Automotive

Toyota, Lexus to launch low-cost automated braking

Toyota, Lexus to launch low-cost automated braking

Toyota and Lexus have announced plans to roll out low-cost automated braking systems, with the goal being to introduce the advanced safety-centric technology to the mass market without being cost prohibitive. Both auto makers will be kicking this off by introducing new models at the New York Auto Show in the near future that includes such technology, as well as other integrated safety packages. Costs won't be revealed for those particular models (the RAV4 Hybrid and 4th-generation Lexus RX) until their debut, but the finer details on Lexus and Toyota's planned braking packages have been given, including a rollout timeline: by the end of 2017.

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Cadillac CT6 sneak peak: featuring Bose 34-speaker Panaray Sound System

Cadillac CT6 sneak peak: featuring Bose 34-speaker Panaray Sound System

Cadillac is really upping its game with its 2016 Cadillac CT6. The CT6 will feature Bose audio; to be precise, it's Bose's new Panaray Sound System. 34 speakers, including amplifiers, tweeters, and a 10-inch woofer will shower the passengers in a sound experience they can only get in the CT6. Twin speakers are built into the headrests, and nearly all of the 34 speakers measure in at under 4 inches in diameter. To keep the bass pumping, the Panaray has twin amplifiers mounted in the trunk. An Nd woofer amplifier and Bose digital amplifier blast the beats to fill the cabin with heavy bass lines.

Volvo’s reflective paint lights up cyclists at night

Volvo’s reflective paint lights up cyclists at night

Among the most important items bicyclists rely on to stay safe when riding at night are lights for their bike and reflective material either worn atop clothing or attached to the limbs. But Swedish car maker Volvo, which has a long track record of focusing on safety with their vehicles, has come up with something different as part of a collaboration with advertising agency Grey London and Albedoo100. It's called LifePaint, and it can be sprayed on bikes, clothing, and helmets in order to make them glow white when in the path of a car's headlights.

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Toyota teases 2016 RAV4 Hybrid ahead of debut

Toyota teases 2016 RAV4 Hybrid ahead of debut

Toyota has teased its upcoming 2016 RAV4 Hybrid SUV, something it plans to officially debut at the New York Auto Show next week. It's not much of a tease (or is especially so, depending on your perspective), showing only part of the back end where the "Limited Hybrid" emblem is placed -- we don't really get a look at the SUV, then, but there are a few details to be gleaned from the relatively sparse shot, including a switch up in the tail lights design.

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Valeo’s self-driving car takes a public spin in Paris

Valeo’s self-driving car takes a public spin in Paris

Valeo's self-driving car, which we detailed back during CES 2015, has gone for a public spin in Paris. The environment it was in was simulated, and so while it wasn't on any actual real-life roads, it did manage to take itself through what it perceived to be as a real road, and it did so without any problems. This comes as auto makers scramble to be the first to get self-driving cars in consumer hands, something that could be happening in just a few short years if all goes as planned.

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Mercedes’ new pickup will take on F-150 and Tacoma

Mercedes’ new pickup will take on F-150 and Tacoma

Get ready for the super-luxe pickups, as Mercedes-Benz confirms it's wading into the truck market as its relentless range-spread continues. Handiwork of the Mercedes-Benz Vans group, the new pickup will be on the market within the next five years, the company says, though don't expect a rough & ready mud machine. "We will enter this segment with our distinctive brand identity," Mercedes-Benz Vans says, "and all of the vehicle attributes that are typical of the brand with regard to safety, comfort, powertrains, and value." That means a luxury twist as your truck becomes ever more like your car.

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Google Street View used for driving license exam prep

Google Street View used for driving license exam prep

There's a crew called ACR that's making use of Google's Street View program to prepare prospective drivers for their driving exams in real life. While they suggest that this program is not meant to replace the standard testing, they do aim to create an environment where learning about driving laws, regulations, and real-life situations is done as naturally as possible. Instead of the standard overhead view - like you may remember from your own driving instructions - this driving instruction is done virtually, on real, photographed roads.

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Ram takes wraps off Texas Ranger concept pickup truck

Ram takes wraps off Texas Ranger concept pickup truck

Ram has introduced a new pickup truck concept at the Dallas Auto Show, and most fittingly that truck is called the Texas Ranger. Chuck Norris jokes aside, the Texas Ranger aims to appeal to Texans' love of trucks, and brings with its a distinct Ram 1500 design flavor and a Texas Ranger badge insignia in various places, lending a visual to the name. The concept isn't surprising, given that Texans drive more trucks than drivers in any of the other states; Ram says its truck sales in the state are about 2.5 times higher than its truck sales in the second-slot state.

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2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid to offer 45MPG using Volt tech

2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid to offer 45MPG using Volt tech

Chevrolet has dished on its upcoming Chevy Malibu Hybrid, saying that thanks to the use of 2016 Volt technology, the newest Malibu will be offering more than 45MPG, something it doesn't hesitate to note trumps the hybrid versions of the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and the Hyundai Sonata. This is promised to be joined by some "unique features" that improve various aspects of the car, including things like its airflow and aerodynamics, as well as a new direct injection 1.8L four-cylinder engine and a modified version of the Volt's drive unit.

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Ford issues three recalls for cars hit with different problems

Ford issues three recalls for cars hit with different problems

Ford has announced a trio of recalls for different models hit with different issues. This includes some of its F-Series Super Duty ambulances, its Lincoln MKT limo and hearse cars, its Police Interceptor vehicles, and its Explorer SUVs. The recall was announced today, and in total includes more than 220,000 cars, SUVs, and trucks located in the United States and Canada. Though several models are affected, it is the Explorer SUVs that primarily make up the brunt of the recall.

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