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Aston Martin’s newest Vanquish Zagato Concept will get your heart racing

Aston Martin’s newest Vanquish Zagato Concept will get your heart racing

Aston Martin, the UK's luxury sports car maker, and Zagato, the prestigious Italian design house, have teamed up once again to create another gorgeous concept car, and, like in the years before, they don't disappoint. What you see here is their latest creation, the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept, and it's making its debut this weekend at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy.

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Sony’s Xperia AI reinvention puts Alexa in the crosshairs

Sony’s Xperia AI reinvention puts Alexa in the crosshairs

Sony has set its sights on the "evolution of communication", and it's not content to let Google, Amazon, and Apple hog the spotlight in AI. The company may have a patchy track-record with its Xperia range of phones and tablets over the past few years, but with the rebooting of its mobile business in 2016 and a more ambitious strategy centered on smart products with more unusual form-factors and functions, it could well be time to take Sony seriously again.

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SkinTrack turns your body into a trackpad controller

SkinTrack turns your body into a trackpad controller

Today a group within Carnegie Mellon University have broadened our "smart touch" horizons. Touchpads and touchscreens - a thing of the past. Smartphones, smart watches, and smart devices of all sorts will be changed forever. This group has made a technology that uses your skin as a controller. Instead of swiping back and forth on the screen of your phone, you'll swipe back and forth on your wrist. Instead of scrolling on the screen of your watch, you'll scroll by brushing your hand. How simple. How perfect.

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VW T-Prime Concept GTE SUV shows off the future of controls

VW T-Prime Concept GTE SUV shows off the future of controls

As expected, Volkswagen did unveil a new concept vehicle that would serve as its blueprint for its future full-sized SUVs. But to bill it simply as the future 2017 Touareg would be a huge disservice. True, it will probably underpin future SUV models, perhaps excluding the new Tiguan already coming this Spring. But more than that, it hosts a cornucopia of interface technologies, mostly revolving around touch, voice, and even gestures, that could very well foreshadow where the future of car controls is most likely headed.

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Volvo’s take on Maybach-style luxury swaps seats for iPads

Volvo’s take on Maybach-style luxury swaps seats for iPads

Volvo may be playing catch-up to the German automakers in the chase for max-opulence, but its latest play shows the top-end S90 could be some very nice digs indeed. The Swedish firm may not be quite ready to reveal its S90 Excellence - the flagship version of the luxury sedan - but it is happy to give us a glimpse of what the interior could look like.

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Shell’s 107 mpg concept car comes from the McLaren F1 designer

Shell’s 107 mpg concept car comes from the McLaren F1 designer

Shell, as in the oil company, recently revealed this tiny, 3-person city car. While it has features similar to other such micro vehicles, like a max fuel economy of 107 miles-per-gallon and a whopping 43 horsepower engine, what's really interesting is that its look comes from Gordon Murray, the designer of McLaren's F1 race car. It may not be fast, but at least the compact three-seater places the driver in the front-center, which is kinda-sorta like a F1 car.

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VW concept SUV to debut at Beijing, hints at next Touareg

VW concept SUV to debut at Beijing, hints at next Touareg

Sure, it might still be deep in the dieselgate scandal, but you can't fault Volkswagen for soldiering on, especially as far as its more eco-friendly plug-in hybrids are concerned. At the Beijing Auto Show next week, the beleaguered car maker will be showing off a new concept car. To be more exact, it is teasing what it bills to be the most advanced luxury SUV in the world. Given those hints, this concept could very well carry the foundations of Volkswagen's next Touareg crossover.

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Yamaha 04Gen scooter concept has dragonfly wings

Yamaha 04Gen scooter concept has dragonfly wings

With gas being so cheap these days you don’t see as many people on scooters, but there are still a bunch of folks who ride them around for commuting. Yamaha has unveiled a new scooter concept that looks like it's part bug called the 04Gen concept, the raised wing looking structures that you see in one of the images are not designed to be up while the scooter is in use.

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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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