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A day at Porsche Experience Center LA: Disney World for gearheads

A day at Porsche Experience Center LA: Disney World for gearheads

If California was a country, it would make up the fifth largest market in the world for Porsche. What better place, then, for the US' second Porsche Experience Center (PEC). The first opened roughly a year ago in Atlanta, and also serves as the home base for Porsche North America. The new $60 million, 53-acre facility in Carson, California is also Porsche Motorsport North America’s new headquarters, not to mention being officially open for everyone to enjoy. Porsche invited SlashGear out to Carson for a first-hand experience; after all, the PEC is all about getting hands-on.

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Why the Dakota Access Pipeline fight isn’t over (and Standing Rock knows it)

Why the Dakota Access Pipeline fight isn’t over (and Standing Rock knows it)

This week the US Army CoE said they'd stopped the DAPL oil pipeline the same day authorities' Protester Evacuation Deadline was up - quite a coincidence. It should therefore come as no surprise that the thousands of water protectors (or protestors, if you prefer) have not left their camp after a brief celebration in halting construction. If this pipeline does, indeed, remain stopped and incomplete, it'll strike a major blow for both native rights and a future for electric vehicles taking the place of fossil fuel-hungry automobiles.

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Audi just turned on its stress-busting connected traffic light system

Audi just turned on its stress-busting connected traffic light system

Audi has switched on its connected traffic lights system, with drivers of certain model year 2017 cars getting sneak-previews of upcoming red lights in Las Vegas. Dubbed Traffic Light Information, the new system is part of Audi's growing connect PRIME portfolio of connected car services, and relies on tapping into smart city infrastructure expected to spread across the US. The upshot for drivers is greater forewarning about what the lights ahead of them are going to do.

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The Apple Car is more than just four wheels, and iPhone is the key

The Apple Car is more than just four wheels, and iPhone is the key

Apple isn't going to make car innovation faster when it's already slowed mobile device market disruption to a crawl. The newest round of rumors on Apple's dealings with the auto industry got me thinking. Apple hasn't become one of the world's most successful companies over the past 10 years by entering saturated markets. Barring any sort of device we've seen before, I'm crossing my fingers that Apple has the next big market disruptor in the pipeline and coming soon.

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Meet MOIA, VW’s grand plan to make Millennial customers

Meet MOIA, VW’s grand plan to make Millennial customers

Millennials don't want to buy cars, at least that's what the research says, and so Volkswagen's new mobility services company is aiming to keep the automaker relevant. Dubbed MOIA, the startup will be a standalone company based in Berlin, Germany, focused on figuring out how VW's products can coexist in a world where ride-sharing, app-controlled transportation, and decreasing car ownership threaten traditional car firms. First up, Uber-style taxi alternatives.

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Forget ride-sharing, Uber AI Labs wants machine-smarts everywhere

Forget ride-sharing, Uber AI Labs wants machine-smarts everywhere

Uber has just revealed its latest push into artificial intelligence, opening Uber AI Labs and giving it an instant team by acquiring a specialist startup in the field. The company, best known for its ride-sharing platform, has been pushing into AI as part of its self-driving car research for some time. Now, it's setting those efforts up in a standalone division.

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Comparing each 2017 Chevrolet Camaro model with its Chevrolet Performance modified counterpart

Comparing each 2017 Chevrolet Camaro model with its Chevrolet Performance modified counterpart

In October, I had the chance to put some laps on the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, an amazing track facility located about an hour outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. I flew in a few days before that particular event, however, so that I could also sample the full range of Chevrolet Performance parts now available for the current-generation coupe and convertible.

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Apple letter to NHTSA confirms self-driving car ambitions

Apple letter to NHTSA confirms self-driving car ambitions

Just when it seemed like Apple's much-rumored self-driving car project was on the verge of collapse, more evidence surfaces that Cupertino still has plans in place. A recent letter from Apple to the US's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been dug up, where the former writes that it is "investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation."

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Ixoost EsaVox speaker is $21K and uses real Lamborghini parts

Ixoost EsaVox speaker is $21K and uses real Lamborghini parts

These days, it's becoming more and more common to see luxury car brand names appear on products that aren't cars. This includes Ferrari on a phone, BMW on a bike, and even the Porsche Design team, which slaps the German maker's name on anything it can get its hands on. But this Lamborghini speaker from Italy's Ixoost takes things to a whole new level.

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This zero-emission Nikola truck wants to make diesel history

This zero-emission Nikola truck wants to make diesel history

The future of American trucking is hydrogen-electric, ambitious startup Nikola Motors claims, and we've now seen the 1,200 mile range semi it thinks will start the revolution. Unveiled this week, the Nikola One may look at first glance like a traditional diesel truck, but under the skin it's a very different story. A smarter powertrain, connected cabin, and longer running on a single tank of fuel - paired with doubly-ambitious hydrogen fuel network plans - could make this the revolution hauling has been waiting for.

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2016 Fiat 500 Abarth Review: Flawed but feisty boredom-buster

2016 Fiat 500 Abarth Review: Flawed but feisty boredom-buster

The 2016 Fiat 500 Abarth had an advantage as soon as it gurgled onto my driveway. I'm a sucker for a small Fiat, though as with so many of my flaws I blame my parents for my weakness. Growing up, my mom had a series of tiny city cars from the Italian automaker: a bright red original 500, a rattling 126 with a fiddly manual choke, a boxy Uno and a couple of comparatively sleek Puntos, among others. None would win any awards for refinement, but all had its own particular charm.

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19th BMW Art Car by John Baldessari features a self-portrait (of the car)

19th BMW Art Car by John Baldessari features a self-portrait (of the car)

BMW has been making what it calls Art Cars for a long time now and the art car this time around is an actual race car that will be fielded at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The artist who designed the livery for the car is John Baldessari. The car itself is a BMW M6 GTLM and the livery is interesting.

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