Cars

Faraday Future gets self-driving car test permission

Faraday Future gets self-driving car test permission

Faraday Future has become the latest automaker to be granted autonomous vehicle testing approval in California, though what exactly the clandestine startup will be trialling is unclear. The permission, confirmed today by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, makes Faraday Future the fourteenth company to get the green light to experiment publicly with self-driving cars.

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Watch this electric race car SMASH the 0-60 mph record

Watch this electric race car SMASH the 0-60 mph record

As Tesla has shown us, electric cars are quite capable of embarrassing their gas-powered rivals, but a new record-breaking racer developed by a student team demonstrates just how potent the electron is. Handiwork of a Swiss team of students, Academic Motorsports club Zurich (AMZ), the race car may look small but it's not short on power or indeed speed.

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2018 Audi A5 and S5 First Drive – Gran Tourismo inspired coupe

2018 Audi A5 and S5 First Drive – Gran Tourismo inspired coupe

As decisions go, opting for the newly redesigned 2018 Audi A5 or its hotter S5 sibling is a good problem to have. This past week, I had the opportunity to experience both vehicles in Portugal and walked away impressed with the refined styling, performance, and handling. Much of the improvement can be credited to the same MLB Evo architecture first introduced in the 2017 Audi A4, not least a weight reduction of up to roughly 100 pounds for the US car, not to mention a drag coefficient cut to 0.25 for the base A5 model. Still, the second-gen A5 and S5 don’t go lacking in Audi’s typically meticulous evolutionary changes.

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Bentley Gigapixel image shows Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase on Goldengate

Bentley Gigapixel image shows Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase on Goldengate

Bentley has published what it claims to be the world's most extraordinary car photograph. While it may not be the MOST extraordinary photo of a car ever taken, it is very cool. The photo is a shot of the new Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase cruising across the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. The image was taken using a massive zoom lens from 700 meters away.

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Kia tops J.D. Power 2016 IQS, quality rises for brands across the board

Kia tops J.D. Power 2016 IQS, quality rises for brands across the board

After 21 years on the market as a car company, Kia Motors has topped this year's J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. This makes Kia the top company on the J.D. Power 2016 IQS study out of all 33 makes in the United States, marking the first time in 27 years that this list was topped by a non-premium vehicle brand. This year was also a good year for vehicle quality across the board. "Manufacturers are currently making some of the highest quality products we’ve ever seen," said vice president of U.S. automotive quality at J.D. Power, Renee Stephens.

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Cars to swap keys for fingerprint sensors soon

Cars to swap keys for fingerprint sensors soon

Cars and trucks of all sorts might allow you to ditch your keys altogether if Synaptics has anything to say about it. The folks at Synaptics have announced that they'll soon be bringing fingerprint sensors to your vehicle as an expansion to their Natural ID brand. Not directly to your vehicle - not direct to you - but through car manufacturers who will implement the sensors in vehicles over the next few years. You'll be using these fingerprint sensors for a variety of purposes sooner than later.

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The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT takes on a Trio of V6 Muscle Cars

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT takes on a Trio of V6 Muscle Cars

Garish horsepower numbers have become de rigueur in the world of muscle cars, where supercharged and big displacement V8 engines dominate drag strips and fuel fantasies of aerosolized rubber. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT bucks that trend by proving that humble six-cylinder power is more than enough for the vast majority of drivers - and certainly easier on your bank account when it comes time to fill up at the fuel pump.

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Tesla makes SolarCity bid to build clean energy empire

Tesla makes SolarCity bid to build clean energy empire

Tesla wants to put electric cars, batteries, and solar power under one brand roof with an acquisition of the company called SolarCity. Tesla Motors wants to make start-to-finish green energy use a reality. In their vehicles - electric vehicles that is - and in the sun that generates power for batteries, all owned by a single user, all purchased from a single company. At the moment, Tesla does not have every piece of technology they need to make this a reality - but they hope to soon.

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This all-electric Acura NSX concept plans to beast Pikes Peak

This all-electric Acura NSX concept plans to beast Pikes Peak

Acura is taking the 2017 NSX supercar to Pikes Peak, complete with a high-tech all-electric prototype version that could one day revolutionize racing. The Japanese firm will have three cars in total at the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 26, the regular NSX making its North American racing debut at the same time.

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2017 Jaguar F-PACE First Drive – Clever Kitty

2017 Jaguar F-PACE First Drive – Clever Kitty

Jaguar may be new to the SUV segment, but there are no allowances for tardiness: the 2017 F-PACE has to land a knock-out punch to heavyweight rivals and prove the famed British marque is about more than just coupes and heritage. Falling somewhere in-between competitors like the BMW X3 and X5, and Audi Q3 and Q5, in size, the F-PACE doesn't take the easy route of raiding Land Rover's parts bin but instead forges its own path on both the highway and in the rough stuff.

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Alfa Romeo is coming for your 5 Series

Alfa Romeo is coming for your 5 Series

Look out, Germany: storied Italian automaker Alfa Romeo is coming for your 5 Series, E-Class, and A6 with a bigger version of the Giulia sedan. The new car isn't likely to show up until 2018 at the earliest, but it may very well be worth waiting for over the usual midsize luxury options from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi.

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Your Tesla can swim, but Elon Musk is making something even better

Your Tesla can swim, but Elon Musk is making something even better

Your Tesla Model S can double as a boat for short swimming distances, Elon Musk has confirmed, but he's also working on something for those with more serious aquatic ambitions. Though Tesla doesn't recommend it, Musk took pains to point out, the Model S "floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time" if needs demand it.

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