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Volvo announces connected helmet for bicyclists

Volvo announces connected helmet for bicyclists

Whether you’re driving a car or riding a bike, road safety is important. We’ve seen various car manufacturers offer their take on the connected road, showcasing how your next car may be able to communicate with other vehicles or traffic lights. That’s wonderful, but what about bicyclists? If you’re in an urban setting, you likely run into bicyclists (like, not literally run into them, I hope) on your daily commutes. Volvo, in an attempt to include all road-going beings to the connected world, have created a bicycle helmet meant for the new age.

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Google tipped in effort to build Android into future cars

Google tipped in effort to build Android into future cars

According to unnamed sources that spoke to Reuters, Google is preparing to take its Android Auto to the next level, and will introduce a version of its software in the future that is built directly into cars. This embedded version of Android will have several perks over the current iteration, including doing away with the need to plug a smartphone into the infotainment center's USB. The platform won't be without its hurdles, however, and its embedded nature could be its undoing.

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Hyundai hands the keys to CarPlay and Android Auto

Hyundai hands the keys to CarPlay and Android Auto

Hyundai hasn't been slow to embrace either CarPlay or Android Auto, but Apple and Google's infotainment systems look set to become even more central to the car firm's dashboards in 2015. A new Display Audio head-unit set to eventually become Hyundai's volume option across all entry-level cars will ditch the CD player and onboard navigation in favor of offloading it to the driver's iPhone or Android device, in what the company claims will save cash for drivers already committed to their smartphones and not bothered by duplicating functionality with expensive in-dash upgrades.

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Cadillac reveals digital rear-view mirror for CT6 luxe-sedan

Cadillac reveals digital rear-view mirror for CT6 luxe-sedan

Cadillac is readying a digital rear-view mirror for its upcoming flagship sedan, the 2016 Cadillac CT6, delivering a wide-angle view of what's going on behind the car to an LCD built into the mirror. The system, set to land next year, will pair a super-wide LCD with an HD camera mounted on the rear of the CT6, and allow the driver to switch between a traditional mirror and a digital version with roughly four-times the coverage with a lever underneath. It's not the first time we've seen a big car firm flirt with such a system, but it could well be the first to be officially offered in the US.

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Ford recalls whopping 540k cars over Takata airbags

Ford recalls whopping 540k cars over Takata airbags

Ford has vastly increased the number of vehicles it is recalling over ongoing fears around Takata airbag problems, with more than half a million cars now on the list including Mustangs and the Ford GT. The announcement today sees around 447,310 new vehicles now being summoned back into dealerships for attention, after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requested further replacements of drive-side airbags following continued concerns that the safety tech could injure or even kill when activated.

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Lexus teases new F track car: Is this the GS F?

Lexus teases new F track car: Is this the GS F?

Lexus may not be the first luxury car company you associate with track performance, but Toyota's high-end sibling is aiming to change that with a second "F" branded car to be shown off in Detroit next month. The unnamed "high performance" car will join the RC F coupe in Lexus' line-up, and is being described as "track-ready", something fans of the ill-fated IS F will likely be very excited to hear. As for what the car itself might be, while Lexus is tight-lipped, there's already chatter of a perhaps surprising donor vehicle forming the basis of the new F car, and one itself overdue an update.

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Man turns classic DeLoreans into strange rides

Man turns classic DeLoreans into strange rides

The DeLorean is one of the coolest looking classic sports cars in the world. Any child of the 80s will remember the car fondly from the Back to the Future movie franchise. That film series had a DeLorean as the time machine because Doc Brown wanted to make a time machine with style. A guy named Rich Weissensel has taken to making these rather rare cars into some very strange contraptions.

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Harley Davidson recalls 4,688 FLS Softail motorcycles

Harley Davidson recalls 4,688 FLS Softail motorcycles

Automotive recalls have been extensive this year, and the issues have touched on a variety of systems: brakes, tires, air bags, fuel, and more. A large recall is currently underway over Takata airbags believed to be defective, for example, and GM is still working its way through the massive recalls it has initiated over the past year. Now Harley Davidson has surfaced with its own recall, but the reason is relatively tame in comparison to these other recent auto industry troubles.

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Hummers sold in government auction for first time ever

Hummers sold in government auction for first time ever

It's time for the US government to finally, at long last, put their hummers up for sale. This will be the first time in the history of the Humvee that the US government military has allowed their custom vehicles to go on sale after they've been used in the field. Previous rounds of HMMWVs have gone to scrap. You won't be able to drive these beasts on the road, and there are no guns attached to any of them - but you can bet they'll sell like hotcakes.

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The new Acura NSX is coming: Jan 2015 reveal

The new Acura NSX is coming: Jan 2015 reveal

Acura knows what car fans have been waiting for, and it's finally putting us out of our misery, confirming that the new Acura NSX supercar will be unveiled in January 2015. Set to hit roads later in the year, the new NSX will take pride of place on Acura's stand at the North American International Auto Show, complete with not one, not two, but three motors pieced together in the new Sport Hybrid power unit. Aiming to reclaim the "everyday supercar" title the original NSX held so convincingly years ago, the new NSX has so far only been teased - there's a must-see video of the car after the cut - though we're expecting it to stick closely to Acura's 2013 concept.

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