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NASA Moon Rover ride-along

NASA Moon Rover ride-along

Earlier this month we were invited to the Johnson Space Center by NASA and Fox Home Entertainment, and there we were taken on a ride in the Mars rover. The rover isn't actually called "Mars rover" by its creators - its official name is "Space Exploration Vehicle" because of its intended purpose: any ol' planet will do. So will an asteroid. We're going to the moon, to Mars, and even (possibly) to an asteroid as it hurtles through space. As such, this is the vehicle astronauts will be riding in once they land. Much like The Martian.

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First iPhone hacker built a self-driving car with Linux

First iPhone hacker built a self-driving car with Linux

Wait, what? You might be asking yourself what inspired a hacker by the name of George Hotz to build his own self-driving car. That's what we wanted to know, too. It would seem that Hotz decided to kick out a self-driving car using a 2016 Acura ILX in "about a month." He's using Ubuntu Linux as his operating system and has an absurdly massive 21.5-inch display sitting in the middle. A flight navigator joystick rests between the front two seats which, when triggered, engages a fully operational self-driving vehicle system.

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Google’s self-driving car could spin out to challenge Uber in 2016

Google’s self-driving car could spin out to challenge Uber in 2016

Google's self-driving car division will become a standalone Alphabet company in 2016, insiders claim, ahead of a commercial autonomous vehicle service launch. Currently, the team - which includes high-profile hires from both the automotive and the computer sciences industries - is part of the clandestine Google X lab, the company's research and development division previously responsible for Glass and other projects.

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Rinspeed Etos sports car to debut at CES 2016

Rinspeed Etos sports car to debut at CES 2016

Rinspeed has announced that it will debut the Etos sports car officially at CES 2016. This isn't a normal sports car and isn't something that is likely to be available to buy anytime soon with a hoard of features that are pretty far from production ready. The car has driver and autonomous modes and in autonomous mode, the concept has a retracting steering wheel.

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Ford GT to use Gorilla Glass Hybrid Windshield

Ford GT to use Gorilla Glass Hybrid Windshield

Ford and Corning have announced that they have teamed to bring an interesting new windshield to the Ford GT supercar. The car will be the first to use a Corning Gorilla Glass hybrid windshield to save weight and improve damage resistance. Ford claims that the weight saved with the special windshield positively improves acceleration, fuel economy, and braking thanks to saving over 12 pounds compared to a normal windshield.

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Ford autonomous cars hit California roads in early 2016

Ford autonomous cars hit California roads in early 2016

Ford will join Google and others testing self-driving cars on California roads in 2016, sending its autonomous Fusion Hybrid out among the public. The automaker is the latest to acquire a permit in the California Autonomous Vehicle Testing Program, which gives permission for self-driving vehicles to escape from the test track and out into the real world.

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2017 Audi Q7 First-Drive

2017 Audi Q7 First-Drive

Audi isn't ready to let the public loose in its autonomous cars, but the robo-racers are donating safety tech en-masse to the 2017 Audi Q7. The new luxury SUV not only gains a sharp new suit and an interior borrowing heavily from the classy A8 sedan, but packs the sort of auto-braking, road-following, pedestrian-spotting gadgetry that not long ago was science-fiction.

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The Best SUVs to Buy in 2016

The Best SUVs to Buy in 2016

Looking for the best SUV to buy in 2016? It's shaping up to be a good year for families seeking a fresh take on a familiar formula: how to get the entire brood from point A to point B in comfort and with a dash of style while also hauling all of life's essentials and accessories. A host of new SUVs are hitting the streets in 2016, ranging from entry-level people movers to full-on luxury cruisers, and we've picked five that represent the best of what's fresh for the coming year.

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu First-Drive

2016 Chevrolet Malibu First-Drive

You could argue that midsize sedans like the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu are victims of their own success. What's possibly the most mundane car segment around is also one of the most popular in terms of US sales; that makes price a key factor, as well as finding a package - design, specification, performance, and the rest - that's palatable to as broad a range of people as possible.

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