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Bentley imagines holographic butler as the ultimate luxury in autonomous driving

Bentley imagines holographic butler as the ultimate luxury in autonomous driving

With the age of autonomous and AI-assisted driving quickly approaching, high-end car manufacturers are now considering how their passengers will be entertained and made more comfortable. Mercedes' concept features seats that swing around to face each other, while BMW envisions using the windshield as an augmented reality display. Bentley, on the other hand, seems to be toying with a concept of the ultimate luxury: a holographic butler to take care of passengers' needs.

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FreeMotionHandling concept is a flying helium-filled gripping device

FreeMotionHandling concept is a flying helium-filled gripping device

The floating orb that you see here is designed with the intention of being able to pick up small objects and then drop them off where they are needed. It might one day be the perfect autonomous flying machine for delivering small packages. The device has the not so eloquent name of the FreeMotionHandling project and it is from the Festo Bionic Learning Network.

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Buick’s Avista looks great in red. You still can’t have one

Buick’s Avista looks great in red. You still can’t have one

As elaborate teases go, bringing out your widely-acclaimed concept car in another stunning finish but refusing to green-light production ranks pretty high up on the list. Buick is certainly reveling in the attention the Avista concept has been receiving, and for the New York International Auto Show it has brought along a new version of the slinky coupe.

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We gave the Acura NSX a nose-job

We gave the Acura NSX a nose-job

The first 2017 Acura NSX hasn't even made it into an owner's garage, but is the supercar already due a facelift? That's the question we couldn't help but ask ourselves after seeing the Acura MDX break cover today at the North American International Auto Show, complete with the company's brand new - and far more charming - nose.

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Lincoln Navigator Concept says gullwing doors are “quiet luxury”

Lincoln Navigator Concept says gullwing doors are “quiet luxury”

Gullwing doors, an imposing on-road presence, and a brand new powertrain... no, not the Tesla Model X, but Lincoln's astonishingly outlandish Navigator Concept. Wheeled out at the New York International Auto Show this week, the vast SUV previews the next generation of Navigator and the vision of "quiet luxury" that the automaker believes its drivers - and their passengers - deserve.

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Samsung envisions a Smart Windshield for motorcycles

Samsung envisions a Smart Windshield for motorcycles

We are becoming more and more connected to the Internet and, by extension, to our smartphones. In practice, this usually means we often keep our eyes on or devices. But now where is this habit more dangerous than when driving down the road, whether on four wheels or two. Most major car makers these days have employed several technologies, like projection and HUDs, to keep drivers' eyes on the road. Samsung is trying to do the same, but this time for motorbikes instead of cars.

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Jeep concept features the 707HP V8 engine from Dodge Hellcat

Jeep concept features the 707HP V8 engine from Dodge Hellcat

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Easter Jeep Safari event, where Jeep and off-road enthusiasts gather in the desert in Moab, Utah, the car maker will be showing off a handful of special concept Jeep models. While Jeep has presented concepts to the thousands of participants in the past, this year they've pulled out all the stops on one particular vehicle. Dubbed the Trailcat, it's a Jeep Wrangler that has been outfitted with the 707hp 6.2-liter V8 engine from Dodge's Challenger SRT Hellcat.

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BMW Vision Next 100 concept promises driving and autonomy balance

BMW Vision Next 100 concept promises driving and autonomy balance

BMW may be embracing self-driving cars, but it's not giving up on its "Ultimate Driving Machine" heritage with a new concept coupe that promises a future where both are on offer. The BMW Vision Next 100 helps mark the German automaker's centenary in 2016, a "highly customized vehicle" which, so BMW says, would be "perfectly tailored" to individual drivers and the various stages of their journey.

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Toyota all-wood Setsuna concept to appear at Milan Design Week

Toyota all-wood Setsuna concept to appear at Milan Design Week

Japanese car makers have been on a roll lately with concepts or art projects that combine their vehicles with unusual materials — Lexus made a car entirely out of cardboard, then another had wheels made of ice, while Nissan went with a life-size origami model. Now it's Toyota's turn, and they're not coming up short. They've just announced their Setsuna concept, a car made from wood, which will be revealed at Milan Design Week in April.

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Goodyear unveils spherical concept tires for autonomous cars

Goodyear unveils spherical concept tires for autonomous cars

Goodyear has taken the wraps off two new concept tires designed specifically for autonomous vehicles. The most interesting of the two is the Eagle-360, a spherical concept tire that can move in any direction using, in part, a magnetic levitation system. As exciting as the Eagle-360 is, it isn’t reasonable for the upcoming fleet of self-driving cars. To meet present-day needs, Goodyear has also introduced its new IntelliGrip concept tires.

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FlexEnable’s sci-fi wearable previews a flexible display future

FlexEnable’s sci-fi wearable previews a flexible display future

Flexible displays may be a mainstay of science-fiction, but it's only recently that they've started to filter through into production. FlexEnable hopes to overshadow Samsung's curved OLED with its own technology, relying on cheaper LCD panels that use plastic substrates rather than glass so as to be both more imaginatively-shaped and more resilient to impacts and other damage.

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This is Renault’s stunning Alpine Vision Concept

This is Renault’s stunning Alpine Vision Concept

As halo cars go, the Renault Alpine Vision Concept is certainly striking, but can resurrecting the storied nameplate really drive the French automaker back into success? To give Renault its dues, it's certainly committed: back in late 2012, when the company said it would bring Alpine back from the dead as the go-to car for driving enthusiasts, the skepticism was palpable.

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