Cars

Gogoro Smartscooter is Tesla for the everyman

Gogoro Smartscooter is Tesla for the everyman

Last we heard of Gogoro, the mysterious startup was promising a new age of batteries for mobility in smart cities, and clutching a sheaf of patents to that effect: now, we know what it’s been working on. The Gogoro Smartscooter and its companion Gogoro Energy Network - essentially a city-wide infrastructure of charging stations for easily-swapped battery packs, offering up to 60 miles range - has been fully announced at CES 2015 today, but I caught up with the company ahead of time to find out why the founders think this is far, far broader than just urban transport.

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Chevrolet Driver Assurance warn drivers of future problems

Chevrolet Driver Assurance warn drivers of future problems

Our cars are getting smarter. Need some proof? This latest driver assistance technology is so smart that it can predict the future. Of course, not predicting the future like a fortune teller or psychic, but predicting when certain problems with certain components might happen, even before they have the chance to happen, allowing drivers to take preventive measures instead of just putting out fires Chevrolet calls this Driver Assurance and it will be coming in next year's models of the car maker's line.

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NVIDIA DRIVE CX brings a digital cockpit computer to your car

NVIDIA DRIVE CX brings a digital cockpit computer to your car

This week NVIDIA is bringing the heat to the car industry with the NVIDIA DRIVE CX. This is a digital cockpit computer made with the NVIDIA Tegra X1. It's able to roll with 16.6 million pixels maximum resolution - more than one display - extremely dense displays, that is. With Drive CX, NVIDIA will be powering the future of mapping, creating a digital cockpit, and making the smart infotainment system in your vehicle all the more smarter in the near future - in a wide variety of vehicles.

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‘Jack’ the piloted Audi A7 is headed to CES 2015

‘Jack’ the piloted Audi A7 is headed to CES 2015

There are many ways to arrive at CES 2015. Many fly in, some caravan or carpool. Audi, though, they got a few lucky souls there in true style. Rather than give a few journalists sleek vehicles to cruise around in, Audi allowed some journalists a turn behind their new A7 piloted driving concept car. Starting in Silicon Valley (naturally) and ending in Las Vegas for CES, the 550 mile journey began today, and provides a real-world litmus test for Audi’s piloted car concept.

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Porsche 918 Spyder assembly showcased in video

Porsche 918 Spyder assembly showcased in video

We've seen hypnotic videos from the world's various fast and efficient manufacturing facilities replete with conveyor belts, fast-moving human workers, and automated machine assembly. A new video from Porsche is in some ways the complete opposite, offering a surprisingly tranquil look at one of its limited Porsche 918 Spyder models being slowly and systematically assembled by hand. The video is a pure look at the process -- there's no obnoxious music or distracting narrative -- and the end result is a beautiful finished product. Check out the video after the jump.

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GM recalls 83k trucks and SUVs over ignition troubles

GM recalls 83k trucks and SUVs over ignition troubles

Last year was fairly brutal for General Motors, which initiated numerous recalls spanning many vehicles covering a roster of different problems. As 2014 rolled over into the new year, GM managed to slip in one more recall, this one over ignition troubles potentially affecting 83,572 trucks and SUVs. As with other recalls it has had for ignition problems, this latest one could lead to stalling, among other things, putting drivers at risk. The affected models span between 2007 and 2014.

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Mercedes teases self-driving CES car

Mercedes teases self-driving CES car

Mercedes-Benz may usually stick to Teutonic reserve, but the car company can't seem to let CES 2015 approach without dropping a few teasing hints about its latest concept technology. Although the Consumer Electronics Show may more commonly be associated with big TVs, hyperbole-filled phones and tablets, and more Bluetooth speakers than attendees have ears to listen to them, a growing rise in car tech levels have seen some of the big names in automotive wade in themselves. However, while Mercedes may only have a vague outline of a car to whet our appetites, that doesn't mean we're entirely in the dark about what magic is behind the scenes.

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Lamborghini V12 engine revived to power a motorcycle

Lamborghini V12 engine revived to power a motorcycle

What should you do if you have a working engine of a luxury car but don't have a luxury car to put it in? Why, convert it to a motorcycle engine, of course! While that admittedly might be the last thing to cross your mind in these situations, this is exactly what Chuck Beck did when he was gifted with a still perfectly working Lamborghini V12 petrol engine and loads of time on his hands while his wife was away for the summer.

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Henes Broon F870 is the Ferrari of kid’s electric cars

Henes Broon F870 is the Ferrari of kid’s electric cars

When my daughter was old enough to operate it, we got her a Power Wheels Mustang and she literally drove the wheels off it many times. She also crashed it into stuff and it didn't hold up well. A South Korean firm has designed a different kind of electric car ride on toy for kids with parents who have deep pockets. The electric ride-on is called the Broon F870.

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Volkswagen recalls more cars: fire risk cited

Volkswagen recalls more cars: fire risk cited

Automotive recalls -- not only have they been cropping up in ample supply this year, many older-model owners have also found themselves swept up under various manufacturer recalls, something that is fairly atypical as far as automotive recalls go. Volkswagen came to the end of 2014 with a couple of recalls of its own. It was just recently announced the auto maker would be recalling 2015 Jettas due to potential issues with the headlights, and now it has recalled even more vehicles.

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