Automotive

Alibaba RX5 is China’s first internet-connected car

Alibaba RX5 is China’s first internet-connected car

China's internet and e-commerce giant Alibaba made its entry into the automotive industry earlier this week with the unveiling its first car, the internet-connected OS’Car RX5. In development for over a year in partnership with the state-owned SAIC Motor Corp., the SUV runs Alibaba's own YunOS operating system and is packed with enough high-tech features and smarts to qualify it as an Internet of Things (IoT) device for the road.

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Nissan dealership used Twitter to sell a car

Nissan dealership used Twitter to sell a car

Is Twitter evolving into the next Craigslist? Probably not, but one European user relied on the social network to buy a car — and not from a private owner, but an actual Nissan dealership. The car maker has revealed that it's become one of the first companies to sell an automobile on Twitter, with Raul Escolano purchasing a Nissan X-Trail from a dealership in Spain.

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Tesla test drive world tour offers a taste of EV ownership

Tesla test drive world tour offers a taste of EV ownership

This morning Tesla has announced "The Electric Road Trip", three months of the company meeting with communities around the world. This tour will have the company finding enthusiasts and green energy users - and what we must imagine Tesla is hoping will be new customers - in dozens of cities around the globe. They'll be making stops at what they describe as "many of our Destination Charging partner locations" inside the United States.

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Tesla Autopilot 2.0 tipped to arrive ‘soon’ as 8.0 update details surface

Tesla Autopilot 2.0 tipped to arrive ‘soon’ as 8.0 update details surface

Tesla's Autopilot 2.0 will be launching some time this year, according to a source that has cropped up, and it may work with a pair of cameras to enable the vehicle to stop at traffic lights and stop signs. The auto maker is said to have test vehicles currently running a “very beta” version of the software, which is itself said to be an early version of the Tesla 8.0 update. That update itself has also been leaked by sources, some details of which include upcoming autopilot features.

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Lucky Tesla Model 3 buyers score Golden Tickets to Gigafactory opening

Lucky Tesla Model 3 buyers score Golden Tickets to Gigafactory opening

Now that Tesla has scheduled July 29th as the date of the grand opening ceremony for its massive battery-producing Gigafactory in Nevada, it's probably every electric car enthusiasts dream to attend. Unfortunately, unless you're considered a Tesla VIP, the only other way to get invited was to pre-order the company's new Model 3 sedan, and even then you had to among the 12 super lucky ones to receive a "Golden Ticket." Yes, Tesla is taking a page straight out of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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Faraday Future joins Formula E with Dragon Racing partnership

Faraday Future joins Formula E with Dragon Racing partnership

As the Formula E electric car racing series ends its second season in London this weekend, the new EV startup Faraday Future has announced its participation starting with season three this fall. Faraday Future, which made waves in January with the unveiling of its FFZero1 supercar concept, says it has entered into a technical partnership and sponsorship deal with Dragon Racing, one of the 10 existing Formula E teams.

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BMW, Intel, Mobileye form autonomous car super-group

BMW, Intel, Mobileye form autonomous car super-group

A team-up of epic proportions has just formed between BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye to create solutions for automated vehicles into "series production" by the year 2021. That's a very short amount of time by automotive standards - just 5 years when this article is set to be posted. There, the group will create "fleets of fully autonomous cars as basis for new mobility services in urban environments." And that's just for starters.

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NHTSA: some older Honda and Acura cars need airbags replaced ASAP

NHTSA: some older Honda and Acura cars need airbags replaced ASAP

In a statement released today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that some older Honda and Acura vehicles need to have their airbags replaced as soon as possible and should not be driven until that replacement is made. The warning follows new test data that reveals “a particular subset” of Takata’s faulty air bag inflators have a much higher risk of exploding when the air bag is deployed. The vehicles covered by the warning are from the 2001 to 2003 model years.

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The Blackbird is a shape-shifting vehicle that can mimic any car

The Blackbird is a shape-shifting vehicle that can mimic any car

What you see here is the Blackbird. It's an electric dune buggy-like vehicle that can be adjusted in numerous way to mimic the driving of any production car. It's made by The Mill, a digital effects studio in London, and in addition to the fully customizable chassis, it's outfitted with 360-degree cameras. This allows it to be filmed while impersonating a specific car, and then CGI magicians use an overlay to turn it into that vehicle.

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Maserati electric sports car a possibility in near future, says FCA CEO

Maserati electric sports car a possibility in near future, says FCA CEO

Just about every major car manufacturer in the world is working on an all-electric vehicle of some kind at this point, desperate not to get left behind by the likes of Tesla. This certainly includes a number of Europe's biggest luxury brands, like BMW, Mercedes, Aston Martin, and Jaguar. But now Italy seems to be finally coming around to the idea, as an electric sports car from Maserati could see the light of day in the next few years.

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Aventador Miura Homage celebrates 50th anniversary of Lamborghini’s best model

Aventador Miura Homage celebrates 50th anniversary of Lamborghini’s best model

Currently being held in southern England this week, the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed is an event that celebrates some of the best classic cars of new and old. A fitting venue, then, for Lamborghini to debut its latest super-limited special edition: the Aventador Miura Homage. As you'd guess by the name, it's an Aventador with a few special features meant to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura, one of the company's most iconic models.

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Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R will leave you green with envy

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R will leave you green with envy

Mercedes-Benz's latest special edition is all about green. Just unveiled in the UK, the AMG GT R is, obviously, an eye-catching shade of green. It's called "AMG green hell magno" in reference to Germany's Green Hell, the nickname for the Nürburgring Nordschleife course, which is where the car was tested and tuned. This new performance model will also leave other AMG GT owners seeing green, as the R's specs even top the AMG GT S. And lastly, if you want to drive one, it's going to cost you a whole ton of green.

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