Automotive

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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BMW M2 Coupe unveiled: the latest M family powerhouse

BMW M2 Coupe unveiled: the latest M family powerhouse

BMW was hit with a leak ahead of its M2 Coupe debut, with details about the model surfacing online. Following that, the auto maker has officially unveiled the model and fleshed out all the details, as well as showing it off in all its shiny, slim glory. The BMW M2 Coupe brings with it the M family design flavors and couples them with “dynamic attributes”, says the auto maker. That M family foundation is likewise reflected with the interior design, with, among other things, M embossing and an M gearshift.

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Back to the Future Delorean fully restored for 30th Anniversary

Back to the Future Delorean fully restored for 30th Anniversary

A full museum-quality restoration of the original Delorean time machine is done for the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future. Just one of a barrage of gestures pushed to the public by Universal Pictures this month in celebration and preparation for the anniversary of the film series is this restoration of the time machine itself. While many of the original bits and pieces were gone - either already on display in a real museum somewhere or straight-up stolen - the bulk of the car had been sitting in a lot in Hollywood for decades. Behold the rebuilding of the first classic.

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Mitsubishi eX Concept brings augmented reality to the windshield

Mitsubishi eX Concept brings augmented reality to the windshield

Mitsubishi isn't waiting until the Tokyo Motor Show later this month to announce it newest crossover SUV concept, the eX. While it may feature a somewhat edgy, futuristic exterior design that will surely be reeled-in before ever hitting a consumer vehicle, it's actually the technology on the inside that Mitsubishi is showing off. Instead of using a heads-up display that we're seeing more often in cars these days, the eX Concept features a windshield enhanced with augmented reality (AR).

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Volkswagen dieselgate recalls to begin in January

Volkswagen dieselgate recalls to begin in January

Following Volkswagen's admissions over just how many of its vehicles around the world were among those installed with software to help cheat diesel emissions tests, the German manufacturer's newly appointed CEO Matthias Müller has said that they are expecting to begin recalls in January 2016. Speaking to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Müller added that "all the cars should be fixed by the end of 2016." However, it was clarified that these two timeframes only apply to affected VW cars in Europe.

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Google refutes claim Android Auto collects car data

Google refutes claim Android Auto collects car data

Google is denying a tidbit of information published in a recent Motor Trend report, saying that the company takes privacy seriously and does not require data to be phoned home from Android Auto. On Monday, Motor Trend stated Porsche opted not to go with Android Auto for its 991/2 model due to an alleged requirement that “certain pieces of data” be collected and shipped off to Mountain View.

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Will Smith gives shout-out to Tesla in first rap in a decade

Will Smith gives shout-out to Tesla in first rap in a decade

This week Will Smith appeared on a rap track - a remix of a song by the name of "Fiesta" - with a shout to Tesla. "No gassin' me, I'm a Tesla," says Smith on the track. Smith is one a number of celebrities that currently own a Tesla Model S, and - as of April 2013 - Smith's son planned on picking one up as well. In a Google+ hangout with a number of "Top Thinkers" including Elon Musk, Jaden Smith suggested that the Model S was "simply fly."

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