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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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Google alums to make self-driving 18-wheelers a thing

Google alums to make self-driving 18-wheelers a thing

Google's passion, nay perhaps even obsession, for self-driving vehicles seems to run deep in its employees even after they have left the mothership. Or rather, they leave in order to extend Google's dream beyond the current passenger car limits. That does seem to be the case for Anthony Levandowski, who was instrumental in steering, pun intended, Google's self-driving car efforts. He and two other Google veterans, including other former employees from Tesla and even Apple, have formed Otto, a startup that is working on self-driving trucks that would make highways a safer place to drive.

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2017 Ford Escape First Drive – Turbocharging Evolution

2017 Ford Escape First Drive – Turbocharging Evolution

When the Ford Escape first hit the scene in 2001 it was an instant success, helping to launch a compact SUV segment that was still in its infancy. Flash forward a decade and a half later and the pond is increasingly crowded with an ichthyologist's nightmare of competing crossovers and sport-utility vehicles, each trying to snatch family buyers out of each other's jaws in a feeding frenzy that would terrify even the staunchest piranha.

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NXP’s BlueBox promises off-the-shelf autonomous cars

NXP’s BlueBox promises off-the-shelf autonomous cars

An off-the-shelf autonomous car brain could accelerate self-driving vehicles onto the roads, with NXP pitching its open-source based BlueBox to automakers. The platform - which consists not only of the AI smarts for the car but its "nervous system" of sensors and communication - could be used to quickly develop a Level 4 autonomous vehicle, the company claims.

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Mirrow Provocator is the size of a Smart ForTwo, but it seats four

Mirrow Provocator is the size of a Smart ForTwo, but it seats four

City driving is best done with small cars — they’re easier to park, easier to zip around in, and easier on gas consumption — but small cars have a big downside. Models like the Smart ForTwo are only big enough for two people, and they don’t have much room for storage. Russian company Mirrow’s Provocator is different (and yet, in many ways, similar) — it manages to squeeze four seats into a small body, shrinking the big-size sedan down into a mini-car.

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Study: texting while driving disables driver’s vital ‘sixth sense’

Study: texting while driving disables driver’s vital ‘sixth sense’

Texting while driving is a serious problem, and it has resulted in far too many pointless deaths. Auto makers have rolled out campaigns in an attempt to educate the public about its dangers, cities have cracked down against such drivers, and researchers have even created devices that disable your car if you get distracted. The problem persists, however, and a new study has shed light on just how dangerous it is: texting while driving doesn't activate a 'sixth sense' that usually protects drivers while on the road.

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GM freezes 60k SUV sales over misleading economy labels

GM freezes 60k SUV sales over misleading economy labels

General Motors has slammed the brakes on sales of several of its large SUVs, after discovering economy figures had been misrepresented. Sales of vehicles wearing Chevrolet, GMC, and Buick nameplates have been put on hold - affecting almost 60,000 cars - after it was realized that the EPA numbers were higher than they ought to be.

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