction dump truck. In order to promote the thing, Volvo basically turned it into a remote-controlled car, able to be driven from a remote location via custom-made controls, and then handed it over to a four-year-old to play with.

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Google self-driving cars aim to talk to pedestrians, patent reveals

Google self-driving cars aim to talk to pedestrians, patent reveals

There have already been a number of examples of Google's self-driving cars being overly cautious in the name of safety, such as confrontations with a cyclist at an intersection, or just driving so slowly that they get pulled over. However, there are times when a vehicle needs to be a bit aggressive in order for other drivers to accommodate and make room. A four-way stop could be one example. Fortunately, Google has received a patent that would allow the vehicles to communicate their intentions to others.

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Toyota to recall 1.6 million cars with Takata inflators

Toyota to recall 1.6 million cars with Takata inflators

Toyota will recall 1.6 million vehicles located in Japan to replace potentially faulty inflators from Takata Corp. These inflators had previously been recalled and determined to be safe; the reason for Toyota’s change of mind isn’t clear, but is perhaps a wise move given the potentially fatal results when the airbags are faulty. Toyota isn’t the first automaker to backtrack on a recall decision; earlier this month, Nissan also re-issued recalls in Japan over Takata inflators.

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Ford’s ‘Drugged Driving Suit’ encourages sober youth driving

Ford’s ‘Drugged Driving Suit’ encourages sober youth driving

Driving while intoxicated is reckless and, unfortunately, too common, especially among young drivers. Various organizations and auto makers have come up with ways to tackle the problem, the latest of which is Ford. The company recently unveiled its 'Drugged Driving Suit,' a suit of sorts that simulates what it is like to drive while under the influence of various illegal drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, and heroin.

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Rules requiring ‘quiet cars’ to have audio alerts delayed (again)

Rules requiring ‘quiet cars’ to have audio alerts delayed (again)

In January 2013, the U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed a minimum sound requirement for electric and hybrid vehicles, a move to protect pedestrians who may fail to notice a silent car driving past. “This proposal,” the agency had said, “will help keep everyone using our nation’s street and roadways safe.” The plan to implement such sounds has been ongoing since despite auto maker objections, but it recently hit a snag that has stalled the finalization until early next year.

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Tesla recalls all Model S sold because of one single bolt

Tesla recalls all Model S sold because of one single bolt

Tesla decides to recall every single Model S vehicle due to a single, isolated incident regarding a seatbelt. One single customer, apparently, turned around to speak with a person in the back seat of their Tesla Model S vehicle, and a seatbelt bolt came undone. No-one was hurt, and the bolt was the sort that tightens the seatbelt in the event of an accident. Shaming recall calculators of other, larger companies, Tesla has decided to do a full recall of the vehicle.

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Your hoverboard will now get you arrested in NYC

Your hoverboard will now get you arrested in NYC

This week the NYPD made relatively clear that self-balancing scooters or "hover boards" are now illegal inside the city. The call was made this Monday, believe it or not, as Tweeted (also believe it or not) by the New York Police Department's 26th Precinct Twitter account. There it was said that "the electric hoverboard is illegal as per NYC Admin. Code 19-176.2." Strangely the tweet was deleted not long after being sent. No tweet or tweet, the law remains.

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FIAT 500e Stormtrooper Concept looms over LA Auto Show

FIAT 500e Stormtrooper Concept looms over LA Auto Show

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just a month away from release, and FIAT is not about to let you forget it. They've brought their very own custom-designed First Order Stormtrooper 2015 FIAT 500e to the LA Auto Show to guard the corner of the convention center. This black and white one-off was created by Garage Italia Customs, and will be appearing at the LA Auto Show through the end of the week. And no, you cannot buy it - unless you want to buy the standard edition and customize it yourself.

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Ford’s Active Noise Control works like noise-canceling headphones

Ford’s Active Noise Control works like noise-canceling headphones

Ford has detailed its Active Noise Control system, likening it to conventional noise-canceling headphones in its functionality. The system, which will debut in the Ford Mondeo Vignale, uses sound waves to cancel out other intrusive sounds, such as noise coming from the engine or wind. In due time, the auto maker will roll out this technology in some of its other models, though the company did not elaborate on those plans.

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2016 Lotus Elise Sport models lighten up, come in variety of new colors

2016 Lotus Elise Sport models lighten up, come in variety of new colors

Two new models from Lotus have been announced this week, both the new Elise Sport and the Elise Sport 220. These models replace the outgoing Elise (1.6) and the Elise S, coming this time with a set of new colors and trim options as well as a weight reduction of 10 kg in both new models. Weight reduction here is part of what Lotus suggests is their "continued central design philosophy of Lotus – ‘lighter, faster’ and the perpetual quest to reduce weight of all constituent parts and in some cases remove unnecessary parts altogether."

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