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Jeep unveils 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with 707hp Hellcat engine

Jeep unveils 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with 707hp Hellcat engine

The most powerful SUV from Jeep has finally been announced in the form of the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The all-wheel-drive monster is powered by none other than Dodge's SRT Challenger Hellcat engine, meaning it sports the same 707 horsepower as the sedan, along with 645 pound-feet of torque. The Trackhawk will be presented at this week's New York auto show, but details and photos can be found here.

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McLaren will 3D print spare parts for F1 race car

McLaren will 3D print spare parts for F1 race car

We already know 3D printing is poised to revolutionized the manufacturing industry, and the technology has already been used to produce mechanical parts for everything from watches to bikes to motorcycles. But McLaren's Formula 1 racing team has come up with the idea to use it to make spare parts where they're most needed: trackside in the pit.

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Ford designed a baby crib that simulates car rides

Ford designed a baby crib that simulates car rides

What you're seeing here is a baby crib designed and built by Ford. Yes, the car company, and no, this isn't a late April Fools' joke. It's dubbed the Max Motor Dreams, and it's essentially a "smart bed" for babies that can simulate the feel of riding in a car — a well-known trick for parents with little ones that have difficulty falling asleep. It uses sound, lighting, and motion to mimic the feel of a gentle car ride from the backseat.

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Bosch and Daimler team to make fully autonomous vehicles for city driving

Bosch and Daimler team to make fully autonomous vehicles for city driving

Bosch and Daimler have announced they will work together to create 'fully automated, driverless vehicles' designed specifically for use on city roads. The alliance aims to get such vehicles on public streets at the beginning of the next decade -- that is, in the next handful of years. Among other things, these vehicles are designed to make the roads safer while decreasing congestion.

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Tesla just passed a huge production milestone

Tesla just passed a huge production milestone

Tesla has announced a new quarterly record, having delivered more than 25,000 vehicles during the first quarter of this year. This represents a huge 69-percent year-on-year increase over the deliveries it made in the first quarter of 2016. Of the 25,418 vehicles Tesla delivered this past quarter, about 13,450 of them were Model S cars and about 11,550 were Model X. A few thousand cars, though, weren't included in the quarterly total.

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Ford F-250 trucks recalled over roll away concerns

Ford F-250 trucks recalled over roll away concerns

We're only a few months into 2017 and there's already a significant number of cars on the road affected by an open recall. Unfortunately there's no signs of slowdown for this issue, as Ford this weekend announced its third recall in less than a week — this time for the latest F-250 pickup model. Even more alarming is the issue the trucks are being recalled for: there's the possibility they could roll away while parked.

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Ford recalls nearly half a million cars over door latches and fire risk

Ford recalls nearly half a million cars over door latches and fire risk

Ford has announced a pair of recalls that collectively span 440,000 vehicles in North America. Of the two recalls, one affects 211,000 cars and concerns possibly faulty side door latches; the other recall covers about 230,000 vehicles that are at risk of fires under the hood. Though the automaker has had more than two dozen reports of such fires, there aren't any known injuries resulting from these incidents.

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Self-driving Uber crashes in Arizona, ending up on its side

Self-driving Uber crashes in Arizona, ending up on its side

Uber's on-going troubles are far from over: one of the ride-hailing company's autonomous test vehicles was involved in a serious accident on Friday evening in Tempe, Arizona. The first photos from the incident show Uber's Volvo SUV resting on its side, along with damage to two other human-operated vehicles that were involved in the accent. Fortunately it has been confirmed that there were no injuries to anyone present.

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Tesla ending production of Model S 60 kWh

Tesla ending production of Model S 60 kWh

If you're desperate to own a Tesla, on a budget, and can't wait for the Model 3's scheduled release later this year, you better act fast. The iconic electric car-maker has revealed that it's discontinuing the Model S that comes with a 60 kilowatt-hour battery, in other words its cheapest vehicle currently available. The Model S 60kWh has a starting price of $68,000, but once this goes away the lowest-priced option will be the 75kWh version for $74,500 before any tax incentives.

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Bosch teams with NVIDIA to make AI self-driving car computers

Bosch teams with NVIDIA to make AI self-driving car computers

This week the folks at Bosch have revealed their plan to work with NVIDIA to create artificial intelligence self-driving systems for mass market cars. They made this announcement during Bosch Connected World in Berlin, where Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner showed the system to the public. "Automated driving makes roads safer, and artificial intelligence is the key to making that happen," said Denner. "We are making cars smart."

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California considers approving tests for self-driving cars without humans

California considers approving tests for self-driving cars without humans

California is easily the central hub for the developing autonomous car market in the US, and the state's DMV has just announced some proposed rules that will keep tech and car giants happy. The suggested regulations would allow companies to test self-driving cars without the requirement that a human be present to take over. This is a reversal of rules put forth last year that required autonomous vehicles, such as Google's, have a steering wheel in place and a human passenger at all times.

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Tesla Model 3 prototype seen driving on California streets

Tesla Model 3 prototype seen driving on California streets

Tesla recently revealed that its upcoming Model 3 sedan will finally enter limited production later this summer, with full production to begin this fall. That means it will likely be quite some time before you start seeing Tesla's most affordable vehicle on your local streets, let along get to drive one yourself. But if you live in a certain part of California, you might just spot a prototype roaming around on a sunny afternoon.

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