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Tesla rolls out Track Mode to the Model 3, along with expensive key fob

Tesla rolls out Track Mode to the Model 3, along with expensive key fob

Now that production of the new Model 3 is starting to stabilize, and with more and more hitting the roads in the US, Tesla has starting rolling out one of its most anticipated new software updates. Yesterday the car company released the new Track Mode feature for Model 3 Performance versions, allowing drivers to take their EV to the racetrack and really let loose with some aggressive driving.

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Cadillac closes the Book on its monthly car subscription service

Cadillac closes the Book on its monthly car subscription service

Just short of two years ago, Cadillac was one of the first to debut a monthly car subscription service. Dubbed Book by Cadillac, the program was priced at $1,800 per month, and gave subscribers the opportunity to drive a different Cadillac model each month. Now General Motors has announced it's closing the service in December of this year, with the possibility of it returning sometime in the future.

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Tesla Navigate on Autopilot update rolling out to vehicles now

Tesla Navigate on Autopilot update rolling out to vehicles now

Early this month, Tesla released its Software Version 9.0 with a new Dash Cam feature, new navigation options, and classic arcade games that can be played when the car is parked. The biggest feature, Navigate on Autopilot, had to be delayed, unfortunately, but the car company has announced that it's now rolling out to US owners.

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Tesla Q3 2018 results reveal Model 3 popularity, expedited China plans

Tesla Q3 2018 results reveal Model 3 popularity, expedited China plans

Tesla has revealed its Q3 2018 financial results, reporting a GAAP net income of $312 million and a non-GAAP income of $516 million. This was a "truly historic quarter" for the company, according to Tesla, which says its Model 3 was the US's bestselling car based on revenue and fifth bestselling based on volume.

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Consumer Reports Auto Reliability results: USA down, Asia up

Consumer Reports Auto Reliability results: USA down, Asia up

In Consumer Reports annual reliability survey, it would appear that US-based brands are moving downward while Asian automakers take the cake. These reliability rankings cover a total of 29 brands, this year, and all domestic (USA) brands rank in the bottom half of the list. Volvo ranks last, while Cadillac takes the 28 spot as the lowest-ranked domestic brand.

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NHTSA tells Transdev to end its self-driving school bus pickups

NHTSA tells Transdev to end its self-driving school bus pickups

Transdev North America has angered the US DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by transporting kids in a self-driving shuttle. Though the company did get temporary permission to import its autonomous shuttle, neither of the approved reasons included transporting kids, according to the agency. The activity has been called 'irresponsible.'

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Samsung Exynos, ISOCELL tech expands to smart cars

Samsung Exynos, ISOCELL tech expands to smart cars

Cars are becoming more and more like smartphones these days. Not just "connected to smartphones" but also using pretty much the same technologies are the computers in our pockets. That's especially true for the silicon that allows for these vehicles to become partially or even fully autonomous. So it's not a big surprise that Samsung is announcing that two of its now popular chips are coming to the automotive industry, bringing its Exynos processors and ISOCELL sensors to the smart vehicles of the future.

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BMW recycling program will put old EV batteries to good use

BMW recycling program will put old EV batteries to good use

BMW Group has teamed with Umicore and Northvolt to develop a "closed life cycle loop" for electric car batteries. This EV battery recycling program includes more than harvesting materials, instead first designating used EV batteries for secondary uses, such as stationary energy storage devices. At the end of this life cycles, the batteries will be harvested for raw materials.

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Tesla resolves Nevada tax lawsuit, blames clerical error

Tesla resolves Nevada tax lawsuit, blames clerical error

News recently surfaced that Tesla had been sued by the state of Nevada over an allegedly unpaid $655,000 unemployment tax bill. Soon after, Tesla has issued a statement on the matter, explaining that it has been resolved and that a clerical error resulted in the legal issue. A Nevada government agency has confirmed the news.

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Swagtron EB-5 Review : This Foldable Electric Bike is on-point

Swagtron EB-5 Review : This Foldable Electric Bike is on-point

The EB-5 electric bicycle might be the best bicycle I've ever ridden - and I've been riding bikes my whole life. I've never lent much credence to the idea of using a bicycle with a motor. I always thought it was a bit counter-intuitive to put gas in something that's otherwise the symbol of green living. But with the EB-5, it's all the good parts about the motorized bike, and none of the bad.

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App-Controlled Batmobile LEGO Review : One Powered Up Dark Knight

App-Controlled Batmobile LEGO Review : One Powered Up Dark Knight

The LEGO remote controlled Batmobile is an exercise in beastly looks, battery-powered rumbling motor action, and a new Batman. For some, the new Batman minifig for August of 2018 is enough incentive to own. Even without that Batman - even if this set came with a super old Batman - this set remains a pretty tight box of LEGO bricks and elements.

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Hennessey Dodge Demon ups drag racer’s horsepower to over 1,000

Hennessey Dodge Demon ups drag racer’s horsepower to over 1,000

It's hard to imagine anyone with a 2018 Dodge Demon wanting the street-legal drag racer to be even more powerful and faster. But for those few crazy individuals, custom tuner Hennessey Performance has just what they're looking for. The company has announced a limited number of upgrade packages for the Demon that push the car's horsepower to over 1,000, driving the original's quarter-mile times even lower.

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