Automotive

GM teams with Lyft for on-demand autonomous auto network

GM teams with Lyft for on-demand autonomous auto network

This week General Motors and Lyft announced an alliance which would eventually create an on-demand autonomous vehicle network in the United States. General Motors will be investing a cool $500 million in Lyft, and GM will hold one seat on Lyft's board of directors. This alliance will include adding GM as a "preferred provider" of vehicles to Lyft drivers throughout the United States (or as they say, "in various cities in the U.S.).

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Apple CarPlay, Android Auto coming to Fiat Chrysler vehicles too

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto coming to Fiat Chrysler vehicles too

As CES 2016 shifts into full speed, Fiat Chrysler has announced that it will be supporting both Apple's CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment platforms starting later this year. Fiat Chrysler says it will be adding CarPlay and Android Auto to its UConnect system, making it the latest in a number of car makers to support integration over the last year, with Ford announcing the same just a day earlier.

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Ford patents electric unicycle that uses your car’s tire

Ford patents electric unicycle that uses your car’s tire

Just imagine: you work downtown and you're not shelling out for the ultra-expensive parking decks. Usually you can find a nice cheap spot on the curb a reasonable distance from your company, but not today. You've had to park many blocks away and you know you'll be sweaty and late if you walk the full distance. What's the solution? With the new Ford contraption revealed in a patent, you could just pop a tire off your car and ride it like a unicycle.

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BMW debuts AirTouch concept, turning car interior into contactless touchscreen

BMW debuts AirTouch concept, turning car interior into contactless touchscreen

With CES 2016 rapidly approaching next week, BMW has gotten a jump on things and announced it will be showing off an advanced version of the gesture control tech demo it had last year. Dubbed AirTouch, the system basically turns the car's interior into a touchscreen, but one that doesn't need physical contact thanks to gesture-reading sensors. It's described as allowing control over many more functions than the current iteration available in BMW's 7 Series, which can only handle simple tasks like adjusting the volume.

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Takata airbag linked to teenager’s death

Takata airbag linked to teenager’s death

Another driver has died from injuries caused by a faulty Takata airbag, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is the eighth U.S. death tied to Takata’s airbag inflators, and according to sources involved a 13-year-old boy who reportedly snuck behind the wheel of a recalled 2001 Honda Accord before crashing. This is the ninth total Takata-related death to happen in a Honda vehicle.

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Ford issues recall for 313,000 cars over failing headlights

Ford issues recall for 313,000 cars over failing headlights

Ford announced this week that is was issuing a recall for over 300,000 of its cars, primarily over safety concerns relating to headlights failing to operate. The carmaker has said it's aware of 11 reported accidents tied to the issue, along with one report of a minor injury. The recall affects older models of the Crown Victoria sedan, while a separate recall has been issued for new model trucks and vans for other various issues.

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Lexus NX outfitted with tires made of real ice

Lexus NX outfitted with tires made of real ice

Lexus is working hard to forge a reputation for its art and automotive hybrid projects, first with a car featuring glow-in-the-dark paint that pulsated in rhythm with the driver's heartbeat, and then with a life-size exact replica of a sedan made entirely from cardboard. Oh, and don't forget their whole magnet-powered hoverboard thing. Now the Japanese carmaker is back with its new NX crossover, apparently trying to prove how "cool" it is by outfitting it with wheels and tires carved from actual blocks of ice.

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California bumps decision deadline in VW emissions scandal

California bumps decision deadline in VW emissions scandal

Following the receipt of a letter proposing an alternative way to deal with the Volkswagen emissions scandal, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has decided to extend the deadline for rejecting or approving the scandal’s repair plan. The extension decision came in on Friday and pushes the decision deadline back to January 14, giving the agency about three extra weeks to consider the best course of action.

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1969 Dodge Daytona left to rust in barn now worth $180K

1969 Dodge Daytona left to rust in barn now worth $180K

The images you see here of an old Dodge may appear to be of a car left to rust and waste away in the countryside until it becomes worthless, and that's exactly what it is. Almost. This vehicle was discovered in an old barn in Wisconsin, to be specific, and while the rusting and wasting away part is correct, even after all that it's still valued at roughly $180,000. That's because it's a 1969 Dodge Daytona, a very iconic American muscle car, of which only 503 were ever built.

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McLaren P1 production has reached its end

McLaren P1 production has reached its end

McLaren has announced the completion of its 375th (and last ever) example of the McLaren P1, and with it comes the end of production for that model. The Ultimate Series production will still plod on for a while longer, though, with some limited edition McLaren P1 GTRs’ still in the pipeline. This track-only version of the P1 features 986 horsepower and is scheduled to wrap up sometime early next year.

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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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