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Tesla Model D to “push the limits of what’s safe” with automation

Tesla Model D to “push the limits of what’s safe” with automation

The new Tesla Model S - the D, that is - won’t be driving itself to your workplace when it hits the road in the near future. But it very well could. Describing the autonomy their newest model was able to achieve today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested last night that they’re "essentially going to push the limits of what’s safe with this hardware, and what’s available with the current regulations." He speaks of self-driving cars, of course - which aren’t entirely street legal as of yet.

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Uber and Lyft slapped with BBB “F” rating

Uber and Lyft slapped with BBB “F” rating

Uber, Lyft, and other similar services: you either love them or hate them, with many skewing towards the former due to their integration in a mobile lifestyle and fares that are lower than traditional taxi cabs. That doesn't mean they're not without their problems, however, and those problems have ultimately been reflected by the Better Business Bureau, which has bestowed both aforementioned services with its lowest rating -- "F".The reasons, for those familiar with the services, aren't surprising, and seem to largely revolve around surge pricing issues.

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Tesla’s wicked-fast P85D just drove me autonomously

Tesla’s wicked-fast P85D just drove me autonomously

I confess, I didn't really take Tesla's test driver seriously when he told me I needed to put my head safely against the headrest before he floored the new Model S P85D. Sure, EVs are torquey from a standing start, but 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds isn't unheard of in the sports car world. Then we accelerated down Tesla's LED-lit tunnel, a multi-colored birth canal for the fastest four-door sedan ever made.

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Tesla Model S “D” adds AWD: Self-driving Auto-Pilot

Tesla Model S “D” adds AWD: Self-driving Auto-Pilot

Tesla promised us something new with its big "D" reveal, and the reality is a new version of the Model S - the P85D - and some smarter driving tech that helps push the EV ahead of its Germanic rivals offer. Announced in LA at an event swamped with existing Model S owners (many of whom were hoping it would be the Model X SUV that was actually the secret star of the show), the "D" isn't a new model as such but in fact new versions of the existing Model S, adding an all-wheel-drive version to across the line-up that boosts traction, performance, and range. Maybe more exciting, though, is the future ability for the car to - in limited circumstances - drive itself to meet you.

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Elon Musk isn’t keen on flying cars

Elon Musk isn’t keen on flying cars

Flying cars have been a staple component in visions of the future for as long as cars have existed, and while none are yet available at your local dealership, efforts are under way to make them reality. If you're of the more realistic sort, you likely view the prospect with a hint of pessimism: when a car stalls on the road, it merely blocks traffic -- if it stalls in the sky, it will fall on your head. Elon Musk seems to fall into the latter group, pointing out the different issues that would result from them.

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3D printed car takes 2-days to build, 40mph top speed

3D printed car takes 2-days to build, 40mph top speed

You can 3D print just about anything these days from parts for assault rifles to components for just about anything else you can think of. We have talked about a company in the past called Local Motors that has developed cars using 3D printed parts. Local Motors is based in Arizona has built what it claims to be the world's first fully functional 3D printed electric car. The vehicle is called the Strati and has 49 parts.

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Cadillac and American Airlines partner to bring perks

Cadillac and American Airlines partner to bring perks

You can never have too many travel perks, and so the latest announcement from Cadillac and American Airlines is welcomed news: the two companies have partnered to bring perks for travelers who use American Airlines, all of them revolving around Cadillac in some way. The downside is that the program will be limited to four (big) airports, with the exception of one perk, which will give any American Airlines' customers the option to earn frequent flier miles for test driving a Cadillac at their nearest dealership.

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Porsche unveils new 911 Carrera GTS Coupe and Cabriolet

Porsche unveils new 911 Carrera GTS Coupe and Cabriolet

Porsche has pulled the wraps off a pair of new 911 models that fit into the line of venerable sports cars. The new models are a coupe and a cabriolet 911 Carrera GTS. The GTS designation first came to the Porsche Cayman and Boxster models and has made its way to the top of the line 911 sports car. All of the GTS Carrera models are based on the 911 Carrera 4 body with flared rear wheel arches and a wider track.

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Volvo’s counting on these sensors to end fatal accidents by 2020

Volvo’s counting on these sensors to end fatal accidents by 2020

Volvo is aiming no fatal accidents for those in one of the safety-obsessed Swedish firm's cars by 2020, cooking up a complex 360-degree sensor and vision system that could also open the door to autonomous vehicles. The culmination of Volvo's four year Non-Hit Car and Truck project, the technology combines data from a wide range of sensors - including cameras, GPS, and others - into a single perspective of the car's environment, rather than treating each system as discrete as per most current vehicles, and even teaching vehicles how to plan an escape route.

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Car tech and Siri slammed for driver distraction

Car tech and Siri slammed for driver distraction

Capable but complex infotainment systems built into modern car dashboards are dangerously distracting, a driver safety study has concluded, while voice controlled systems like Apple's Siri have been equally criticized. Hands-free tech intended to maintain a driver's grip on the wheel can, ironically, cause greater cognitive distraction than actually picking up a phone, a study by the AAA and the University of Utah revealed, testing a number of basic tasks like making calls or changing radio station across cars from Toyota, Mercedes, and other marques.

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