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Google, Uber copy each other in driverless car service push

Google, Uber copy each other in driverless car service push

Here’s an interesting question the folks at Google probably asked themselves not too long ago: how do you pair a human passenger with a driverless car? Aside form looping routes, much like public transportation, the automated car and its human riders have no real way to interact with one another. A new rumor suggests Google is preparing an app, much like Uber, which will likely find a home with their driverless car fleet. Of special interest here is that Google is an Uber investor.

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Tesla’s Musk: P85D speed was side effect, OTA update to make it faster

Tesla’s Musk: P85D speed was side effect, OTA update to make it faster

Though they face pushback when it comes to getting cars to potential owners via less-than-traditional retail means, Tesla is still on a tear. Their Model S is still in high demand, and CEO Elon Musk recently admitted they’d already sold through stock for their Model X. The Model 3 is coming soon, too. So are battery swapping stations, as well as the company speeding up the already ‘Insane’ P85D via a software upgrade. The car reaches speeds that, according to Musk, was an accident anyway.

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Alpine Vision GT concept races onto the virtual track

Alpine Vision GT concept races onto the virtual track

Renault has rolled out a slick looking concept car called the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo concept and it looks really cool. The car has lots of curves and reminds of something that Speed Racer or one of his pals would drive. The car is set to make its debut in the racing game Gran Turismo, but Renault has also produced a full size scale model of the car to show off at auto shows as well.

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Porsche 911 GTS Club Coupe debuts to celebrate PCA

Porsche 911 GTS Club Coupe debuts to celebrate PCA

Porsche has unveiled a very cool looking version of the venerable 911 that is designed specifically to celebrate Porsche Club of America or PCA as it's known. PCA is the largest Porsche club organization in the world and has been around for 60 years now. To celebrate that birthday, Porsche has rolled out the 911 Carrera GTS Club Coupe in an exclusive color only available to PCA members.

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BMW 1 Series gets new three and five door models

BMW 1 Series gets new three and five door models

BMW has refreshed the 1 Series range with a new three door and a new five-door models. Both cars have the look of small wagons and are hatchback designs. The new cars also get a revised engine line and new measures for reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The engine line has new gas and diesel units with three and four cylinders.

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Toyota, Oculus bringing VR driving simulator for teens

Toyota, Oculus bringing VR driving simulator for teens

Toyota and Oculus are teaming up to make driving safer — for teens. The joint venture bring a Toyota-branded driving simulator for Toyota’s TeenDrive365 program to the VR headset, which puts those learning to drive behind the wheel of a real car (stationary, of course), but uses VR to immerse them in a driving environment. In being behind the wheel of a real car with virtual distractions and difficult situations, the hope is that teens will be more comfortable behind the wheel when they do venture onto the real road.

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Tesla’s Musk talks gigafactories, profit at NAIAS

Tesla’s Musk talks gigafactories, profit at NAIAS

Today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Elon Musk sat down to talk all things Tesla. The CEO, who has a contentious relationship with both the auto industry and state of Michigan, opened up about the state of the union at Tesla. He answered questions, and gave a prospectus on where the auto maker was going. As stock fell roughly 6%, Musk explained it away, and further detailed their plans for world domination. Or, just being allowed to sell cars.

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