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The Lexus RX 350 Takes On 4 of the Best Luxury SUVs for 2016

The Lexus RX 350 Takes On 4 of the Best Luxury SUVs for 2016

If you're currently shopping for a luxury SUV, you'll be pleased to discover that it's really a buyer's market. Automakers around the world are shifting production away from traditional sedans so that they can build ever-increasing numbers of crossovers and sport-utility vehicles, which are flying off of dealer lots across America.

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Ford creates plastics and foam from captured carbon dioxide

Ford creates plastics and foam from captured carbon dioxide

Ford has announced that it is the first automaker to make plastics and foam from captured CO2 (carbon dioxide). The materials will be finding their way into Ford vehicles in the next handful of years, and will help reduce petroleum usage by millions of pounds every year. This marks the latest biomaterial development for Ford, which already utilizes some other similarly enviro-friendly materials in its vehicles.

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500k Jeep Wranglers recalled: dirt may keep airbag from deploying

500k Jeep Wranglers recalled: dirt may keep airbag from deploying

Nearly half a million Jeep Wranglers are being recalled over potential loss of airbag functionality in vehicles that have been exposed to a lot of dirt and dust (eg, used off-roading). Fiat Chrysler America announced the recall following an internal investigation that surfaced the issue; of the units being recalled, 498,985 of them are located in the United States.

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Will self-driving taxis watch you with AI eyeballs?

Will self-driving taxis watch you with AI eyeballs?

I was talking with some people recently about self-driving cars and how one day you'll be able to pull your phone out of your pocket and order a taxi, and it'll show up just like an Uber car, only without the driver (in fact, Uber's working hard to ditch all of its human drivers). Autonomous taxis are potentially great: they'll be cheaper because there's no driver to pay, they'll be more efficient and, in some instances, less creepy and uncomfortable. The conversation got me thinking, though: how will the owners of these autonomous taxi fleets deal with human nature and its tendency to destroy stuff?

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Google patents sticky hoods for self-driving cars

Google patents sticky hoods for self-driving cars

Google has been hard at work on their self-driving cars, but people still have a lot of questions about them. Some of the biggest questions revolve around what happens when one of the cars inevitably hits a pedestrian. Even the best driver (or computer driver) can't always avoid hitting someone, if they walk or run out in front of a car. Knowing this, Google has been hard at work trying to find ways to help mitigate the damage to someone struck by one of their cars. And their latest patent shows a bizarre method for doing it.

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Uber debuts self-driving car for testing in Pittsburgh

Uber debuts self-driving car for testing in Pittsburgh

Google's projects have been dominating headlines about self-driving car research for some time now, but it's Uber's turn to make an official announcement. After months of discussing plans on its own efforts to enter the autonomous vehicle game, the ride-sharing company has revealed the first official photo of its self-driving car. The car is a hybrid model Ford Fusion, and Uber says it has received permission to begin testing on public roads in the city of Pittsburgh.

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This is how Hyundai is breaking into Android Auto

This is how Hyundai is breaking into Android Auto

Android Auto may be all about burying the car company's infotainment system under a familiar Android UI from your phone, but Hyundai is showing off a new, more seamless integration. Demonstrated for the first time at Google I/O 2016 today, the system relies an on upcoming version of Android Auto that allows automakers to insert their own custom cards into the interface.

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Waze for Android Auto is coming plus “Ok Google” triggers

Waze for Android Auto is coming plus “Ok Google” triggers

Android Auto is about to get a whole lot more useful, with wireless connectivity, "Ok Google" hot-word triggering, and Waze integration all set to be added. Google's attempt to colonize the dashboard through plugging in Android phones is set to receive a number of convenience features in the coming months, including the ability to hook up your smartphone via WiFi rather than plugging in a USB cable.

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Volvo’s 40 Series Concepts preview compact EVs and hybrids

Volvo’s 40 Series Concepts preview compact EVs and hybrids

Volvo has given us the first glimpse of its new 40 Series cars, in the shape of two new concepts: an aggressive crossover and a punchy sedan. Built on Volvo's Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), the new cars aim to distill the style, safety, and technology of the award-winning XC90 SUV and the upcoming S90 and V90 luxury sedan and wagon, down to a mass-market price.

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McLaren 675LT Spider First Drive

McLaren 675LT Spider First Drive

I’m piercing the Scottish idyll in the McLaren 675LT Spider, and 25 feet to either side I imagine observant lichen rattle in the wake of the LT’s turbulence, smugly impressed before reverting to their simple-life ways. Only a road definitively signals that man has actually been here before, and in this setting one could plausibly argue that asphalt is a natural phenomenon.

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Smarter and sleeker: This is Acura’s new self-driving prototype

Smarter and sleeker: This is Acura’s new self-driving prototype

Acura has revealed its second-generation autonomous car prototype, smarter and more capable of potentially tricky road conditions than its predecessor. The new car has been outfitted with an updated batch of sensors, but arguably more important is the fresh software, with a new set of algorithms that Acura claims will be more resilient to changing real-world challenges.

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Cadillac killed the ELR in February to clear path for CT6 Hybrid

Cadillac killed the ELR in February to clear path for CT6 Hybrid

Cadillac has quietly pulled the plug on the ELR, its clever but slow-selling hybrid alternative to Tesla's EVs. The coupe's demise actually came in February this year, it's been confirmed, with Cadillac discretely retiring the 2016 ELR and leaving just a few remaining cars in dealerships.

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