Automotive

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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Opel GT Concept is as red hot as its tires

Opel GT Concept is as red hot as its tires

Germany's Opel has officially unveiled its new GT Concept, a modern re-imagining of the original Opel GT, a sport car legend produced from 1968 to 1973. The new version stays true to its roots, with rear-wheel drive, a low-slung profile, and a long hood that flows into a fastback rear end. But completely modern design details include a windshield that stretches from the front of the car to the back in a single piece of panorama glass, the appearance of no side windows, and, of course, those bright red front tires.

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BMW M6 GTLM commemorative 100th anniversary liveries unveiled

BMW M6 GTLM commemorative 100th anniversary liveries unveiled

BMW Team RLL has taken the wraps off a pair of BMW M6 GTM commemorative 100th anniversary liveries, one to be featured on one of the M6 machines in honor of the BMW 3.0 CSL’s 1975 racing season, and the other to feature on an M6 with a "design that looks to the future." However, both the designs center around a new icon BMW developed specifically to point toward 100th anniversary milestones; the maker’s upcoming Centenary Event on March 7 will be themed around “The Next 100 Years."

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The DeLorean DMC-12 is going back into production (Flux capaciter not included)

The DeLorean DMC-12 is going back into production (Flux capaciter not included)

There have been plenty of cars that have been made famous, thanks to their role in various Hollywood blockbusters. Few have such a strange history as the DeLorean DMC-12. By the time it was featured in Back to the Future, production had already been stopped for a couple of years, and only around 8,500 were ever completed and put on the road. But soon, that number is actually going to start increasing.

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Bosch connected gas pedal warns drivers when they’re doing it wrong

Bosch connected gas pedal warns drivers when they’re doing it wrong

We've heard of connected speakers, connected bulbs, and, of course, connected cars. But a connected gas pedal? Before you cock an eyebrow at the idea, perhaps you should first hear what Bosch's connected gas pedal promises to bring: 7 percent savings in fuel and potential savings in life. All of that thanks to the simple but almost ingenious idea of adding haptic feedback to a gas pedal and connecting that otherwise mundane part of the car to the rest of the car's smart system and, of course, to the Internet.

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New Takata airbag recall affects Audi, VW, Saab and Mercedes

New Takata airbag recall affects Audi, VW, Saab and Mercedes

Another recall concerning faulty Takata airbags will take place in the United States, it has been announced, with this recall tacking another 5 million cars onto the list of potentially affected vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the planned recall today, saying that with it the new total of affected US vehicles grows to 24 million.

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Apple’s car project leader tipped in plan to leave company

Apple’s car project leader tipped in plan to leave company

Apple has long been rumored to be working on a “Project Titan” electric car — though the company hasn’t made it official, mostly everyone including Elon Musk believes it’s happening. The project is said to be led by Steve Zadesky who, according to a new report, is planning to leave the company. Zadesky has been with Apple for 16 years; when he will be leaving isn’t known.

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Maven is GM’s new on-demand car-sharing service

Maven is GM’s new on-demand car-sharing service

Maven is the brand name of General Motors' car sharing service from here on out, servicing the United States with on-demand mobility with an "ownership-like experience." What GM hopes to do here is work with Lyft (in a strategic alliance of sorts) and connect with OnStar to provide a "high level of personalized mobility services" in a car-sharing program that'll be expanding immediately. The first step is the city, where Maven will be bringing its car-sharing program to Ann Arbor Michigan.

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2017 Audi R8, a road car with a racing DNA, gets a price tag

2017 Audi R8, a road car with a racing DNA, gets a price tag

Audi has just revealed the pricing details for its latest R8 road car. That in itself is already great news for Audi's fans and car fans in general. But even better is the fact that those who willing to put that much money on a 2017 Audi R8 or, better yet, its V10 Plus sibling, won't just be getting the latest generation of a well-known model. They will be getting a road car whose DNA is mixed with race car performance. And not just from the original R8 prototype that broke records at the 24 Hours of Le Mans but, even closer, from the R8 LMS race car with which it share a lot more than engine in common.

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Ford Focus door latch issue catches NHTSA attention

Ford Focus door latch issue catches NHTSA attention

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will investigate an issue affecting 2012 and 2013 Ford Focus vehicles that, at times, could prevent the doors from latching properly. The issue is said to affect about 400,000 of the vehicles, and according to some drivers, has at times manifested while the cars are in motion. The NHTSA revealed its plans in new documents released today; this is a similar probe to the one that ultimately lead to Ford and Lincoln recalls in 2015.

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