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Ferrari’s having its own Takata airbag troubles

Ferrari’s having its own Takata airbag troubles

The Takata airbags issue has affected several auto makers, and has unfortunately claimed lives. Millions of cars are the subject of recalls as a result, and though the problem has been going on for a while now, it shows no signs of slowing down. Ferrari is the latest auto maker to be affected by Takata airbags, but not for the reason you think. Rather than the current airbag issue, the auto maker discovered a separate problem with some airbags supplied by Takata that deploy incorrectly and could, as a result, cause injury.

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Turbocharged Audi R8 planned for new entry-level

Turbocharged Audi R8 planned for new entry-level

Audi is planning an entry-level turbocharged R8, slotting a more affordable version of the supercar in beneath the current V10 models. The existing 2017 R8 - which we tested on the road and on the track recently - is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 good for as much as 610 HP and 398 lb-ft of torque, but the V8 of the outgoing car won't fit into the architecture of this new model.

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Tesla outlines roadmap: Model X, 3, & new Roadster

Tesla outlines roadmap: Model X, 3, & new Roadster

Tesla's news today wasn't just about "Ludicrous Mode" along with more range and cheaper entry-level Model S, with CEO Elon Musk also discussing the roadmap for the company's next three new cars. Nearest at hand is the Tesla Model X, the electric SUV, which Musk said is on track for the first deliveries in two months time. However, he also touched upon the Model 3, Tesla's more affordable EV, and a new Roadster.

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Tesla Model S gets 90 kWh option and cheaper entry-level

Tesla Model S gets 90 kWh option and cheaper entry-level

Tesla is offering a larger 90 kWh battery pack for the Model S, extending range, while also making its entry-level electric car more affordable. The new battery, a $3k upgrade, will be offered as an option on all 85 kWh Model S cars, improving range by 5-percent. However, those wanting to get into their first Tesla might be more interested in the cheaper Model S 70, which CEO Elon Musk says is comparable with a $50k gasoline car.

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Tesla “Ludicrous Mode” added to Model S

Tesla “Ludicrous Mode” added to Model S

Tesla is adding a Ludicrous Mode to its Model S, introducing a new "smart fuse" that allows the 0-60 mph time to be cut to just 2.8 seconds. Rather than using a traditional fuse that melts if the voltage gets too high, Tesla has developed an electronic version with its own battery, which tracks current in real-time and is pyro-actuated to cut the power if necessary. That's allowed Tesla to increase the maximum throughput from 1300 to 1500 Amps on the Model S P85D and P90D.

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Ford’s new headlights detect people in the dark, widen at intersections

Ford’s new headlights detect people in the dark, widen at intersections

Ford has just debuted its new prototype headlight technology that can detect and warn drivers of people, animals, or other hazards on the sides of roads at night. The system uses infra-red cameras to identify things such as people walking their pets or cycling, and then adjust the direction of the lights so they are easier to see. In addition, the lights will widen their beams automatically when the system detects intersections or other hazardous turns, improving drivers' visibility.

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Google offers inside look into driverless car collision with human driver

Google offers inside look into driverless car collision with human driver

While news reports about minor collisions involving Google's self-driving cars are getting more common, the company has for some time now tried to explain that nearly all the accidents are the result of human error, and not caused by software or other technical glitches. Chris Urmson, the head of Google's driverless car program, has written a new blog post on Medium that offers a detailed, inside look at a recent collision, and how the self-driving Lexus performed exactly as it should have.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma will include a built-in GoPro mount

2016 Toyota Tacoma will include a built-in GoPro mount

GoPro and Toyota have teamed up and as a result the auto maker's mid-size Tacoma pickup truck has a camera mount...one designed to work with GoPro's action cameras. The mounts will come as a standard feature in the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, and mark an industry first. The potential appeal is easy to see: GoPro's cameras are devices one would take on their adventures, and a pickup truck is something one might take off-roading. Pair the two together and the result are some fun, probably muddy video footage.

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Watch a plane land on a busy highway in New Jersey

Watch a plane land on a busy highway in New Jersey

This week an airplane carrying skydivers landed on a busy highway - Barnegat Road in Stafford Township, New Jersey. The video you're about to see was captured by the Stafford Township Police Department's traffic cam. Incidentally this is a completely different incident from the "skydivers near death airplane collision" incident that went viral earlier this year and occurred back in October of 2014. The amount of incidents like this are extremely few and far between - which is why they come as such a shock to the general public.

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