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NASCAR turns to esports after canceling races over outbreaks

NASCAR turns to esports after canceling races over outbreaks

NASCAR is turning to esports after canceling real-world races over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Fox Sports will broadcast this first-ever eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series event on Fox Sports 1 and through its Fox Sports app. The event will take place over 90 minutes and will involve some of racing's biggest names, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Bobby Labonte.

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Tesla ‘touchless deliveries’ keep cars coming even as coronavirus closes factory

Tesla ‘touchless deliveries’ keep cars coming even as coronavirus closes factory

Tesla has announced that starting at the end of the day on March 23, it will temporarily suspend operations at its Fremont factory. This will enable the company to conduct 'an orderly shutdown,' according to Tesla, which says that it has been and will continue to follow safety guidelines and legal directives in regards to its facilities and operations.

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The Batman 2020’s Batmobile is straight outta Mad Max!

The Batman 2020’s Batmobile is straight outta Mad Max!

The next Batmobile was revealed today by Matt Reeves in a series of photos from front, back, and left side. This is the closest we've gotten to The Batman so far, besides details on who'll be in the cast. The only other real look we've gotten at The Batman so far is a teaser trailer with a glimpse of the Batsuit - with nothing too particularly amazing going on in bit of action.

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Big Spotify app update seems ideal for drivers

Big Spotify app update seems ideal for drivers

If you're on an iPhone today, you'll see changes to Spotify in the next few hours. If you're using an Android device, you'll find Spotify updating "soon". If you're on any mobile device and you've been waiting for Spotify to give you something new - beyond new media, of course - you're in luck. Today's reveal from Spotify shows the app taken out a whole new door.

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Lyft shows how to get a free ride to vote in 2020 elections

Lyft shows how to get a free ride to vote in 2020 elections

The ride sharing program Lyft is providing free and discounted rides to polls for the primary and general election season for voting in 2020 in the USA. This is an expansion of a program they've had in the past. This system of discounted and free ride sharing action started with the Iowa Caucus and continues through ALL primary votes and ALL caucuses leading up to the general election in November, 2020.

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Android Auto adds local weather icons to the status bar

Android Auto adds local weather icons to the status bar

If your vehicle has Android Auto, you can now use the system to quickly view your local weather. Users started noticing the new feature over the last week, reporting that they show up as two small icons in the platform's status bar. Don't expect to get a full weather forecast, but it's not like you're missing much -- you could easily view a more detailed outlook from your phone when you're not driving a vehicle.

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Hyundai and Canoo team to develop skateboard-based EV platform

Hyundai and Canoo team to develop skateboard-based EV platform

Los Angeles-based Canoo has teamed up with automaker Hyundai to help develop an all-electric platform for future Kia and Hyundai electric vehicles. This platform will be based on Canoo's own skateboard design, according to the company, which will help lower vehicle prices by simplifying and standardizing the development process. By using Canoo's skateboard architecture, Hyundai also expects to decrease the complexity of its electric vehicle assembly line.

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Gordon Murray reveals MOTIV autonomous pod car with one gull-wing door

Gordon Murray reveals MOTIV autonomous pod car with one gull-wing door

The MOTIV was revealed by Gordon Murray today with the autonomous quadricycle / pod vehicle future in mind. Gordon Murray Design, Delta Motorsport, and itMoves worked in collaboration to make this tiny, yet tough autonomous-ready vehicle a reality. This vehicle was part-funded through the UK-government’s 'IDP14' program, and acts as a centerpiece for the MOTIV autonomous vehicle platform.

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Soon, iPhone and Apple Watch will work like keys for cars

Soon, iPhone and Apple Watch will work like keys for cars

The latest beta version of iOS 13.4 was released this week with reference to code for a system called CarKey. Apple Watch and iPhone users that are capable of working with this software will be able to use NFC to unlock certain cars - just so long as they're authorized. This system also suggests that users will eventually be able to use Apple Watch and/or iPhone devices to start cars without need for a separate key.

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Panasonic just made the world’s most powerful blue laser: Here’s why

Panasonic just made the world’s most powerful blue laser: Here’s why

In a demonstration in Osaka, Japan, Panasonic demonstrated the new world's highest brightness blue laser. They've done this with a couple of technologies/techniques, using wavelength beam combining (WBC) with a direct diode laser (DDL) to produce a single, highly powerful blue beam. With this technique perfected, beam quality remains the same while power increases as the number of laser sources grows. The laser power can be immense!

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Android Auto finally lets you mute those distracting notifications

Android Auto finally lets you mute those distracting notifications

Android Auto is one of Android's most curious incarnations and by that we mean it isn't always clear what direction Google wants to take it. It's designed, in theory, to allows Android users to use the apps and platform they're already familiar with but in a safe driving environment. If that were the case, though, it seemed pretty disappointing that it is only now that Android Auto is letting users silence notifications, even if they can't really get rid of them.

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The new Lincoln EV will use Rivian’s all-electric platform

The new Lincoln EV will use Rivian’s all-electric platform

Ford and Rivian's first electric collaboration will be a Lincoln EV, the automakers have confirmed today, promising zero emission luxury. The new vehicle will use Rivian's so-called skateboard platform, the same architecture that it will build its own R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV on top of.

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