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Jaguar Land Rover recall 104K vehicles for brakes & lights issues

Jaguar Land Rover recall 104K vehicles for brakes & lights issues

British car manufacturers Land Rover and Jaguar are issuing a recall in the U.S. for some 104,000 vehicles over potential problems with their brakes and lights. The recall is said to be the largest ever for the Jaguar Land Rover company, and applies to over 74,000 of the luxury SUV vehicles, and to almost 5,000 of the luxury sedans. The notices for brake hose ruptures and side light malfunctions were issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Friday, with the actual recalls to begin on March 13th.

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AT&T Foundry cooks up hot car warning watchdog

AT&T Foundry cooks up hot car warning watchdog

A new gadget that warns of potential hot car deaths of babies and pets could cut tragic cases like the Justin Ross Harris indictment last summer, with an AT&T intern already cooking up a prototype. The handiwork of Nancy Dominguez at the carrier's Foundry innovation center, the sensor uses a combination of motion, carbon dioxide, and temperature detection to spot if a dog or a child has been left in a vehicle, figure out whether conditions are getting too hot inside, and then fire out a warning message if things are getting dangerous. If unaddressed, the system can even call in 911.

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Tesla’s taste for Apple is voracious

Tesla’s taste for Apple is voracious

Tesla's appetite for new blood as it develops the Model S and new electric cars has a taste for fresh fruit, with CEO Elon Musk admitting that Apple staff are hire of choice. Musk's car company has turned to Apple employees or ex-employees more than those from any other firm as it builds its teams, in fact, more so in fact than from the traditional car makers. Meanwhile, despite offering what are said to be huge signing bonuses and pay bumps, Apple is reportedly struggling to return the favor and poach staff from Tesla.

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Tesla in China will install free charging stations for owners

Tesla in China will install free charging stations for owners

Tesla will soon be installing free charging stations in its Chinese customers' homes, the auto maker's China president Zhu Xiaotong has revealed. This comes after Elon Musk revealed that the company's sales in China dipped during the fourth quarter of last year, failing to meet the company's anticipated sales numbers. The reasons for this are being cited as possible concerns about how far one can travel in a Tesla car, and inadequate information among local buyers about the reality of charging cars rather than pumping gas into them.

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Uber in India to give riders an in-app panic button

Uber in India to give riders an in-app panic button

Late last year, Uber was booted from India after one of its drivers raped a passenger, and though the service has since re-launched in New Delhi, it has done so with the promise of better safety practices aimed at keeping its users safe. As part of this, the ridesharing service will be adding an SOS/panic button to its app for those in the region, as well as the ability to shuttle details about one's trip and current location to up to five individuals.

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Chevrolet Bolt affordable EV tipped for late-2016 launch

Chevrolet Bolt affordable EV tipped for late-2016 launch

Chevrolet may have insisted the Bolt EV was a concept when it pulled the wraps off the compact car in Detroit last month, but according to new rumors we won't have that long to wait for a production version. Slotting in underneath the Chevy Volt in both size and range, the concept was designed, according to GM president Mary Barra, to satisfy markets outside of just California, which has been the most enthusiastic to embrace electric and hybrid technology so far. Now, new rumors say production is likely to kick off late next year.

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Singapore students print 1st 3D Concept Car in Asia

Singapore students print 1st 3D Concept Car in Asia

When you think of printers, you probably think of the big, heavy boxes on or under your desks. For quite a while now there have been 3D printers capable of printing any 3D object you can dream up in CAD, for example. The new technology has come a long way from its infancy only a few years ago. These days you can print everything from replicar dinosaur bones, to a Stradivarius imitation, to ultra-light bicycles, and now even whole cars. Students from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have succeeded to print an entire urban solar electric car.

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Kia Trail’ster teases e-AWD with a trad twist

Kia Trail’ster teases e-AWD with a trad twist

Kia keeps dripping out details of its new rugged concept car, now dubbed the Kia Trail'ster, though if anything we're even more confused than we were before. What started last month as the teasing bumper and chunky wheels of a concept for the Chicago Auto Show now has a name - replete with needless apostrophe - and what turns out to be not quite the electric all-wheel-drive powertrain we were expecting. Instead, it appears that the Trail'ster will be a hybrid, combining old and new technologies to make it more sure-footed in snow and mud.

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