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GM faces NHTSA skewering as blame-game hearing begins

GM faces NHTSA skewering as blame-game hearing begins

GM will apologize but not explain why it took more than ten years to address the ignition key issue that has forced the recall of 2.6m cars, as CEO Mary Barra along with representation from the NHTSA testify today. Acting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Friedman is expected to lay the blame at General Motors' feet, according to pre-submitted testimony, despite reports that the government agency itself opted not to formally investigate the car flaw all the way back in 2007.

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Subaru concept hints at Tribeca replacement with plug-in diesel hybrid

Subaru concept hints at Tribeca replacement with plug-in diesel hybrid

A new rumor is going around that suggests Subaru is set to unveil a new plug-in hybrid SUV that will be very unique in the auto industry. There are plenty of hybrids out there, but a plug-in hybrid with diesel power is not common. Subaru has already shown off the interesting Viziv 2 concept car at the Geneva Motor Show this year that was previously suggested to be a next generation Forester.

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Tesla Model S revealed to be easily hackable

Tesla Model S revealed to be easily hackable

Cars and hacking, at least the digital kind, aren't two things you usually associate with each other, but the rise of smart cars might make that a source of headaches and nightmares in the near future. And the Tesla Model S, being one of the first of that generation, might also become one of the first poster boys for that inevitable problem.

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BMW i8 will force fake engine noise and howl at pedestrians

BMW i8 will force fake engine noise and howl at pedestrians

BMW's i8 supercar may run on electricity but that doesn't mean the Germany marque has forgotten about aural performance: both inside and out. A new video showing how the i8 performs in Sport Mode - which you can see after the cut - shows that not only is the speed there, with the BMW doing 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds, but it makes a pretty distinctive noise while it does it, despite only having a very small gasoline engine.

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Reversing cameras for all cars from mid-2018 NHTSA decides

Reversing cameras for all cars from mid-2018 NHTSA decides

Reversing cameras will be a standard-fit feature on cars in the US from mid-2018, with the NHTSA deciding that the potential safety benefits from an eye in the bumper warrants the demand. Cameras piping a live feed from the back of the car to the dashboard are common on luxury models and SUVs, but new rear visibility requirement will mean that all models built from May 1st, 2018, will have to sport them, no matter how small or how cheap.

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Glass HUD app pits wearable against driver distraction doubts

Glass HUD app pits wearable against driver distraction doubts

Google is out lobbying against potential Glass driving bans, and now developers are joining the chorus of those demanding a more nuanced view of how distracting wearable-tech is for those behind the wheel. The Glass Explorer behind a new app that pipes vital car data like speed and fuel levels directly into your line-of-sight, Voidstar AutoHUD, argues that ergonomically and functionally there are reasons why "Glassholes" might end up safer drivers.

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Forget CarPlay: Here’s NVIDIA’s plan to power your next car

Forget CarPlay: Here’s NVIDIA’s plan to power your next car

NVIDIA is no stranger to car dashboards, with the company’s Tegra chips already powering Tesla’s Model S infotainment and the system found in the new Audi A3, but the company has even bigger ambitions for Tegra K1. The chip company brought its Automotive team along to GTC 2014 this past week to show off the heavily-customized Jeep its been working on as a showcase for its vision of the future of mobility tech, and we grabbed some time at the helm to see how it works.

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Tesla Model S fire investigation ends: brand blameless

Tesla Model S fire investigation ends: brand blameless

More good news comes Tesla’s way as the Government ends its investigations regarding the Model S fires. Earlier, we reported about the dealership tussle that the electric car company is embroiled in and how New York’s Governor took a softer stand on them. Presently, the NHTSA has closed its inquiries into the fires that broke out in the Model S, in three separate incidents.

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Tesla gets relief in New York, allowed five direct-dealerships

Tesla gets relief in New York, allowed five direct-dealerships

After a tough battle between traditional dealerships and the EV upstart, the deal that Tesla Motors has managed to conclude with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state's car dealers is that the company’s direct-sales outlets will be allowed to continue business, as long as they don’t open any more dealerships in the state. There are currently five company-owned outlets in New York.

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