Automotive

Lyft Amp to replace the pink stache and provide in-car communications

Lyft Amp to replace the pink stache and provide in-car communications

The way you knew a car was your Lyft ride for since the service started was to look for the pink Glowstache. Things are changing at Lyft and the company has unveiled the next generation of in-car communications for drivers and riders and it is called Amp. The Amp is an in-car communications device that helps drivers and passengers find each other.

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Toyota to pay $3.4b over rusty Tundra, Tacoma and Sequoia vehicles

Toyota to pay $3.4b over rusty Tundra, Tacoma and Sequoia vehicles

Pending court approval of the deal, Toyota will pay up to $3.4 billion to settle a lawsuit over Tundra, Tacoma, and Sequoia vehicles allegedly afflicted with faulty rust protection. The settlement doesn’t involve Toyota admitting that it failed to adequately protect the affected vehicles from rusting, but does represent what will likely end up being a huge financial blow to the company. As part of the settlement, affected vehicles found to have improper rust protection will be eligible to have their frame replaced.

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Samsung Harman acquisition could out-pace Apple

Samsung Harman acquisition could out-pace Apple

Today Samsung Electronics Co. announced that they are in negotiations with US-based Harman International Industries, Inc., in an $8-billion all-cash deal. This will easily make for Samsung's biggest acquisition in its history as an electronics maker, and launches the company into the auto industry with swiftness. This buy could also act as another jolt to the automotive industry for refresh rate - a jolt for an industry notorious for being more cautious and conservative than quick to change.

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Jeep reveals two new Renegade models: Deserthawk & Altitude

Jeep reveals two new Renegade models: Deserthawk & Altitude

Just ahead of next week's 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Jeep has taken the wraps off two new special edition trims of its Renegade crossover SUV. The first is the desert-themed (and thus appropriately named) Deserthawk, while the second is the Altitude, a trim design that has appeared on several other Jeep models. Both vehicles will be appearing at the LA Auto Show, but you can check out the details now right here.

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Tesla Model S now has an all-glass roof option

Tesla Model S now has an all-glass roof option

Just last week Tesla and SolarCity unveiled their new "Solar Roof" product, which is designed to cover a home's roof in small solar-powered shingles. But now the electric car company has announced a new roof option for the flagship Model S sedan, and it aims to remove all barriers to between passengers and the sky above: an all-glass roof.

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2018 Audi A5 & S5 Cabriolet models bring open-top fun

2018 Audi A5 & S5 Cabriolet models bring open-top fun

It was only a few months ago that Audi introduced the latest version of its A5 and S5 two-door coupes, but the German manufacturer has wasted little time in unveiling the new convertible models. The latest A5/S5 Cabriolet will be labelled as a 2018 model when it arrives at US dealerships in the spring of next year, the perfect timing for drop-top driving adventures.

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Audi gives its R8 supercar laser vision

Audi gives its R8 supercar laser vision

There's little that can't be improved with lasers, and Audi's 2017 R8 V10 plus exclusive is no different, the first car in the US to bear laser headlights. Set to be revealed at the LA Auto Show 2016 in just a couple of weeks time, the V10 coupe is the first of the automaker's production cars to incorporate laser light technology for the US market; it'll be exceedingly rare, too, coming in a short-run edition of just 25. Does it make a difference? We can tell you that it certainly does, having had the opportunity to test a 2017 R8 V10 plus under some interesting circumstances - on the track in the dead of night.

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BlackBerry pens deal with Ford to develop auto software

BlackBerry pens deal with Ford to develop auto software

BlackBerry has penned a deal with Ford that will see it developing car software, the company has announced. This could prove a vital part of the company’s efforts to grow beyond the bounds of its failed mobile business, but the extent of BlackBerry’s automotive efforts aren’t clear at this time. Ford isn’t new to using BlackBerry-built software, though it has previously acquired it through Panasonic. With this new deal, the automaker will be getting it straight from BlackBerry.

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Toyota kicks off Mobility Service Platform with car-sharing tech

Toyota kicks off Mobility Service Platform with car-sharing tech

Car makers are foreseeing a future where people will prefer to rent and share cars than buy one for themselves. It’s a nightmare future for them, undoubtedly, but rather than remain in denial, some are trying to jump in and take advantage of the opportunity instead. One of those is Toyota, who is launching its new Mobility Service Platform or MSPF which aims to corral its different mobility services under a single umbrella. And one of the first fruits of that new platform is Smart Key Box, which it envisions will upgrade car-sharing security to the present century.

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Red Bull Global Rallycross will debut all-electric series in 2018

Red Bull Global Rallycross will debut all-electric series in 2018

Professional racing leagues are rapidly turning to electric cars: there's already Formula E, based on the F1 series, and the upcoming Electric GT World Series, which will use the Tesla Model S sedan. Now it seems time for Rallycross to get in on the action. Red Bull has announced that its Global Rallycross series will feature an EV racing class starting in 2018.

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GM-owned car-sharing service Maven comes to Los Angeles

GM-owned car-sharing service Maven comes to Los Angeles

Services like Uber and Lyft may be dominating the ride-hailing market, but there's still a growing number of options for those who don't own cars but need to use one on occasion. One such is Maven, the car-sharing service owned by General Motors, which has just announced an expansion into another major US city: Los Angeles. Maven just recently rolled into San Francisco, making this its second California market.

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Faraday Future teases its first production EV in video

Faraday Future teases its first production EV in video

California-based electric vehicle startup Faraday Future has remained mostly quiet on its production car plans following the unveiling of its FFZero1 concept at this year's CES, back in January, but that may soon be changing. The company released a short video today teasing its upcoming production model, and while it's slim on details, it's enough to see that the EV will be less supercar concept, and more in line with the four-sedan/crossover segment.

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