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NYC unveils fancy new high-tech ‘European’ MTA buses

NYC unveils fancy new high-tech ‘European’ MTA buses

New York City is getting a massive bus system upgrade, and it’ll involve 2,042 new buses being added by the year 2020. The buses will come with a big price tag — the cost will ultimately be $1.3 billion — but they'll meet the needs of modern-day travelers. The buses will be fitted with WiFi, electronic signs featuring pertinent information, and ports for charging phones. The best part? They're totally European-chic, according to New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Ford patent details a movie theater on (self-driving) wheels

Ford patent details a movie theater on (self-driving) wheels

Self-driving cars — the thought of relinquishing the wheel in favor of a passive presence in one’s car is a hard pill for some to swallow, but the technology isn’t without its upsides. You’ll get to nap on the ride to work, some argue. Or, for the parents out there, you’ll get to spend those blessed minutes swaddled in utter silence, free to daydream in peace. For those who find silence uncomfortable, Ford has a different idea: self-driving cars with integrated movie projectors.

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You can’t have this awesome VW Golf GTI TCR

You can’t have this awesome VW Golf GTI TCR

Bulging fenders, a rear wing that could double as a picnic bench, and even more power squeezed out of its turbocharged engine: the new 2016 VW Golf GTI TCR is an unarguable beast. Designed by Volkswagen expressly for its motorsport customers, the aggressively-styled car has the punch to live up to its promising looks, developing 330 horsepower.

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2016 GMC Canyon Diesel Review

2016 GMC Canyon Diesel Review

There's nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has finally come, and in the world of light pickups that particularly prescient thought-form has manifested as turbodiesel power. After decades of denying diesel to anyone outside the heavy-duty truck world, both American and Japanese brands are starting to offer turbodiesel engines across a much wider range of pickup choices.

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Toyota Project BLAID wearable helps the blind ‘see’

Toyota Project BLAID wearable helps the blind ‘see’

Toyota has shown off the prototype of a wearable designed specifically for the blind. Part of Project BLAID, the wearable aims to “help fill the gaps left by canes” and other aids used by the visually impaired, and does so with a compact, relatively small shoulder-mounted design. Project BLAID uses cameras, vibration motors, and more to detect the wearer’s surroundings and guide them to wherever they’re going.

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Mercedes shows off a day in the life of a GLS in stunning VR

Mercedes shows off a day in the life of a GLS in stunning VR

A car is a tool used as part of something greater, a means to travel to new places and experience new adventures. We get glimpses of those could-be adventures from dramatic commercials, but they don't offer much -- at least, not as much as stepping into someone else's world could. Enter Mercedes-Benz and its new partnership with Loki the Wolf Dog, a dog through which we can live vicariously on Instagram, and a new story Mercedes-Benz is telling through virtual reality.

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BMW Vision Next 100 concept promises driving and autonomy balance

BMW Vision Next 100 concept promises driving and autonomy balance

BMW may be embracing self-driving cars, but it's not giving up on its "Ultimate Driving Machine" heritage with a new concept coupe that promises a future where both are on offer. The BMW Vision Next 100 helps mark the German automaker's centenary in 2016, a "highly customized vehicle" which, so BMW says, would be "perfectly tailored" to individual drivers and the various stages of their journey.

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Stanford’s autonomous Audi hits the track to improve its AI safety

Stanford’s autonomous Audi hits the track to improve its AI safety

While Audi already has its own, err, self-driving Audi, researchers at Stanford University have been working with an autonomous TTS for several years now, developing their own artificial intelligence. Now the school has shared that they're even hitting the race track, letting their car navigate the course at speeds up to 120mph. The purpose is not to have the Audi TTS, dubbed "Shelley," compete in a circuit with real humans, but rather to use the data from high speed driving to improve safety.

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BMW plans for its future with intelligent, autonomous vehicles

BMW plans for its future with intelligent, autonomous vehicles

It seems BMW is having a few concerns about getting left behind when it comes to the rising trend of all-electric vehicles and autonomous driving features. The German car manufacturer now has specific goals to strengthen its research and development team with engineers familiar with artificial intelligence and software development. The source of this motivation is no doubt a fear of increased competition from the likes of Apple, Tesla, Google, and other Silicon Valley newcomers with automotive aspirations.

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Toyota all-wood Setsuna concept to appear at Milan Design Week

Toyota all-wood Setsuna concept to appear at Milan Design Week

Japanese car makers have been on a roll lately with concepts or art projects that combine their vehicles with unusual materials — Lexus made a car entirely out of cardboard, then another had wheels made of ice, while Nissan went with a life-size origami model. Now it's Toyota's turn, and they're not coming up short. They've just announced their Setsuna concept, a car made from wood, which will be revealed at Milan Design Week in April.

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Ford F-150 drivers allege brake failure, NHTSA investigates

Ford F-150 drivers allege brake failure, NHTSA investigates

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced an investigation into complaints that some 2013 and 2014 model year Ford F-150 trucks can experience brake failure. According to the NHTSA, the issue could affect about 420,000 of the 3.5-liter V6 pickups; it has received 33 complaints about the possible issue so far, with some drivers reporting their trucks suffered “complete” braking failure, a few instances of which reportedly resulted in crashes.

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2016 Dodge Viper ACR Review: Snakes on a Track

2016 Dodge Viper ACR Review: Snakes on a Track

I grew up in the frozen north, which means whenever I find myself thrust into a desert environment I keep an eye out for snakes. You see, I've got all the wrong instincts when it comes to keeping my feet and hands out of the nooks and crannies where rattlers and their ilk love to hang out, and so I maintain a state of hyper-vigilance every time I set foot on the sand.

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