Automotive

Custom Lexus RC-F projects driver’s heartbeat in glowing paint

Custom Lexus RC-F projects driver’s heartbeat in glowing paint

We often hear about unique, special cars that have their own "soul" to them, but about one with a heartbeat? Or, more specifically, one that can display its driver's heartbeat? Well, that's exactly what Lexus Australia has come up with, calling it "the world's first car with a heartbeat," with an aim of projecting the connection between driver and vehicle. The outside of the Lexus RC-F performance coupe is covered in electroluminescent paint, with the side panels pulsing in time with the heart.

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Apple nabs former Fiat Chrysler exec for secret electric car project

Apple nabs former Fiat Chrysler exec for secret electric car project

While things have been quiet on the topic of Apple's secretive electric car project — codenamed Titan — for several months now, the company is still moving ahead on whatever is behind those closed doors. This includes the discovery that Apple recently hired auto industry veteran Doug Betts, the former manufacturing and quality control executive for Fiat Chrysler. As The Wall Street Journal notes, Betts joined Apple's "Operations" team earlier this month, following seven years at Fiat Chrysler, and leaving in 2014.

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Apple hires auto industry experts hinting at EV plans

Apple hires auto industry experts hinting at EV plans

Apple is always quite about its plans for any new market. Of all the electronics firms out there, Apple tends to do the best at keeping secrets and by all indications, it's keeping a big secret right now. Reports indicate that Apple has spent time and money putting together a team of automotive industry veterans. The hiring of these veterans suggests that Apple may be getting serious about an electric vehicle project.

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Buick: 24-hour test drives to start this week

Buick: 24-hour test drives to start this week

General Motors' Buick brand is bringing back something we haven't heard of since the early 2000's: the 24-hour test drive. The promotion is to start at participating dealerships this Wednesday, July 22nd, letting potential customers take a Buick vehicle home for up to 24 hours. All they have to do is leave their own vehicle behind overnight. While GM offered similar promotions over ten years ago in hopes of increasing sales numbers, Buick says now it's more about building their brand image.

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Ferrari’s having its own Takata airbag troubles

Ferrari’s having its own Takata airbag troubles

The Takata airbags issue has affected several auto makers, and has unfortunately claimed lives. Millions of cars are the subject of recalls as a result, and though the problem has been going on for a while now, it shows no signs of slowing down. Ferrari is the latest auto maker to be affected by Takata airbags, but not for the reason you think. Rather than the current airbag issue, the auto maker discovered a separate problem with some airbags supplied by Takata that deploy incorrectly and could, as a result, cause injury.

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Ford’s new headlights detect people in the dark, widen at intersections

Ford’s new headlights detect people in the dark, widen at intersections

Ford has just debuted its new prototype headlight technology that can detect and warn drivers of people, animals, or other hazards on the sides of roads at night. The system uses infra-red cameras to identify things such as people walking their pets or cycling, and then adjust the direction of the lights so they are easier to see. In addition, the lights will widen their beams automatically when the system detects intersections or other hazardous turns, improving drivers' visibility.

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Google offers inside look into driverless car collision with human driver

Google offers inside look into driverless car collision with human driver

While news reports about minor collisions involving Google's self-driving cars are getting more common, the company has for some time now tried to explain that nearly all the accidents are the result of human error, and not caused by software or other technical glitches. Chris Urmson, the head of Google's driverless car program, has written a new blog post on Medium that offers a detailed, inside look at a recent collision, and how the self-driving Lexus performed exactly as it should have.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma will include a built-in GoPro mount

2016 Toyota Tacoma will include a built-in GoPro mount

GoPro and Toyota have teamed up and as a result the auto maker's mid-size Tacoma pickup truck has a camera mount...one designed to work with GoPro's action cameras. The mounts will come as a standard feature in the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, and mark an industry first. The potential appeal is easy to see: GoPro's cameras are devices one would take on their adventures, and a pickup truck is something one might take off-roading. Pair the two together and the result are some fun, probably muddy video footage.

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Watch a plane land on a busy highway in New Jersey

Watch a plane land on a busy highway in New Jersey

This week an airplane carrying skydivers landed on a busy highway - Barnegat Road in Stafford Township, New Jersey. The video you're about to see was captured by the Stafford Township Police Department's traffic cam. Incidentally this is a completely different incident from the "skydivers near death airplane collision" incident that went viral earlier this year and occurred back in October of 2014. The amount of incidents like this are extremely few and far between - which is why they come as such a shock to the general public.

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2017 Audi R8 First Drive – All supercar, no compromises

2017 Audi R8 First Drive – All supercar, no compromises

There’s driving, and then there’s driving a car that thinks it’s a racer. Thing is, the Audi R8 has the credentials to back that up, born from an unmistakably noble family of champions and given the same name as a Le Mans winning sports car. For the 2017 R8, Audi turned to the same engineering team that developed the Nurburgring 24 Hours-winning R8 LMS race car, including half a shared parts bucket. It’s something I found hard to forget when Audi invited SlashGear to Portugal, to be among the first to try the new R8 on the track.

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Land Rover software bug causes doors to open on their own

Land Rover software bug causes doors to open on their own

You're driving along and all is well until you turn and your door swings open -- a door you're sure was firmly shut when you got in the car. Such is a potential problem some Range Rover owners are facing due to a software bug that may cause the doors unlatch on their own. A door opening without warning could distract the driver and cause a wreck, could result in property damage, or could on the extreme end of things cause a passenger who isn't wearing a seat belt to fall out of the vehicle.

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Volkswagen Golf race car concept unveiled

Volkswagen Golf race car concept unveiled

Today Volkswagen introduced a new race car concept based on the seventh generation of its Golf car model. The car is a low riding hatchback with 330 hp via a turbo charged 2.0 liter direct fuel injection engine, the same engine found in the Golf R model. This concept car was made to test out a potential future customer racing project that the automaker may initiate next year. Through a partnership this new race car will be tested at the Red Bull Ring during the Touringcar Racer International Series.

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