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I hitched a ride in Mercedes’ F 015 self-driving car

I hitched a ride in Mercedes’ F 015 self-driving car

When you take away the driving from the driver, what do the meat-popsicles inside an autonomous car do while the AI is at the wheel? That's the question Mercedes-Benz has tackled with the F 015 Luxury in Motion, a dramatically different approach to the future of transportation. Starting with the assumption that space will eventually be the biggest luxury, the self-driving concept treats driving much in the same way that a smartphone does the voice call: just one of many features and, as I discovered when I hitched a ride in the space-age pod, no longer the most important.

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Up close with F 015, Mercedes’ incredible self-driving car

Up close with F 015, Mercedes’ incredible self-driving car

Mercedes-Benz dropped jaws back at CES 2015 in January when its autonomous F 015 Luxury in Motion concept drove onto the opening keynote stage. Then, the UFO-like prototype turned heads when the German firm drove it through the streets of San Francisco last week. The size of an S Class but markedly different from every angle, not only can the F 015 drive itself and four people, but do so surrounded with ridiculous levels of both technology and luxury. So, when Mercedes-Benz asked us if we'd like to check out the F 015 in person, an opportunity to get closer to the autonomous car than ever before, we didn't turn them down.

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Mercedes’ self-driving car is in San Francisco, but it’s still on the leash

Mercedes’ self-driving car is in San Francisco, but it’s still on the leash

Mercedes-Benz may have brought its self-driving F 015 Luxury in Motion car to the streets of San Francisco unexpectedly, but so far the autonomous concept hasn't been let off its human leash in the city. The F 015, unveiled back at CES in January, was spotted over the past few days in a variety of locations around the West Coast city, and though Mercedes apparently used a trailer for the main transportation, several bystanders reported seeing it in action. At the time, however, the concept's silvered windows meant it wasn't possible to see whether a human or a computer was at the wheel.

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Goodyear concept tire helps power electric cars

Goodyear concept tire helps power electric cars

As the market for electric cars continues to grow, the main concern that remains for consumers is the vehicles' potential limited range, or how far they can drive before needing to be recharged. While bigger, longer-lasting batteries would always be nice, a possible solution may come from the cars' own tires. At the recent Geneva International Auto Show, Goodyear unveiled its BH03 concept tire, which generates electricity by converting the heat it builds up while driving down the road.

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Lexus LF-SA Concept wants to chew up Smart and MINI

Lexus LF-SA Concept wants to chew up Smart and MINI

It may look like a Predator helmet mounted on ridiculous alloy wheels, but the Lexus LF-SA Concept is actually pretty sensible: think Alien-hunter for the urban dweller. Freshly revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this week, the diminutive two-door is Lexus' take on the ultra-compact, sub-B-segment that Smart plays in. Less than 136 inches long and 67 inches wide, there's hardly enough space on the front to mount the company's ever-more-gaping spindle grille, here looking as though it's puckering up to the Lexus badge.

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Peugeot’s Quartz is our post-apocalyptic monster truck of choice

Peugeot’s Quartz is our post-apocalyptic monster truck of choice

It's not often you see a car and instantly start looking round for Tina Turner to strut out in complete Mad Max get-up, but if there was ever a concept to get the big-voiced singer back into a leather corset, Peugeot's Quartz is it. The French car company brought the Quartz SUV along to Geneva this week to show off its interpretation of what a luxury AWD beast might look like if you didn't mind terrifying everybody else on the road. But don't let the fearsome looks fool you entirely: Quartz is a hybrid.

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Infiniti QX30 Concept goes official combining coupe and crossover style

Infiniti QX30 Concept goes official combining coupe and crossover style

Infiniti knows that there are a lot of people out there who would prefer to drive a coupe, but they want to be sitting up higher off the rod and end up with an SUV. To lure these buyers to the Infiniti brand the QX30 concept was teased a bit back in early February with an unveil promised at the Geneva motor show.

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Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6: Look out world, the Brits are back

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6: Look out world, the Brits are back

When Bentley makes a concept, it doesn’t do things by halves, and the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 is the best evidence of that we’ve seen in years. Dropping jaws here at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the deep green two-seater isn’t just a design exercise - even though that alone would be enough to have us interested - but, teasingly, the forebear of a new age of styling for the heritage company and potentially even a new line of more performance-focused models to sit alongside the Continental GT grand tourer. And, while you might associate Bentley with old-school luxury, if anything the EXP 10 Speed 6 could be the most technologically forward-looking car at the show.

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AVG creates facial recognition blocking glasses

AVG creates facial recognition blocking glasses

Facial recognition software is ubiquitous. From being auto-tagged by facebook to being added to a database of images, we can't control what happens to our likeness once it gets online. These days more data is being extracted from each of our online interactions. Tracking cookies and search history give companies a clear view of your Internet footprint. Most precious of all is your own face. Enter AVG's new concept invisibility glasses which were presented at in Barcelona for the MWC 2015. Once you put them on, you're rendered instantly invisible to facial recognition software.

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Kahn Design Flying Huntsman 6×6 SUV: an off-roading beast

Kahn Design Flying Huntsman 6×6 SUV: an off-roading beast

If you prefer to do most of your driving off the road, or you're gearing up for the apocalypse you know is inevitable, Kahn Design's new Flying Huntsman 6x6 SUV concept is sure to catch your eye. Set to make its public debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the coach-built prototype is based upon Land Rover's Defender 110, and brings some tweaks with it that outshine both that and its mostly road-bound brethren. We've all the details after the jump!

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Nissan introduces the Ultimate Smart BBQ Vehicle concept car

Nissan introduces the Ultimate Smart BBQ Vehicle concept car

Everyone loves a good backyard barbecue, but hates the hassle of cleaning up. Now, you can take your grilling on the road as Nissan introduces their Ultimate Smart BBQ Vehicle. Designed in Japan, this is the ultimate electric vehicle for a fun time with friends. This design showcases the power of electric vehicles, as this barbecue car is designed to let you and your friends have a huge barbecue with zero environmental impact. It even comes with ridiculous amenities that could only be from Japan.

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Magna Steyr MILA Plus concept sports car unveiled

Magna Steyr MILA Plus concept sports car unveiled

The 2015 Geneva Motor Show is quickly approaching, and joining the list of vehicles being shown off ahead of their official debut is the Magna Steyr MILA Plus concept sports car. This yellow racer is designed to show what the auto supplier -- Magna Steyr -- has to offer, and is one of several concept vehicles it has debuted in recent times. The company will be showing off its concept car at the auto show amidst big-name manufacturers' own branded wares, and though this isn't an offering you'll be able to pick up at your local dealership, it does inspire ideas about what sports cars could be showing up in the future.

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