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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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Karma Automotive teams with BMW for EV and hybrid tech

Karma Automotive teams with BMW for EV and hybrid tech

Karma Automotive, formerly known as Fisker Automotive, has announced a new business deal with BMW that will have the latter supplying Karma with various electric car tech. This includes EV systems and hybrid system, as well as high-voltage battery charging systems. Karma announced the news on Thursday, praising BMW for the quality of its parts while teasing that it will be bringing “a stunning car back to the market.” The first of BMW’s supplied parts will be put in Karma’s plug-in hybrid flagship model.

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Google adds personality to its self-driving cars with unique artwork

Google adds personality to its self-driving cars with unique artwork

Google's self-driving cars have already been on the road for several months now, and while they are universally seen as cute, their all-white paint scheme is a tad boring. So, to brighten up their image a bit, Google launched a contest asking local artists from the cars' first test city, Mountain View, California, to submit artwork to adorn the vehicles' doors. Now the company has revealed the winners, which were asked to consider the theme "my community, my neighbors."

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Google Maps update has Gas Prices near you

Google Maps update has Gas Prices near you

Google Maps is updated to include the prices of gasoline at gas stations throughout the United States. While a previous update included standard prices at some gas stations, this newest version includes prices for Diesel, Midgrade, Premium, and Regular gasoline as well. At the time this article is being published, you may not be able to see any of these gas prices live on Google Maps. You might also not be able to see them when you upgrade with the newest APK - Google will activate this feature very, very soon.

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“Audi at Home” car-sharing service launches in SF and Miami

“Audi at Home” car-sharing service launches in SF and Miami

Two relatively new housing locations will be first on Audi's list for their new vehicle-sharing program called "Audi at Home." Residents of two residential communities will be able to reserve vehicles via their smartphone for "spontaneous booking" of vehicles, each made to suit a specific set of tastes. This system will be launched at the LUMINA luxury condominium project in San Francisco and Four Seasons Residences in Miami, and will eventually be spread to additional locations across the United States.

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Tesla key fob FCC filing hints at location finding

Tesla key fob FCC filing hints at location finding

A new FCC filing for a Tesla key fob has been discovered, offering hints of an updated model with new features. While the existing version uses a 315MHz signal, the new one was detailed to support Bluetooth Low Energy, something that may offer connections to smartphones or be used for data exchange. Fortunately the fob still comes in a cool shape, looking like a mini Model S.

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Record $200m fine for Takata over airbags

Record $200m fine for Takata over airbags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced its largest ever civil penalty, which has been lobbed against Takata, maker of the faulty airbags that have resulted in millions of recalls and several deaths. The penalty is for alleged Motor Vehicle Safety Act violations. In addition, and in line with what we’ve previously heard, the NHTSA has decided to take the unprecedented step of using its own authority to accelerate the recall repair rate.

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VW, Porsche, Audi dieselgate vehicle owners: what you should do

VW, Porsche, Audi dieselgate vehicle owners: what you should do

Today the EPA issued a new set of notifications for vehicles made by Volkswagen, Porsche, and Audi. The vehicles in question join the growing number of automobiles with "defeat devices" aimed at allowing more nitrogen oxide (NOx) to be emitted from the vehicle than is legal inside the United States. Defeat devices were discovered on 3.0 liter diesel engine versions of the 2014 VW Touareg, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne, and the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, and Q5.

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