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Self-driving car tech is easy: Autonomous morals are the killer

Self-driving car tech is easy: Autonomous morals are the killer

Your self-driving car is running a smooth 50 mph when a kid chases its ball into the road. Swerve, and the kid is safe but your car will crash; keep going, and there's a good chance of running them over. With a split-second to react - not enough to push responsibility back over to whoever is inside the vehicle - what should the AI in charge do?

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Ohio capital wins ‘smart city’ award, details self-driving plans

Ohio capital wins ‘smart city’ award, details self-driving plans

Ohio’s capital Columbus has won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City competition, and as such will get $40 million in federal funds and another $10 million from the company Vulcan. The city has detailed its plans for the money, saying the combined $50 million will be used alongside locally raised funds to, among other things, connect the impoverished community Linden with a nearby job center using self-driving vehicles.

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It’s Drone vs 2017 Nissan GT-R in this epic race

It’s Drone vs 2017 Nissan GT-R in this epic race

What do you do if you want to go chasing your speedy sports coupe around the track but the average drone simply isn't fast enough? If you're Nissan, you make your own GT-R Drone. Created to highlight just how fast the 2017 Euro-spec Nissan GT-R is, the remotely-controlled flying camera can actually out-accelerate its four wheeled cousin.

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Huge $10.2bn VW payout to settle US dieselgate tipped [Update]

Huge $10.2bn VW payout to settle US dieselgate tipped [Update]

Volkswagen will pay owners of diesel cars with emissions test-cheating engines up to $7,000 compensation as part of a $10.2bn settlement scheme, insiders say of the ongoing legal suit. The deal, yet to be made public but details of which have leaked to the Associated Press today, will apparently see Volkswagen offer to buy back affected cars or, alternatively, repair them, in addition to the compensation amount.

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Faraday Future gets self-driving car test permission

Faraday Future gets self-driving car test permission

Faraday Future has become the latest automaker to be granted autonomous vehicle testing approval in California, though what exactly the clandestine startup will be trialling is unclear. The permission, confirmed today by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, makes Faraday Future the fourteenth company to get the green light to experiment publicly with self-driving cars.

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Watch this electric race car SMASH the 0-60 mph record

Watch this electric race car SMASH the 0-60 mph record

As Tesla has shown us, electric cars are quite capable of embarrassing their gas-powered rivals, but a new record-breaking racer developed by a student team demonstrates just how potent the electron is. Handiwork of a Swiss team of students, Academic Motorsports club Zurich (AMZ), the race car may look small but it's not short on power or indeed speed.

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2018 Audi A5 and S5 First Drive – Gran Tourismo inspired coupe

2018 Audi A5 and S5 First Drive – Gran Tourismo inspired coupe

As decisions go, opting for the newly redesigned 2018 Audi A5 or its hotter S5 sibling is a good problem to have. This past week, I had the opportunity to experience both vehicles in Portugal and walked away impressed with the refined styling, performance, and handling. Much of the improvement can be credited to the same MLB Evo architecture first introduced in the 2017 Audi A4, not least a weight reduction of up to roughly 100 pounds for the US car, not to mention a drag coefficient cut to 0.25 for the base A5 model. Still, the second-gen A5 and S5 don’t go lacking in Audi’s typically meticulous evolutionary changes.

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Bentley Gigapixel image shows Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase on Goldengate

Bentley Gigapixel image shows Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase on Goldengate

Bentley has published what it claims to be the world's most extraordinary car photograph. While it may not be the MOST extraordinary photo of a car ever taken, it is very cool. The photo is a shot of the new Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase cruising across the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. The image was taken using a massive zoom lens from 700 meters away.

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Kia tops J.D. Power 2016 IQS, quality rises for brands across the board

Kia tops J.D. Power 2016 IQS, quality rises for brands across the board

After 21 years on the market as a car company, Kia Motors has topped this year's J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. This makes Kia the top company on the J.D. Power 2016 IQS study out of all 33 makes in the United States, marking the first time in 27 years that this list was topped by a non-premium vehicle brand. This year was also a good year for vehicle quality across the board. "Manufacturers are currently making some of the highest quality products we’ve ever seen," said vice president of U.S. automotive quality at J.D. Power, Renee Stephens.

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Cars to swap keys for fingerprint sensors soon

Cars to swap keys for fingerprint sensors soon

Cars and trucks of all sorts might allow you to ditch your keys altogether if Synaptics has anything to say about it. The folks at Synaptics have announced that they'll soon be bringing fingerprint sensors to your vehicle as an expansion to their Natural ID brand. Not directly to your vehicle - not direct to you - but through car manufacturers who will implement the sensors in vehicles over the next few years. You'll be using these fingerprint sensors for a variety of purposes sooner than later.

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The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT takes on a Trio of V6 Muscle Cars

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT takes on a Trio of V6 Muscle Cars

Garish horsepower numbers have become de rigueur in the world of muscle cars, where supercharged and big displacement V8 engines dominate drag strips and fuel fantasies of aerosolized rubber. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT bucks that trend by proving that humble six-cylinder power is more than enough for the vast majority of drivers - and certainly easier on your bank account when it comes time to fill up at the fuel pump.

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Tesla makes SolarCity bid to build clean energy empire

Tesla makes SolarCity bid to build clean energy empire

Tesla wants to put electric cars, batteries, and solar power under one brand roof with an acquisition of the company called SolarCity. Tesla Motors wants to make start-to-finish green energy use a reality. In their vehicles - electric vehicles that is - and in the sun that generates power for batteries, all owned by a single user, all purchased from a single company. At the moment, Tesla does not have every piece of technology they need to make this a reality - but they hope to soon.

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