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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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Audi is teaching its self-driving car human manners

Audi is teaching its self-driving car human manners

Audi is teaching its autonomous cars some thoroughly human road-manners, acknowledging that safe self-driving is about more than just sticking to the Vehicle Code. The German automaker has been running real-world tests of its autonomous fleet for several years now, most recently taking a self-driving A7 - dubbed "Jack" - out onto the A9 Autobahn.

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2016 Lexus LX 570 Review – Sasquatch in a cummerbund

2016 Lexus LX 570 Review – Sasquatch in a cummerbund

If the Lexus SUV credo has long been 'quiet luxury,' then the 2016 Lexus LX 570 is its incognito off-road assassin, Sasquatch in a cummerbund, Sir Edmund Hillary at a cocktail party surrounded by pretenders. This full-size, multi-ton beast is the inheritor of a legacy that includes countless crossings of the Serengeti mated with the penthouse-levels of charm and grace bred into its Land Cruiser-based platform by way of Lexus' ability to transcend badge-engineering and create something distinct from its Toyota truck roots. In other words, it's a people mover with few peers in a world where off-road credentials and stream-fording brass balls have largely been replaced by lumpen globs of metal and glass devoid of any personality.

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Ford’s GT order system turned into America’s Got Talent

Ford’s GT order system turned into America’s Got Talent

We knew demand for the new Ford GT was going to be high - after all, Ford is only initially making 500 of them - but we didn't realize quite how passionate would-be owners might get. For a start, you couldn't just walk into a Ford dealership and slap down your Amex Black for the deposit: instead, the automaker opted for an application process that it would then use to whittle down potential buyers.

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Volvo is Snapchatting its future S40 and XC40, we’ve got details on the concepts

Volvo is Snapchatting its future S40 and XC40, we’ve got details on the concepts

Volvo will be unveiling its future small car concepts in just a few days, but before the big reveal, the Swedes are teasing images on Snapchat. The image above is one of those teasers of what will be a return to the compact segment, as the freshly invigorated Volvo continues to expand its new lineup.

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Audi commits to self-piloted A8 and yearly EVs from 2018

Audi commits to self-piloted A8 and yearly EVs from 2018

Audi is planning to launch a new electrified car every year from 2018, while the all-new flagship Audi A8 will be the automaker's first autonomous vehicle. The news came courtesy of Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG, speaking today at the company's Annual General Meeting in Germany, and demonstrates Audi isn't willing to cede the high-tech crown to BMW.

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BMW’s 2021 flagship to be a self-driving EV tech maestro

BMW’s 2021 flagship to be a self-driving EV tech maestro

BMW is promising a flagship electric car for 2021, bringing autonomous driving and all-new cabin design under the banner "i NEXT". The tech-filled vehicle roadmap was revealed by Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, amid praise for the company's electric car momentum, though he did caution that the path to fully self-driving cars still had plenty of potholes to navigate.

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Android Auto testing is more sophisticated than you might think

Android Auto testing is more sophisticated than you might think

When hearing about things like Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, you might think it simply involves mirroring Android or iOS to a car's infotainment system, give or take a few functionality deemed to be dangerous or unnecessary for driving. But unlike other iterations of Android, like Android Wear or Android TV, Android Auto has far more dire consequences when implemented poorly. That is why when Nat & Lo took their web series to Google's Android Auto Research Lab, they were met by rather sophisticated equipment, including different kinds of sensors and, of course, a driving simulator.

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Volvo launches two-hour in-car package delivery in Stockholm

Volvo launches two-hour in-car package delivery in Stockholm

Volvo is launching a new delivery service that will bring deliveries directly to a consumer’s Volvo within two hours, the company has announced. Called ‘In-Car Delivery,’ it’s exactly what it sounds like — a delivery service that deposits the packages directly into your car, making it more convenient to receive items while you're at work or otherwise away from home.

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