Automotive

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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Confirmed Takata airbag death highlights importance of repairs

Confirmed Takata airbag death highlights importance of repairs

The Takata airbag issue is still ongoing, and unfortunately Honda has confirmed an eight death caused by the faulty components. The crash took place back in September in Los Angeles, and the auto maker has been investigating since. The vehicle involved was a 2001 Honda Civic rental driven by Jewel Brangman when the crash took place. According to the NHTSA, a faulty Takata airbag was "likely" the cause of the fatality. All but one of the eight fatal crashes that have happened in Honda vehicles happened in the United States.

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Tesla reaches settlement with Supercharger rival in the UK

Tesla reaches settlement with Supercharger rival in the UK

Tesla Supercharger network expansion may have slowed in the UK due to a legal battle against a rival energy provider, Ecotricity. Tesla's Supercharger stations provide Tesla owners with free charges so they can make the most of their drives. Just like gas stations, location is important. If a station is too far off the main thoroughfare, accessing it isn't a bonus. It's a hindrance. To get the best real estate for its Superchargers in the UK, Tesla had partnered with another EV charging station provider, Ecotricity.

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California releases data on accidents involving self-driving cars

California releases data on accidents involving self-driving cars

California have given in to pressure and released data on self-driving car accidents that have happened. We've heard reports here and there in recent times, and this data drop largely reflects what we've been hearing. According to the report, which details six accidents involving self-driving cars, in most of these accidents the autonomous vehicles were in a self-driving mode, but the accidents were caused by other (human driven) cars. It doesn't appear there were any injuries of either driver in the incidents, indicating they were all minor.

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Jaguar uses brain wave monitoring to keep drivers alert

Jaguar uses brain wave monitoring to keep drivers alert

Auto manufacturers are getting smarter all the time. Jaguar Land Rover has just created a car that can read your mind. The car won't psychically take you to your destination, but it will hold your attention. The prototype feature, dubbed Mind Sense, measures brainwaves to monitor the driver's concentration. It was developed as a safety technology research project, which has the overall goal of decreasing accidents on the road. Drivers whose concentration fades due to stress or distraction pose a real threat to others on the road. It doesn't matter if a driver's eyes are on the road, it just takes a daydream to keep him out of touch with surroundings--only to be yanked back by a car horn or an accident. Jaguar's Mind Sense project found a way to tell whether the driver is paying attention or not based on his brain wave patterns.

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Halo 5 gets a Ford F-150 to celebrate release at E3

Halo 5 gets a Ford F-150 to celebrate release at E3

The Xbox One release of Halo 5: Guardians will be celebrating with their very own unique Ford F-150 truck. This truck will be popping up first - in the real world - at E3 2015, starting next week. This Ford F-150 Halo Sandcat, as it's called, is a one-of-a-kind vehicle. It's inspired by the aesthetics of the Halo game's United Nations Space Command vehicle, and - unlike that vehicle - is prepared to roll through the real streets in the real world. While this truck isn't prepared for production at the moment, anything is possible.

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Ford GT Race Car to compete at Le Mans in 2016

Ford GT Race Car to compete at Le Mans in 2016

Ford has introduced its new GT race car for Le Mans 2016, pointing toward its past victories and announcing that it will be competing in the LM GTE Pro class. Such is to commemorate its 1966 victory’s 50th anniversary, and to perhaps gain another bragging right. Says the auto maker, this new GT race car is based upon its new supercar that will be arriving in 2016 and that was introduced this past January. Video and full gallery after the jump.

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Baidu and BMW aim to launch a self driving car this year

Baidu and BMW aim to launch a self driving car this year

Chinese tech giant, Baidu, began working with BMW in April 2014 on a project centered around self-driving vehicles. More than one year later, the partnership is getting close to enjoying the fruits of its labor. According to Baidu's senior vice president, Wang Jin, the new self-driving car should be hitting the streets in China by the end of the year. When the arrive, the cars won't be staying on the test track. The goal is to get them on the congested highways in urban centers like Shanghai and Beijing this year.

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Land Rover develops tech to warn you and the city about potholes

Land Rover develops tech to warn you and the city about potholes

Land Rover has just unveiled its new technology that aims to not only help drivers avoid hitting potholes in the road, but help get them fixed. Sensors on a vehicle detect when it drives over a pothole, recording it with GPS location data, and then sending it to local road authorities who will hopefully go out and fix them, as well as other vehicles. The system can also recognize broken manhole covers, and other cars receiving the messages can warn their drivers in advance.

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Mr. Henry car horn lets you beep messages at others

Mr. Henry car horn lets you beep messages at others

Your car has a horn, and in this day and age that horn has one meaning: I'm upset. Of course, that might not always be your intention, and sometimes you have to take to the horn for other reasons -- maybe to warn someone about something you suspect they haven't seen. You've only the horn as your option, though, and so you shelve your message and move on, knowing in some places a friendly beep might instigate a not-so-friendly case of road rage. Thusly enters Mr. Henry, a crowdfunding project that comes in the form of a connected speaker, an app, and whatever phrases you feel like recording.

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Mercedes-Benz takes on Tesla with its own home battery

Mercedes-Benz takes on Tesla with its own home battery

Tesla saw ample success with its home batteries, so much so that you’re going to have to wait quite a while to get one yourself. It’s not the only company getting into that market, though, and we’ve known for a few days that Mercedes-Benz was planning to challenge the company. Today Daimler dropped some details on that plan, and officially began taking registrations from interested parties. The home batteries will be branded as Mercedes-Benz offerings, but whether the company will experience the same demand levels as Tesla is yet to be seen.

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