Cars

HERE’s common sensor language could steer self-driving cars

HERE’s common sensor language could steer self-driving cars

Nokia HERE is hoping to get connected cars speaking a common language, relying on collaborative mapping to help self-driving cars figure out a route. The Car-to-Cloud interface specification has been released under a creative commons license, so that car manufacturers could adopt it without having to cough up fees in the process; each "message" sent by a car would consist of anonymized data, allowing road conditions and unexpected route issues to be shared without intruding on driver privacy.

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Chevy Corvette Z06 calls dibs on CarPlay, rolls off production

Chevy Corvette Z06 calls dibs on CarPlay, rolls off production

You might have had your fill of Android Auto news last month because of Google I/O 2015, but that is no indication that Apple's CarPlay is going to be left on the sidelines. In fact, it might actually beat Google to the wider market punch, and Chevy will be at the forefront. Chevrolet's 2016 Corvette Z06 has been shown to be rolling off the production line and will soon be rolling out to dealers and buyers, marking the first widespread availability of Apple's direct presence inside cars.

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Toyota Prius SUV rumored in the pipeline

Toyota Prius SUV rumored in the pipeline

Toyota and Mazda’s collaboration may result in a Prius SUV option, at least if rumors prove to be true. Word has it the Prius SUV will (probably) end up being a version of the C-HR concept that goes into production, which means it will have more of a crossover look to it — though, of course, the design could be changed from what we saw at last year’s Paris Motor Show. Sources say Toyota is considering Mazda’s 1.5 liter SkyActiv diesel engine for the offering.

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Vinli hands-on: A high-octane smart car upgrade

Vinli hands-on: A high-octane smart car upgrade

Shiny new connected cars may be all the rage at auto shows, but not everybody wants, or can afford, to swap their current ride for the latest model. Into that fray steps Vinli, an ambitious startup hoping to upgrade your car with WiFi, Bluetooth, LTE, an app store, and the power of the cloud, all for $99.95 and thirty seconds of installation. I took a trip with founder Mark Haidar to find out if it could really be so simple.

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Living with Ford SYNC 3

Living with Ford SYNC 3

There's a war going on for your dashboard, and while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto might have designs on your digits, homegrown systems like Ford SYNC 3 aren't giving up. Latest iteration of Ford's infotainment platform, SYNC 3 raises its game in touchscreen responsiveness, voice recognition, and third-party app support. That makes a whole lot of difference behind the wheel, as I discovered when I took it for an extended test-drive in one of the first 2016 cars to offer it, the new Ford Escape.

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Fisker said to reboot with new Elux model, California factory

Fisker said to reboot with new Elux model, California factory

Fisker, that other high-style, high-performance electric maker that didn't quite find the same success as Tesla, is said to be planning its rebirth after being saved from bankruptcy last year. This involves building a new factory in nearly the same neighborhood as Tesla Motor's Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada, or somewhere between Los Angeles and Palm Springs. The other development involves an introduction of a proper successor to the Fisker Karma.

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Confirmed Takata airbag death highlights importance of repairs

Confirmed Takata airbag death highlights importance of repairs

The Takata airbag issue is still ongoing, and unfortunately Honda has confirmed an eight death caused by the faulty components. The crash took place back in September in Los Angeles, and the auto maker has been investigating since. The vehicle involved was a 2001 Honda Civic rental driven by Jewel Brangman when the crash took place. According to the NHTSA, a faulty Takata airbag was "likely" the cause of the fatality. All but one of the eight fatal crashes that have happened in Honda vehicles happened in the United States.

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Uber France celebrates Father’s Day with rides in vintage cars

Uber France celebrates Father’s Day with rides in vintage cars

Father's Day is this Sunday, and while some kids dream of one day gifting a classic car to their dads, if that isn't possible giving them a ride in such a vehicle can make just as nice a gift. Riding-sharing service Uber, which seems to be eager to explore different kinds of partnerships lately, is offering to make that happen this weekend, should your dad happen to be living in Lyon, France. The French division of Uber has teamed up with Roadstr to pick dads up in vintage rides.

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Hyundai patent outlines speed bump detection system

Hyundai patent outlines speed bump detection system

I'd wager at one time or another most of us have seen cars that have been customized by their owners or are so low from the factory that speed bumps can be a big issue. Even more annoying are larger speed bumps that are the same color as the road around them allowing them to blend into the surroundings to the point that many people hit them at full speed simply because they don’t see them.

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