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Ford shows off pair of 2015 F-150 trucks bound for SEMA

Ford shows off pair of 2015 F-150 trucks bound for SEMA

If you are a fan of trucks, you are probably aware that Ford has made a significant change to its incredibly popular F-150 truck for the 2015 model year. The major change that the automaker has made is moving to an all aluminum body allowing the truck to shed 700 pounds for increased fuel economy and performance. Ford is showing off a couple of the new 2015 F-150 trucks that will be on display at SEMA vying for the "Hottest Truck" award at the show.

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Chevy shows off SEMA cars ahead of Nov 4 show opening

Chevy shows off SEMA cars ahead of Nov 4 show opening

SEMA is held each year in Las Vegas and the show brings out some of the coolest cars in the world. Some of the cars have style alone while others have style and impressive performance. Chevrolet is showing off some of its cars that will be on display at SEMA and all are performance inspired and show off accessories that are already available for the cars. SEMA kicks off November 7 in Las Vegas.

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UberPLUS arrives as higher-end ridesharing option

UberPLUS arrives as higher-end ridesharing option

Ridesharing services have replaced taxi use for many, and while the average car you encounter through one of the services will likely be more pleasant than your average yellow taxi, it still might not be up to your standards for certain events: dates, business meetings, and other notable occasions. For this reason, Uber has introduced a new service that falls solidly between its low-rate UberX service and its high-end UberBLACK, though there's a catch: it is rolling out only in Los Angeles (for now).

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Chrysler recalls 900k cars over fire, stalling risks

Chrysler recalls 900k cars over fire, stalling risks

General Motors has been the big focus of this year's automotive recalls, but it seems Chrysler is looking towards becoming runner up, with the auto maker issuing two global recalls that span nearly a million vehicles. The reasons revolve around different problems, with one posing a fire risk and another potentially causing a spontaneous alternator failure, which could also result in a fire or possibly a car crash. Fortunately, no known injuries have resulted from the issues, though there is one known crash that might have been caused by a faulty part.

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Sidecar first to get operating permit from San Francisco International

Sidecar first to get operating permit from San Francisco International

Hot contention exists between many cities and ridesharing services like Uber, and likewise between the different services themselves, with the two most notable companies -- Uber and Lyft -- frequently lobbing accusations against each other. While both are busy with their respective troubles, competitor Sidecar has slipped in to become the first of its kind to get an airport permit in California. The permit was issued by the San Francisco International Airport, and under it the company will start serving the airport within 30 days.

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Team Sunswift sets record for EV speed over 500km distance

Team Sunswift sets record for EV speed over 500km distance

A group of Australian students has set an official world record for the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500km using a car they built at the university dubbed eVe and operated by team Sunswift. The record was certified by FIA, a motorsports governing body, with a new speed mark of 109.966 km/h set by team Sunswift in July. Before Sunswift reset the record, it had stood at 73 km/h for 26 years.

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Blood Type Racing produces 1000bhp Hyundai Genesis for SEMA

Blood Type Racing produces 1000bhp Hyundai Genesis for SEMA

A car tuner in Chicago has a car that it has been working on that will be on display at SEMA in Las Vegas. The car started life as a normal Hyundai Genesis and has been transformed into something much more. The tuner is called Blood Type Racing, and the massively changed Genesis produces 1000bhp at the crank. At the wheels, the car has 800hp, which is a massive amount of power for a car that started life with a normal 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine.

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Tesla’s first battery-swap station opening by year-end

Tesla’s first battery-swap station opening by year-end

Tesla will open its first battery-swap station within the next few months, the electric car company has confirmed to SlashGear, offering drivers of the Model S a ninety second way to "refuel" their cars. First demonstrated in June 2013, the battery exchange system eschews even the rapid charging of Tesla's Supercharger network in favor of a wholesale exchange of the batteries themselves. The process would be fully automatic, too, meaning the driver won't even need to step out of the car in order to replenish their charge levels.

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Uber passenger claims kidnapping; company cries foul

Uber passenger claims kidnapping; company cries foul

Services like Uber require something we don’t often talk about, and that’s trust. Whether you’re a rider or passenger, there’s an element of trust that should carry the day. A recent Uber trip maybe didn’t have that, but it’s tough to tell what’s really going on with this one. If you believe Uber, the driver simply took an “inefficient route”. If you believe the passenger — who may have been intoxicated — she was kidnapped. Either way, take this into account next time you’re about to use a service like Uber.

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How smart will Tesla’s Model S Autopilot be?

How smart will Tesla’s Model S Autopilot be?

Tesla's plans for the new Autopilot features on the Model S aren't exactly humble, with CEO Elon Musk suggesting EVs that could come to heel at your beck & call and even read your calendar to know when they might be needed, but what works now and what's merely on the roadmap? Speaking at the launch of the Tesla "D", the AWD version of the Model S, Musk cited regulatory lag for blocking some of the more advanced autonomous features his cars are capable of, so we went hunting to see what, exactly, new owners should expect.

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