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2015 Ford F-150 uses muddy men to test tough seats

2015 Ford F-150 uses muddy men to test tough seats

When you're billing your new truck as the toughest ever, you sometimes need outside help to make sure that's actually the case, but the specialists Ford called in to test the ruggedization of the new 2015 F-150 are more unusual than most. After drivers of some of the decade-old F-150 trucks reported wear on the leather seats, Ford called in some offensive linemen-sized guys and caked them with a magic recipe of dust to rub across the new model's cabin, all in the name of teaching a robot.

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For autonomous cars, driving dumb is key

For autonomous cars, driving dumb is key

Self-driving cars may need to show some self-restraint when it comes to their “better than human” reflexes and abilities, the Nokia HERE team working on autonomous vehicle technologies suggests, if their flesh and blood passengers are to accept an AI taking the wheel. HERE calls it Humanized Driving, giving computer-controlled cars similar characteristics to the people they’re replacing so as to preserve a feeling of normality, even potentially becoming a virtual twin with the same style as the car’s owner.

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2015 Chevrolet Trax small-SUV arrives with small-car agility

2015 Chevrolet Trax small-SUV arrives with small-car agility

This week at the New York International Auto Show, Chevy announced that they’ll be bringing the Trax to their collection of small vehicles. This new Small SUV will be a global vehicle, arriving here in New York for the first time today. This is Chevrolet’s seventh small-vehicle launch in less than four years - if you’re counting.

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Pioneer Apple CarPlay integration begins this summer

Pioneer Apple CarPlay integration begins this summer

Supposing you’ve already gotten an in-dash receiver this year - inside 2014, that is - and you bought it from Pioneer, you’re in for an Apple-flavored treat. The company has suggested that each of the five units they’ve released in the year 2014 will be upgraded to Apple CarPlay in early summer, 2014. This means soon, and very soon.

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2015 VW Jetta makes global debut in New York

2015 VW Jetta makes global debut in New York

Volkswagen has unveiled the new 2015 Jetta at the New York International Auto Show. The 2015 Jetta gets new front, rear, and interior styling that enhances the design the Jetta is famous for. VW is also adding some optional driver assistance systems as well with blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, frontal collision warning system, and park distance control.

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Aftermarket firm to make 100 Tesla Model S convertibles

Aftermarket firm to make 100 Tesla Model S convertibles

Tesla started making a roadster called the Tesla Roadster. It was more of a targa top sports car than a full convertible. A company called Newport Convertible Engineering has announced that it has received 100 orders to build Tesla Model S convertibles from an investor in China. Production of the Model S convertible will begin in July 2014 in three of Newport's facilities around the world.

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2015 Nissan Murano reveals crossover-makeover

2015 Nissan Murano reveals crossover-makeover

Nissan has taken the wraps off the 2015 Murano, launching the third-gen crossover at the New York Auto Show this week, and introducing a tweaked design language the company expects to eventually spread across the rest of its range. Bearing sharper lines, a roof described as "floating" thanks to rear glass design that hides the B-pillars back, and distinctive LED lighting, the new Murano also gets Nissan's "NASA-inspired" seats.

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Volvo Inflatable Child Seat Concept is lighter than most at 10lbs

Volvo Inflatable Child Seat Concept is lighter than most at 10lbs

One of the biggest problems with conventional child car seat is its weight. You can expect them to weigh close to the 25-pound range and besides being bulky; they are highly inefficient as travel luggage. Parents of toddlers can heave a sigh of relief as an inflatable and lighter version is being worked upon by Volvo. Called the Inflatable Child Seat Concept, this rear-facing child car seat is a little over 10 pounds and fits into your travel bag with ease.

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Audi Urban Future explores connected self-driving cars

Audi Urban Future explores connected self-driving cars

Audi will put its self-driving cars to work in cities across the world, detailing how connected cars and the Internet of Things will shape the its vision of tomorrow's transportation. Dubbed the "Audi Urban Future", the project will see teams from Berlin, Boston, Mexico City, and Seoul compete over the next six months in ways that autonomous vehicles, car-to-car, and car-to-city communications will benefit the environment, making commuting easier, and even improve community relations.

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