Automotive

Google reports self-driving car accident #12

Google reports self-driving car accident #12

Google has revealed that one of its self-driving cars has been involved in a vehicular accident, though it was not the fault of the autonomous car -- rather, a person-driven vehicle rear ended one of Google's self driving cars while it was stopped at a red light. Concerns about the safety of driverless cars has been around for a long time — far longer than current self-driving car efforts —- and some view incidents like this with a knee-jerk reaction. Still, of the driverless car incidents that have been reported, very few are the fault of the car itself.

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Audi’s giving away shoes with car purchase

Audi’s giving away shoes with car purchase

Audi collaborates with shoe brand TOMS to give shoes to new car consumers and 55,000 children in need. The company is working with TOMS to present a special edition pair of shoes with the Audi logo inside, giving them away between June 3rd and August 4th to customers who purchase or lease a new or Certified pre-owned Audi vehicle. These limited-edition TOMS are made in a classic style - the Alpargata - in Men's, Women's, Youth, and Tiny TOMS sizes. Sound like your kind of deal?

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Aston Martin CEO says future will include hybrid model

Aston Martin CEO says future will include hybrid model

Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin, says the future of the British luxury car maker will likely include the release of a hybrid model. This wasn't a confirmation that something is already in the works, but rather an acknowledgement that hybrids and electric vehicles are the eventuality of all cars, and at some point it will be Aston Martin's turn. The exec shared his thoughts with Autocar last month at the 2015 Nürburgring 24 Hour endurance race in Germany.

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Dodge gives gamers the extreme supercar the Viper wishes it was

Dodge gives gamers the extreme supercar the Viper wishes it was

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has taken the wraps off a few images teasing the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo, a mean-looking single seater concept car with a hybrid powertrain and exclusive designation for Gran Turismo 6. It's a big tease, in that three of the images show close-up shots of different aspects of the car but only one shows a full shot...which is far away and obscured with fancy electric trails. No matter: from what you can see it is obvious the SRT Tomahawk concept is a beastly car, and we've a gallery of it after the jump.

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Audi reveals release dates for new Q1, Q6, Q8, and A4

Audi reveals release dates for new Q1, Q6, Q8, and A4

While German automaker Audi has been somewhat busy lately teasing us with some sweet, high-powered concepts, the company is also making headway on the release of its new, consumer-line models. During a recent meeting with shareholders, Audi revealed that there will be eight new models and trims hitting the market between now and the year 2020. This included solid release dates for three of its brand-new crossover vehicles, the Q1, the Q6, and the Q8.

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Volvo accident a case of mistaken autonomous identity

Volvo accident a case of mistaken autonomous identity

A combination of mistaken safety tech assumptions and over-confidence led to a failed "auto-parking" demonstration on the Volvo XC60, a car which doesn't even have such features fitted. The video, widely circulated and shown after the cut, is billed as a demonstration of the vehicle's driver assistance features for a crowd of spectators, who mistakenly expected the car to come to a halt on its own. Unfortunately, it seems the driver's assumptions about the car's behavior differed from what was actually programmed.

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The ultra-rare Top Gear McLaren F1 GTR is being sold

The ultra-rare Top Gear McLaren F1 GTR is being sold

While we to hear if the hit car show Top Gear will be reborn on Netflix with a new name and former hosts Jeremy Clarkson & co., here's a bit of news about one of the amazing vehicles they once got involved in. It's a rare 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail, and it's one of the few cars in existence to feature the Top Gear name and logo on its side. Now it's being sold. Except, the show didn't own this beauty, rather they were a sponsor back in '97 when there was a Top Gear Magazine.

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Prius batteries becoming popular target for thieves

Prius batteries becoming popular target for thieves

You know you have a popular car when it starts getting damaged and stolen for parts, but you'd think the battery would be the least likely cause for vandalism. Well, apparently that's the hot-ticket item on the black market if you're a Toyota Prius owner. San Francisco drivers of the hybrid have noticed an increase in car battery theft in recent days. Both police and local dealerships have noticed the new trend, and one belief is that there is a growing demand for the part as owners of the first generation Prius reach the end of their 10-year battery warranties.

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Takata to declare 33.8 million cars defective over faulty airbags

Takata to declare 33.8 million cars defective over faulty airbags

The Takata faulty airbag saga has been a long and tragic one, with the defective components resulting in at least half a dozen deaths, dozens of injuries, and numerous recalls. The end is nowhere in sight, however. Today the manufacturer is declaring approximately 33.8 million vehicles defective, and as a result the United States will likely see its largest ever recall — not just automotive recall, mind you, but largest consumer product recall that has ever taken place. And frankly, it's about time.

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