Automotive

Lotus 3-Eleven detailed in two editions, limited to 311 vehicles

Lotus 3-Eleven detailed in two editions, limited to 311 vehicles

Two versions of the new Lotus 3-Eleven have been revealed this week as "the quickest production Lotus road car(s) ever." These vehicles are being touted by the Lotus company as having a "dramatic, all-new lightweight composite body" at this week's 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Inside the new Lotus model, drivers will find a revised V6 supercharged engine with a 450 hp. This release, the company suggests, "heralds a new generation of Lotus high performance sports cars," all-new body and open cockpit included.

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Self-driving demolition derby: Delphi says it was cut off by Google

Self-driving demolition derby: Delphi says it was cut off by Google

Consider this the first call to battle between Silicon Valley's self-driving vehicle titans! Delphi Automotive, best known for their Audi Q5 that became the first automated car to drive coast-to-coast, has that it nearly had a collision with one of Google's self-driving prototypes earlier this week. And it was totally Google's fault! But that's surely not the road rage talking, right? Thankfully there was no accident — it was merely a close call — but it is believed to be the first time two automated vehicles have been in such a situation.

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Google seeking art to put on its self-driving cars

Google seeking art to put on its self-driving cars

Do you live in California and have artistic inclinations? If so, Google has an exciting opportunity for you. Later this year its self-driving cars will be zipping around Mountain View, California adorned with artwork selected from among submissions sent in by the population at large. It is kind of like Google Doodles, only the "doodles" will be on the side of the self-driving cars for a month or longer, depending on how Google feels about it. The Internet giant will accept submissions soon.

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LEGO Ferrari F40 immortalizes classic supercar in plastic

LEGO Ferrari F40 immortalizes classic supercar in plastic

While LEGO might not be made of plastic forever, Enzo Ferrari's masterpiece certainly will be. What we're seeing here is the new LEGO Creator-series F40 Ferarri (10248), all red and black with its own removable V8 engine. Luigi would be proud. This vehicle will be released to the general public on the 1st of August. For those of you in the LEGO VIP club, you lucky ducks, you'll be able to pick this beast up on July 15th - just a few weeks from now.

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Ford Smart Mobility’s MoDe:Flex bike and and Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing enter pilot programs

Ford Smart Mobility’s MoDe:Flex bike and and Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing enter pilot programs

Ford announced this week that they'd be shifting their Ford Smart Mobility program from its research phase to implementation. With this, their focus switches to new projects as programs like Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing are given the go-ahead with pilot programs. Ford showed of their third most versatile e-bike with the MoDe:Flex as well, able to be folded down and stored into any Ford vehicle where it's able to be charged. This bike also connects to the rider's smartphone using the MoDe:Link app.

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Ford jumps in the race to develop self-driving cars

Ford jumps in the race to develop self-driving cars

Ford is amping up its research into autonomous technologies in the hopes of creating a self-driving car. The company is a bit of a late-comer to the emerging market of autonomous vehicles. Auto industry competitors such as Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz are already well on their way past proof-of-concept. (We even took a spin in the autonomous Mercedes F 015!) Tech industry giants like Google and newcomer, Uber, already have prototypes on the road.

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Ford’s MyFord app hits Android Wear as Sync 3 debuts in USA

Ford’s MyFord app hits Android Wear as Sync 3 debuts in USA

Ford boosts its smart functionality and connectivity technologies this week with a new MyFord Mobile app extension and SYNC 3's release in North America. Ford suggested this afternoon that the MyFord Mobile app extension would be coming soon "for smartwatches," including Android Wear and eventually very likely the Apple Watch as well. Ford's news in the in-car infotainment environment included a confirmation of which vehicles the SYNC 3 system would be debuting in inside North America. These systems work with AppLink as well.

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Ford begins 3D-printing parts with Carbon3D

Ford begins 3D-printing parts with Carbon3D

This afternoon Ford announced their collaboration with Carbon3D to begin producing high-quality automotive-grade parts with speed. This team-up began in December of 2014 when the companies began talks on how they might speed up production of certain elements in vehicles while retaining quality control. Redwood City-based Carbon3D presented CLIP - Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology. This technology is able to grow parts from UV-curable resins "at speeds as much as 25 to 100 times faster than conventional 3D printing processes." With quality Ford expects, of course.

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Toyota Prius SUV rumored in the pipeline

Toyota Prius SUV rumored in the pipeline

Toyota and Mazda’s collaboration may result in a Prius SUV option, at least if rumors prove to be true. Word has it the Prius SUV will (probably) end up being a version of the C-HR concept that goes into production, which means it will have more of a crossover look to it — though, of course, the design could be changed from what we saw at last year’s Paris Motor Show. Sources say Toyota is considering Mazda’s 1.5 liter SkyActiv diesel engine for the offering.

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Fisker said to reboot with new Elux model, California factory

Fisker said to reboot with new Elux model, California factory

Fisker, that other high-style, high-performance electric maker that didn't quite find the same success as Tesla, is said to be planning its rebirth after being saved from bankruptcy last year. This involves building a new factory in nearly the same neighborhood as Tesla Motor's Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada, or somewhere between Los Angeles and Palm Springs. The other development involves an introduction of a proper successor to the Fisker Karma.

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