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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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2017 Audi R8 gives a glimpse of the future at Le Mans

2017 Audi R8 gives a glimpse of the future at Le Mans

Last weekend, Porsche made history when it broke Audi's five-year winning streak at the 24 hours of Le Mans, its first victory in more than a decade. But even before the race even started, Audi was also making a historic move. On the very same Le Mans circuit, it gave the green light for the first drive experience of the 2017 Audi R8. It has been barely six months since it debuted the 2016 model, but this next generation R8 hit enough of the right notes to give one pause in considering whether to wait for it next summer instead.

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California releases data on accidents involving self-driving cars

California releases data on accidents involving self-driving cars

California have given in to pressure and released data on self-driving car accidents that have happened. We've heard reports here and there in recent times, and this data drop largely reflects what we've been hearing. According to the report, which details six accidents involving self-driving cars, in most of these accidents the autonomous vehicles were in a self-driving mode, but the accidents were caused by other (human driven) cars. It doesn't appear there were any injuries of either driver in the incidents, indicating they were all minor.

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Koenigsegg One:1 decimates all in 0-300km/h-0 test

Koenigsegg One:1 decimates all in 0-300km/h-0 test

Of all the exotic sports cars in the world, the most exotic in my mind is the Koenigsegg One:1. This is a hypercar in every sense of the word packing 1340hp under the hood with a curb weight of 1340kg. That gives the car a power to weight ratio of 1:1, which is where the name comes from. The 1:1 power to weight ratio doesn't quite work here in the states where the 1340kg weight comes out to a bit under 3000 pounds.

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2016 Mercedes GLC rolls out packing 2.0L turbo four

2016 Mercedes GLC rolls out packing 2.0L turbo four

Mercedes has unveiled its second-generation compact crossover SUV called the GLC. This car is the successor to the GLK crossover SUV and it’s a big update to that former model. The GLC is all new on the inside and out with lots of leather, wood, and aluminum covering the interior. The GLC is stretched by 4.5 inches in length compared to the GLK.

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Jaguar uses brain wave monitoring to keep drivers alert

Jaguar uses brain wave monitoring to keep drivers alert

Auto manufacturers are getting smarter all the time. Jaguar Land Rover has just created a car that can read your mind. The car won't psychically take you to your destination, but it will hold your attention. The prototype feature, dubbed Mind Sense, measures brainwaves to monitor the driver's concentration. It was developed as a safety technology research project, which has the overall goal of decreasing accidents on the road. Drivers whose concentration fades due to stress or distraction pose a real threat to others on the road. It doesn't matter if a driver's eyes are on the road, it just takes a daydream to keep him out of touch with surroundings--only to be yanked back by a car horn or an accident. Jaguar's Mind Sense project found a way to tell whether the driver is paying attention or not based on his brain wave patterns.

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Gogoro prices up its Smartscooter for July riders

Gogoro prices up its Smartscooter for July riders

Gogoro has announced pricing and availability for its Smartscooter, the electric-powered two-wheeler which will launch first in Taipei. Designed to use interchangeable battery packs which Gogoro will offer from a network of "GoStation" recharging points around the city, the Smartscooter will go up for preorder from June 27th in Taipei City and New Taipei City, and then is expected to begin shipping roughly a month later, on July 25th.

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Chris Evans is Top Gear’s “new” Jeremy Clarkson

Chris Evans is Top Gear’s “new” Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson's replacement for wildly-popular BBC show Top Gear will be Chris Evans, the broadcaster has announced. Evans, who currently presents a BBC Radio 2 breakfast show but who has a long track-record of UK television shows, will begin filming in the next few weeks, the BBC says. Clarkson left the show amid controversy earlier this year, fired after a "fracas" with a producer while recording an episode. Co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond initially played coy as to whether they would return, though later confirmed that they too would leave the show.

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