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Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS models pack 365 hp turbo fours

Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS models pack 365 hp turbo fours

Porsche has unveiled the 718 Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS cars, and right off the bat, we can clear up rumors about a return to the flat-six. It hasn't happened. Both the Cayman GTS and the Boxster GTS carry on with a revised version of the 2.5L turbo flat four that is found in the Cayman S and Boxster S cars. The good news is that the four has more power in GTS form than it did in the S cars.

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2019 Jeep Cherokee gets more mainstream style

2019 Jeep Cherokee gets more mainstream style

Jeep is steadily updating its models and eliminating some not so popular models (like the Liberty). One of the models that returned to the Jeep line after a hiatus for many years was the Cherokee and many Cherokee purists weren't happy with the model. One thing about that new Cherokee was that it had styling that didn't really go along with the looks of the other models.

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Nissan ProPILOT Assist debuts on 2018 Nissan Rogue

Nissan ProPILOT Assist debuts on 2018 Nissan Rogue

Nissan has announced that its ProPILOT Assist technology will land on the 2018 Rogue SUV. This new feature is able to reduce driver workload during stop and go traffic by controlling acceleration, braking, and steering during single lane driving. Nissan says that ProPILOT Assist is the foundation for autonomous vehicles of the future.

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Unitree Robotics shows off Laikago quadruped robot

Unitree Robotics shows off Laikago quadruped robot

One glance at the Laikago robot and if you have ever laid eyes on a Boston Dynamics quadruped you will see the resemblance. The builder of the Laikago robot isn't afraid to say that he is a big fan of Boston Dynamics, Xing Wang will tell you that Marc Raibert is his idol. Raibert is the founder and president of Boston Dynamics.

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BBC iPlayer Radio app gains Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support

BBC iPlayer Radio app gains Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support

In an effort to get people to leave their smartphones alone while driving and reduce distractions, many car infotainment systems now support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Those two infotainment systems allow drivers to use some apps like music and navigation offerings on the screen of their infotainment system instead of the smartphone. Fans of the BBC iPlayer app will be glad to hear that a new version of the app is out and it specifically supports Android Auto and CarPlay.

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2019 Ram 1500 spied mostly uncovered

2019 Ram 1500 spied mostly uncovered

Early next year Ram will roll out a refreshed version of its popular 1500 truck and recently the prototype of that truck was spied wearing very little camo. The only thing that Ram has taken pains to cover up on the truck was the center of the grille. That grille center appears to be fatter on each end than it is in the middle and overall the truck looks very cool.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler JL user guide and owner’s manual leaks

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL user guide and owner’s manual leaks

Fans of the Jeep Wrangler have been waiting in anticipation for the official unveiling of the redesigned 2018 Wrangler JL. No one expects Jeep to mess with the formula that has made the Wrangler so successful and if the images and details leaked along with the user's guide and owner's manual are any indications, things are looking pretty good.

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World’s first negative emissions plant turns carbon dioxide into stone

World’s first negative emissions plant turns carbon dioxide into stone

Scientists and people around the world are concerned with the amount of carbon dioxide that we put into the atmosphere globally each year. The fear is that the greenhouse gas could warm the planet enough to cause a catastrophic climate disaster. Work has been ongoing for decades into systems that can capture the CO2 from the air and help the environment.

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Dubai Police take delivery of hoverbike flying patrol vehicle

Dubai Police take delivery of hoverbike flying patrol vehicle

The police officers in Dubai have some of the coolest patrol cars in the entire world. Among the fleet of patrol cars is a Lamborghini Aventador and a Nissan GT-R. Those cars will make it hard for speeders in the country to get away from a ticket when speeding. Dubai is now taking delivery of a patrol vehicle that flies.

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LED road surface aims to detect pedestrians and warn of road hazards

LED road surface aims to detect pedestrians and warn of road hazards

A new type of road surface with LED lights embedded has been created with the goal of helping to detect pedestrians and warning drivers and bicyclists of road hazards. The new road has been unveiled in London and is hailed as the world's first responsive road. It was developed by a company called Umbrellium for insurer Direct Line and has HD cameras and LEDs embedded into the road surface.

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McLaren Special Operations creates cool custom Matched MSO R Coupe and Spider

McLaren Special Operations creates cool custom Matched MSO R Coupe and Spider

McLaren Special Operations or MSO is the arm of the sportscar maker that makes special rides for the well-heeled buyers out there. When last we spoke of MSO it had resurrected the XP Green paint color for a limited run of six 570GTs. This time out one wealthy and lucky buyer has had MSO create a matched pair of MSO R models with one being a Coupe and the other a Spider.

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2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Tech Connect Package interfaces with Amazon Alexa

2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Tech Connect Package interfaces with Amazon Alexa

Jeep has announced that the 2018 Cherokee Latitude will have a new Tech Connect Package that allows the owner of the vehicle to control some functions of the car via the Uconnect skill for Amazon Alexa devices. That means that using an Amazon Echo smart speaker, owners will be able to use their voice to remotely start and stop the engine.

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