Automotive

Apple car project sees layoffs amid report of ‘reboot’

Apple car project sees layoffs amid report of ‘reboot’

Apple's mysterious work in the automotive sector, the oft-reported "Project Titan," seems to be going through a number significant changes recently. There are said to have been "dozens" of employee layoffs following a "reboot" in strategy and closure of part of the project, according to the latest report on matter from the New York Times. These changes are believed to be tied to the recent change in leadership, which saw longtime Apple executive Bob Mansfield take over the project in July.

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LEGO Bucket Wheel Excavator Review : Biggest. Technic Set. Ever.

LEGO Bucket Wheel Excavator Review : Biggest. Technic Set. Ever.

We've got the biggest LEGO Technic set in the world here this week and we're about to get in deep with how much we dig it. This is the LEGO Bucket Wheel Excavator, a "Technic" brand set that utilizes mainly Technic pieces, but a small set of standard LEGO bricks as well. This set is more than just a Technic set - it's not just a model. It's not the sort of thing an adult builds and lets sit on a shelf, as some LEGO Technic sets are prone to do. Instead, this set, be it on purpose or by complete coincidence, works with LEGO Minifigures.

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GM recalls almost 4.3m vehicles over seat belt and airbag issues

GM recalls almost 4.3m vehicles over seat belt and airbag issues

GM is initiating a big recall of almost 4.3 million vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, due to potential issues with both seat belts and airbags. Both safety features are prone to failure because of a potential issue with a sensing diagnostic module, with that module possibly activating a test that could keep the airbag and seat belts from working properly. Affected vehicles range from the 2014 to 2017 model years.

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NVIDIA and Baidu team up for autonomous car AI platform

NVIDIA and Baidu team up for autonomous car AI platform

Nvidia has announced a new partnership with Baidu, China's largest search engine, to work together on developing an artificial intelligence (AI) platform for self-driving cars. The announcement was made at the Baidu World Conference last week, with Baidu planning to use the jointly-developed technology in its own fleet of autonomous taxis. But the companies also plan to make the platform available to other car manufacturers to who want to add self-driving tech to their vehicles.

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Mercedes parent Daimler has plans for at least 6 electric cars

Mercedes parent Daimler has plans for at least 6 electric cars

We've known for some time that German carmaker Daimler, Mercedes-Benz's parent company, has plans to unveil an all-electric vehicle before the end of the year. It turns out, however, that their plans are much more ambitious, as six electric models are said to be in the works, according to a new report from Reuters. Back in June, the company promised that a long-range Mercedes EV would be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October.

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TomTom Curfer tracks vehicle data and driver performance

TomTom Curfer tracks vehicle data and driver performance

TomTom has introduced a vehicle tracker called Curfer, and it could come in handy for anyone who is interested in knowing how their vehicle is being driven — parents of newly licensed teenagers, for example, or someone who is curious about the patterns formed by their own trips. Vehicle trackers like this aren’t a new thing, but Curfer comes with a hook, 'gamifying the experience with rewards and social sharing,' according to TomTom.

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Volkswagen’s 2019 EV to get 300 miles with 15-minute charge

Volkswagen’s 2019 EV to get 300 miles with 15-minute charge

As Volkswagen works towards repairing its reputation following the "dieselgate" emissions scandal, the German car manufacturer seems to be going all-in on fully electric cars. Along with a goal stated earlier this year of offering 30 electric models by 2025, VW chairman Herbert Diess says that their first EV will make its debut at this year's Paris motor show, with a target of 300 miles of travel range from just a 15-minute charge.

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Mazda recalls 190k CX-7 SUVs over possible steering issue

Mazda recalls 190k CX-7 SUVs over possible steering issue

Mazda is recalling 190,102 CX-7 SUVs due to possible loss of steering resulting from a ball joint issue. The affected vehicles fall between the 2007 and 2012 model years; Mazda plans to fix the recalled vehicles in a staggered manner starting with the 2007 and 2008 model year cars, as well as 2009 to 2011 model year cars located in certain states (those with salty winter roads, namely).

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Amazon Vehicles is a new destination for car shoppers

Amazon Vehicles is a new destination for car shoppers

Amazon has announced a new destination targeted at car enthusiasts called “Amazon Vehicles.” The platform allows Amazon users to explore vehicles using a bunch of different filtering options, such as body type, make and model, mileage ratings, transmission type, and more. It’s the ultimate window shopping for cars, allowing one to find a vehicle, customize it, and see how much it costs.

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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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