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173,000 Hyundai Sonatas recalled over power steering issue

173,000 Hyundai Sonatas recalled over power steering issue

If you own a Hyundai Sonata, then you'll want to listen up. Today, the company announced a recall on roughly 173,000 Sonatas, due to an issue with the power steering. If left unchecked the power steering can go out, which would make the car significantly harder to steer. The company advises that this could potentially lead to accidents, due to the increased difficulty caused by only having manual steering.

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Bentley imagines holographic butler as the ultimate luxury in autonomous driving

Bentley imagines holographic butler as the ultimate luxury in autonomous driving

With the age of autonomous and AI-assisted driving quickly approaching, high-end car manufacturers are now considering how their passengers will be entertained and made more comfortable. Mercedes' concept features seats that swing around to face each other, while BMW envisions using the windshield as an augmented reality display. Bentley, on the other hand, seems to be toying with a concept of the ultimate luxury: a holographic butler to take care of passengers' needs.

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Ford’s new police car goes stealthy by hiding the light bar

Ford’s new police car goes stealthy by hiding the light bar

Drivers who often speed or jump red lights are going to be in for a surprise in the near future, as the days of easily identifying a police car by its bulky, top-mounted light bar are coming to an end. Ford has just debuted a new version of its Explorer-based Interceptor Utility for police, featuring a new stealthy, "no profile" light bar that is installed inside the SUV at the top of the windshield.

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Toyota ‘Guardian Angel’ system takes the wheel to prevent wrecks

Toyota ‘Guardian Angel’ system takes the wheel to prevent wrecks

There are human-driven cars, and there are autonomous cars, and between them lie a halfway-there zone in which human-operated cars are equipped with smart control systems. One example of such a system is Toyota’s ‘Guardian Angel,’ a technology being developed that will take the wheel when necessary to prevent a crash, saving humans from circumstances beyond their control or, perhaps, their own momentary lapse in attention.

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BMW picks HTC Vive for mixed reality car development

BMW picks HTC Vive for mixed reality car development

BMW has chosen to incorporate the HTC Vive into their development process - opting for mixed reality experiences rather than costly prototyping for each new vehicle. What these folks will be doing is creating vehicles in the computer - as they would have anyway - and instead of creating each new iteration as a metal and plastic prototype, they'll step inside in virtual reality. Mixed reality is the term we're using here because they'll also be able to see where they actually sit in the real world.

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Callaway just made the Corvette cooler with this wagon modification

Callaway just made the Corvette cooler with this wagon modification

The Corvette. Chevy's masterpiece of a two-door sports car, with an iconic, easily recognizable design. The thought of giving it a wagon-style body, even maintaining the same number of doors, seems like it should be a crime. But — what if — it was actually awesome? Turns out it is, and Callaway has already made it a reality. The aftermarket tuner, known for customizing cars with the Chevy badge — especially Corvettes — has announced the AeroWagen package for C7 Stingray and Z06 models, to be available this fall.

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Google’s self-driving cars head to Arizona for desert testing

Google’s self-driving cars head to Arizona for desert testing

Google's self-driving cars continue to expand to more cities for testing their autonomous driving capabilities. The company has announced today that their latest location is the metropolitan area of Phoenix, Arizona. Interestingly, this city wasn't just chosen because it's open to tech projects and has lots of cars to drive among, rather, it features unique environmental conditions for testing — specifically the dust and high temperatures of the desert.

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Volvo will perform China’s most advanced self-driving car tests

Volvo will perform China’s most advanced self-driving car tests

Volvo has announced plans to conduct China’s “most advanced autonomous driving experiment,” and it’ll involve up to 100 cars. According to the auto maker, efforts to get the experiment underway will be taking place “in the coming months,” though which cities it will happen in hasn’t been determined — Volvo says it will start talking with potential cities soon. Autonomous technology, says Volvo, will be a big contributing factor to better vehicle safety.

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NVIDIA Drive PX 2 is the AI brain of Roborace autonomous race cars

NVIDIA Drive PX 2 is the AI brain of Roborace autonomous race cars

The autonomous race cars set to compete in the Roborace Championship will have NVIDIA’s Drive PX 2 as their artificial intelligence brains, the company has announced. This is the first global autonomous competition of its kind, and it’ll be pitting software against software rather than human driver against human driver. A total of ten teams will be competing, each of them having a pair of autonomous race cars running Drive PX 2.

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Tesla: “Hubris” soured Model X launch, but we learned our lesson for Model 3

Tesla: “Hubris” soured Model X launch, but we learned our lesson for Model 3

Tesla Motors has announced its Q1 2016 deliveries were nearly 50% greater than the same quarter last year, with deliveries being comprised of 12,240 Model S cars and only 2,400 Model X vehicles. The auto maker says it is still “on track” to deliver between 80,000 and 90,000 new cars this year, a target all the more necessary given the unanticipated demand for the newly launched Model 3. Whether Tesla can actually hit those numbers is yet to be seen.

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Tesla Model 3 sees over double the expected pre-orders

Tesla Model 3 sees over double the expected pre-orders

In case you haven't heard, Tesla, the superstar electric car company, finally unveiled its new Model 3 last week. It was assumed that electric vehicle and Tesla fans would create a high demand for the car, which won't actually be released until a year and a half from now, but founder Elon Musk has said that Thursday's presentation was only the first of two for the Model 3 sedan, so there really shouldn't be that many people eager to order one just yet, right? Well, no.

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I tried the Tesla Model 3: Here’s what you need to know

I tried the Tesla Model 3: Here’s what you need to know

To say the Tesla Model 3 has been hotly anticipated is an understatement, and last night's unveiling in Los Angeles reached Apple-levels of excitement. CEO Elon Musk is still playing many of the details close to his chest, but after taking a brief ride in one of the latest prototypes, I do know a little more about the $35k electric car that could give the auto industry a serious shake-up.

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