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Joby Aviation unveils 16-rotor VTOL electric aircraft

Joby Aviation unveils 16-rotor VTOL electric aircraft

Anyone who has ever sat in traffic for hours each day has looked to the skies and dreamed of being able to just fly to their destination. Joby Aviation has a new concept design that it thinks just might be the future of VTOL communing by air. The vehicle is a personal electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that uses electricity for power.

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Audi talks autonomous EV charging and 150 kW for e-tron quattro

Audi talks autonomous EV charging and 150 kW for e-tron quattro

Audi's electrification plans include self-driving tech, with engineers developing an e-tron EV that can automatically trundle to its charger, Roomba-style. The upcoming Audi e-tron quattro - currently a concept but set to spawn a production version in 2018 - will be the German automaker's most serious all-electric vehicle so far, opening the door to a number of cutting edge charging technologies intended to make EV ownership more straightforward.

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Why Volvo’s autonomous car concept is the most realistic yet

Why Volvo’s autonomous car concept is the most realistic yet

Volvo's autonomous car cabin might look like a Michael Bay movie, but the Concept 26 dashboard has a surprising vein of practicality most rivals are yet to attempt. The huge swiveling touchscreen and motorized wheel have the theater of a designer's fancy, but the sensible Swedes have actually thought through a lot more than how to build big, eye-catching displays into cars somewhere in a nebulous future.

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Look what Scion made: The C-HR Concept is wild

Look what Scion made: The C-HR Concept is wild

Toyota's youth courting sub-brand Scion may not be the first company you think of when outlandish cars are mentioned, but the C-HR Concept might change your mind. Revealed today at the LA Auto Show, the aggressively styled CUV is Scion's idea of a distinctive urban lifestyle vehicle, having been challenged to do anything but bland.

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Volvo Concept 26 Shows Autonomous Can be Pretty, too

Volvo Concept 26 Shows Autonomous Can be Pretty, too

The Volvo Concept 26 has just debuted at the LA Auto Show, and the interior concept highlights a striking vision of what autonomous driving could look like. Not bothering with an actual exterior, the idea here is to ruminate on what one might do if you suddenly had free time.

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Hypersonic Skreemr Jet Concept Could Travel NYC to London in an hour

Hypersonic Skreemr Jet Concept Could Travel NYC to London in an hour

Right now, the fastest way to travel by air is inside a normal commercial jet. In the past people in a big hurry could jump on the Concorde and travel between the US and other nations at supersonic speeds, but that aircraft was retired. A new concept jet called the Skreemr promises to be fast enough that it would make the trip from New York to London in under an hour.

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Mazda’s vintage-inspired MX-5 concepts are begging to be built

Mazda’s vintage-inspired MX-5 concepts are begging to be built

Mazda's striking 2016 MX-5 Miata wasn't in short supply at SEMA 2015, but none were so compelling as the company's own customs. The Mazda stand may have been minimalistic, but that only worked in the favor of the MX-5 Speedster Concept and the MX-5 Spyder Concept; if Miata fans aren't already demanding production plans for one or both, then it's only a matter of time.

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Toyota Tundrasine Concept is an odd pickup, limo hybrid

Toyota Tundrasine Concept is an odd pickup, limo hybrid

We've seen a lot of concept cars before, most of them rather futuristic, some bordering on the absurd. One of the concepts that Toyota just revealed at the Specialty Equipment Market Association, or SEMA, show stands somewhere in between and definitely takes the cake. It's a Tundra pickup truck. It's a limosine. No, it's a Tundrasine pickup limosine. Takings its Tundra model to new lengths, literally, Toyota's idea is to offer the versatility and power of a pickup with the luxury and comfort of a limosine.

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Yamaha Sports Ride Concept is a Four Wheel Carbon Fiber Sports Car

Yamaha Sports Ride Concept is a Four Wheel Carbon Fiber Sports Car

The closest thing that Yamaha has to a car right now is its side-by-side off road vehicles. With a new concept that is being shown off at the Tokyo Motor Show that is changing. Yamaha has unveiled something called the Sports Ride Concept and this sexy little beast of a car is a featherweight carbon fiber vehicle designed by McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray.

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Lexus LF-FC Concept is Japan’s sleek answer to the S-Class

Lexus LF-FC Concept is Japan’s sleek answer to the S-Class

Long, sleek, with a massive mesh grille up front and substantial muscle in the rear, no one can accuse Lexus of a boring looking concept here. For all of the futuristic concepts, wacky robots, and sort-of cars we’ve seen today in Tokyo, the Lexus LF-FC may be the most significant, and the most likely to actually be on the road in some form, in the near future.

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Mercedes’ Vision Tokyo is a vast self-driving party lounge

Mercedes’ Vision Tokyo is a vast self-driving party lounge

Picture the scene. You're standing in the neon glimmer of downtown Tokyo and, silently creeping through the crowds, comes a Blade Runner cyborg badger with a Mercedes-Benz badge. Latest in the German marque's outlandish concept cars, the autonomous lounge pod, dubbed Vision Tokyo, borrows the styling cues - not to mention the self-driving technology - from the F 015 Luxury in Motion - repurposed for Generation Z.

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Toyota’s SF-R is Toytown-cute Miata rival

Toyota’s SF-R is Toytown-cute Miata rival

Toyota may have been pushing its eco-friendly hydrogen powered Mirai of late, but that doesn't mean it's forgotten fun. The company has taken the wraps off a new coupe concept, the Toyota SR-F, at the Tokyo Motor Show this week, a diminutive and almost playful model that harkens back to tiny Japanese sports cars of yesteryear.

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