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2016 BMW i3 Review – The electric time machine

2016 BMW i3 Review – The electric time machine

The 2016 BMW i3 is the DeLorean of our times. No, I'm not talking about gullwing doors (that's the exclusive province of its bigger brother, the i8), nor am I referring to sketchy Renault mechanicals (you'll still have to travel to France for that pleasure). What I mean is, the BMW i3's future-tense design and real-world electric car performance qualify it as a time machine of the first caliber, a glimpse into tomorrow along the lines of what we were once promised in the breathless prose and scintillating images published in the pages of Popular Science magazine.

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Close up with the Volvo 40.1 and 40.2 Concepts: 2018’s XC40 and S40

Close up with the Volvo 40.1 and 40.2 Concepts: 2018’s XC40 and S40

“I think we’re all fed up with it,” says Volvo’s senior VP of design, Thomas Ingenlath. We’re at Volvo’s design studio at its Torslanda headquarters—a typically sleek building amid a typically woodsy Scandinavian surrounding outside of the typically Swedish city of Gothenburg—and Volvo has just unveiled the 40.1 and 40.2 concepts, effectively the 2018 Volvo XC40 and S40 (maybe, more on that later). Immediately this was clear: there is nothing typical about them.

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BMW to finally adopt Apple’s CarPlay on new X5, X6 models

BMW to finally adopt Apple’s CarPlay on new X5, X6 models

The last year or so has seen many reports about BMW and Apple holding talks about possible collaboration on the latter's top-secret car project, but now the two companies are finally coming together in a more official, albeit minor, way. The German luxury car maker is finally going to offer Apple's CarPlay infotainment system in some of its upcoming models, bringing an end to BMW being one of the last major manufacturers to not support the in-dash platform.

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Aston Martin’s newest Vanquish Zagato Concept will get your heart racing

Aston Martin’s newest Vanquish Zagato Concept will get your heart racing

Aston Martin, the UK's luxury sports car maker, and Zagato, the prestigious Italian design house, have teamed up once again to create another gorgeous concept car, and, like in the years before, they don't disappoint. What you see here is their latest creation, the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept, and it's making its debut this weekend at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy.

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The Lexus RX 350 Takes On 4 of the Best Luxury SUVs for 2016

The Lexus RX 350 Takes On 4 of the Best Luxury SUVs for 2016

If you're currently shopping for a luxury SUV, you'll be pleased to discover that it's really a buyer's market. Automakers around the world are shifting production away from traditional sedans so that they can build ever-increasing numbers of crossovers and sport-utility vehicles, which are flying off of dealer lots across America.

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Ford creates plastics and foam from captured carbon dioxide

Ford creates plastics and foam from captured carbon dioxide

Ford has announced that it is the first automaker to make plastics and foam from captured CO2 (carbon dioxide). The materials will be finding their way into Ford vehicles in the next handful of years, and will help reduce petroleum usage by millions of pounds every year. This marks the latest biomaterial development for Ford, which already utilizes some other similarly enviro-friendly materials in its vehicles.

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500k Jeep Wranglers recalled: dirt may keep airbag from deploying

500k Jeep Wranglers recalled: dirt may keep airbag from deploying

Nearly half a million Jeep Wranglers are being recalled over potential loss of airbag functionality in vehicles that have been exposed to a lot of dirt and dust (eg, used off-roading). Fiat Chrysler America announced the recall following an internal investigation that surfaced the issue; of the units being recalled, 498,985 of them are located in the United States.

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Will self-driving taxis watch you with AI eyeballs?

Will self-driving taxis watch you with AI eyeballs?

I was talking with some people recently about self-driving cars and how one day you'll be able to pull your phone out of your pocket and order a taxi, and it'll show up just like an Uber car, only without the driver (in fact, Uber's working hard to ditch all of its human drivers). Autonomous taxis are potentially great: they'll be cheaper because there's no driver to pay, they'll be more efficient and, in some instances, less creepy and uncomfortable. The conversation got me thinking, though: how will the owners of these autonomous taxi fleets deal with human nature and its tendency to destroy stuff?

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Google patents sticky hoods for self-driving cars

Google patents sticky hoods for self-driving cars

Google has been hard at work on their self-driving cars, but people still have a lot of questions about them. Some of the biggest questions revolve around what happens when one of the cars inevitably hits a pedestrian. Even the best driver (or computer driver) can't always avoid hitting someone, if they walk or run out in front of a car. Knowing this, Google has been hard at work trying to find ways to help mitigate the damage to someone struck by one of their cars. And their latest patent shows a bizarre method for doing it.

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Uber debuts self-driving car for testing in Pittsburgh

Uber debuts self-driving car for testing in Pittsburgh

Google's projects have been dominating headlines about self-driving car research for some time now, but it's Uber's turn to make an official announcement. After months of discussing plans on its own efforts to enter the autonomous vehicle game, the ride-sharing company has revealed the first official photo of its self-driving car. The car is a hybrid model Ford Fusion, and Uber says it has received permission to begin testing on public roads in the city of Pittsburgh.

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This is how Hyundai is breaking into Android Auto

This is how Hyundai is breaking into Android Auto

Android Auto may be all about burying the car company's infotainment system under a familiar Android UI from your phone, but Hyundai is showing off a new, more seamless integration. Demonstrated for the first time at Google I/O 2016 today, the system relies an on upcoming version of Android Auto that allows automakers to insert their own custom cards into the interface.

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Waze for Android Auto is coming plus “Ok Google” triggers

Waze for Android Auto is coming plus “Ok Google” triggers

Android Auto is about to get a whole lot more useful, with wireless connectivity, "Ok Google" hot-word triggering, and Waze integration all set to be added. Google's attempt to colonize the dashboard through plugging in Android phones is set to receive a number of convenience features in the coming months, including the ability to hook up your smartphone via WiFi rather than plugging in a USB cable.

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