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Ford R&D Palo Alto puts driverless cars in pole position

Ford R&D Palo Alto puts driverless cars in pole position

Ford CEO Mark Fields may have been critical of the auto industry’s attempts to over-hype driverless cars, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t working on its own model at its new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California. The car firm has snagged a former Apple engineer, Dragos Maciuca, to lead its innovation efforts, heading projects like autonomous and remotely-piloted vehicles, integrating the dashboard with the smart home - including hooking up with the Google-owned Nest thermostat - and leveraging GPU acceleration for things like swifter speech recognition.

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Ford Focus RS teased with squealing track outing

Ford Focus RS teased with squealing track outing

Ford's showing at Detroit certainly wasn't quiet, with a new GT, track-ready Shelby version of the Mustang, and the beefy F-150 Raptor, but the grunt isn't over with, a new teaser video for the all-new Focus RS promises. The potent little hatchback isn't expected to be officially detailed until early next month, but that hasn't stopped Ford from throwing it around a couple of text tracks to really whet our appetites. Best of all, although those in North America may have had to feign lacking interest in the previous Focus RS, for once they can get just as excited as the rest of us.

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NissanConnect adds Twitter, TripAdvisor to Mobile Apps team

NissanConnect adds Twitter, TripAdvisor to Mobile Apps team

Continuing the amalgamation of our smartphones and our cars, Nissan is adding some new popular names to its list of supported apps for its NissanConnect in-vehicle infotainment platform. Now drivers and their passengers will be able to get access to TripAdvisor's juicy recommendations and keep up to date with their friends and idols on Twitter. In addition, iOS users will no longer feel left out of some music on the go with the addition of support for iPhones on NissanConnect's Pandora music streaming.

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Jaguar Land Rover “Bike Sense” aims to save cyclists’ lives

Jaguar Land Rover “Bike Sense” aims to save cyclists’ lives

In the UK alone, a recorded staggering 19,000 cyclists are killed or injured each year, making what is in theory a healthy lifestyle also a dangerous one. That is why Jaguar Land Rover is investing in research and automotive technology that aims to make roads a safer place for cyclists, not by simply relegating them to a part of the road but by helping inform drivers of oncoming bikers. They're calling it Bike Sense and it gives drivers a sort of sixth sense, thanks to advancements in driver assistance technologies.

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McLaren 650S Le Mans edition celebrates 1995 victory

McLaren 650S Le Mans edition celebrates 1995 victory

In 1995, five McLaren F1 GTRs crossed the finished line of the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race, ending up in 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 13th place. That was, without a doubt, one of the proudest moments in McLaren's history. Now 20 years later, the Formula One constructor is celebrating that epic victory by launching a special limited edition McLaren 650S Le Mans model, styled after that iconic McLaren F1, giving would be owners not just a piece of history to be caged in a display, but something they can drive proudly as well.

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Polaris Slingshot recalled, sales halted over steering loss

Polaris Slingshot recalled, sales halted over steering loss

In the summer of last year, Polaris took the wraps off its three-wheeled beast, the Slingshot. The vehicle is like a cross between a motorcycle and a car, offering an open-top experience with two seats and a mean sporty design. The Slingshot is meant to go fast, and that only increases the dangers posed by a potential issue discovered by Polaris: a loss of steering over a possibly defective part. As a result, the maker has ordered owners to stop driving the vehicles and shops to stop selling them.

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Ford Mustang sets sail as pony goes international

Ford Mustang sets sail as pony goes international

Ford's Mustang may be the quintessential American muscle car for many, but the pony car has ambitions further afield in its sixth generation. The first exports of the 2015 Mustang to international buyers has begun this week, Ford confirmed today, with plans to make both right- and left-hand drive versions available in more than 100 different markets. Unfortunately, just because the first cars are leaving ports now, that doesn't mean everyone will be getting the Mustang soon.

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NHTSA investigating Ford recall for possible expansion

NHTSA investigating Ford recall for possible expansion

Adding to the list of vehicles it is investigating, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that it is probing a previous Ford recall to see whether it should be expanded to cover quite a few additional vehicles. Ford has previously recalled 3,000 trucks in October of 2013 over troubles with the exhaust gas temperature sensor, and the NHTSA is looking into whether that recall needs to be boosted to include 200,000 vehicles. The affected model years are 2011 and 2012.

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BMW 1 Series gets new three and five door models

BMW 1 Series gets new three and five door models

BMW has refreshed the 1 Series range with a new three door and a new five-door models. Both cars have the look of small wagons and are hatchback designs. The new cars also get a revised engine line and new measures for reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The engine line has new gas and diesel units with three and four cylinders.

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Jeep Cherokees under investigation following fires

Jeep Cherokees under investigation following fires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUVs following complaints about fires in the engine compartment. About 50,415 Cherokees are being probed as part of the preliminary investigation, which will look into a possible defect that has caused multiple newer Cherokees to go up in flames for no readily discernible reason. The NHTSA is said to also have some field report data from an Early Warning Reporting program on the matter which will be factored in.

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