Cars

Tesla taps ex-F1 engineer for service skills

Tesla taps ex-F1 engineer for service skills

Tesla has snapped up an F1 chief mechanic to lead its car servicing efforts, with CEO Elon Musk hoping Kenny Handkammer can inject a little high-octane pitstop practice into his EVs. Formerly of Red Bull Racing, Handkammer will now be based in the US as Tesla's Global Director of Service Training, helping shape how Tesla dealerships handle electric cars brought in for routine servicing along with any unforeseen issues. The appointment comes ahead of Tesla's range expanding with the Model X SUV, not to mention ambitious upgrading procedures for the older Roadster.

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HTC reportedly working on Android Auto competitor

HTC reportedly working on Android Auto competitor

HTC has made a home in your pocket, and maybe even on your wrist, but what about in your car? An interesting finding details how HTC may be angling to involve themselves in auto, creating an in-dash system that does much of what Android Auto does, but builds on it just a bit more. Codenamed ‘Cello’, HTC is doing for Android Auto what they did for Android so many years ago, seemingly bringing a skinned Android Auto to car manufacturers for inclusion with new cars.

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Panoz and DeltaWing patent two arrow-shaped road cars

Panoz and DeltaWing patent two arrow-shaped road cars

Batmobiles these are not, but they could very well be closest you can get, especially one that you can actually legally drive and flaunt around. Motorsports giant Don Panoz and DeltaWing LLC last month filed for not one but two patents over arrow-shaped road cars, a dream that the Nissan BladeGlider once inspired and now has seemingly given up on. Simply called "Street Cars", these design patents are anything but simple. Sadly, based on the designs, only one of them might actually be practical to drive on streets.

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Tesla Motors banned from direct sales in West Virginia

Tesla Motors banned from direct sales in West Virginia

Thanks to a decision made Friday by West Virginia's governor, Tesla Motors will not be allowed to practice its direct-sales approach in the state. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill that protects franchised auto dealers, making them the only outlet where new vehicles can be purchased from. The new law states that auto manufacturers are prohibited from acting as a new car dealer or operating as a dealership. Not surprisingly, Tesla is unhappy about the decision, which just so happens to have been supported by West Virginia's Senate president, Bill Cole, himself a car dealer in the state.

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Department of Homeland Security seeking national license plate database

Department of Homeland Security seeking national license plate database

Early last year, it was revealed the Department of Homeland Security was seeking a Federal License Plate Reader Database, something that was later abandoned in light of privacy concerns. Now the DHS has changed its mind and is again pursuing such a national database, soliciting bids from those who could provide it with such a product. The reason for its return is the department's belief it can now mitigate those aforementioned privacy worries. To prove it, DHS has published a report detailing the info.

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander unveiled at 2015 New York Auto Show

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander unveiled at 2015 New York Auto Show

Mitsubishi has taken the wraps off its newest Outlander at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, revealing a combined total of more than 100 improvements. The auto maker has called this a new era for its brand, at least in relation to "style, refinement" and the driving experience owners get. This is a seven passenger crossover, and says Mitsubishi, it "literally" is like an all-new model, not a rehashed and updated version of the past Outlanders (though that is, of course, what it is).

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2016 Nissan Maxima’s Driver Attention Alert debuts for DDA day

2016 Nissan Maxima’s Driver Attention Alert debuts for DDA day

Just in time for "Drowsy Driving Awareness Day" on the 6th of April, Nissan has revealed that the 2016 Nissan Maxima will be coming with Nissan Driver Attention Alert (DAA) technology. This system will help detect erratic driving caused by a number of factors, inattention and drowsiness included. If drowsiness or inattention are detected by the system, Nissan's Driver Attention Alert will signal the driver with an audible chime sound and an amber coffee cup image on the dashboard.

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Tesla delivered 10,030 cars last quarter, their most ever

Tesla delivered 10,030 cars last quarter, their most ever

Tesla is reporting a record quarter to start 2015. According to the company, they delivered 10,030 cars in Q1 2015 alone, their best ever. The company also says their figures are highly accurate (with a 1% error rate) due to the fact they do ship directly to customers, and a delivery is only counted if the customer takes ownership and all the paperwork is finalized. This all comes after Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave some telling commentary on his company’s performance in China, suggesting they were ‘misled’ about interest in the country.

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Delphi automated Audi SUV completes first coast-to-coast trip

Delphi automated Audi SUV completes first coast-to-coast trip

Autonomous and automated vehicles are coming no matter how you feel about them. Several major automakers are testing automated cars and the tech will start making its way to vehicles we can purchase before you know it. Delphi has been working with Audi on self-driving vehicles, recently Delphi and Audi's automated car made the first coast-to-coast trip ever taken by an automated vehicle.

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BMW plans plug-in hybrid versions of all models

BMW plans plug-in hybrid versions of all models

BMW has said in the past that it plans to make plug-in hybrid versions of all of the core models in its line. This week at the New York Auto Show BMW changed it up a bit and is promising even more plug-in hybrid versions of its vehicles. BMW's North America CEO Ludwig Willisch has stated that the plug-in hybrid plan will be applied to all new models.

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