Automotive

London wants Google to bring its autonomous cars across the pond

London wants Google to bring its autonomous cars across the pond

Now that Google's little self-driving pod cars are making their way to more cities in the US for testing, overseas metropolises are starting to show an interest. Transportation officials in London revealed this week that they've begun early discussions with Google to bring their autonomous cars to the UK capital. This new comes right after the vehicles have made Washington State their third testing ground, following cities in Texas and California.

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Ultra-rare 1957 Ferrari 335S auctioned for $35M

Ultra-rare 1957 Ferrari 335S auctioned for $35M

It's hard to beat a Ferrari when it comes to luxury sports cars retaining their value over the years, and the latest auction for a classic model proves it. In Paris today a 1957 Ferrari 335 Spider Scaglietti was auctioned off by Artcurial, reaching a total of $34.9 million. So, what makes the car so valuable? Well, the car was designed for the track by Enzo Ferrari himself, has been raced by two Formula 1 world champions, oh, and it's one of only four ever produced.

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Google looking into wireless charging for its self-driving cars

Google looking into wireless charging for its self-driving cars

As Google's self-driving cars continue to make progress and move to more locations for testing, it appears the company is now making plans on how to better charge the small pod cars. A FCC filing discovered by IEEE Spectrum indicated that Google is looking into wireless charging as an option, with plans to install system around its headquarters, as well as the former Air Force base that serves as the self-driving testing grounds.

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NYC to launch parking meter mobile payment app

NYC to launch parking meter mobile payment app

By the end of 2016, all parking meters in New York City will support an upcoming mobile payment app, a project we’ve heard mention of in the recent past. There are 85,000 metered parking spots scattered throughout NYC, and according to Mayor de Blasio’s recent State of the City speech, they’ll be payable through the app remotely, meaning you’ll no longer have to visit the spot to make a payment.

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FCA Kills Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart, SUVs To Be Main Focus

FCA Kills Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart, SUVs To Be Main Focus

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) is one of the rare automakers willing to discuss the details of its future product plans, typically covering a five year span of time. This past January FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed that the company intended to make substantial changes to the most recent strategy announced for 2014-2018, a move that will change the face of several of its brands in the near term.

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Continental to NHTSA: 5m cars may have faulty airbags

Continental to NHTSA: 5m cars may have faulty airbags

The Takata airbag debacle is still underway, but when it rains, it pours. Continental Automotive Systems has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of potentially faulty electronic airbag systems that could result in airbags deploying when they shouldn’t or failing to deploy when they should. According to the supplier, 5 million vehicles feature the potentially faulty systems.

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Audi Super Bowl 50 commercial hawks next-gen R8

Audi Super Bowl 50 commercial hawks next-gen R8

Audi released its extended cut Super Bowl 50 commercial today, a 60-second TV spot that will air during the football game this upcoming Sunday. The commercial, titled “The Commander,” features the auto maker’s newest Audi R8, a model that will be hitting showrooms in the United States this upcoming spring season. This particular extended version, available after the jump, has an extra 30 seconds of content.

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Sayonara Scion: Toyota kills fading youth brand

Sayonara Scion: Toyota kills fading youth brand

What good is a 'youth-oriented' automotive brand if the average age of its buyers is 49? How innovative and vital can a car company be when much of its new product is sourced from other automakers? The answer to those questions came today, with dramatic flourish, as Scion was axed by corporate parent Toyota, putting an end to 14 years of lukewarm experimentation from the Japanese giant.

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Volkswagen’s 3.0 liter recall draft proposal sent to EPA, CARB

Volkswagen’s 3.0 liter recall draft proposal sent to EPA, CARB

Volkswagen has sent the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a draft of its 3.0-liter diesel vehicle recall plan, the latest chapter is the auto maker's emissions scandal. This latest plan, not to be confused with the one recently rejected by CARB, concerns 85,000 or so cars encompassed by the auto group, including Audi and Porsche, featuring a 3.0-liter diesel engine.

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Nissan to recall nearly a million cars over hood latch issue

Nissan to recall nearly a million cars over hood latch issue

A hood latch issue has resulted in a 930,000 vehicle recall for auto maker Nissan, which announced plans to recall and repair the affected vehicles on Friday. This recall covers vehicles located around the globe, and marks Nissan’s third recall attempt to fix its hood latch woes. The issue affects some Nissan Altima sedans spanning the 2013 to 2015 model years.

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Sensor uses phone signals to track, improve bus schedules

Sensor uses phone signals to track, improve bus schedules

Researchers with the University of Washington have developed a sensor that uses the Bluetooth and WiFi signals coming off passengers’ smartphones to gather data on public transportation. When someone gets on or off a bus equipped with the sensor, data like where they did so is recorded, as well as how many people were on the bus (that have phones, at least), transfer times, and more.

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General Motors team focus on self-driving, electric car development

General Motors team focus on self-driving, electric car development

US car giant General Motors revealed this week that it's forming a team that will be dedicated to developing self-driving and electric vehicles, a sign the manufacturer doesn't want to get left behind as the growing car technologies continue to gain popularity. As GM is looking towards this fall's release of the Chevrolet Bolt compact electric, it seems to planning to expand its offering of such vehicles in the future, along with exploring autonomous driving features.

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