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Google self-driving car suffers its worst accident, still the human driver’s fault

Google self-driving car suffers its worst accident, still the human driver’s fault

Google's self-driving Lexus 450h SUVs getting in minor accidents is not a new thing, but the latest incident appears to be the worst one yet. The vehicle sustained serious damage after it was hit directly on its right side by another car when it entered an intersection in Mountain View, California on Friday afternoon. The Google car was in autonomous mode at the time, but with a human behind the wheel, and thankfully there were no injuries to either party.

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2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD R-Sport Review: The claws are out

2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD R-Sport Review: The claws are out

Things were not off to a good start in "Operation Impress the In-Laws". The Jaguar XJ I had expected, and which promised ample long wheelbase accommodation for their legs, was no longer arriving; instead, Jaguar's brand new 2017 XE R-Sport, the automaker's entry-level sports sedan and rival to the BMW 3 Series, was on its way. My extended family may not be especially swayed by brand cachet, but could the smallest Jag be too compact a kitty to keep four adults happy?

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The need-to-know on McLaren, Apple’s potential auto savior

The need-to-know on McLaren, Apple’s potential auto savior

Apple is reportedly sniffing around McLaren, and smelling more than just the heady haze of partially-burned hydrocarbons. The British automaker might at first seem like an unlikely target for the iPhone maker, but dip beneath the six-figure supercars and there are plenty of very good reasons why Apple might be interested.

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Mercedes-Maybach’s latest is a limo for paranoid pampered plutocrats

Mercedes-Maybach’s latest is a limo for paranoid pampered plutocrats

Mercedes-Maybach has rolled out the must-have wheels for the paranoid plutocrat, with a new, fully-armored version of its lengthy Pullman limousine. The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard takes the 6.5m long - that's more than 21 feet - car and gives it the sort of toughness upgrade you'd expect to find in President Obama's Beast.

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Audi breaks luxury ranks with unusual 2017 A4 manual

Audi breaks luxury ranks with unusual 2017 A4 manual

At a time when manual gearboxes in the US are more commonly associated with base-trim cars, Audi is bucking the trend with a version of the 2017 A4 that eschews the automatic. The company has confirmed that there'll be a manual A4 quattro in its model year 2017 line-up, with a redesigned six-speed gearbox that promises to be both smoother and faster than the outgoing version.

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Jaguar welcomes historic New York City leg of Formula E championship

Jaguar welcomes historic New York City leg of Formula E championship

The third season of the FIA Formula E championship is set to start next month, but this 2016-17 already has a few historic and exciting firsts, particularly for the US. Although the last season did have a round in the US at Long Beach, this season is the first time a FIA-approved open-wheel, not to mention a fully-electric, race will take place within the five boroughs of New York City. And marking that momentous occasion will be Jaguar North America, whose return to the motorsports world will be witnessed first at this very Formula E season.

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Tesla version 8.0 update begins going out over-the-air tonight

Tesla version 8.0 update begins going out over-the-air tonight

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced via Twitter that the company's anticipated version 8.0 update will begin downloading to all cars in the Tesla lineup tonight. The new version will arrive as an over-the-air update to all cars around the world, and in a later tweet, Musk promises that this update will be a "major overhaul on almost every level compared to V7."

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2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S First Drive

2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S First Drive

Nestling in-between the Flying Spur V8 - which is as "entry level" as a Bentley sedan gets - and the W12-engined original, the new 2017 Flying Spur V8 S is all about eager affordability. Feel free to put as many air-quotes around "affordability" as it takes to stomach the $205,000 starting price, drop your weary, wealthy body into the supple leather seats, and try to get with the old-school charm.

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Apple tipped in acquisition talks with Lit Motors

Apple tipped in acquisition talks with Lit Motors

Following a report earlier today suggesting Apple is in talks with McLaren, more sources have cropped up to say the company is also talking with Lit Motors, maker of an intriguing, atypically designed self-balancing motorcycle. A total of three sources spoke up about the rumored talks, saying they concern a ‘potential acquisition’ of the motors company. The move would be done to bolster Apple's troubled 'Project Titan' automotive project.

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Apple may buy McLaren to get “Project Titan” back on track

Apple may buy McLaren to get “Project Titan” back on track

Apple is reportedly negotiating to buy British supercar manufacturer McLaren, in a deal that could accelerate the Cupertino tech firm into the automotive big leagues. The rumored deal is the latest in the ongoing saga of Apple's so-called "Project Titan" car development, which is believed to be focusing on electric powertrain and self-driving car technologies.

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The 2016 Ram 1500 takes on 3 Pickup Rivals in Full-Size Truck showdown

The 2016 Ram 1500 takes on 3 Pickup Rivals in Full-Size Truck showdown

The 2016 Ram 1500 sits comfortably in third position on the full-size pickup sales charts, but don't be deceived: this is one of the most innovative trucks currently on the market. Unlike the Ford F-150, which has dominated the segment for decades, Ram has had to mount a comprehensive strategy that gives pickup buyers features they simply can't find in any other truck in order to lure customers to dealerships - and it's working.

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Tencent security lab says Tesla Model S is easily hacked

Tencent security lab says Tesla Model S is easily hacked

Along with the promise of hi-tech features like full or semi autonomous driving, modern cars that sport all kinds of sensors, connectivity features, and remote controls have also brought concerns about security and safety. In particularly, cars that can be controlled remotely have become the target of many researchers’ hacking attempts. Such was the case with the Tesla Model S and Tencent’s Keen Security Lab, revealing how it was possible to manipulate the electric car from a distance, whether it’s parked or even while it’s moving.

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