Automotive

Pirelli smart tires give drivers details via internal sensor and app

Pirelli smart tires give drivers details via internal sensor and app

Pirelli has taken the wraps off its new smart tire platform, introducing a way for drivers to get some vital details about their vehicle directly on their mobile device. Called Connesso, the platform works with the maker’s Winter Sottozero and P Zero tires via a sensor in the tire’s internal wall. This sensor gathers data which is then shuttled to the related mobile app.

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Tesla launches fan-made ads contest after fifth-grader’s suggestion

Tesla launches fan-made ads contest after fifth-grader’s suggestion

Tesla's rise in popularity is an especially impressive one considering how the company doesn't rely on traditional advertising methods such as TV commercials. Instead, they manage to get by almost solely on things like PR announcements and word-of-mouth from dedicated fans. It's that dedication, however, that's led to an interesting contest from the company, where it is now accepting fan-made ads for "Project Loveday."

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Mercedes-Benz recall covers a million cars following fires

Mercedes-Benz recall covers a million cars following fires

A possibly faulty fuse has led to the upcoming recall of a million Mercedes-Benz vehicles, Daimler has announced. The issue has resulted in 51 known fires, 30 of which happened in the United States. Fortunately, no one was injured or killed in these fires. The recall will start this upcoming July when the automaker anticipates having replacement parts available.

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Ford ‘Autolivery’ concept: an autonomous van with a delivery drone

Ford ‘Autolivery’ concept: an autonomous van with a delivery drone

Ford envisions a future in which autonomous electric vans will work alongside drones to deliver items to people located in urban areas. Calling it the ‘autolivery’ concept, the idea here is that self-driving cars could be used to deliver packages, but it would require a little something extra — something to get the package to where it needs to go, places a van isn’t likely able to access, and without the use of a human.

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Takata pleads guilty in airbag debacle, will pay $1 billion fine

Takata pleads guilty in airbag debacle, will pay $1 billion fine

As the latest update in the company’s long-running airbag scandal, Takata Corp has pleaded guilty to hiding the problems affecting its airbag inflators. As a result, it is confirmed that Takata will pay $1 billion as a fine, of which $850 million will go to automakers affected by the recalls, another $125 million will go toward victims affected by the defect, as well as their families, while the remaining $25 million will cover the criminal charge itself.

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EVgo launches 150kW high-power fast charging station in California

EVgo launches 150kW high-power fast charging station in California

EVgo, the operator behind more than 900 electric vehicle fast charging stations throughout the U.S., has announced the launch of a high-power EV fast charger in Fremont, California. This has been done in conjunction with ABB, but it isn't available to the general public. Instead, EVgo says the charging station will be made available to automotive research vehicles to help with research and development.

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4 Gadgets to make your older car smarter (2017)

4 Gadgets to make your older car smarter (2017)

Your car doesn't have to be very old to feel obsolete. Ample technology is packed into the latest and greatest models, and it can include everything from WiFi connectivity to monitoring your car's metrics and status using your phone. If you want that functionality yourself but aren't in the market for a new car, you're in luck: several products are available that'll make your car 'smarter' using little to no effort.

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First self-driving Roborace test race ends in a crash

First self-driving Roborace test race ends in a crash

This weekend, at the Formula E racing series Buenos Aires ePrix event, the organizers behind Roborace held their first on-track test between two specially-designed electric self-driving cars. While not quite as exciting as a race between human drivers, the cars, known as DevBots, still managed to reach speeds as high as 115mph. But as is often the case during tests like this, an accident did occur when one of the cars crashed while navigating a turn.

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Give your Corvette a wagon look with Callaway’s new AeroWagen mod

Give your Corvette a wagon look with Callaway’s new AeroWagen mod

Corvette enthusiasts may remember back to 2013 when Callaway, the Chevy customization specialist, debuted its concept for what many have referred to as a wagon-style modification for the two-door coupe. Dubbed the AeroWagen package, the add-on technically gives the Corvette a shooting brake look, stretching the car's roof line towards the back. Whatever you may call it, the aftermarket part is finally available for almost all C7 Corvette models, including the Z06 and Grand Sport.

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Gita courier robot will “travel at human speeds with human agility”

Gita courier robot will “travel at human speeds with human agility”

The brand new company Piaggio Fast Forward have introduced their first product: Gita, an autonomous miniature vehicle for luggage. At least, that's what the folks at Piaggio Fast Forward suggest Gita is, a vehicle - but it might be easier to understand as a suitcase that's able to follow its user around an airport. This suitcase is also able to move autonomously in a mapped environment, avoiding obstacles as they appear.

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BMW and Nissan team to boost DC Fast charging stations across U.S.

BMW and Nissan team to boost DC Fast charging stations across U.S.

BMW and Nissan have teamed to expand access to EVgo DC Fast charging stations throughout the United States. Thanks to their effort, electric vehicle owners now have access to 174 new charging station locations across 33 different states, and there are more than fifty additional ones planned for launch throughout this year. Thanks to this expansion, EVgo’s charging network has a new total of 668 dual-port Fast charger stations.

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Tesla Autopilot update now rolling out with new semi-autonomous features

Tesla Autopilot update now rolling out with new semi-autonomous features

Tesla's latest Enhanced Autopilot update is finally rolling out today following months of delays. As CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter, the update is coming to all Tesla vehicles with second-generation Autopilot hardware installed, known as HW2 models, which includes any Model S and Model X cars manufactured since October. Installed as an over-the-air update, it introduces new and improved semi-autonomous features.

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