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Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition sheds 26kg

Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition sheds 26kg

Lotus has unveiled a new special edition version of the Exige 350 called the Exige 350 Special Edition. This special edition was whipped up to celebrate 50 years and Hethel. The Exige 350 special edition is based on the standard Exige Sport 350, but it has shed some weight in the effort to maximize performance.

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California will let autonomous cars without steering wheels or humans begin testing

California will let autonomous cars without steering wheels or humans begin testing

Self-driving cars have been testing on open road for quite some time now, albeit every one has a human backup driver inside that can take control the moment the need arises. In California, arguably the home of autonomous driving tech, that could soon change. The state's Governor Jerry Brown approved a bill late last week that allows limited testing for autonomous vehicles with backup drivers or manual controls of any kind.

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GLM G4 is Japan’s Tesla-rivaling EV sports car

GLM G4 is Japan’s Tesla-rivaling EV sports car

The 2016 Paris Motor Show is currently underway, and so far we've seen several of the futuristic, high-tech EV concepts from car makers like Volkswagen and Mercedes, not to mention standard model announcements from the likes of Honda and Audi. But there's also some unexpected surprises, like the GLM G4 concept, a 500-plus horsepower sports sedan with an electric platform from Japan. In fact, Green Lord Motors (GLM) is often referred to as the 'Tesla of Japan,' and it's clear it takes the nickname to heart.

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Mercedes Generation EQ interior UX first impressions

Mercedes Generation EQ interior UX first impressions

This week at the Paris Auto Show, we got the opportunity to get up close and personal with the future of Mercedes-Benz' newest in electric vehicle technology. The company has just introduced their brand new EQ system, as we've outlined earlier this week, and now we're being given a tour of the interior of the first concept vehicle to embody this system at its core. This is the Generation EQ, a concept vehicle that's super futuristic in both aesthetics and interface.

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This is the BMW Concept X2

This is the BMW Concept X2

This week the folks at BMW have revealed one of the most unique-looking concept vehicles of the show in the BMW Concept X2. This vehicle is being premiered alongside the and the BMW i3 (with increased range and improved battery) as well as the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. The BMW Concept X2 is a compact vehicle, made to show off BMW's chops in coupe-making and in making a fine looking vehicle that combines futuristic elements with today's popular urban stylings.

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Modified Tesla Model S hearse offers EV ride to the afterlife

Modified Tesla Model S hearse offers EV ride to the afterlife

Do you really, really like electric cars? And by that I mean do you believe it's past time all mass-market cars abandon the combustion engine? Well, when the time finally comes for you to depart this world, take comfort in the fact that your remains can take their final car ride in an all-electric hearse made from a modified Tesla Model S.

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HERE maps to offer traffic services crowdsourced from cars

HERE maps to offer traffic services crowdsourced from cars

The most recent models of cars these days are equipped with all kinds of sensors, and yet traffic services still mostly rely on just one source of data: GPS probe data. HERE, the map making service formerly owned by Nokia and now owned by a consortium of three German car makers, is aiming to change that with four new services of its own. Falling under the collective HERE Open Location Platform, the services will pool data gathered from the sensors of different cars. And these cars won’t even have to come from the same brand.

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2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo MSRP starts at $174,990

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo MSRP starts at $174,990

Nissan has announced the official starting price of the 2017 GT-R Nismo and it's very far from an affordable car. In fact, if you take the $174,990 price tag for the GT-R Nismo and then add another $1,000 to it, you could own a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The new Nismo GT-R packs in 600hp via a twin-turbo 3.8L V6 engine.

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Smart will offer EV option on every car model in 2017

Smart will offer EV option on every car model in 2017

Smart, the Mercedes-Benz-owned maker of those really tiny Fortwo city cars, is a manufacturer that you think would have gone all-electric some time ago. While that hasn't been the case, the company is making a big move in that direction later this year. Starting with the 2017 model year, all of Smart's vehicles will come with the option of an electric version.

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Google self-driving car suffers its worst accident, still the human driver’s fault

Google self-driving car suffers its worst accident, still the human driver’s fault

Google's self-driving Lexus 450h SUVs getting in minor accidents is not a new thing, but the latest incident appears to be the worst one yet. The vehicle sustained serious damage after it was hit directly on its right side by another car when it entered an intersection in Mountain View, California on Friday afternoon. The Google car was in autonomous mode at the time, but with a human behind the wheel, and thankfully there were no injuries to either party.

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Apple tipped in acquisition talks with Lit Motors

Apple tipped in acquisition talks with Lit Motors

Following a report earlier today suggesting Apple is in talks with McLaren, more sources have cropped up to say the company is also talking with Lit Motors, maker of an intriguing, atypically designed self-balancing motorcycle. A total of three sources spoke up about the rumored talks, saying they concern a ‘potential acquisition’ of the motors company. The move would be done to bolster Apple's troubled 'Project Titan' automotive project.

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First ever USA autonomous car policy released by Dept of Transportation

First ever USA autonomous car policy released by Dept of Transportation

The United States Department of Transportation appears to be attempting to get ahead of the oncoming age of self-driving vehicles with the release of their own comprehensive policy. This is the first major document produced by the USA Department of Transportation, one that also indicates that they're more than just hopeful that self-driving cars will be here soon, they're encouraging their arrival.

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