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Will car-sharing and self-driving cars kill congestion? It’s not so simple

Will car-sharing and self-driving cars kill congestion? It’s not so simple

Car sharing and autonomous vehicles are widely expected to cut road congestion, but the future for drivers may not be so clear cut, according to two new studies released this week. The impact of alternatives to individual car ownership is still fairly uncertain, particularly as the long-term market viability of self-driving vehicles remains mired in legal, ethical, and technological questions, with the potential for traffic jams to initially get worse, not better.

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KIA announces free CarPlay and Android Auto updates for select models

KIA announces free CarPlay and Android Auto updates for select models

KIA Motors of America has announced a new initiative that will help keep the automaker quite competitive in the world of connected driving. KIA says it will upgrade a number of models featuring either an eligible navigation system or its own UVO3 navigation platform to support Apple's CarPlay or Android Auto. Perhaps the most exciting part of this announcement is that the upgrades will be free to owners of these KIA models.

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Bentley Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner goes niche with uber-SUV

Bentley Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner goes niche with uber-SUV

The fastest, most ridiculously-luxurious SUV on the market just got an even more exclusive special-edition, with Bentley customizing its beastly Bentayga for one special group of enthusiasts. The Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner is, as the name suggests, targeted squarely at those whose idea of fun is to take their several-hundred-thousand-dollar truck down to the river and catch some trout.

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VW accused of “willful and systematic” diesel cheating as top execs named

VW accused of “willful and systematic” diesel cheating as top execs named

Volkswagen may be doing its best to placate diesel owners, but new lawsuits filed in the US lay the blame for dieselgate on pervasive corporate culture not just a few bad staff. Painting a very different picture of the internal politics of the automaker, the New York and Massachusetts attorneys general accused the company of harboring a "willful and systematic scheme of cheating" today in state lawsuits.

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Ford eyes tequila byproduct for eco car parts

Ford eyes tequila byproduct for eco car parts

Drinking and driving may be a terrible idea, but Ford is looking at giving its cars a shot of tequila - or, at least, what's left over when Jose Cuervo has had its way. The automaker and the drinks company are exploring how bioplastics produced from what's left over of the agave plant distilled to make tequila could result in more environmental friendly components in future vehicles.

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2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Review – Leave the chauffeur at home

2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Review – Leave the chauffeur at home

The 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith is something of an outlier for the British luxury brand - it’s the Rolls you drive yourself, rather than enjoy from the more traditional perspective of the rear seat. Past that, however, it's also a car that intends to make your time behind the wheel a bit more engaging than what your chauffeur would experience piloting the four-door Ghost sedan on which the Wraith is based. Either way, after driving this two-door behemoth in and around Montreal, there's one thing I can state without reservation: regardless of where you're sitting, being inside the Rolls-Royce Wraith is an event in and of itself.

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Mercedes-Benz Future Bus makes semi-automated trip on public roads

Mercedes-Benz Future Bus makes semi-automated trip on public roads

Mercedes-Benz’s Future Bus with CityPilot has started operating in a semi-automated fashion on public roads in the Netherlands, teasing a future in which buses and similar public transportation rely on autonomous technology to drive around. In this case, the bus has navigated across a Bus Rapid Transit route from the Netherlands’ Airport Line 300 ‘Schalkwijk Centrum’ bus stop into the city of Haarlem.

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Germany plans “black box” recorder rule for Autopilot-style cars

Germany plans “black box” recorder rule for Autopilot-style cars

With controversy lingering over the role Tesla's Autopilot played in recent crashes, German regulators are preparing new rules that would demand "black box" recorders in any car offering driver assistance technology. Though fully self-driving cars are still some way off from general market availability, increasingly capable semi-autonomous or "piloted driving" systems are spreading from luxury sedans down to the mass market.

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Elon Musk bullish on Autopilot upgrade for existing Tesla cars

Elon Musk bullish on Autopilot upgrade for existing Tesla cars

Tesla isn't willing to disable Autopilot, but it is planning a huge update to the controversial semi-autonomous system, Elon Musk has confirmed. The new software, which will be version 8, is "our biggest release since v1" Musk said on Twitter, while also discussing some of the potential ways existing sensors and other hardware could be reworked to improve the electric cars' accuracy and abilities.

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With 925 lb-ft torque, the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty takes no chances

With 925 lb-ft torque, the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty takes no chances

Huge towing power, plenty of engine grunt, and a few lessons in aluminum borrowed from its F-150 sibling: the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is taking no chances. The 2017 version of the heavy-duty pickup has the highest towing capacity so far, along with more payload capacity than its beefy rivals.

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2017 Infiniti QX30 First-Drive

2017 Infiniti QX30 First-Drive

The 2017 Infiniti QX30 is Japanese designed, built in post-Brexit Britain, with German parts and engineering, and packaged for crossover-loving America: if that doesn't earn it the title of a "global car", I'm not sure what would. Taking over the reins of guiding new-to-brand buyers into the Infiniti family from the now-deceased G-series sedan, the QX30 arrives with high ambitions indeed, proudly setting its sights on the small, luxury crossovers from BMW and Audi.

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Consumer Reports wants Tesla to rename & disable Autopilot until it’s safer

Consumer Reports wants Tesla to rename & disable Autopilot until it’s safer

The influential and well-respected Consumer Reports has chimed in on all the recent controversy surrounding Tesla's Autopilot, calling on the car maker to make significant changes to its autonomous driving feature. The publication wrote earlier this week that it wanted Tesla to rename the technology, feeling the term "Autopilot" to be misleading, and even remove the hands-free system from its cars until it's proven to be safer.

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