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License+ from Automatic could actually make teens better drivers

License+ from Automatic could actually make teens better drivers

If you’re a parent of a teen, driving can be a scary proposition. Not only is your child operating a massive machine capable of high velocity, but they’re inexperienced. You can teach them all you like, but sometimes it’s helpful to have some actual data to back up your passenger seat cringing. with an update to Automatic called License+, you can get that info. You also get a little peace of mind that your teen is driving safely even when you’re not there.

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Dashboard tech the worst part of car ownership says Consumer Reports

Dashboard tech the worst part of car ownership says Consumer Reports

Complex, confusing, and frustrating car dashboards are now the most disappointing part of car ownership, a new survey suggests, with wonky infotainment coming in for renewed criticism from owners. Navigation, multimedia, and social networking features are spreading across many new vehicles, but lackluster user experiences - especially in brand new systems - are not only driving owners crazy but having a meaningful impact on their overall ratings.

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Nissan put a car in a massive Zorb and pushed it down a hill

Nissan put a car in a massive Zorb and pushed it down a hill

Normally, the Nissan Note is a small, reliable city car, and not prone to rolling down hills. Nissan clearly decided that simply wasn't good enough, and so constructed a vast inflatable Zorb ball so as to capture a Note and then send it tumbling. Worry not, though: it's all in the name of demonstrating the car's safety features, which Nissan has dubbed "Safety Shield."

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Alpine iLX-007 is CarPlay ready, shipping now

Alpine iLX-007 is CarPlay ready, shipping now

Apple’s CArPlay sounds great, but the official offerings straight form car manufacturers are slim right now. Unless you want a 2015 Sonata, or like Pioneer decks, there isn’t an easy way to get involved with Apple’s new in-car system. If you like Alpine decks, we’ve got good news. The company has released their first CarPlay deck, the iLX-007. With the iLX-007, you’ll have the power of Siri in your car, as well as apps like Rdio, Messages, and Maps at your fingertips.

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Lotus Exige S automatic ditches the manual transmission

Lotus Exige S automatic ditches the manual transmission

The Lotus Exige has always been a lightweight car that is focused on driver dynamics and handling over raw performance, and to meet that goal it has always come with a manual transmission. Some out there prefer to have automatic transmissions with paddle shifters rather than the traditional three pedal setup Lotus has always offered. To make those customers happy, Lotus has just unveiled the Exige S Automatic.

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BMW i8S and hotter i8 duo tipped to turn up EV power

BMW i8S and hotter i8 duo tipped to turn up EV power

BMW's i8 hybrid sportscar is tipped to be in line for a power boost, with the Germany company said to have earmarked the eco-friendly coupe for an upgrade to both parts of its powertrain. Distinctively designed both inside and out, the current BMW i8 musters 357 HP and 450 lb-ft of torque from its combination of a three-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor. However, according to industry whispers, both of those are going to be replaced with more powerful versions - among other changes - in a hotter, more focused version, and it may only be the start of BMW's scheming.

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Ford could make a Tesla-beater insists CEO (but will it?)

Ford could make a Tesla-beater insists CEO (but will it?)

Ford execs have set tongues wagging about a possible Tesla-rivaling luxury electric car from the marque, after CEO Mark Fields described the idea as "consistent with our product philosophy." The tease came as Ford revealed its quarterly financial results, recording $1.2bn in Q3 profit - down a hefty $1.4bn year-on-year - as Fields was pressed into referring to the Silicon Valley EV startup and what investigations into the Model S' strengths his own company had performed. Still, while some have interpreted Fields' comments as telegraphing a true Tesla alternative might be in the pipeline, there's a good chance that too much is being read into the chief executive's words.

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Honda Sensing Advanced Driver-Assistive system to debut on Honda Legend in Japan

Honda Sensing Advanced Driver-Assistive system to debut on Honda Legend in Japan

Honda is talking up a new driver assistive system that will be rolled out first in Japan on the all-new Legend. The driver assistive system is called Honda Sensing and it will launch in Japan before the end of the year on the new Legend before being rolled out to other vehicles in the future. Honda Sensing is a step towards a collision free society according to Honda.

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Modified Toyota Supra hits 240mph in quarter mile

Modified Toyota Supra hits 240mph in quarter mile

Drag racing is a sport that people all around the world participate in. The sport has one or two cars line up and then blast off down the track to see who can go the fastest in the quarter mile length of the track. In the drag racing world, a streetcar that can run the quarter mile in the 11-second range is pretty fast. A heavily modified Toyota Supra recently set a drag racing record.

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