Cars

2016 Camaro Convertible revealed with Chevy’s smartest roof

2016 Camaro Convertible revealed with Chevy’s smartest roof

Chevrolet has chopped the roof off its everyman sportscar to create the 2016 Camaro Convertible, though this is no hack-job soft top. While it may not have a folding metal roof, the Camaro Convertible does get what Chevy is calling the most advanced lid of the segment, not only fully-powered in operation but with automatically releasing and securing latches, and a powered hard tonneau cover that makes the whole thing a hands-off experience.

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Autoliv emergency brake exerts 15,000 newtons of force to stop your car

Autoliv emergency brake exerts 15,000 newtons of force to stop your car

Back in the day, the parking brake was known as the emergency brake. I grew up thinking that if you really needed to stop, you cranked that handle up to get the car stopped. After driving for a few years, I realized that locking up the wheels is the best way to lose control of the car, which is why we have anti-lock brakes. The challenge in preventing accidents with other cars and pedestrians is not only to get the brakes activated more quickly, but also to get the brakes themselves to function better.

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Let strangers drive your new Ford to reduce monthly payments

Let strangers drive your new Ford to reduce monthly payments

As a follow-up to their new GoDrive car rental service in the UK, Ford has just announced a new pilot program that will let drivers lower their monthly car payments by renting out their Ford vehicle to others for short periods of time. They're calling the program Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing, and it will be tested in a handful of US cities. It aims to work much like ZipCar, allowing users to borrow a set of wheels for just a few hours if needed.

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Ford jumps in the race to develop self-driving cars

Ford jumps in the race to develop self-driving cars

Ford is amping up its research into autonomous technologies in the hopes of creating a self-driving car. The company is a bit of a late-comer to the emerging market of autonomous vehicles. Auto industry competitors such as Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz are already well on their way past proof-of-concept. (We even took a spin in the autonomous Mercedes F 015!) Tech industry giants like Google and newcomer, Uber, already have prototypes on the road.

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In just 3 years, Tesla’s Model S has been driven 1bn miles

In just 3 years, Tesla’s Model S has been driven 1bn miles

Tesla Model S drivers have driven their cars a billion all-electric miles, with the milestone coming just three years after the sedan was launched. The news was shared today, with Tesla comparing the cumulative distance traveled with 4,186 trips to the moon, or a continuous road trip lasting a ridiculous 2,000 years. Of course, the bigger impact that Elon Musk's plucky automotive startup would like to draw attention to is the gas and carbon dioxide saved.

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Ford’s MyFord app hits Android Wear as Sync 3 debuts in USA

Ford’s MyFord app hits Android Wear as Sync 3 debuts in USA

Ford boosts its smart functionality and connectivity technologies this week with a new MyFord Mobile app extension and SYNC 3's release in North America. Ford suggested this afternoon that the MyFord Mobile app extension would be coming soon "for smartwatches," including Android Wear and eventually very likely the Apple Watch as well. Ford's news in the in-car infotainment environment included a confirmation of which vehicles the SYNC 3 system would be debuting in inside North America. These systems work with AppLink as well.

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Ford begins 3D-printing parts with Carbon3D

Ford begins 3D-printing parts with Carbon3D

This afternoon Ford announced their collaboration with Carbon3D to begin producing high-quality automotive-grade parts with speed. This team-up began in December of 2014 when the companies began talks on how they might speed up production of certain elements in vehicles while retaining quality control. Redwood City-based Carbon3D presented CLIP - Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology. This technology is able to grow parts from UV-curable resins "at speeds as much as 25 to 100 times faster than conventional 3D printing processes." With quality Ford expects, of course.

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CarPlay and Android Auto coming to 2016 Buick, GMC models

CarPlay and Android Auto coming to 2016 Buick, GMC models

General Motors continues to add support for Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto infotainment systems across all its brands by announcing Buick and GMC models are next in line. This week saw the new Chevy Corvette Z06 shipping out to dealers, becoming the first GM car to hit the roads with CarPlay integration. Prior to that, Cadillac revealed which of its 2016 models would be smartphone-connected.

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HERE’s common sensor language could steer self-driving cars

HERE’s common sensor language could steer self-driving cars

Nokia HERE is hoping to get connected cars speaking a common language, relying on collaborative mapping to help self-driving cars figure out a route. The Car-to-Cloud interface specification has been released under a creative commons license, so that car manufacturers could adopt it without having to cough up fees in the process; each "message" sent by a car would consist of anonymized data, allowing road conditions and unexpected route issues to be shared without intruding on driver privacy.

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