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nuTonomy beats Uber with self-driving taxis in Singapore

nuTonomy beats Uber with self-driving taxis in Singapore

Ride-hailing giant Uber made headlines last week when it announced that it would soon begin conducting real-world tests of self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately for them, MIT-spinoff nuTonomy has just taken the title of world's first autonomous taxis with the debut of pilot program in Singapore on Thursday. The trial is free for passengers, inviting them to schedule a ride in one of six self-driving cars, with specific locations for pick-ups and drop-offs.

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NVIDIA Parker chip exposed: DRIVE PX 2’s heart and brain

NVIDIA Parker chip exposed: DRIVE PX 2’s heart and brain

Graphics chip maker NVIDIA may have thrown in the towel as far as commodity smartphones are concerned, but definitely hasn’t given up the fight in the mobile system-on-chip arena. In addition to its Tegra line of mobile chips still powering tablets and embedded devices, it has just revealed Parker, a new, but not completely, ARM-based system-on-chip. You aren’t going to find it in any mobile device, mind you. Unless you consider cars to be literally mobile “devices”. That’s because this Parker chip is the beating heart of NVIDIA’s DRIVE PX 2 computer aimed at powering today’s and tomorrow’s generation of smart cars.

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2017 Hyundai Elantra test drives go on-demand with Amazon Prime

2017 Hyundai Elantra test drives go on-demand with Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime isn’t just a convenient way to get items on your door step in a day or two: now customers in Los Angeles can also use it to arrange a test drive of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra. The test drives can be arranged under Amazon’s new “Prime Now. Drive Now.” test driving program, something Hyundai describes as a “limited-time” option that will be available for only two weekends. Those who take advantage of it can schedule a test drive and have the car brought to their location, wherever it may be, for a quick jump behind the wheel.

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Check out these Marvel & Harley-Davidson official collaboration motorcycles

Check out these Marvel & Harley-Davidson official collaboration motorcycles

Captain America marks his 75th anniversary this year, so to help him celebrate Marvel and Harley-Davidson teamed up to design a custom Street Glide Special motorcycle outfitted with the superhero's motifs and icons. Then the two companies realized this was too cool of an idea to limit to just Cap, and took it further with a project called Super Hero Customs, designing over 25 bikes inspired by heroes and villains from Marvel's universe.

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Le Mans-winning 1955 Jaguar, very first Shelby Cobra set auction records

Le Mans-winning 1955 Jaguar, very first Shelby Cobra set auction records

Corresponding with the Pebble Beach rare and exotic car show this weekend, the Sotheby's auction house fetched not one but two record-setting prices for British and American cars. The vehicles were a 1955 Jaguar D-Type that won the historic Le Mans race in 1956, and the very first Shelby Cobra, made in 1962, which was owned by founder Carroll Shelby until his death in 2012.

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Lamborghini, Aston Martin debut special edition convertibles at Pebble Beach

Lamborghini, Aston Martin debut special edition convertibles at Pebble Beach

This year's Pebble Beach car show is being held this weekend in California, and as the automakers tend to do at luxury events like this, both Lamborghini and Aston Martin have revealed new convertible models of some already special edition vehicles announced earlier this year. Lamborghini brought the 770hp Centenario Roadster to the show, while Aston Martin showed up with a convertible Vanquish Zagato.

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Genesis G80 and G90 get Amazon Alexa integration

Genesis G80 and G90 get Amazon Alexa integration

Genesis has announced Amazon Alexa and Echo integration with Genesis Connected Services, bringing voice command control to the Genesis G80 and G90 models. Car owners can issue certain commands to their vehicle from within their home or wherever they happen to be, doing things like telling Alexa to start the car, lock or unlock it, flash the lights, honk the horn, and more. You'll just need an Alexa-enabled device like an Amazon Echo.

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Volkswagen says German regulator has approved diesel emissions fix

Volkswagen says German regulator has approved diesel emissions fix

German regulator Federal Motor Transport Authority has approved Volkswagen’s technical fix for 460,000 diesel vehicles that cheat on emissions tests. VW announced the approval over the weekend, saying the fix pertains to cars with the 1.2-liter EA189 TDI engine and will cover nearly half a million vehicles, included among them being the SEAT Ibiza and the Volkswagen Polo. This regulatory approval will cover the fix for other European countries, as well.

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Elio Motor’s 3-wheeled mini-car priced at $7,000 for pre-orders

Elio Motor’s 3-wheeled mini-car priced at $7,000 for pre-orders

You might remember hearing about Elio Motors before. The company is known for crowdfunding its small, three-wheeled car that gets 84 mpg from a 3-cylinder engine, promising a price "around $6,800," and remaining noncommittal on a release date. Well, Elio Motors has announced a new pricing scheme that somewhat overshoots that original price, but will still allow customers to pre-order the vehicle for a guaranteed price of $7,000, as long as they make a binding commitment to purchase one.

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Hyundai brings CarPlay and Android Auto to Veloster and Azera models

Hyundai brings CarPlay and Android Auto to Veloster and Azera models

Hyundai has brought CarPlay and Android Auto to the 2015 and 2016 Azera, as well as the 2016 Veloster, Sonata Hybrid, and the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid. The software can be installed yourself (versus going to a dealer), and brings the same smartphone integration you’ll find on 2017 Hyundai models. The software can be accessed through MyHyundai.com, but those who aren’t comfortable installing it themselves can also pay a Hyundai dealership to do it.

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Mercedes pulls E-class commercial over misleading ‘self-driving’ claims

Mercedes pulls E-class commercial over misleading ‘self-driving’ claims

It looks like the growing concerns over car makers' claims of autonomous driving features, such as the recent issue of Tesla and its use of the word "Autopilot," are starting to be felt by Mercedes-Benz. The company has discontinued a TV commercial for the new 2017 E-class sedan following criticism that the ad could mislead people into thinking it's fully autonomous.

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Electric Corvette breaks EV land speed record — again

Electric Corvette breaks EV land speed record — again

Earlier this year, automotive startup Genovation set a world record for the fastest street-legal electric car with its GXE, a modified 2006 Z06 Corvette with an all-electric motor. Now, less than six months later, Genovation has broken their own record using the same 600-plus horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque Corvette.

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