Automotive

Mazda discloses safety defect that may cause cars to suddenly brake

Mazda discloses safety defect that may cause cars to suddenly brake

In a statement last week, Mazda North American Operations announced that it had discovered a 'safety defect' impacting some of its 2019 and 2020 Mazda3 vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received a Part 573 defect notification about the matter, according to Mazda, which says that the problem involves the 'inadvertent activation' of its emergency braking system.

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5G Matters: It’s more than just about streaming and mobile

5G Matters: It’s more than just about streaming and mobile

Since the end of 2018, network operators, silicon makers, and smartphone manufacturers have all been rallying around 5G, the next-generation wireless technology that is promised to revolutionize the world. Much of the rhetoric around it focused on faster speeds, lower latencies, and support for dozens if not hundreds of devices. Many of the examples carriers use to talk about how downloading an HD video file would take only seconds, something most consumers would be able to relate to immediately. While it does make 5G more understandable, it also boxes people's minds around the concept of 5G as "just faster 4G", and that undersells the new experiences that 5G will enable in the near future and beyond.

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Tesla’s Cybertruck is an audacious and polarizing gamble

Tesla’s Cybertruck is an audacious and polarizing gamble

Elon Musk's ability to show you a prototype, proclaim it Tesla's next big electric vehicle, and extract thousands of dollars in reservations is unparalleled in the auto industry. The Tesla Cybertruck puts that talent into stark relief, capping an LA Auto Show week with something genuinely jaw-dropping; something which made online spats over whether Ford's Mustang Mach-E was a "proper" Mustang seem like nitpicking.

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Toyota uses connected car windshield wiper data to improve weather forecasts

Toyota uses connected car windshield wiper data to improve weather forecasts

Toyota has announced a new partnership with Weathernews that'll involve its connected cars, specifically their windshield wiper data. By using this information and pairing it with existing weather data, Toyota aims to improve the accuracy of weather forecasts and help improve safety for drivers. The test is being conducted in Aichi, Tokyo, and Osaka.

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Tesla Q3 2019 results drop Model Y launch surprise

Tesla Q3 2019 results drop Model Y launch surprise

Tesla has announced its Q3 2019 financial results, revealing $6.3 billion in revenue for the most recent quarter, as well as a $383 million increase in cash and cash equivalents to $5.3 billion. The automaker also revealed that trial production is already underway at its Gigafactory Shanghai, which joins the Model Y in being ahead of schedule.

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Tesla Full Self-Driving option will get a big price increase next month

Tesla Full Self-Driving option will get a big price increase next month

Back in July, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the auto company would be increasing the price of its 'Full' Self-Driving option by $1,000 on August 16, something that would happen as part of the regular price increases the option will experience 'every few months.' Once August arrived, however, Musk said Tesla would postpone the price increase -- and now the time has come to roll it out.

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Dyson scraps its electric car, ends automotive project

Dyson scraps its electric car, ends automotive project

Back in September 2017, Dyson surprised everyone by announcing its intention to enter the electric vehicle space. Things seemed to be moving along swimmingly on that front, with the company providing updates on the development of that car at various points, but unfortunately, today we've hit the end of the road. Dyson announced today that it has scrapped plans for its electric vehicle and the end to its automotive project overall.

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Turo now renting out a DeLorean, Mystery Machine, and Ghostbusters ECTO-1

Turo now renting out a DeLorean, Mystery Machine, and Ghostbusters ECTO-1

This Halloween, someone at Turo found a perfect way to bring some eyeballs to their peer-to-peer car sharing platform, via pop culture references. They teamed up with owners of a Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, a Ghostbusters Ecto-1, and a DMC DeLorean*, and made them all available for rent. This might be the best Halloween costume accessory idea ever conceived of by a car sharing organization in the history of the world.

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Tesla deploys huge version 10 update with Netflix, Cuphead, Spotify

Tesla deploys huge version 10 update with Netflix, Cuphead, Spotify

Tesla is rolling out its big software version 10.0 update, adding new entertainment options beyond what one might expect for a vehicle, including Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and more. In addition to being able to watch videos (when it's safe to do so, of course), the latest update also brings 'Car-aoke' for singing along with a library of songs, Smart Summon for certain customers, and more.

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Nissan ‘ultimate’ gaming chair concepts are designed for esports

Nissan ‘ultimate’ gaming chair concepts are designed for esports

In honor of National Video Games Day, Nissan has unveiled its new concept 'ultimate esports' gaming chairs, ones designed to offer professionals both comfort and pleasant designs. The company detailed its chairs alongside concept sketches, explaining that the models were inspired by the GT-R NISMO, Armada SUV, and its LEAF EV.

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Apple MFI Certified iPhone car charger from Satechi delivers 72W USB-C action

Apple MFI Certified iPhone car charger from Satechi delivers 72W USB-C action

I don't often write about car chargers for smartphones, largely because the technology just... doesn't change all that often. Since the last time I wrote about a car charger, a significant amount's changed - enough that it makes sense to point out a product from a brand that I've come to trust over the past half-decade via their Apple MFI Certifications, top-notch industrial design, and long-lasting materials.

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Airbnb Wienermobile rental photos: One night encased in sausage

Airbnb Wienermobile rental photos: One night encased in sausage

It would seem that the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile has been put up for rental - sort of. Users can now "relish a stay in the real Oscar Mayer Wienermobile" now, so long as they keep the place clean and don't disturb the neighbors. While this may appear to be a marketing stunt, all the checks for actual reality with Airbnb seem to be cleared - you can almost certainly go stay a night in the Wienermobile, for real.

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