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Mercedes-Benz takes on Tesla with its own home battery

Mercedes-Benz takes on Tesla with its own home battery

Tesla saw ample success with its home batteries, so much so that you’re going to have to wait quite a while to get one yourself. It’s not the only company getting into that market, though, and we’ve known for a few days that Mercedes-Benz was planning to challenge the company. Today Daimler dropped some details on that plan, and officially began taking registrations from interested parties. The home batteries will be branded as Mercedes-Benz offerings, but whether the company will experience the same demand levels as Tesla is yet to be seen.

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NTSB wants collision avoidance tech to be a standard feature

NTSB wants collision avoidance tech to be a standard feature

Just as buyers don't pay extra for seatbelts, they shouldn't have to pay extra for collision avoidance systems either. This was the line of reasoning presented by the National Transportation Safety Board as it reiterated its position that such features should become standard in any modern car instead of an optional buy-in left at the discretion of consumers. In the NTSB's ideal situation, the US government would mandate all car makers to install such assistive technology, potentially decreasing chances of vehicular accident but also potentially increasing prices.

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Cadillac integrates CarPlay and Android Auto into 2016 models

Cadillac integrates CarPlay and Android Auto into 2016 models

Not long after Chevrolet said it was adding support for Apple's CarPlay and Android Auto to 14 new models, GM's luxury brand, Cadillac, has announced the same, bringing the two infotainment systems to their 2016 model year lineup. This will include support for both systems' phone connectivity, such as hands-free calling and texting. Cadillac says this is part of an overall effort to enhance and streamline CUE, or Cadillac’s user experience.

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Even garbage trucks can have hybrid engines too

Even garbage trucks can have hybrid engines too

Who says sports and luxury cars are the only ones that can go green? In fact, one could say it's almost fitting that the truck that helps keep our places clean be environment friendly themselves. And what better way to do that than by developing a truck that can run mainly on electricity and still have an equally environment friendly "range extender". That is precisely the ambitious goal that Ian Wright, one of the original founders of Tesla, has set his company, Wrightspeed, to accomplish.

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Abu Dhabi police get Lykan HyperSport for patrol fleet

Abu Dhabi police get Lykan HyperSport for patrol fleet

Odds are that many of you have never heard of the Lykan HyperSport. It's a very rare and exotic car with only seven examples in existence. In fact, about the only place you might have seen this car was in Fast and Furious 7, this car jumped between buildings in that film. The Lykan HyperSport is hailed as the first Middle Eastern supercar.

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CarPlay is getting support for auto maker apps and more

CarPlay is getting support for auto maker apps and more

Apple's CarPlay has gotten its moment in the WWDC 2015 spotlight, with Apple revealing there are a bunch of changes coming to CarPlay, but two big ones in particular: for one thing, it will support apps by the auto makers themselves, allowing for an overall better experience. More displays will also be support. Neither of those are the most significant, however -- says Apple, the most important is that things just got easier.

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NHTSA tech will prevent drunk drivers from starting cars

NHTSA tech will prevent drunk drivers from starting cars

No one will argue that driving under the influence is an irrational thing to do, but once you're in that situation, all rationality is clearly thrown out the window. This causes around 10,000 people to lose their lives each year. So when you aren't in a condition to make that decision not to drive, your car might make that decision for you. That is what the US Department of Transportation's National HIghway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed, showing technology that could stop cars from even starting when the driver is drunk.

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Google’s self-driving cars are getting a monthly report card

Google’s self-driving cars are getting a monthly report card

Google will release monthly reports on the progress of its self-driving cars, including detailing any incidents or crashes the vehicles are involved in. The move for greater transparency follows Google co-founder Sergey Brin's earnest plea to shareholders to continue to support "moonshot" projects earlier this week, which was closely followed by the revelation that its autonomous cars had been involved in their twelfth incident. In addition to listing accidents, however, Google will also use the monthly summaries as an opportunity to flag its cars' intelligence on the road.

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Audi’s S3 super limited edition will come in 5 colors

Audi’s S3 super limited edition will come in 5 colors

Remember the Audi S3 that we took out for a drive last year? We noted that the sedan delivered its promised of performance that won't fight you, albeit with a rather playful streak. We also noted, however, that the design, while distinctive, was more low key. But now true fans of the car have a chance to make them shout, with a splash of color and a stitch of luxury inside. Audi has just confirmed an extremely limited exclusive edition of the S3 that will come in five striking colors.

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Apple designer Marc Newson: more tech woven into garments soon

Apple designer Marc Newson: more tech woven into garments soon

Marc Newson just joined Apple last year, but the renowned designer and Jony Ive buddy has a lot of experience and clout in the field. So when he says something is coming, people try to glean something from it for the future. And when he starts talking about how wearables, not just smartwatches, and smart cars will be even more en vogue in the future, some will consider this to be prophetic vision, if not already a hint at the direction that Apple might take in the very near future.

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