Cars

Parrot’s Android Auto system will not be sold to the public

Parrot’s Android Auto system will not be sold to the public

On the heels of Parrot's decision to spin off its drone business in order to focus on its automobile accessories, the French company is making yet another change, and this time one that does have a substantial effect. Rather silently, the company updated its origiinal blog post about the RNB6 Android Auto infotainment system that it first showed off at CES early this year. Backtracking on its plans to make the units available to the public, the company now reveals that it will instead sell it to car makers.

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Google already has its own car subsidiary since 2011

Google already has its own car subsidiary since 2011

How serious is Google about its completely autonomous cars? Serious enough to have spun off a company named Google Auto four years ago. The fact that it did so rather silently does show how cautious it is with the venture. For now, the subsidiary only functions as a legal entity to that is held responsible for all of Google's self-driving car paperwork, especially in case things go awry. There is nothing, however, that would prevent Google Auto from becoming a company that will sell these cars in the future, should it ever reach that point.

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GM pins diesel redemption on meaty 2016 Chevrolet Colorado

GM pins diesel redemption on meaty 2016 Chevrolet Colorado

GM arguably stuck a knife in diesel's chances in the US back in the 70s, and now the company is hoping to make amends with its latest Colorado truck. The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax diesel packs a 2.8-liter turbocharged engine and the promise of better economy than its gas-powered brethren. However, it's likely to be the lashings of torque that Chevy convinces American truck drivers with.

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Ford Focus RS pricing tipped to start at $36k

Ford Focus RS pricing tipped to start at $36k

For a long time the only cool car Ford offered that tickled my fancy was the Mustang. Ford then rolled out the Fiesta ST and the Focus ST, and both of those cars were performance bargains. Then Ford announced its slick Focus RS was coming to the US for the first time. At this point, we know everything there is to know about the Ford Focus RS, but the official pricing.

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IndyCar begins using LED panels to show race positions

IndyCar begins using LED panels to show race positions

The IndyCar league has debuted a small but important new feature to its race cars that's designed to improve viewers' experience: LED number panels. They're placed on each side of a car, just behind the driver's head, and display that vehicle's race position in real-time. The panels debuted over the weekend at an Ohio race, and are designed to let both viewers at home and at the race keep track of the blazing fast activities rushing past them.

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Super-Sedan Showdown: Cadillac CTS-V, M5, Tesla, or something else? [Poll]

Super-Sedan Showdown: Cadillac CTS-V, M5, Tesla, or something else? [Poll]

The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V has landed with a 200 mph splash among today's super-sedans. As decisions go, it would be a nice problem to have: which of the current breed of high-performance four-doors would be sitting in your garage, were you to have a roughly $100k budget and a taste for motoring? Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz deliver the obvious options, into which the newest V Series car wades, but the Caddy isn't the only wildcard. Head on past the jump to place your vote!

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1.4m Fiat Chrysler radio hack recall may be tip of iceberg

1.4m Fiat Chrysler radio hack recall may be tip of iceberg

Fiat Chrysler's hackable infotainment may be the tip of the iceberg, with safety regulators broadening investigations to see if other automakers are at risk. While Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.4m Dodge, Jeep, and Chrysler vehicles after a flaw in its Uconnect system - potentially allowing hackers to access the dashboard systems while the car is moving - was identified, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has now requested further data from infotainment provider Harman Kardon, with an estimated 2.8m systems now under the microscope.

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Apple and BMW said wary but willing on car collaboration

Apple and BMW said wary but willing on car collaboration

Negotiations between Apple and BMW are tipped to reignite, after the German automaker reportedly wowed Tim Cook and other execs with its production talents. The Apple CEO and his colleagues paid an unpublicized visit to BMW last year, reports earlier this week suggested, with Cook attending a meeting at the car company's HQ, while other execs toured the Leipzig plant. Believed to be on the table, despite denials by BMW, are possible plans to collaborate on a car.

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V First Drive – 640 all-American horses

2016 Cadillac CTS-V First Drive – 640 all-American horses

There's a moment, just after you start up the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, when the seat belt gently contracts around you, almost like the 640 horsepower super-sedan is giving you a hug. It's a reassuring gesture, though a little at odds with the near-simultaneous gurgle from the engine as the exhaust valves flutter. "Sure, I'm 16.5 feet long, weigh more than four thousand pounds, and will catapult to sixty miles per hour in 3.7 seconds and then run all the way to 200 mph," the Caddy is saying, "but I don't want to kill you in the process."

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BMW i3 owners offered cash to delay car charging

BMW i3 owners offered cash to delay car charging

If you're a BMW i3 owner and live in California, you could get paid over $1,000 directly from BMW to not charge your electric vehicle during peak hours. It's part of a trail program that sees the car company teaming up with PG&E, California's utility provider, to try to offset heavy demand on the power grids. i3 drivers can basically be compensated for putting off their charging by an hour or more.

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2016 Mazda CX-3 First Drive – Crossover style, Miata spirit

2016 Mazda CX-3 First Drive – Crossover style, Miata spirit

Mazda wants to make a compact crossover that isn't boringly earnest, and the 2016 CX-3 is the striking result. Taking on the Honda HR-V, Fiat's 500X, and Jeep's Renegade among the other smaller SUVs that have proliferated among city streets in recent months, the CX-3's promise is that you needn't sacrifice fun simply because an MX-5 Miata won't fit all your friends or family. Turns out, they're actually on to something, though it helps if you tick the right options.

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