In competition, the goal is to win — that much is clear. How you accomplish that feat is another matter entirely. We’ve told you about the squabble between Uber and Lyft, where the two competing entities accused one another of gaming each others’ systems. Canceled rides, clandestine recruiting, and plain underhanded tactics were accused. Now, there is solid evidence of it.
Volvo has officially revealed the 2015 XC90, its new luxury SUV, the first car to bear the Swedish company's latest design language while cosseting up to seven people in tech. Coming in 2-liter turbocharged and supercharged AWD form, mustering 316 HP, as well as an XC90 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid good for around 400 HP, the new SUV also claims to be the most comprehensive and tech-advanced car on the market when it comes to standard-fit safety features.
When you love your car but can't draw a comic evangelizing its charms, it turns out the best way to contact Tesla CEO Elon Musk is to take out a full-page advert. A pair of Tesla Model S owners - with a car each - coughed up for a page in the Palo Alto Weekly, praising the EV but also suggesting some changes, which Musk has now confirmed are being considered.
Volvo is making 3G connectivity standard across its cars, with the company's Sensus Connect infotainment system now standard on all US models, functioning as a WiFi hotspot, remote control gateway, and more. All 2015 Volvo cars will include web music streaming support, including Pandora, TuneIn, and Rdio, as well as Yelp POI reviews, Glimpse location-sharing, and live weather updates, served through an AT&T connection.
If you’ve got a car that can hustle, chances are you’ve at least thought about taking it for a spin and filming it. BMW owners will want to check out the video below, which gives us our first official glimpse of an M3 and M4 controlling a GoPro camera right from the dash. Using your smartphone as a backbone for the functionality, BMW just made driving for sport a lot more fun.
Ford is finally readying a true rival to the Toyota Prius, insiders claim, with a new hybrid designed from the ground-up with eco technology said to be in the pipeline for the 2019 model year. The car, currently unnamed but said to be going under the C240 codename, is expected to be built on Ford's C2 global compact architecture, as well as improve on range and efficiency from the company's existing Earth-friendly models.
Chevrolet has been teasing us with 2015 Corvette Z06 details for months now, with headline figures like 650HP to whet our appetite, but its taken until now for the number we've arguably been most interested in: the price. As the most powerful Corvette that Chevrolet has ever produced, estimates had been high, and so the actual figures may come as something of a surprise.
Modern technology has allowed us to get glimpses of many cool things we wouldn't ordinarily see, and Red Bull's new infrared racing video may be near the top of the list. FLIR Thermography, in partnership with Infiniti Red Bull Racing, has used its cameras to capture footage of F1 racers in infrared.
Google's self-driving car prototypes may have been designed with the most basic of controls, but California is throwing a wrench in the works by demanding the 100 pod cars have some way for users to take over from the robot brain. While Google had intended to give the road-going prototypes nothing but a start button and a stop button, the California DMV has given the search giant an ultimatum on safety.