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Hummer electrical issue leads to fires, injuries and a recall

Hummer electrical issue leads to fires, injuries and a recall

Jeeps aren't the only cars on the market that have ignited. General Motors is recalling about 196,000 Hummers due to an electrical issue that has caused a couple to go up in flames. The recall was announced today, and spurring the decision are at least two cars that spontaneously caught on fire and were destroyed as a result. In one incident, the driver reported smelling something “funny” and discovering a fire under the glove box. Despite efforts to put it out, the Hummer unfortunately “went up in flames”.

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Local Motors latest 3D printed car aims to allow customization

Local Motors latest 3D printed car aims to allow customization

The first time we talked about Local Motors and a 3D printed car was the Strati car that the company had designed itself. Local Motors held a contest after the Strati was unveiled to allow people to design it's new car and the winner of that contest was an engineer for HP named Kevin Lo. The car he designed is a 2+2 convertible and it still has the Strati's layered, rough appearance.

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Uber wants to buy Tesla’s entire first batch of self-driving cars

Uber wants to buy Tesla’s entire first batch of self-driving cars

It's no secret Uber is excited about our future of self-driving cars. The company's business model revolves around drivers using their own vehicles to transport goods and people, but for Uber those drivers represent a significant expense. Self-driving cars, assuming the legislation will reach a point where drivers are no longer required, will eliminate that expense. Uber made partnerships in recent times to work on autonomous driving technologies, and more recently the ridesharing service's CEO has expressed a lot of interest in Tesla's future self-driving vehicles.

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BMW M cars may ditch the manual transmission

BMW M cars may ditch the manual transmission

For many years, the manual transmission was the transmission to get in all cars if you wanted the best fuel economy. In modern cars, the automatic transmission is the more fuel-efficient option. One place where the manual has remained a popular transmission choice is in the sports car, but even there it is going extinct. BMW has hinted that it may ditch the manual transmission in its M cars such as the M3 and M4.

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Google Self-driving car heads to Austin

Google Self-driving car heads to Austin

The self-driving car is a bit of tech that is coming no matter how you feel about cars with the ability to drive themselves around the streets of the country. Google has been testing its self-driving cars in California for a long time now and it is now heading to Texas for testing. Google cars come in different forms with most being normal cars we might see anyone driving that are festooned with sensors and gear to allow them to operate with no human interaction.

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Google’s Waze testing ‘RideWith’ paid carpooling app

Google’s Waze testing ‘RideWith’ paid carpooling app

If carpooling fits best into your lifestyle but traditional ridesharing services aren't operating in your city, you might one day have an alternative option through Google's Waze, a navigation app that provides standard road navigation functionality with assorted social features. The company will soon be testing a new carpooling app in Israel, according to sources, that will allow users to pay another commuter a fee in exchange for carpooling with them to and from work.

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Self-driving cabs could slash emissions 90%

Self-driving cabs could slash emissions 90%

Autonomous taxis could have a huge impact on environmental emissions, with new research suggesting cuts of as much as 90-percent versus private ownership. Although self-driving projects have for the most part focused on the safety and convenience handing over the wheel to a computer would allow, the team at the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory looked instead to per-mile greenhouse gas emissions. The potential for greener driving, they discovered, was far greater when a smarter taxi system could take into account just how many people they'd need to be transporting.

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Volvo’s Excellence Child Seat Concept faces backwards

Volvo’s Excellence Child Seat Concept faces backwards

Kids and cars don't always mix well, whether it's because of toddlers' short attention spans or because of safety and comfort concerns for babies. But when you advertise a car that's designed for the ultimate luxury and comfort of its affluent owners, it better damn well make sure that it extends to owners who have babies to mind as well. Volvo is doing just that with its new Excellence Child Seat Concept for the XC90 Lounge Console Concept, but its particular implementation is definitely something of a head turner.

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2016 Scion iM first-drive – Goodbye xB, hello maturity

2016 Scion iM first-drive – Goodbye xB, hello maturity

Scion made its name with a bizarre hatchback, the xB, and is hoping to revive its fortunes with the 2016 iM. Targeting fun-seeking but cash-poor Millennials with a sub-$20k sticker price and lashings of standard kit, the iM not only courts those who might covet a Golf or a Mazda 3, but drivers that might otherwise be looking to a four-year-old used car instead of something new off the forecourt. Times are tough, though, and so rather than cook up a new car from scratch, Scion has followed the same approach that netted the perky FR-S roadster for its range and based the iM on an existing design.

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