Cars

BMW recalls a bunch of motorcycles with rear wheel troubles

BMW recalls a bunch of motorcycles with rear wheel troubles

BMW has recalled almost 49,000 motorcycles due to a potential problem with the rear wheel, which could loosen and cause the rider to wreck. This is because the rear wheel's flanges could end up cracking if someone tightens the bolts too much, and those cracks could then cause the bolts to come loose and the wheel itself to come loose. Unfortunately, the problem came to light when an owner crashed on his bike when the wheel loosened, suffering relatively minor injuries.

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Aston Martin on ICE: James Bond for a Day with American Express by Invitation Only

Aston Martin on ICE: James Bond for a Day with American Express by Invitation Only

Traveling can be hard enough without having to worry about booking flights, hotels and planning out what or where to eat. If you’re the type that’s used to the high life or simply prefer to have someone else do the heavy lifting when it comes to making travel plans, then the American Express Platinum card is worth considering. More than just a credit card, I’ve been finding that the services and benefits included when you have it in your wallet are worth their weight in platinum.

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Mercedes’ new pickup will take on F-150 and Tacoma

Mercedes’ new pickup will take on F-150 and Tacoma

Get ready for the super-luxe pickups, as Mercedes-Benz confirms it's wading into the truck market as its relentless range-spread continues. Handiwork of the Mercedes-Benz Vans group, the new pickup will be on the market within the next five years, the company says, though don't expect a rough & ready mud machine. "We will enter this segment with our distinctive brand identity," Mercedes-Benz Vans says, "and all of the vehicle attributes that are typical of the brand with regard to safety, comfort, powertrains, and value." That means a luxury twist as your truck becomes ever more like your car.

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Teens in more distracted driving accidents than previously thought

Teens in more distracted driving accidents than previously thought

AAA has announced results of what it claims is the most comprehensive research even conducted into crash videos of teen drivers. AAA says that it has found evidence that distracted driving is a much more serious problem than was previously believed. According to the stats gathered from video analysis, distraction was a factor in 6 out of 10 moderate to several accidents involving teen drivers.

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‘Lyft Profiles’ shoots for a happier ride-sharing experience

‘Lyft Profiles’ shoots for a happier ride-sharing experience

With ride-sharing services, two champions have emerged in Uber and Lyft. One gets a lion’s share of the attention, while the other seems content to ride it out under the radar. Uber’s negative press comes courtesy of bad actors using their platform, something Lyft has mostly been able to avoid. Whether it’s a matter of uneven scaling between the two or Lyft’s good fortune, we don’t know. In launching Lyft Profiles, it’s clear Lyft wants to avoid the bad mojo. They want to be your friendly ride-share option.

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Google Street View used for driving license exam prep

Google Street View used for driving license exam prep

There's a crew called ACR that's making use of Google's Street View program to prepare prospective drivers for their driving exams in real life. While they suggest that this program is not meant to replace the standard testing, they do aim to create an environment where learning about driving laws, regulations, and real-life situations is done as naturally as possible. Instead of the standard overhead view - like you may remember from your own driving instructions - this driving instruction is done virtually, on real, photographed roads.

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Uber announces new global ‘code of conduct’, safety guidelines

Uber announces new global ‘code of conduct’, safety guidelines

No stranger to controversy, Uber is as much PR-spin company than it is ride-sharing entity. Following some serious allegations about passenger safety, the latest being the alleged rape of a passenger in India late last year, Uber said they’d pen some guidelines for best practices on how to react to such events. Now, the company has a code of conduct for drivers, as well as incident response teams and a safety advisory board. Perhaps most assuring is Uber’s commitment to working with law enforcement fully.

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McLaren 570S Coupe debuts in New York with 562hp

McLaren 570S Coupe debuts in New York with 562hp

McLaren is launching its latest car at the New York Auto Show and this car is its entry-level model called the 570S Coupe. The car is the very first in the Sport Series and a V8 engine hide under the hood. McLaren has optimized the body of the car for aerodynamics. The addition of the Sports Series gives McLaren a three-tier product range.

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