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This is the BMW Concept X2

This is the BMW Concept X2

This week the folks at BMW have revealed one of the most unique-looking concept vehicles of the show in the BMW Concept X2. This vehicle is being premiered alongside the and the BMW i3 (with increased range and improved battery) as well as the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. The BMW Concept X2 is a compact vehicle, made to show off BMW's chops in coupe-making and in making a fine looking vehicle that combines futuristic elements with today's popular urban stylings.

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This is Mercedes-Benz EQ – the EV future of the brand

This is Mercedes-Benz EQ – the EV future of the brand

The name EQ, says Mercedes-Benz, means Electric Intelligence. It's all about electric mobility, a new brand for a new age in electric vehicles from the car company. This new brand has been revealed this week alongside a brand new EQ concept car, thus coming in right up against the also-new Volkswagen EV platform/ecosystem by the name of Volkswagen I.D. - "The EV future VW is betting on." Mercedes-Benz first EQ vehicle - again, a concept, goes by the name "Generation EQ."

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Automakers to NHTSA on self-driving cars: slow down

Automakers to NHTSA on self-driving cars: slow down

It is almost ironic. After Obama's State of the Union address early this year, the government has committed itself to kickstart the nation's journey towards self-driving cars, almost in start contrast to the uncertainty looming over law makers' and authorities' heads over those driverless vehicles. Now, however, a global group of car makers are advising the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to take things slowly and ease up on the now aggressive push to write up regulations that would prove to be actually harmful to the industry in the long run.

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Panoz unveils two-seat arrow-shaped DeltaWing GT concept

Panoz unveils two-seat arrow-shaped DeltaWing GT concept

Your dreams of a real-world road-trekking Batmobile might soon be reality in a few years, courtesy of car maker Panoz. Following through the patents it filed last April, the boutique automobile manufacturer has now unveiled the first actually implementation of those ideas. Dubbed the DeltaWing GT, it is Panoz's take on taking the rather eccentric arrow-shaped design usually found in race cars and putting it on the road. Yes, eventually the DeltaWing will be cruising public highways, which will undoubtedly be quite the road spectacle.

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Google’s self-driving prototypes will be testing Austin roads

Google’s self-driving prototypes will be testing Austin roads

In early July, Google broke its self-driving cars out of California and headed east to Austin, Texas, to continue its road test in less familiar territory. And while there, Google decided to take a trip to Austin's children's museum to give some younger minds a peek at what their future might look like. After all, when it comes to imagination, nothing beats a child's still unhindered mind. Of course, they are also still unconcerned about road safety and legalities, which makes them a perfect captive audience.

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Elio Motors raises $25M in “non-binding” crowdfunding

Elio Motors raises $25M in “non-binding” crowdfunding

Crowdfunding the production of a vehicle? Sure that's done before, but not really on Kickstarter and nowhere near the sophistication that "equity crowdfunding platform" StartEngine offers potential businesses. But that seems to be exactly what Elio Motors needed to boost the production of their three-wheeler car, now almost two years in the making. After all, they were able to gather $25 million in just a month from over 6,000 investors. But hold your horses, that doesn't mean they really got $25 million in cash, only that the sum was a "non-binding indication of interest."

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Autoliv emergency brake exerts 15,000 newtons of force to stop your car

Autoliv emergency brake exerts 15,000 newtons of force to stop your car

Back in the day, the parking brake was known as the emergency brake. I grew up thinking that if you really needed to stop, you cranked that handle up to get the car stopped. After driving for a few years, I realized that locking up the wheels is the best way to lose control of the car, which is why we have anti-lock brakes. The challenge in preventing accidents with other cars and pedestrians is not only to get the brakes activated more quickly, but also to get the brakes themselves to function better.

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2017 Audi R8 gives a glimpse of the future at Le Mans

2017 Audi R8 gives a glimpse of the future at Le Mans

Last weekend, Porsche made history when it broke Audi's five-year winning streak at the 24 hours of Le Mans, its first victory in more than a decade. But even before the race even started, Audi was also making a historic move. On the very same Le Mans circuit, it gave the green light for the first drive experience of the 2017 Audi R8. It has been barely six months since it debuted the 2016 model, but this next generation R8 hit enough of the right notes to give one pause in considering whether to wait for it next summer instead.

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Google was once $6 billion away from owning Tesla

Google was once $6 billion away from owning Tesla

In May of 2013, we reported Tesla and Google were working together on some sort of self-driving car. It may have been more than that; a new report says in 2013, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Google boss Larry Page were in talks for Google to buy Tesla for as much as $6 billion. Musk was apparently dictating terms, asking for as much as $5 billion extra to keep Teslas rolling off the line, and that he remain in-charge of his electric car empire.

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Spindle grille makes its way to the 2016 Lexus ES sedan

Spindle grille makes its way to the 2016 Lexus ES sedan

Lexus just loves is spindle grille, even if many absolutely hate it. It is staying steadfast in its decision to keep the design alive indefinitely. But it's doing more than keeping it alive. It's also spreading it further. Now the controversial grille design is making its way to the car maker's midsize sedan, starting with the 2016 Lexus ES. But while that particular element might be its most glaring difference from its predecessors, the car actually remains somewhat unchanged in other areas, perhaps to minimize the shock people might have.

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Autonomous car down-time may make us sick, study warns

Autonomous car down-time may make us sick, study warns

Autonomous cars sound like a great idea, right? No driving, just shuffling around safely thanks to an always-aware network of connected cars. Those self-driving cars hold a lot of promise, but we’ve not considered all the angles, it seems. What about car sickness? Not driving or riding could lead to down-time spent doing things like reading. In a recent study, U-M Transportation Research asked more than 3,200 how they’d spend their time not driving an autonomous car. Turns out, we may make ourselves sick by letting the machines drive.

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Panoz and DeltaWing patent two arrow-shaped road cars

Panoz and DeltaWing patent two arrow-shaped road cars

Batmobiles these are not, but they could very well be closest you can get, especially one that you can actually legally drive and flaunt around. Motorsports giant Don Panoz and DeltaWing LLC last month filed for not one but two patents over arrow-shaped road cars, a dream that the Nissan BladeGlider once inspired and now has seemingly given up on. Simply called "Street Cars", these design patents are anything but simple. Sadly, based on the designs, only one of them might actually be practical to drive on streets.

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