Automotive

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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Ferrari’s latest V8 convertible is the 488 Pista Spider

Ferrari’s latest V8 convertible is the 488 Pista Spider

Ferrari is at the Pebble Beach car event this week, and as a surprise it's revealing the 50th convertible in the carmaker's history. It's the 488 Pista Spider, and just like the hardtop 488 Pista it features the most powerful V8 engine Ferrari has ever made, boasting 711 horsepower. The company has adorned the car in white with blue stripes, in part to acknowledge its debut on American soil, as well as recognize the popularity of convertibles in the country.

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SSC Tuatara makes long-awaited debut at Pebble Beach with 1750hp

SSC Tuatara makes long-awaited debut at Pebble Beach with 1750hp

Some may have forgotten, but way back in 2011 boutique carmaker SSC North America revealed a concept for the SSC Tuatara, promising it to be a real American-made "hypercar." The original planned release date of 2013 came and went, but at this year's Pebble Beach car show, the same place the concept debuted, the final production-ready SSC Tuatara has arrived touting an incredible 1,750 horsepower.

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First look at 2019 BMW Z4 revealed in leaked pics

First look at 2019 BMW Z4 revealed in leaked pics

It's been a full year now since BMW revealed the concept version of the new Z4 roadster, set to be the first update to the model in over seven years. While the car has spotted testing in camouflage since then, BMW is still dragging its feet on revealing the final design of the 2019 Z4. It could be debuting soon, however, as a set of pictures have leaked to a number of BMW enthusiast sites, offering a look at the convertible from several angles.

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Rare, one-of-a-kind mid-engine C4 Corvette selling for $120K

Rare, one-of-a-kind mid-engine C4 Corvette selling for $120K

Chevrolet's upcoming C8 Corvette is one of the most anticipated sports cars in the world right now for one key reason: it's going to feature a long-awaited mid-mounted engine. But for those with a whole bunch of cash in their pocket, there's another, rarer mid-engine Corvette up for sale that could be priceless for collectors. It's the one-of-a-kind 1993 Innotech Corvette, dubbed "Mysterro," which features a C4 under a custom body design.

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Elon Musk details taking Tesla private, says final decision is pending

Elon Musk details taking Tesla private, says final decision is pending

Following a tweet earlier today mentioning as much, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has published an email previously sent to employees that details potential plans about going private. News about the idea first surfaced this afternoon on Twitter via Musk, who tweeted, "Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured." He has since tweeted updates, saying the company has confirmed that it has investor support for the plan.

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We can’t trust self-driving car AI just yet

We can’t trust self-driving car AI just yet

Self-driving cars are the future. Almost every car maker, in one way or another, has embraced technology that can take over the wheel partially or completely. It has become not a question of “if” but of “when”. Some car makers are convinced that self-driving cars will be hitting the road in two years’ time. That, however, might be an extremely optimistic outlook that may miss out on how self-driving car tech just isn’t trustworthy yet, and it’s not for the reasons you might immediately think.

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