Automotive

Bloodhound SSC 1,000 mph car gets a bullet-proof exterior

Bloodhound SSC 1,000 mph car gets a bullet-proof exterior

The world's first 1,000 mph car, the Bloodhound SSC, just became bullet-proof. This car isn't going to hit the highway in a hail of gunfire, obviously. It plans to break the World Land Speed Record in 2016. At 1000 mph, the wheels will be doing 10,000 rpm, which is 167 revolutions per second. Going that fast, any tiny rock kicked up from the car could become a lethal projectile, derailing the entire run and killing its driver, Andy Green. The Bloodhound's design team is most concerned that a chunks of metal could get dislodged from the wheels themselves and then fly towards the cockpit at incredible speeds.

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Delphi’s self-driving Audi to make SF to NYC trip

Delphi’s self-driving Audi to make SF to NYC trip

Automobile technology company Delphi Automotive showed of its autonomous Audi Q5 back at CES in January, but now they are set to release their latest self-driving car project on its very own cross-country road trip. That's right, Delphi's Audi crossover will travel from San Francisco to New York over the week starting March 22nd, but no one will be driving! Well, someone will be sitting behind the steering wheel. But they won't be touching it!

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Kia Soul recalled due to bendy gas pedal

Kia Soul recalled due to bendy gas pedal

Kia has announced plans to recall its Soul SUV due to a bendy gas pedal, which can end up bending or breaking when the car is being driven. It's a fairly large recall at about 209,000 vehicles, but still smaller than some of the other automotive recall numbers we've seen thus far this year. Both the Soul and its electric counterpart have been included in the recall, both of them of the 2014 and 2015 model years. Fortunately, there are no known injuries or wrecks that have resulted from this problem.

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Apple’s car project possibly laid bare as shell company discovered

Apple’s car project possibly laid bare as shell company discovered

Will they, or won’t they? There’s plenty of intrigue surrounding Apple’s oft-rumored electric car project, which is said to be headed for a collision course with Tesla. Though it’s not exactly clear if Apple will actually start making cars like a GM or Ford would, there seems to be enough evidence they’re working on something more than CarPlay when it comes to the world of auto. A new report sheds a bit more light on Apple’s alleged efforts, suggesting they’re going through a third-party to hide their endeavor.

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Chevy Volts recalled to add automatic shutoff feature

Chevy Volts recalled to add automatic shutoff feature

General Motors has decided to recall some Chevy Volts in order to add a feature that will automatically shut the car off after it has been idling for a certain amount of time. This change will be made for safety reasons, and comes after a couple people have been injured by carbon monoxide buildup after forgetting to turn the car off. This is said to be a unique recall among the auto industry, and is necessary because of the silent nature of a car that is operating on battery power.

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Toyota recalls 110k cars over software, power steering problems

Toyota recalls 110k cars over software, power steering problems

In case you haven't yet tired of automotive recalls, we have another one that has surfaced in the pipeline, this one from Toyota affecting in excess of 110,000 cars. The recall was announced today, and includes its Camry, Camry Hybrid, RAV4, RAV4 EV, Highlander, and Highlander Hybrid models. There are two different issues at play, though they don't affect all of the models equally. Fortunately, no known injuries or wrecks have resulted from either problem, says the auto maker.

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Honda recalls 137 cars over stalling and fire risks

Honda recalls 137 cars over stalling and fire risks

Honda has announced plans to recall 137 vehicles across three different models, the reason being due to a single issue which could manifest in two ways: the cars could stall, causing a potential crash, or they could leak oil, which could ignite and cause a fire. Fortunately, and unlike some recent recalls we've seen this month, it only affects a small number of cars, the owners of which will be notified of the issue later on this month for servicing.

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Tesla’s China troubles lead to job cuts

Tesla’s China troubles lead to job cuts

Tesla has lofty goals, and it has grown its workforce steadily over the last year or so. Still, the Chinese market has proven problematic for the auto maker, and now those troubles are leading to job cuts. That doesn't mean Tesla is giving up on the market -- to the contrary, this "restructuring" is taking place so that the company can continue to operate there, at least according to the auto maker. It isn't clear how many jobs are on the chopping block at this point.

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Chrysler recalls continue: ignition switch troubles hit 703k cars

Chrysler recalls continue: ignition switch troubles hit 703k cars

Chrysler has issued multiple recalls this year over different automotive troubles, and it doesn't appear that'll be ending any time soon. Suffering a similar problem seen last year with General Motors, Chrysler has recalled about 703,000 vehicles over potential problems with the ignition switch, which could slip out of position, something that can cause a car to stall, among other things. This issue proved deadly when it affected GM's vehicles, and it has previously affected some of Chrysler's own cars.

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Goodyear concept tire helps power electric cars

Goodyear concept tire helps power electric cars

As the market for electric cars continues to grow, the main concern that remains for consumers is the vehicles' potential limited range, or how far they can drive before needing to be recharged. While bigger, longer-lasting batteries would always be nice, a possible solution may come from the cars' own tires. At the recent Geneva International Auto Show, Goodyear unveiled its BH03 concept tire, which generates electricity by converting the heat it builds up while driving down the road.

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Hyundai Genesis cars recalled over potential water leak

Hyundai Genesis cars recalled over potential water leak

Hyundai is back with another auto recall, this one due to a possible water leak and the electrical problems it could cause. This follows the auto maker's Hyundai Elantra recall from earlier this week, which was made due to problems with the electric power steering (it might stop working). This new problem, which affects some of its newest Genesis vehicles, is arguably less serious than the sudden loss of power steering, but it could cause problems with shifting.

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2015 Land Rovers recalled over faulty lug nuts

2015 Land Rovers recalled over faulty lug nuts

Land Rover is recalling a relatively small number of its newest vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has revealed. The reason differs from the various other auto recalls we've seen so far this year, and concerns the lug nuts (which, of course, keep the wheel on the car). Says Jaguar, the lug nuts on select recently manufactured 2015 Land Rovers could crack and come apart from the bolt, the result of which could cause the wheel to detach and the car to crash.

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