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Uber API adds car-on-demand to Starbucks, OpenTable, more

Uber API adds car-on-demand to Starbucks, OpenTable, more

Transportation disrupter Uber has released its own API, announcing an initial eleven partners that will embed car-on-demand functionality, including Starbucks, TripAdvisor, and more. Third-party apps will be able to integrate Uber's service in whatever way makes most sense to them, such as offering rides to venues, figuring out how to transfer from airports to hotels, or even tracking where you've been for avid life-loggers.

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VIN Lookup makes it easier to search for recalled cars

VIN Lookup makes it easier to search for recalled cars

With millions of vehicles, motorcycles included, recalled in the US alone every year, owners sometimes have a hard time trying to keep updated. In order to give owners the weapon of knowledge, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has introduced a new search tool on their SaferCar.gov website that makes checking such kind of information easier.

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Uber Corner Store brings tiny groceries to your doorstep

Uber Corner Store brings tiny groceries to your doorstep

In a move clearly aimed at similar services from Amazon, the Uber car service group will be bringing on "Corner Store." This service will have an Uber car sent to your location as normal, but instead of picking you up, the Uber car driver will be dropping off goods to you. They’ve even got a list of items you can buy now - candy included.

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Talking cars: How the US government wants to make V2V the law

Talking cars: How the US government wants to make V2V the law

The US government plans to mandate cars that can talk with each other, proposing wireless intercommunication between moving vehicles that will warn drivers of potential crashes and other perils that they might not ordinarily have spotted. Dubbed V2V or "vehicle to vehicle", the system could lead to more than a thousand road deaths from intersection collisions a year, the NHTSA says, in addition to making blind spots safer, flagging up times when it's dangerous to overtake, and pre-warn drivers of upcoming stop signs and lights.

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Chevy turns 2015 Corvette into an anti-valet CCTV strongbox

Chevy turns 2015 Corvette into an anti-valet CCTV strongbox

If you're lucky enough to own a Corvette then you probably also have sleepless nights at the thought of handing over the keys to valets and parking lot attendants: after all, 460 HP has a siren call of its own. Tick the Performance Data Recorder option, however - the track day camera and telemetry system we tested out earlier this year - when you buy your 2015 Corvette, however, and there's now a Valet Mode to foil such hijinks.

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