Automotive

Tesla Model X pushed to latter half of 2015

Tesla Model X pushed to latter half of 2015

This week during Tesla Motors' Third Quarter 2014 shareholder announcements they made a push for their newest Model X. Alpha prototypes of the Model X are being tested. Initial Beta prototypes are being built. Making way for the production of the Model X in full, Tesla decided to built in significantly more validation testing time compared to tests of the Model S. According to Tesla, "In anticipation of this effort, we now expect Model X deliveries to start in Q3 of 2015, a few months later than previously expected."

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Toyota Tundra “Tim Love Edition” sports grill, PS4, and 3 TVs

Toyota Tundra “Tim Love Edition” sports grill, PS4, and 3 TVs

Toyota will show off quite the concept truck at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, more commonly referred to as SEMA. It is the Toyota Tundra Tim Love Edition, named such for the collaboration with celebrity chef Tim Love and the related Divine 1 Customs, and it packs into it the embodiment of both work and play. Said Toyota's Steve Appelbaum recently, "This ingenious build highlights why the Tundra is the truck of choice for so many hard-working Americans." Did we mention the three TVs?

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Ducati gets smart systems and an inflatable jacket

Ducati gets smart systems and an inflatable jacket

Three new innovations have been revealed by Ducati this week. Two of them are new motorcycles, the third is a jacket. The most powerful of these is the Ducati 1299 Panigale, the slightly more "pedestrian" model is the Multistrada 1200, and the Ducati D|air Street Jacket/Vest. While you might be all about speed and power, Ducati is making a big-time push for safety, starting with the Panigale - dynamic suspension that adjusts based on your position - no more flips for you. Just so long as you know what you're doing, of course.

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2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 and R1M motorcycles unveiled

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 and R1M motorcycles unveiled

The 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 and R1M motorcycles have been unveiled, the latter of the two being a limited edition model. With the R1 comes many bragging points, not the least of which is the new engine and 200 horsepower. A new chassis decks out the model, and if all goes as planned, Yamaha will be rolling out the machines in early 2015. Both models sport changes over the previous year, with the R1M building upon the solid foundation that is the 2015 R1.

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Ford has a new surveillance system to monitor police cars

Ford has a new surveillance system to monitor police cars

Methods to monitor law enforcement are in demand, and we've been seeing different related technologies that meet this need appear increasingly. One example is the Yardarm sensor that monitors firearm usage, shuttling the data off to a cloud platform where it can be accessed by dispatchers and investigators if needed. Ford is working on its own surveillance system, this one being designed to provide real-time information on the driving actions of any particular police cruiser in which it is equipped.

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Drivebot dongle monitors your car’s health

Drivebot dongle monitors your car’s health

Unless you own an OBD-II reader, a random check engine light coming on in your car requires a trip to the nearest auto shop or service station to have it read -- an annoyance in what are often busy days with little time for unexpected car troubles. The makers behind Drivebot aim to eliminate this hassle with what they call "a Fitbit for your car", and it comes in the form of a Bluetooth-equipped dongle that shuttles data about your vehicle's status to a paired smartphone.

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Study says lane splitting is safer and faster for everyone

Study says lane splitting is safer and faster for everyone

A new study has been published that claims lane splitting is safer for motorcyclists and makes the commute faster for everyone. Lane splitting is when motorcyclists ride between two lanes on the highway in traffic. Riders always knew that splitting lanes was faster for them, but the study found it makes the commute faster for everyone. Lane splitting makes it safer for riders because being rear-ended is the most likely accident to happen in traffic and if the riders get rear-ended, serious harm or even death can occur.

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Homemade flying car crashes in Florida, catches fire

Homemade flying car crashes in Florida, catches fire

Some people take their DIY projects very seriously, as was apparently the case with a duo in Florida who crashed in their Maverick flying car. The Maverick is a homemade machine (it isn't clear whether the passengers bought it or made it), and surprisingly enough, it managed to get in the air with both inside. The downside to the story is where it ended badly: the car made it just high enough to crash spectacularly, injuring the two passengers and causing the vehicle to catch on fire.

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