Automotive

Hummer electrical issue leads to fires, injuries and a recall

Hummer electrical issue leads to fires, injuries and a recall

Jeeps aren't the only cars on the market that have ignited. General Motors is recalling about 196,000 Hummers due to an electrical issue that has caused a couple to go up in flames. The recall was announced today, and spurring the decision are at least two cars that spontaneously caught on fire and were destroyed as a result. In one incident, the driver reported smelling something “funny” and discovering a fire under the glove box. Despite efforts to put it out, the Hummer unfortunately “went up in flames”.

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Uber wants to buy Tesla’s entire first batch of self-driving cars

Uber wants to buy Tesla’s entire first batch of self-driving cars

It's no secret Uber is excited about our future of self-driving cars. The company's business model revolves around drivers using their own vehicles to transport goods and people, but for Uber those drivers represent a significant expense. Self-driving cars, assuming the legislation will reach a point where drivers are no longer required, will eliminate that expense. Uber made partnerships in recent times to work on autonomous driving technologies, and more recently the ridesharing service's CEO has expressed a lot of interest in Tesla's future self-driving vehicles.

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Airbus patents even more massive double-decker airplane

Airbus patents even more massive double-decker airplane

A new patent shows the Airbus company may be making an aircraft larger than its already largest air-ready vehicle. This patent application suggests that a double-decker airplane is once again in order, making way for more fuel economy as it carries just as many passengers, luggage, and otherwise "profitable cargo" across the planet. This airplane aims to improve upon the A380, the most talked-about Airbus airplane in the world today. Foldable seats that slide together and possible requirements for still-oversized jetways remain included.

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Google’s Waze testing ‘RideWith’ paid carpooling app

Google’s Waze testing ‘RideWith’ paid carpooling app

If carpooling fits best into your lifestyle but traditional ridesharing services aren't operating in your city, you might one day have an alternative option through Google's Waze, a navigation app that provides standard road navigation functionality with assorted social features. The company will soon be testing a new carpooling app in Israel, according to sources, that will allow users to pay another commuter a fee in exchange for carpooling with them to and from work.

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Uber nixes UberPOP in France after growing pressure

Uber nixes UberPOP in France after growing pressure

The pressure in France against Uber’s UberPOP service reached explosive levels last month, resulting in violent protests and, among other things, a legal order for police to begin seizing Uber cars that were in violation of the ban. Uber still pushed back, though, and that rolled over into two of its executives being arrested. The protests and legal battles appear to have exceeded Uber's willingness to fight, as it announced today that it has ceased UberPOP in the nation.

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Uber wants to make sure you don’t miss jury duty

Uber wants to make sure you don’t miss jury duty

The jury duty letter comes in the mail and many people immediately start thinking of ways to get out of it. In one county, at least, not having access to public transportation or a vehicle will no longer be an applicable excuse, as Uber has struck a new partnership that will see it giving free rides to those who have to report for jury duty. The new service is being launched in Macomb County north of Detroit, Michigan; it isn't clear if it will expand in the future.

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Chevrolet adds “Active Phone Cooling” to next-gen vehicles

Chevrolet adds “Active Phone Cooling” to next-gen vehicles

Chevrolet is the first automotive company to bring "Active Phone Cooling" to vehicles. This is a sort of air conditioner for your phone, made to keep your device cool when you're using it for high-power-requirement tasks like turn-by-turn directions with online maps, and music streaming. "Innovation doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel," said Impala engineer Dan Lascu, "Sometimes simplicity offers the most elegant solution to a problem." The solution in this case is giving the smartphone its own little handy-dandy super-cool compartment where it can rest easy.

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New electric vehicle record set for Pikes Peak hillclimb

New electric vehicle record set for Pikes Peak hillclimb

As all-electric race cars become more and more common, they continue to not only take on challenges dominated by traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, but perform almost just as well. Case in point: a new electric vehicle record has been set on the famous Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, the grueling uphill course in Colorado known for rally races. The Drive eO PP03, driven by Rhys Millen, made it to the top of the mountain in 9 minutes, 7.022 seconds.

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Hyundai Apple Watch app brings remote start and more

Hyundai Apple Watch app brings remote start and more

Hyundai has introduced its new Blue Link app for the Apple Watch, allowing those with Apple’s wearable to control certain functions on their car from the convenience of their wrist. One such feature is flashing the car’s lights from the Apple Watch — a convenient way to find the car in a crowded parking lot or scare away a nosy passerby. Using Blue Link, the wearable can also be used to lock the doors using Apple Watch and as a remote start button for firing up the engine from “almost anywhere”, says the auto maker.

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Porsche sold a 919 Hybrid replica model for over $100k

Porsche sold a 919 Hybrid replica model for over $100k

Want to blow $100,000 in cash on a nice sports car? You've got plenty of options, like a Porsche for example. But how about getting a Porsche that can't be driven. No, not like it isn't street-legal, but in that it doesn't actually have an engine. That's what one lucky eBayer bought when Porsche auctioned off a non-functional replica model of its 919 Hybrid, the same vehicle that just won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

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London to debut world’s first all-electric double-decker bus

London to debut world’s first all-electric double-decker bus

The UK's capital city, London, has just announced that their iconic double-decker buses will go all-electric starting in October of this year. Not only is this an effort to make the city's public transportation greener, but it will also be the world's first double-decker bus to be powered solely by electricity. London Mayor Boris Johnson made the announcement this week, with an emphasis on improving the city's air quality.

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Study says HUDs could make driving more dangerous

Study says HUDs could make driving more dangerous

Head up displays, more commonly called HUDs, put digital images on a driver’s windshield so they can see data — speed or navigation instructions, for example — without having to take their eyes off the road. The common thought process has been that this technology makes driving safer — eyes are always forward, and devices like smartphones are tucked out of sight. A new study from the University of Toronto, however, indicates otherwise — rather than improving safety, HUDs could actually make drivers more dangerous by meddling with their attention.

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