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Tesla’s Autopilot feature descends on some Model S testers

Tesla’s Autopilot feature descends on some Model S testers

Hinting that the feature might soon be released to the public, provided it doesn't hit a major snag, some Tesla Mode S beta testers are receiving a promised update that adds a bit of smarts to the already high-profile electric vehicle. While not exactly a fully autonomous feature unlike Google's self-driving car, Tesla's autopilot features do bring a touch of autonomy, if not assisted driving, to the mix, with a promise of an even more intelligent, self-learning software in the still undetermined future.

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2016 Toyota Land Cruiser revealed with plenty of off-road tech

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser revealed with plenty of off-road tech

This week Toyota has revealed the 2016 Land Cruiser - the model headed for the United States, in this case - complete with the first eight-speed automatic in this line. The 2016 Land Cruiser will be rolling with a 5.7-liter V8 with 401 kb-ft of torque and 381 horsepower to boot. Technology inside this vehicle includes a new TORSEN limited-slip locking center differential, bringing a torque distribution to 40:60 front to rear with further wheel slippage grip, with Active Traction control (A-TRAC) for both brake and throttle intervention to cut down on wheel spin.

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2016 Audi TT/TTS Review

2016 Audi TT/TTS Review

The first time I saw the Audi TT, I can remember saying to myself, “wow - what a great looking car - I can't wait to grow up and buy one.” I was 21 when Audi first introduced the original TT in 1995; now, 20 years later and in it's third generation, it’s still a great looking car. Technology doesn’t stand still, however, and so the latest TT is more refined and technologically advanced both inside and out. Question is, has two decades been generous to the TT or just put it firmly into middle-age.

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2016 Nissan Leaf tipped for 110-mile battery option

2016 Nissan Leaf tipped for 110-mile battery option

It's not uncommon at all for Nissan to bring executives from its various dealers into a special event where they are told about upcoming Nissan products. Nissan holds events where they work to get the brass from their dealership network behind new products. Often these events involve an early look at new vehicles to get dealer feedback and not everyone who is invited can keep their mouth shut.

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Ford Focus ST performance upgrade kit makes 275hp

Ford Focus ST performance upgrade kit makes 275hp

Traditionally anything you do to a car to upgrade the power from factory levels will void your warranty. That won't stop most automotive enthusiasts, but it does stop a few folks from modifying their cars. If you own a Ford Focus ST, Ford has a new performance upgrade kit that will give you some more power to play with and allows you to keep your factory warranty intact.

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Mercedes teases super-luxe S-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes teases super-luxe S-Class Cabriolet

Pebble Beach might have been jam-packed with luxury convertibles, but Mercedes-Benz thinks there's space for its own take on high end drop-top glamour. The S-Class Cabriolet has been cropping up in spy shots for some time now, and Mercedes has finally relented and shared a render of what the open-top should look like. Think along the lines of four seats and ridiculous levels of luxury.

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England set to trial charging tech for EVs and hybrids alongside major roadways

England set to trial charging tech for EVs and hybrids alongside major roadways

The British government is set to being trials for charging technology for hybrid and electric vehicles that may one day be placed on major A roads in the country. The trials will test the charging tech needed to allow drivers of EVs and plug-in hybrids to travel longer distances on electricity alone. The test doesn't involve charging stations placed at the side of the roads, rather the charging tech would allow batteries to be charged without the driver needing to stop.

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VW and Mazda recall 600k cars for airbags and steering issues

VW and Mazda recall 600k cars for airbags and steering issues

The last year has been one of huge recalls in the automotive industry. Many of the recalls have been due to defective airbags, in some cases that could potentially throw shrapnel into the face of the driver in the event that the airbag deploys. Mazda and VW have become the latest automotive manufacturers to recall a massive number of cars due to issues with the airbags and steering.

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BMW, Mercedes Benz, Chrysler not immune to OwnStar hack

BMW, Mercedes Benz, Chrysler not immune to OwnStar hack

Samy Kamkar is at it again and this time he is leaving no car left unturned. Or unhacked in this case. Following on his warning that GM's OnStar computer system is not the only one that's prone to getting infiltrated, the hacker has proved that other car maker's Internet-based remote control systems are equally susceptible. The list has now grown to include BMW's Remote, Mercedes-Benz' mbrace, and Chrysler's Uconnect, allowing hackers to unlock and track a wide range of "smart" cars that are growing in number and popularity.

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Garage 101: Track Day Preparation – Tires

Garage 101: Track Day Preparation – Tires

Previously I talked a bit about what you need to do to your brakes before you take your car out to the track for your first track day. If you missed that installment, it’s the most imprint thing in getting ready to go to the track, so read it. After you get your brakes sorted out, you need to turn your attention to your tires. You don’t need fancy slicks or racing tires, any tire will do so long as they are in good shape and not showing any cords. If your tires are corded or excessively worn, don’t go to the track until you have them replaced.

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Garage 101: Track Day Preparation – Brakes

Garage 101: Track Day Preparation – Brakes

Welcome to the first installment of Garage 101 on SlashGear - Our weekend car tips & tricks for automotive techies. If you are an automotive enthusiast and want to learn to drive your car in a performance situation, a track day is where you want to go. There are small, and sometimes large and famous, road racing tracks all around the country. What you need to do is find one near you, or not so nearby (I’ve spent years trekking four hours each way to the closest track near me) and call the track to find out when the next track day will be held.

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