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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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Microsoft’s 2015 Future Vision video released, connected display everywhere

Microsoft’s 2015 Future Vision video released, connected display everywhere

Microsoft has released a new video showcasing their ideas for the future. Demonstrating how emerging technologies could transform the future, Microsoft creates a very unique compilation. It's sleek and precisely orchestrated to create an introspective look at what Microsoft hopes it can achieve for the world in the not-too-distant future. The video is futuristic but strangely grounded in reality. Each of the tasks carried out in the video don't seem that far off from today's technological capabilities. Microsoft's Future Vision is set just five to ten years in the future.

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Audi prologue Avant Concept car packs 455hp hybrid punch

Audi prologue Avant Concept car packs 455hp hybrid punch

Audi is showing off a new concept car called the prologue Avant and it is a very modern and sleek shooting brake or station wagon as we would call it in the US. The car has a hybrid powertrain and produces an impressive amount of power to the tune of 455hp and 553.2 lb-ft of torque. The prologue Avant is a follow-up to the Audio prologue concept that debuted in 2014.

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Rinspeed Budii self-driving car is a mix of tech and strange

Rinspeed Budii self-driving car is a mix of tech and strange

We've seeing an increasing number of technologies being integrated into cars, but sometimes we wonder when is too much, well, too much. Rinspeed, a Swiss automaker that specializes in putting out concept cars, may have just reached that peak. Budii, it's latest concept, incorporates many of the technologies and features you might want to see in the car of the future. But it does so in a way and in a design that leaves you scratching your head, wondering what happened on the drawing board.

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Kia Trail’ster takes the road less traveled with electric-AWD

Kia Trail’ster takes the road less traveled with electric-AWD

Electric cars may more commonly be found prowling the city streets than out in the wild, but Kia thinks its Trail'ster electric all-wheel-drive concept is just the thing to get millennials muddy. Shown off at the Chicago Auto Show this week, the chunky car takes not one but two powertrains into the wilderness. Dubbed e-AWD by Kia, a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is joined by electric engines at the rear for extra traction in the mud and snow, while inside the materials have gotten more rugged to match the new body kit.

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Kia takes Tesla route with e-AWD Soul EV concept tease

Kia takes Tesla route with e-AWD Soul EV concept tease

Electric cars may most commonly be found scooting around cities, but Kia has more rugged adventures planned for its new all-wheel-drive EV concept, set to be revealed next month. The unnamed off-roader will preview what Kia is calling an e-AWD powertrain, targeting the sort of athletic, outdoorsy-sorts that car manufacturers love to cite when they throw big bumpers and chunky tires on a concept. Going by the cropped photo Kia has released, however, it seems it's the Soul that has provided the core DNA for the new car, and in particular the electric version that turned up in showrooms late last year.

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Ford’s new Silicon Valley lab isn’t all pie-in-the-sky

Ford’s new Silicon Valley lab isn’t all pie-in-the-sky

Self-driving cars are undoubtedly the most attention-grabbing project at Ford's new tech outpost in Palo Alto, but it's not all the team is working on, and other schemes are far closer to helping modern drivers. The Research and Innovation Center is also exploring how digital dashboards can be smarter, how smart home gadgets like Nest can play nicely with your car, and even how a little Project Ara style modularity could make Fords more future-proof. Read on for three of the more down-to-earth - and potentially closer to production cars at your nearest Ford dealer - projects underway.

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Talking virtual traffic lights could trim commute by 40%

Talking virtual traffic lights could trim commute by 40%

Traffic lights that are projected onto your windshield and change color according to the actual road conditions rather than a preset pattern could cut commute times by 40-percent, new research has claimed. The technology, dubbed Virtual Traffic Lights and already spun out into a startup by a team at Carnegie Mellon University, would rely on cars that can intercommunicate with each other and the road infrastructure, whispering their location and thus allowing real-time decisions about which lights should be green and which should be red. If implemented, it could not only save time behind the wheel, but cut stress and emissions it's suggested.

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