Automotive

Homemade flying car crashes in Florida, catches fire

Homemade flying car crashes in Florida, catches fire

Some people take their DIY projects very seriously, as was apparently the case with a duo in Florida who crashed in their Maverick flying car. The Maverick is a homemade machine (it isn't clear whether the passengers bought it or made it), and surprisingly enough, it managed to get in the air with both inside. The downside to the story is where it ended badly: the car made it just high enough to crash spectacularly, injuring the two passengers and causing the vehicle to catch on fire.

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Audi’s new TT racer unveiled ahead of racing series

Audi’s new TT racer unveiled ahead of racing series

Audi has taken the wraps off its latest TT racer ahead of the Audi Sport TT Cup next year, which will feature a 24-car lineup, with six of those cars in reserve for guest drivers. The new TT racer itself boasts 310hp joined by a push-to-pass boost function kicking in another 30hp when needed. The racing version's weight has been slimmed down to 1,125kg, and Audi's Ulrich Hackenberg has said, "The TT is going to thrill fans and drivers."

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1977 Lotus Esprit James Bond submarine car hits eBay

1977 Lotus Esprit James Bond submarine car hits eBay

If you're a James Bond fan and have a spare $1,000,000 laying around, there's a new eBay auction right up your alley. The 1977 Lotus Espirit submarine car from the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me has been listed on the auction website for a solid seven figures, with the owner boasting that it is only one of three Lotus submarine cars remaining. The car is an original movie prop that has been completely restored.

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UberPLUS arrives as higher-end ridesharing option

UberPLUS arrives as higher-end ridesharing option

Ridesharing services have replaced taxi use for many, and while the average car you encounter through one of the services will likely be more pleasant than your average yellow taxi, it still might not be up to your standards for certain events: dates, business meetings, and other notable occasions. For this reason, Uber has introduced a new service that falls solidly between its low-rate UberX service and its high-end UberBLACK, though there's a catch: it is rolling out only in Los Angeles (for now).

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Chrysler recalls 900k cars over fire, stalling risks

Chrysler recalls 900k cars over fire, stalling risks

General Motors has been the big focus of this year's automotive recalls, but it seems Chrysler is looking towards becoming runner up, with the auto maker issuing two global recalls that span nearly a million vehicles. The reasons revolve around different problems, with one posing a fire risk and another potentially causing a spontaneous alternator failure, which could also result in a fire or possibly a car crash. Fortunately, no known injuries have resulted from the issues, though there is one known crash that might have been caused by a faulty part.

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Sidecar first to get operating permit from San Francisco International

Sidecar first to get operating permit from San Francisco International

Hot contention exists between many cities and ridesharing services like Uber, and likewise between the different services themselves, with the two most notable companies -- Uber and Lyft -- frequently lobbing accusations against each other. While both are busy with their respective troubles, competitor Sidecar has slipped in to become the first of its kind to get an airport permit in California. The permit was issued by the San Francisco International Airport, and under it the company will start serving the airport within 30 days.

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SlashGear to race against piloted Audi RS 7 at Hockenheimring

SlashGear to race against piloted Audi RS 7 at Hockenheimring

Automobile development has traditionally progressed on separate paths that only ever so rarely dipped into another's territory. That is most especially true when it comes to developments in driver assistance and autonomous driving technologies, more often than not geared towards sedans and consumer models. Audi, however, is pushing the boundaries with the RS 7, the world's sportiest piloted driving car, which it will put to the test at the Hockenheimring track. And SlashGear's Vincent Nguyen will be getting an exclusive first-hand experience before anyone else, in a race that will pit man against machine.

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Tesla Model D to “push the limits of what’s safe” with automation

Tesla Model D to “push the limits of what’s safe” with automation

The new Tesla Model S - the D, that is - won’t be driving itself to your workplace when it hits the road in the near future. But it very well could. Describing the autonomy their newest model was able to achieve today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested last night that they’re "essentially going to push the limits of what’s safe with this hardware, and what’s available with the current regulations." He speaks of self-driving cars, of course - which aren’t entirely street legal as of yet.

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Uber and Lyft slapped with BBB “F” rating

Uber and Lyft slapped with BBB “F” rating

Uber, Lyft, and other similar services: you either love them or hate them, with many skewing towards the former due to their integration in a mobile lifestyle and fares that are lower than traditional taxi cabs. That doesn't mean they're not without their problems, however, and those problems have ultimately been reflected by the Better Business Bureau, which has bestowed both aforementioned services with its lowest rating -- "F".The reasons, for those familiar with the services, aren't surprising, and seem to largely revolve around surge pricing issues.

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Elon Musk isn’t keen on flying cars

Elon Musk isn’t keen on flying cars

Flying cars have been a staple component in visions of the future for as long as cars have existed, and while none are yet available at your local dealership, efforts are under way to make them reality. If you're of the more realistic sort, you likely view the prospect with a hint of pessimism: when a car stalls on the road, it merely blocks traffic -- if it stalls in the sky, it will fall on your head. Elon Musk seems to fall into the latter group, pointing out the different issues that would result from them.

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