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Intel tackles self-driving cars and anti-hack dashboards

Intel tackles self-driving cars and anti-hack dashboards

Intel is taking on self-driving cars, smarter next-gen dashboards, and better automotive security with a new In-Vehicle Solutions platform of chips and software to get vehicles like Google's autonomous pod on the roads quicker. A sub-division of Intel's Internet of Things group, the team's first products target cars with advanced safety and semi-autonomous systems - both on the road and when dealing with potential digital threats.

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No blending-in: Google’s self-driving cars aim to be noticed

No blending-in: Google’s self-driving cars aim to be noticed

Google is making its own self-driving cars, and it wants you to see them. The surprise announcement of a fleet of autonomous vehicles - based on Google’s many thousands of miles of research driving, but without the safety backup of traditional controls - to test their viability was notable not only for how audacious Google is being, but for the scale of the challenge its chosen design presents to the current car industry behemoths.

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Google self-driving car loses controls for pod pilot

Google self-driving car loses controls for pod pilot

Google has been putting work into its self-driving car ambitions for years, bidding it as a way to revolutionize modern transportation: the elimination of drunk drivers, transportation for those who can't drive, and more are all potential benefits from our automated future. In a new video dubbed 'A First Drive', Google rolled out a prototype vehicle equipped with the self-driving technology and used it to take outsiders -- everyday folks outside of Google, that is -- for a spin.

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GM ignition recall starts slow: Just 2% fixed as crash count rises

GM ignition recall starts slow: Just 2% fixed as crash count rises

GM has fixed just 2-percent of the millions of cars it's recalling over the ignition switch issue, blaming a bottleneck in replacement parts and driver apathy for the slow start. Repairs began six weeks ago, after GM admitted that around 2.6m cars could inadvertently lose power - as well as safety features like airbags - thanks to the ignition key twisting too readily while the vehicle was in motion.

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MINI Superleggera Vision turns city car into concourse coupe

MINI Superleggera Vision turns city car into concourse coupe

Ask the purists, and they might say BMW's MINI has progressively moved away from the charm of the original car, but a new MINI Superleggera Vision coupe concept could change all that. Created to balance MINI's British heritage with Italian open-top style, the concept car was created by BMW and Touring Superleggera with an electric drivetrain and a hand-crafted aluminum body.

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Hot Wheels: BMW goes for glow with M4 DTM thermals

Hot Wheels: BMW goes for glow with M4 DTM thermals

As dream jobs go, race car driver is one that many share, but you might think differently after seeing the roasting environment BMW's M4 DTM drivers experience as they race the curvaceous sportscar. The German marque brought thermal cameras to bear on the BMW Motorsport car, with temperatures of up to 140 degrees fahrenheit (60 degrees celsius) in the cabin.

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Fiat boss: Don’t buy my 500e EV

Fiat boss: Don’t buy my 500e EV

Fiat's 500e electric car was never going to be a volume seller, but Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is apparently doing his best to make it even less popular, telling would-be buyers he'd actually prefer them to skip the battery-powered vehicle. The blunt boss criticized the US regulations that force car companies to develop EVs, arguing that the value drivers and the government place on such cars simply don't line up with what it costs Fiat Chrysler to make them.

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Driverless car programs open up for licensing in CA

Driverless car programs open up for licensing in CA

The state of California has granted licensing for driverless car programs, though not everyone will be eligible to take part. The guidelines for obtaining a license are fairly stringent, and likely meant to allow companies who are testing the new vehicles (Google, obviously) to do so at an increased rate.

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