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Apple faces lawsuit over EV battery expert poaching

Apple faces lawsuit over EV battery expert poaching

Apple's electric car project may only have been grist for the rumor-mill for a week, but it's already landed the firm in legal hot water over alleged expert-poaching. Speculation about the so-called "Project Titan" underway at a secret facility near Apple's Cupertino headquarters has so-far centered on intermingling rumors of EV powertrains and self-driving technology. However, according to battery maker A123 Systems, some of the skills that are helping those projects came as a result of a targeted campaign by Apple to grab the firm's staff. Now, it's decided to take it to the courts.

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Rolls-Royce is building a super-SUV

Rolls-Royce is building a super-SUV

Hold onto your top hats: Rolls-Royce is making an SUV, and if the luxury marque's track record in opulence and excess is anything to go by, little this side of a Bentley Bentayga will eclipse it in the parking lot. In fact, the car firm's breathless announcement that it's wading into a new segment even keeps "SUV" itself at arm's distance, preferring instead to refer to its "Effortless Everywhere" abilities, desert-storming off road intentions, and of course near-ridiculous quantities of high-luxe outfitting. We don't know what it's called, but we can guess it'll be expensive.

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Sri Lanka’s Vega is a 900 hp all-electric supercar

Sri Lanka’s Vega is a 900 hp all-electric supercar

When it comes to electric vehicles, perhaps Tesla is the name that most often pops up in conversations. In fact, when it comes to cars in general, majority of the names and brands are located in the West, with a few notable exceptions. Sri Lanka, however, doesn't want to simply accept the status quo and wants to prove that the tiny South Asian nation can also innovate and deliver in that field. And this Vega luxury sports car may very well be the proof that it needs.

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Rinspeed Budii self-driving car is a mix of tech and strange

Rinspeed Budii self-driving car is a mix of tech and strange

We've seeing an increasing number of technologies being integrated into cars, but sometimes we wonder when is too much, well, too much. Rinspeed, a Swiss automaker that specializes in putting out concept cars, may have just reached that peak. Budii, it's latest concept, incorporates many of the technologies and features you might want to see in the car of the future. But it does so in a way and in a design that leaves you scratching your head, wondering what happened on the drawing board.

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Google and Apple car plans face Benz boss skepticism

Google and Apple car plans face Benz boss skepticism

Apple's car ambitions may have burst into the headlines over the weekend, as chatter surfaced of a hundreds-strong team working on EV and autonomous vehicle tech, but some of the old guard in automotive aren't so convinced we'll see an iCar any time soon. In fact, Daimler chief executive Dieter Zetsche predicts, despite public and private projects underway by Google and other tech luminaries, he sees their collective goal as more about disrupting traditional vehicle technology without going so far as to create four-wheeled alternatives of their own. However, while Zetsche is all for figuring out ways to co-exist and collaborate with tech firms, he's also cautious about giving them too much access to drivers.

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Sebastian Vettel drives the Ferrari FXX K at Fiorano

Sebastian Vettel drives the Ferrari FXX K at Fiorano

Sebastian Vettel is an F1 racing champion and while most of us know him for his time spent at Red Bull; Seb has a new team for 2015. Vettel will be driving a Ferrari during the 2015 F1 season and hopefully this season will be better for the champ than last. What has to be one of the coolest things about driving for Ferrari is getting to climb behind the wheel of Ferrari's impressive road and track cars at the famous Fiorano test track Ferrari owns.

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Apple Titan self-driving electric car rumors gain traction

Apple Titan self-driving electric car rumors gain traction

Apple's auto ambitions are shaping up to be far more broad than simply dominating the dashboard with maps and multimedia, with multiple sources tipping an autonomous, electric car project underway dubbed "Titan". The Tesla-challenging car would be a cocked-snook not only to the traditional auto industry, it's suggested, but key rivals like Google which are themselves working on self-driving technologies. Reports that Apple had raided top automakers for engineers and R&D specialists broke late last week, for what at the time was speculated as a more advanced version of CarPlay. Now, however, the scope of the rumor-worthy skunkworks seems to be far greater.

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Last year’s auto recalls hit new record high

Last year’s auto recalls hit new record high

It's official: last year's auto recalls hit a record high, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It comes as no surprise to those who were monitoring the auto industry. Many car makers were swept up into recalls of all sizes spanning numerous issues and parts. Some, like GM, were slammed with huge recall numbers, while the Takata airbag issue has had its own substantial effect. Nearly 64 million cars were recalled in 2014, and if previous statements by the NHTSA prove true, 2015 will see even higher numbers.

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Automatic’s Link v2 gets FCC nod (and ace new packaging)

Automatic’s Link v2 gets FCC nod (and ace new packaging)

A second generation Automatic dongle, the Link2, has been spotted passing through FCC testing, ahead of plugging into your car's dashboard and piping driving stats to your phone. The Bluetooth dongle is outwardly identical to the existing model, which translates data on car status, driving style, fuel economy and more to a companion app for iPhone or Android, and currently there's no clear indication of what might have improved in functionality. In fact, the most exciting part right now looks like Automatic's new packaging design, which might actually have some legitimate usefulness to save it from landfill.

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