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Renault EZ-Ultimo is self-driving luxury with Art Deco excess

Renault EZ-Ultimo is self-driving luxury with Art Deco excess

Renault is working hard to bring the future of autonomous vehicles to market with an experience that caters to just about every demographic. Renault showed off its EZ-Go autonomous vehicle for getting the masses wherever they need to be. For those not wanting a basic mobility experience, Renault is showing off its vision for a premium autonomous mobility service.

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MIT’s Skinbot crawls over your body to monitor health

MIT’s Skinbot crawls over your body to monitor health

MIT's Media Lab is always working on the future of robotics and its latest project is a small robot called the Skinbot. This robot is roughly the size of your plan and is designed to crawl over your body and keep tabs on your health. It adheres to your skin using suction-cup feet that are based on the abilities of leeches or cephalopods.

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2019 Jeep Renegade gains all-new 1.3L turbo four and 9-speed automatic

2019 Jeep Renegade gains all-new 1.3L turbo four and 9-speed automatic

Jeep has launched the 2019 Renegade and the little ride has some big changes for 2019. One of the major changes is the all-new 1.3L turbo four-cylinder engine that is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Jeep says that fancy new automatic transmission is a segment first and will deliver on-road and off-road driving dynamics for owners.

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Smart Forease concept is a tiny drop top

Smart Forease concept is a tiny drop top

When it comes to tiny cars meant for running around a city, the Smart car line is about as small as it gets. At the Paris Motor Show, Smart is showing off a new concept car called the smart forease that is a very small, cartoon-like, two-seat convertible. The concept car is an EV.

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Infiniti Project Black S uses F1 energy recovery tech for performance boost

Infiniti Project Black S uses F1 energy recovery tech for performance boost

Infiniti has unveiled the sweet Project Black S prototype car. The car was designed with cooperation from the Renault Sport F1 team and the ride uses F1-style energy recovery tech to improve performance. Infiniti has two energy recovery systems in the car and it says the powertrain is a world's first.

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Japanese HRP-5P humanoid robot aims to do the same work as humans

Japanese HRP-5P humanoid robot aims to do the same work as humans

Japan is big on robots and robot research with some of the bots being aimed directly at hobbyists and home use and others being serious R&D platforms. A new bot out of Japan is called the HRP-5P and this is a serious R&D robot that aims to do the same sort of work as humans. The goal of the robot is to replace humans in labor work and in dangerous work environments.

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All-new BMW 3 Series gets official, M Sport version is coming

All-new BMW 3 Series gets official, M Sport version is coming

BMW has gone official with the latest version of its 3 Series sedan and the car is all-new. It certainly looks a lot like the outgoing model, and that is to be expected with the popularity of the 3 Series globally. This is the seventh generation of the car and promises enhanced sportiness, a new design language, and extensive refinements. The world premiere of the new 3 Series will be at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris.

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University of Central Florida is selling fake Martian dirt

University of Central Florida is selling fake Martian dirt

Preparation for something as complex and costly as a manned mission to Mars take decades to complete. Part of that preparation is being sure that the astronauts you send can survive once they arrive. It would be impossible to send enough food to last a colony years on the surface of Mars so the team will need to be able to grow their own food. Enter the University of Central Florida or UCF.

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Ford rolls out a quartet of special edition SUVs in Texas

Ford rolls out a quartet of special edition SUVs in Texas

Trucks and SUVs are a big deal in Texas and since they are some of the most popular vehicles in the State, Ford has chosen to pull the wraps off four special edition offerings at the State Fair of Texas. The four special editions include the Expedition Stealth Edition, Expedition Texas Edition, Explorer Limited Luxury Edition, and Explorer Desert Copper Edition.

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Porsche 935 dedicated racer limited to 77 epic units

Porsche 935 dedicated racer limited to 77 epic units

Porsche has unveiled a new dedicated racing car that is called the Porsche 935. The ride will be made in an exclusive run of 77 cars and Porsche calls this a birthday present from Porsche Motorsport fans to the world. This car isn’t homologated and that freed the designers to develop the car as they saw fit.

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Hayabusa 2 sends back highest resolution images of Ryugu yet

Hayabusa 2 sends back highest resolution images of Ryugu yet

Japan has been operating a mission on the surface of an asteroid for a while now. The Hayabusa2 spacecraft has been snapping images and its rovers have been cruising the surface of the asteroid snapping pics. Recently JAXA, the Japanese space agency, shared the highest resolution images of Ryugu to date.

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2019 BMW i3 120Ah and i3s 120Ah EVs drive further

2019 BMW i3 120Ah and i3s 120Ah EVs drive further

BMW is showing off the 2019 models of its electric car, the i3. For 2019 the ride is offered in i3 120Ah and i3s 120Ah. The original i3 back in 2014 had 60Ah inside giving it a mere 81-mile driving range. Last year, the 2017 model i3 had a 94Ah rating for a 115-mile driving range.

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