Cars

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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Ford Dynamic Shuttle pilot program moves employees

Ford Dynamic Shuttle pilot program moves employees

Ford has a pilot program underway to help shuttle workers around its campus in Dearborn, Michigan. The pilot program is the Ford Dynamic Shuttle and it allows the workers to hail a shuttle to take them wherever they need to go on the campus. The Dynamic Shuttle experiment was announced back in January of this year and is just now kicking off its pilot program.

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McLaren P1 production has reached its end

McLaren P1 production has reached its end

McLaren has announced the completion of its 375th (and last ever) example of the McLaren P1, and with it comes the end of production for that model. The Ultimate Series production will still plod on for a while longer, though, with some limited edition McLaren P1 GTRs’ still in the pipeline. This track-only version of the P1 features 986 horsepower and is scheduled to wrap up sometime early next year.

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Baidu’s self-driving car passes mixed road test with flying colors

Baidu’s self-driving car passes mixed road test with flying colors

Most of the autonomous cars you read about these days come from Europe and the US, and at least one from Japan. China, of course, isn't going to take that sitting down. A year ago, Baidu and BMW forged a partnership to bring China's first self-driving to China's highways by 2015. 2015 is all but over but at least Baidu has made some significant progress as far as tests go. The Chinese Internet giant has proudly announced how its modified BMW 3 was put to the test, driving through mixed roads and under very trying conditions. And it was able to arrive at its destination without incident, showing promise for what could be China's first fully-capable autonomous car.

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Samsung to enter self-driving car business as components manufacturer

Samsung to enter self-driving car business as components manufacturer

Samsung confirmed today its interest in playing a part in the rapidly developing self-driving car industry. They won't be making their own vehicle, as many rumors have suggested Apple is currently, but instead the South Korean electronics giant announced that it will create a team dedicated to developing components and software for the automotive market. This team will be separate from Samsung's other businesses, but will work with its other technology divisions.

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Deezer becomes even more mobile with CarPlay integration

Deezer becomes even more mobile with CarPlay integration

Apple's long expected entry into the music streaming biz has served as a wake up call to many existing services who are now feeling a challenge to the status quo. Many have started pushing out changes to their subscription tiers or new features to their services. Deezer is, of course, no exception. Just last week it rolled out an update to its Android app that brings it in line with modern Google design, not to mention the iOS app. Now it is also announcing its next frontier, to take over your cars via Apple's CarPlay.

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NHTSA’s proposed rating system update will favor crash avoidance tech

NHTSA’s proposed rating system update will favor crash avoidance tech

Automotive technology is changing, and it is time for rating systems to change with it. In a proposal announced today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking an update to its own five-star rating system for new cars. The updated version will take into consideration measurements gathered by more advanced human-like crash dummies as well as crash-avoidance technology.

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Driving Change: Big Auto’s $2.7 billion bet on HERE

Driving Change: Big Auto’s $2.7 billion bet on HERE

HERE's plans for the self-driving future can finally emerge from their autopilot holding-pattern, with the company and its new automaker owners holding a quiet but enthusiastic coming out party in San Francisco today. Representatives from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler joined HERE execs to talk about the development of high-definition mapping, location-based services, and cars that whisper to the cloud and - eventually - drive themselves.

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Chinese researchers working on a car driven by your brain

Chinese researchers working on a car driven by your brain

If human-less self-driving cars of the future creep you out, then this latest experimental automotive technology from China might offer you some respite. Or freak creep you out even more. Researchers from the port city of Tianjin have revealed what they claim is the country's first ever car to be driven without the use of human hands or feet but with a driver still in control. All it takes is some brain power. And some highly specialized equipment, of course.

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Here’s what CarPlay costs on the Volvo XC90

Here’s what CarPlay costs on the Volvo XC90

Volvo has begun offering CarPlay for its XC90 SUV, promising existing owners a free upgrade while confirming how much it'll cost in the showroom. Sales of the XC90 began earlier this year, prior to Apple's iPhone-connected infotainment system being available for the SUV, but Volvo promised fresh software to early drivers when it was ready.

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