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Google pressures government to fast-track its self-driving cars

Google pressures government to fast-track its self-driving cars

Google is pressuring the US government to green-light more advanced autonomous car testing, including ditching the requirement that prototype vehicles have controls for emergency use. Leader of Google's project, Chris Urmson, has penned a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx requesting more flexibility in how self-driving vehicles are judged, a move which would not only affect Google but any other company working on such technology.

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Car hacking the next big road threat warns FBI

Car hacking the next big road threat warns FBI

Drivers should be cautious of potential car hacks, the FBI has warned today, pointing out that increasingly connected vehicles open the door to futuristic automotive exploits. The PSA, issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Department of Transportation (DoT), recognizes that onboard data connections - whether installed by automakers themselves, or via a third-party accessory by the cars' owners - can be useful, but cautions that we're unlikely to have heard the last of high-profile hacking incidents.

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Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing to make world’s fastest car

Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing to make world’s fastest car

Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing have just made public an alliance to build the world’s foremost land-missile on four wheels. Hyper-hyper car? What can you call it exactly? There are cars, and then there are sports cars. Going up the chain, the most advanced sports cars reach that upper echelon, and achieve supercar status. But there is one level higher, still. Or was, until today.

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Ford’s first CarPlay vehicle will be the 2017 Escape

Ford’s first CarPlay vehicle will be the 2017 Escape

Ford has announced that the upcoming 2017 Escape will be the manufacturer's first vehicle to support Apple's CarPlay infotainment system. The smaller sized SUV will be running Ford's SYNC 3 Connect platform, which they announced at CES this year as supporting CarPlay as well as Android Auto for smartphone connectivity. The new Escape is scheduled to start hitting Ford dealerships in May.

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Baidu: ‘modest’ city changes needed for self-driving future

Baidu: ‘modest’ city changes needed for self-driving future

Self-driving cars are the future, and humans have to learn to deal with that. There’s the need to accept that we won’t always be behind the wheel, of course, but it’s more than that — autonomous cars will one day drive as well as humans, but they will also drive differently, and that means both humans and the cities we construct must shift accordingly. Such is the argument recently put forth by Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Chinese company Baidu.

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Acura’s US NSX plant treats supercar like a chicken

Acura’s US NSX plant treats supercar like a chicken

How many American-made supercars are actually made in America? The number might be smaller than you think, with Acura claiming the 2017 NSX is the only such vehicle to be designed, developed, and produced on US soil. Deliveries of the car itself won't begin until later in the year, but trial production of what's practically a hand-built, boutique exercise is already underway.

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20 automakers commit to auto-braking cars by 2022

20 automakers commit to auto-braking cars by 2022

Cars that can brake themselves in the case of an emergency will be standard on forecourts by 2022, with twenty automakers agreeing to fit the technology by default on their US models. The voluntary commitment to Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) could prevent an extra 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said today.

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Scion FR-S reborn as the 2017 Toyota 86 with more power

Scion FR-S reborn as the 2017 Toyota 86 with more power

Arguably the most appealing car in ill-fated Scion's line-up has been rebranded by Toyota, and it's with a name that many agree the compact sportscar should've had in the first place. The Scion FR-S, the two-seater Toyota developed with Subaru, will be sold as the 2017 Toyota 86 when it joins the line-up this year, echoing the name under which the car is sold elsewhere in the world.

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Baidu driverless cars head to the States for testing

Baidu driverless cars head to the States for testing

Chinese search giant Baidu is set to bring its driverless car testing to the US in a move that sees the firm advocating coordination with the US government to get self-driving cars on the road. Baidu wants to have a commercially viable automated car available in China by 2018, which is well ahead of the goals set by some firms. Baidu has a tech center in Silicon Valley that will be used for the autonomous car effort.

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Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 gives midsize SUV a V6 biturbo boost

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 gives midsize SUV a V6 biturbo boost

Mercedes-AMG, the Germany automaker's purveyor of roasting hot, amped-up Autobahn destroyers, has been on a roll of late, and like the cars that sport its badge it's showing no signs of slowing. Latest is the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, the first midsize SUV to get the AMG tuning treatment, and promising blistering performance while still delivering legitimate off-road abilities.

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The big tech behind the 2017 Acura NSX specs

The big tech behind the 2017 Acura NSX specs

Never has there been a supercar as relentlessly cutting-edge, as deliberately modern, as the 2017 Acura NSX. Picking up the torch passed on from the original NSX of the 90s means more than just a nameplate and that legendary Honda reliability: it's also about embracing the very latest in powertrain, handling, and hybridization. Complicated stuff: here's what you need to know for your next geeky dinner party.

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BMW’s future is electrified and autonomous

BMW’s future is electrified and autonomous

BMW's future is decidedly electric, the German automaker has insisted today, with seven EVs or plug-in hybrids expected in the line-up by 2016 including a new iPerformance range to push the envelope. The drive for electrification - which BMW is referring to as BMW iNEXT - will be accompanied by increasingly complex autonomous and semi-autonomous cars, as well as new hyper-luxury models.

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