Automotive

Nissan begins testing self-driving taxi service in Japan

Nissan begins testing self-driving taxi service in Japan

The US has been at the forefront of self-driving technology, with Silicon Valley serving as a hotbed for its development and Uber as a pioneer for the ride hailing market. But Japan's tech and auto giants are eager to catch up, with Nissan announcing that its new autonomous taxi service, Easy Ride, is ready to begin live testing with passengers next month.

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Tesla offers free charging stations for workplace parking lots

Tesla offers free charging stations for workplace parking lots

As the US's leading electric car maker, Tesla knows well that its growing success depends just as much on an accessible charging infrastructure as on simply being able to make enough vehicles to meet demand. Following its previous charing network initiatives, including supercharger locations and charging installations at hotels and restaurants, Tesla has announced another program, this time aimed at business offices.

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Huawei gets weird and dangerous for auto AI at MWC

Huawei gets weird and dangerous for auto AI at MWC

The folks at Huawei have either lost their minds or are on to something pretty fantastic. They've gone and given one of their smartphones the keys to a vehicle. This smartphone's processor needed to be able to use the device's camera to see obstacles in front of it to know when to turn to avoid said obstacles. If the smartphone failed, the dog would be destroyed.

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OpenAuto makes car smart with Raspberry Pi DIY hack

OpenAuto makes car smart with Raspberry Pi DIY hack

Android Auto can be installed on a Raspberry Pi unit with relative ease - and the results are pretty neat. Based on the DIY project we're having a peek at here today, the next generation in DIY automotive tech appears to be here. This system was made possible by XDA Developers user f1x, maker of an open source Android Auto head unit emulator.

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Audi V2I toll payment tech integration arrives in select models this year

Audi V2I toll payment tech integration arrives in select models this year

Audi has announced in-vehicle toll tech that'll make commuting easier for frequent travelers. The automaker will be the first to offer vehicle-integrated toll payment tech, which will be available in certain models starting later this year. The system will be compatible with tolls in the US, Mexico, and Canada, enabling drivers to automatically pay for tolls anywhere in North America.

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2019 Audi RS5 pricing and packages revealed

2019 Audi RS5 pricing and packages revealed

Today we've learned the starting price of the 2019 Audi RS5 as well as pricing for a number of optional packages. The 2019 Audi RS5 will have both a Dynamic Package and a Dynamic Plus Package with alternate colors and variable top speed. There'll be a Black optic package as well as RS Drivers Assistance available, as well as a Navigation Package and a number of other upgrade packages.

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Electric car fears prompt odd Apple investment

Electric car fears prompt odd Apple investment

Apple may be in a bidding war with electric vehicle battery makers for one key metal: cobalt. Apple's been one of the biggest users of cobalt over the past decade due to their ever-increasing production of iPhone, iPad, and other devices with their own rechargeable batteries. Now that electric vehicles are coming into vogue, demand for cobalt is going up so much that Apple may be opting to buy from the source.

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Tesla cryptojacked for cryptocoins, but no worries

Tesla cryptojacked for cryptocoins, but no worries

Tesla's computing power in the cloud was infiltrated and utilized by a hacker to mine cryptocurrency. Cryptojacking is the process in which a hacker gains entry into a computer system and implants a cryptocurrency miner. With the miner, the user will use the processing power of the computer to generate cryptocurrency - like Bitcoin, but more likely Ethereum-based coins like Monero.

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Audi, Porsche to jointly develop & share EV platform

Audi, Porsche to jointly develop & share EV platform

Audi and Porsche may be considered rivals in some circles, especially when it comes to each brand's high-end sports cars, but the fact is they're both owned by Volkswagen, and that means they're aligned when it comes to business needs. The two German manufacturers have revealed that they'll be working together to develop an electric car platform to be used in both brands' future models.

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Mercedes-AMG GT four-door coupe spied before Geneva debut

Mercedes-AMG GT four-door coupe spied before Geneva debut

At the Geneva Motor Show last year, Mercedes-AMG wowed everyone with its impressive GT Concept. Now, this year's show — less than a month away — will see the debut of the real thing: Mercedes' latest take on blurring the line between a performance sedan and a so-called four-door coupe. To help build anticipation, a set of spy-themed photos of the four-door GT have been released, complete with camouflage.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches Tesla car into space: Watch it all over again

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches Tesla car into space: Watch it all over again

Today we're having another look at the whole Falcon Heavy test flight from SpaceX again, in video form. This time we're watching the whole series of events jammed into a single 34-minute clip, chopped up in a way that makes the whole event as simply pleasing as possible. Don't be shocked when you find yourself unable to look away - things get real weird up in here.

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Audi testing its own Smart Energy Network home battery system

Audi testing its own Smart Energy Network home battery system

Tesla may have made waves with its Tesla Energy home batteries, but more luxury car makers are looking to do something similar as they make the jump to all-electric vehicles. Audi is one of the latest, as the company has just announced its own "Smart Energy Network," which combines home energy storage, solar power generation, and electric vehicle charging.

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