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Kia Forte Koup Mud Bogger concept teased for SEMA

Kia Forte Koup Mud Bogger concept teased for SEMA

This week Kia is showing off a few images and behind-the-scenes video with a vehicle that'll be detailed in full at SEMA. This vehicle will be one of six "highly customized, hand-built concepts, each showcasing unique geographic regions found throughout the country." The Forte Koup Mud Bogger's region of choice is the American South "and the inexplicable joy of getting dirty on four wheels."

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This is Kirobo Mini, Toyota’s apple-sized robot for your car

This is Kirobo Mini, Toyota’s apple-sized robot for your car

Perhaps the most adorable presentation at the Tokyo Motor Show this week comes from Toyota in the form of Kirobo Mini. This little monster is part of the Toyota Heart Project, created after the return from space of the astronaut robot Kirobo. This (slightly larger) robot participated in a number of experiments aboard the International Space Station, where he was stationed from August 10th of 2013 and returned after an 18-month mission. This tinier Kirobo Mini is made for consumers here on Earth.

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GM issues 1.4M vehicle recall, again for fire risks

GM issues 1.4M vehicle recall, again for fire risks

Detroit's General Motors has announced a new recall for 1.41 million cars around the globe, once again over fire risks due to oil leaks. This marks the fourth time the auto manufacturer has issued a recall since 2008 for this exact problem. The company has acknowledged that this latest recall is basically needed because the previous ones didn't work, and there were even over 1,300 cars that still caught fire after repair work was done.

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Acer reveals it’s developing an electric ATV

Acer reveals it’s developing an electric ATV

If there's one thing Acer is known for, it most certainly is not all-terrain vehicles. But who's to say they can't experiment a little? The Taiwanese phone, tablet, and laptop manufacturer revealed that that's exactly what they're developing at last week's Munich-based eCarTech conference. In fitting with the show's theme, the ATV is completely powered by electricity (making it an eATV), and going by the name "X Terran."

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Apple hires Nvidia’s AI director for possible work on autonomous car

Apple hires Nvidia’s AI director for possible work on autonomous car

The rumors and speculation around Apple's involvement in developing a car continue to rise and subside, just like the ocean's tide. While there's been mentions about an Apple car being all-electric, this latest piece of news suggests autonomous driving features. It has been discovered that Apple has hired Jonathan Cohen, persuading him to leave his position at Nvidia as director of deep learning, or artificial intelligence (AI). Recode spotted the change of employer on Cohen's LinkedIn page.

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Takata airbag recall: regulators in talks about taking over

Takata airbag recall: regulators in talks about taking over

In what would end up being an unprecedented move in the U.S., government regulators are in talks about intervening in the Takata airbag scandal, doing so to ensure that all repairs are made efficiently and quickly. Reasons cited revolve around the sheer size of the recall, with a dozen major auto makers being involved and millions of cars. According to a recent report, the NHTSA is leaning in favor of taking over.

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AAA study finds hands-free smartphone features still distract drivers

AAA study finds hands-free smartphone features still distract drivers

Google, Apple, and Microsoft have worked hard to implement hands-free features when it comes to safely using their smartphones while behind the wheel, allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road. While these settings are certainly better than physically holding and interacting with a phone while driving, it turns out they're not quite as safe as we all thought. A new study from the University of Utah and AAA (American Automobile Association) has found that voice commands can still be very distracting.

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Aston Martin debuts all-electric RapidE concept

Aston Martin debuts all-electric RapidE concept

You may have read that headline and been a tad confused, thinking that Aston Martin has already made the Rapide for several years now. But this isn't the same as the British manufacturer's existing four-door sedan. This is a concept of an all-electric version, signified by that capital "E" at the end of the name. While the exterior looks exactly the same as the current Rapide, the RapidE is the result of a collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering.

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Chevrolet Spark modified to carry, deliver 80 pizzas at a time

Chevrolet Spark modified to carry, deliver 80 pizzas at a time

Domino’s is working with some industry partners to create custom pizza delivery vehicles based on the Chevrolet Spark. These Spark units are dubbed the “DXP”, which stands for Domino’s Delivery Expert; they’re designed to be the ultimate delivery vehicle, being what Domino’s says is the “first purpose-built vehicle aimed at revolutionizing pizza delivery.” It’ll make things easier on drivers, and ensure your pizza is delivered hot.

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Electric driverless bus to operate in California, Singapore

Electric driverless bus to operate in California, Singapore

A French company named EasyMile is bringing one of its electric driverless buses, the EZ10, to both California and Singapore. The buses will be operating at a car park in the latter country, and at a business park in California, doing so in a way that is both futuristic and environmentally friendly. As you’ve probably guessed, the bus will not be used on public roads in either location, instead running on pre-set routes.

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