Automotive

Fiat Chrysler recalls 316k Jeeps with faulty airbags

Fiat Chrysler recalls 316k Jeeps with faulty airbags

The Takata airbags issue is still ongoing, affecting a dozen auto makers and presenting one of the biggest challenges the automotive industry has faced. Millions of vehicles are currently under recall, and government officials are in talks about an unprecedented move that will have its organizing the recall itself. Fiat Chrysler has been dealing with its own airbag troubles, one that has resulted in 316,000 Jeeps being recalled.

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58k Porsches recalled over fuel line troubles

58k Porsches recalled over fuel line troubles

On Friday, Porsche announced a new voluntary safety recall due to potential issues with the fuel pipe on select Porsche Macan Turbo and Macan S vehicles. The auto maker states the 58,881 recalled vehicles could be affected by a possible low-pressure fuel line located within the engine compartment. As is common, Porsche will directly contact owners of affected vehicles, who will be able to have them serviced free of charge.

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Undercover cop dresses as homeless man to catch texting drivers

Undercover cop dresses as homeless man to catch texting drivers

Just about anywhere you live in the US, you will see people standing on the side of the road holding cardboard signs hoping that someone will help them out with food, money, or a job. Anywhere you live in the country you will also have to deal with drivers who are so distracted by their smartphones that they can't drive.

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Kia Forte Koup Mud Bogger concept teased for SEMA

Kia Forte Koup Mud Bogger concept teased for SEMA

This week Kia is showing off a few images and behind-the-scenes video with a vehicle that'll be detailed in full at SEMA. This vehicle will be one of six "highly customized, hand-built concepts, each showcasing unique geographic regions found throughout the country." The Forte Koup Mud Bogger's region of choice is the American South "and the inexplicable joy of getting dirty on four wheels."

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This is Kirobo Mini, Toyota’s apple-sized robot for your car

This is Kirobo Mini, Toyota’s apple-sized robot for your car

Perhaps the most adorable presentation at the Tokyo Motor Show this week comes from Toyota in the form of Kirobo Mini. This little monster is part of the Toyota Heart Project, created after the return from space of the astronaut robot Kirobo. This (slightly larger) robot participated in a number of experiments aboard the International Space Station, where he was stationed from August 10th of 2013 and returned after an 18-month mission. This tinier Kirobo Mini is made for consumers here on Earth.

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GM issues 1.4M vehicle recall, again for fire risks

GM issues 1.4M vehicle recall, again for fire risks

Detroit's General Motors has announced a new recall for 1.41 million cars around the globe, once again over fire risks due to oil leaks. This marks the fourth time the auto manufacturer has issued a recall since 2008 for this exact problem. The company has acknowledged that this latest recall is basically needed because the previous ones didn't work, and there were even over 1,300 cars that still caught fire after repair work was done.

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Acer reveals it’s developing an electric ATV

Acer reveals it’s developing an electric ATV

If there's one thing Acer is known for, it most certainly is not all-terrain vehicles. But who's to say they can't experiment a little? The Taiwanese phone, tablet, and laptop manufacturer revealed that that's exactly what they're developing at last week's Munich-based eCarTech conference. In fitting with the show's theme, the ATV is completely powered by electricity (making it an eATV), and going by the name "X Terran."

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Apple hires Nvidia’s AI director for possible work on autonomous car

Apple hires Nvidia’s AI director for possible work on autonomous car

The rumors and speculation around Apple's involvement in developing a car continue to rise and subside, just like the ocean's tide. While there's been mentions about an Apple car being all-electric, this latest piece of news suggests autonomous driving features. It has been discovered that Apple has hired Jonathan Cohen, persuading him to leave his position at Nvidia as director of deep learning, or artificial intelligence (AI). Recode spotted the change of employer on Cohen's LinkedIn page.

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Mitsubishi concept projects turn signal indicators onto the road

Mitsubishi concept projects turn signal indicators onto the road

Mitsubishi Electric has unveiled a new kind of turning indicator concept for cars that aims to make signals much clearer for pedestrians and cyclists nearby, rather than just the other vehicles in front or behind. The system projects LED lighting onto the ground around the car, indicating its path and direction, making it safer and more obvious for anyone nearby.

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Takata airbag recall: regulators in talks about taking over

Takata airbag recall: regulators in talks about taking over

In what would end up being an unprecedented move in the U.S., government regulators are in talks about intervening in the Takata airbag scandal, doing so to ensure that all repairs are made efficiently and quickly. Reasons cited revolve around the sheer size of the recall, with a dozen major auto makers being involved and millions of cars. According to a recent report, the NHTSA is leaning in favor of taking over.

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AAA study finds hands-free smartphone features still distract drivers

AAA study finds hands-free smartphone features still distract drivers

Google, Apple, and Microsoft have worked hard to implement hands-free features when it comes to safely using their smartphones while behind the wheel, allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road. While these settings are certainly better than physically holding and interacting with a phone while driving, it turns out they're not quite as safe as we all thought. A new study from the University of Utah and AAA (American Automobile Association) has found that voice commands can still be very distracting.

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Aston Martin debuts all-electric RapidE concept

Aston Martin debuts all-electric RapidE concept

You may have read that headline and been a tad confused, thinking that Aston Martin has already made the Rapide for several years now. But this isn't the same as the British manufacturer's existing four-door sedan. This is a concept of an all-electric version, signified by that capital "E" at the end of the name. While the exterior looks exactly the same as the current Rapide, the RapidE is the result of a collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering.

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