Automotive

Tesla Model S battery pack fire results from debris collision, stocks tumble

Tesla Model S battery pack fire results from debris collision, stocks tumble

Yesterday in a city near Seattle, Washington, a Tesla Model S vehicle caught fire on the side of the road, something that took firefighters awhile to extinguish, their efforts requiring them to cut through the front of the car with a circular saw in order to get adequate access to the battery. The blaze was apparently triggered by a "large metallic object" in the road that hit one of the modules on the battery pack.

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Moon “different dimension vehicle” has wing-shaped turning signals, dual on-board motors

Moon “different dimension vehicle” has wing-shaped turning signals, dual on-board motors

CEATEC 2013 has presented quite a bit of interesting technology, including Pioneer's Smart Car Cockpit Concept that we detailed earlier. Perhaps the most interesting thus far, however, has been the Moon, a circular transportation-esque device that is spherical in shape, all of which is rounded out by a pair of white wings on the "back" that function as turn signals.

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Pioneer Smart Car Cockpit Concept includes biometric sensors and HUD

Pioneer Smart Car Cockpit Concept includes biometric sensors and HUD

The modern car is already decked out with a variety of technologies, some intended to make driving safer, others that make it more luxurious. Pioneer's Smart Car Cockpit Concept, which it has demonstrated here at CEATEC 2013, is a combination of both, offering a plethora of features that span the range from safety to convenience, including a HUD on the windshield and biometric sensors in the steering wheel.

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2014 Chevrolet Black Ops Silverado offers body armor, aims to take on the apocalypse

2014 Chevrolet Black Ops Silverado offers body armor, aims to take on the apocalypse

Chevrolet has rolled out a new truck that is sure to make your neighbors give you a second glance, aiming to satisfying the survivalist in you while offering all the trimmings you'd need to survive a zombie apocalypse (or perhaps a government shut down): the 2014 Chevrolet Black Ops Silverado. The Black Ops is a body-armor equipped truck decked out in black and packed full of features you won't find on the average run-of-the-mill vehicle.

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California foots $2 billion for clean transportation incentives

California foots $2 billion for clean transportation incentives

The state of California has passed a $2 billion funding bill extending and expanding clean transportation technology initiatives. The bill, known as AB 8, is the result of a Herculean cooperation effort between economists, businesses, environmental groups, health advocates, social justice organizations, and government agencies. It is the largest bill of its kind in U.S. history.

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Surface 2 beats out iPad, Nokia tablet for Delta pilots

Surface 2 beats out iPad, Nokia tablet for Delta pilots

It would appear that Delta airlines are bucking some device trends this upcoming travel season in a move that will have Microsoft pleased. Though the airline had been working with Apple's iPad slate for some time now, they've begun transitioning to the Microsoft-made Surface 2. This tablet is up for pre-order as of the 24th of September, and will begin appearing on doorsteps and in stores on the 22nd of October here in the United States.

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Toyota and Nissan announce recalls over rollaway risk and sensor issues

Toyota and Nissan announce recalls over rollaway risk and sensor issues

Both Toyota and Nissan have issued recalls for select models they offer, with Toyota recalling a tad under 700,000 Sienna minivans and Nissan recalling over 900,000 models. In Nissan's case, some of its cars are experiencing problems with an accelerator sensor that could fail, causing the car to stall. Toyota's Sienna minivans, meanwhile, have an issue with a shift lever making a rollaway situation possible.

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Attention-operated vehicle uses EPOC headset to detect distraction, shut down car

Attention-operated vehicle uses EPOC headset to detect distraction, shut down car

Distracted driving, whether due to cell phone usage or other reasons, is a major cause of car crashes and the related fallout both in the U.S. and abroad, something that has prompted the NHTSA to propose an in-car system to automatically block cell phones. The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia, more commonly called RAW WA, has come up with a more novel solution involving a so called attention-operated car.

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BMW C Evolution “green” scooter slated for 2014 launch

BMW C Evolution “green” scooter slated for 2014 launch

BMW has announced its upcoming C Evolution scooter's launch plans, with the electric motor bike getting its debut next month in Europe. The C Evolution concept has been shown off in the past, going as far back as summer of 2012, but this marks its actual production kick off. Though there's no mention of it coming to other markets, it is suggested the scooter may find itself in other markets at a later date.

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