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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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Mercedes-Benz MBUX infotainment system a ‘revolution’ with AI, natural language, and more

Mercedes-Benz MBUX infotainment system a ‘revolution’ with AI, natural language, and more

Mercedes has unveiled the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), its completely new infotainment platform, at CES 2018, where we got an in-depth look at the technology. The MBUX system will be included as standard equipment in the maker's upcoming A-Class, it announced. Among other things, MBUX offers an intuitive OS and advanced features made possible via artificial intelligence.

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Bell Helicopter air taxi shown at CES 2018 with AR sim

Bell Helicopter air taxi shown at CES 2018 with AR sim

Bell Helicopter brought their new air taxi cabin design to CES 2018, bringing with it a hefty claim. They suggested that they are the first major helicopter manufacturer to exhibit at CES, ever. I genuinely hope this spurs interest in bringing other hereto unseen exhibitioners to CES 2019 - Think
sword-smiths, jet ski manufacturers, chocolatiers - everything we've never seen before!

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Chevrolet reveals first look at 2019 Silverado pickup

Chevrolet reveals first look at 2019 Silverado pickup

The 2018 Detroit Auto Show doesn't start until mid-January, but Chevrolet has decided to pull the wraps of its newest truck a bit early, offering an early peak at the 2019 Silverado. The all-new pickup was unveiled at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, and while technical details won't be shared until next month, Chevy used the opportunity to highlight some of the Silverado's key differences against the Ford F-150.

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2019 Lamborghini Urus is a 650HP raging bull SUV

2019 Lamborghini Urus is a 650HP raging bull SUV

A new Lamborghini doesn't happen every day, and certainly not a new Lamborghini SUV. Allow your jaw to subtly drop, then, at the arrival of the 2019 Lamborghini Urus, a version of the legendary raging bull that might actually be faintly practical. Practical and coming bearing the gift of 650 horsepower, that is.

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BMW Vision E3 Way concept imagines emissions-free roads for e-bikes

BMW Vision E3 Way concept imagines emissions-free roads for e-bikes

BMW has taken the wraps off a new concept that imagines transportation for urban cities of the future. Called the BMW Vision E³ Way, this concept presents an elevated road system designed for electric two-wheel vehicles (e-bikes, essentially) that could be used by city-dwellers of the future to efficiently travel within the urban environment. The concept was developed by BMW's Technology Office located in Shanghai, China.

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Honda will use Facebook to alert customers about Takata recall

Honda will use Facebook to alert customers about Takata recall

Honda will start using Facebook to alert its customers about the deadly Takata air bag recall, which continues to affect many drivers throughout the US. The recall revolves around the ongoing issue of faulty air bags that, when deployed, may rupture with too much force, causing injury or death to the person in the vehicle. Honda will produce its targeted alerts via Facebook's custom audience tool.

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Taco Bell employees can get a $4K discount on a Chevy Corvette

Taco Bell employees can get a $4K discount on a Chevy Corvette

When it comes to buying a new car, there isn't a person alive who doesn't want to save money on the sticker price, whether it's haggling with the dealership or qualifying for some discount program. Well, if you're in the market for a new Chevy Corvette and are hunting for a deal, you might want to consider a career change. Due to an odd arrangement between Taco Bell and GM, employees of the fast food chain are eligible for a $4,385 discount on a new Corvette Grand Sport.

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Uber scheduled rides now show an upfront price

Uber scheduled rides now show an upfront price

Uber has a feature that allows riders to schedule a ride ahead of time, a way to ensure there's a car available and at your location at the time you need to leave. While convenient, the scheduled rides left riders unsure of how much they'd pay if the ride was schedule more than an hour from the current time. Uber just changed that.

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Daimler electric school bus unveiled ahead of 2019 US launch

Daimler electric school bus unveiled ahead of 2019 US launch

Thomas Built Buses, a North American Daimler subsidiary, has taken the wraps off its new Jouley electric school bus, the first of its kind for the company. The bus, which has the official moniker "Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric Bus," is scheduled to hits public roads in the United States in 2019, providing emissions-free transportation for students from home to school and back again.

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BMW, Ford, Daimler, and VW form Ionity for European EV charging network

BMW, Ford, Daimler, and VW form Ionity for European EV charging network

When it comes to the future of the electric car market and its growth, one of the biggest difficulties is the need for a wide range of charging stations that will support vehicles from different manufacturers. Well, four of the biggest automakers are now working together to form a solution — for Europe, at least. BMW, Daimler, Ford, and the Volkswagen Group have announced a joint partnership in Ionity, a venture that aims to build a huge network of fast chargers across Europe.

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Waymo teams with AutoNation for self-driving car repair and maintenance

Waymo teams with AutoNation for self-driving car repair and maintenance

Waymo has partnered up with AutoNation, an automative retailer, to provide repairs and maintenance for the company's fleet of self-driving cars. We've heard rumbles about such a deal before, but now it is official. The deal will involve AutoNation USA stores, franchised stores, and other locations providing both long-term maintenance for Waymo's fleet and any repairs they need as troubles arise.

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