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Your Tesla Autopilot is one step closer to autonomous driving

Your Tesla Autopilot is one step closer to autonomous driving

Tesla began pushing an Autopilot update out to its cars yesterday, and with it, we're inching closer to a fully autonomous future. If we were going to apply a theme to this update, that theme would unquestionably "speed." That's because this update raises the cap for assisted driving speeds on highways, giving you the potential to go even faster while the car's Autopilot system has the reins.

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Hybrid First Drive: Reaching past the Prius rainbow

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Hybrid First Drive: Reaching past the Prius rainbow

Hyundai's Ioniq initiative is more than just a green flare rising up from the sea of increasingly electrified automotive options. The decision to introduce a family of not one, not two, but a trio of new environmentally-friendly automobiles - the Ioniq Hybrid, the Ioniq Electric, and later this year, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid - is the second wind for Hyundai's self-celebration as a major automotive player after last year's launch of the Genesis luxury sub-brand. In many ways, this eco after-party is even more significant than the Genesis project, given that the premium market promises eventual profits. No one, it must be noted, makes anything resembling real money on hybrids and EVs, which means that Hyundai is building these cars in large part to demonstrate to the rest of the world that it can afford to do so - and do so comfortably.

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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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Recoil 4: Why BJ Baldwin took this 850HP Trophy Truck to Cuba

Recoil 4: Why BJ Baldwin took this 850HP Trophy Truck to Cuba

Cuba probably isn't the first place you'd expect to find a million-dollar monster truck, but that only served as encouragement for professional racer BJ Baldwin. For "Recoil 4", the latest in the off-road driver's stunt videos, he took his 6,000 pound truck on a high-speed run around the country, thundering through tight city streets and achieving a record-setting 191 foot residential jump, among other stunts. With "Recoil 4" now released online, I caught up with Baldwin to find out why Cuba, what went wrong, and whether he broke anything other than records along the way.

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This crazy 2018 Mustang detail proves just how obsessed Ford is

This crazy 2018 Mustang detail proves just how obsessed Ford is

The Mustang may be more than fifty years old, but Ford is just as obsessed with its iconic muscle-car as ever, as one crazy detail of the 2018 Mustang demonstrates. Getting its biggest design refresh since the sixth generation car back in 2015, the new Mustang GT is leaner and meaner, borrowing styling cues previously possessed only by more extreme versions like the Shelby GT350. However, there's a more unusual inspiration for one new dashboard feature.

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2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country First Drive: A wagon America can love

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country First Drive: A wagon America can love

When is a wagon not a wagon? Why, when it's a Volvo Cross Country, of course. The nameplate has graced several cars since it first appeared - in abbreviated "XC" form - back in 1997, building up no small fanbase along the way. Fast forward to today, and you're looking at the 2017 V90 Cross Country, the car Volvo is hoping will coax well-heeled outdoors types out of their SUVs and crossovers, and into something altogether more Swedish. Not bad for a metallic brown wagon.

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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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Elon Musk shows Model 3 in action but there’s AWD bad news

Elon Musk shows Model 3 in action but there’s AWD bad news

Tesla's Model 3 is on track to begin production this year, but Elon Musk can't help but tease us with a video of the car in action. The brief clip shows what Musk says is the first release candidate version of the Model 3, which is set to be the electric automakers most affordable car, making what looks to be a speedy getaway. Meanwhile, as usual any glimpse of new Model 3 information has triggered a spate of questions from would-be owners.

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2017 Volvo V60 Polestar First Drive: Feeling Blue

2017 Volvo V60 Polestar First Drive: Feeling Blue

It's a Volvo renaissance right now but, though the XC90 and S90 may be flying off dealers' lots with their high-tech cabins and minimalistic style, true aficionados know it's Polestar where the Swedish spirit lies. Whether that spirit is akvavit or high-octane gasoline is questionable - the uncharitable might suggest they both taste the same - but the 2017 Volvo V60 Polestar and S60 Polestar are unmistakable. Peak crazy comes in the shape of a bright blue wagon.

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox First Drive: All turbo, all-new compact SUV improves across the board

2018 Chevrolet Equinox First Drive: All turbo, all-new compact SUV improves across the board

Legacy is a powerful thing, and at times it can threaten to smother the equally mighty maxim that moving ever forward is the only way to stay above water in the ultra-competitive automotive industry. Chevrolet, faced with the need to redesign its strong-selling compact SUV - the Equinox - refused to be dragged down by the temptation to simply keep riding a popular horse until it collapsed, foaming and spent, into its grave. Instead, the company realized that the future favors the bold, and elected to invest heavily in a completely new and dramatically different 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

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2018 Audi Sport RS 3 first drive: a 4-door, 174 mph speed-demon

2018 Audi Sport RS 3 first drive: a 4-door, 174 mph speed-demon

For nearly twenty years, Audi Sport was known as quattro GmBH, but with cars like the 2018 RS 3 the performance division is embracing its more public persona. There’s brand equity in “Audi”, and Stephan Winkelmann, Audi Sport’s CEO is under no illusion about how much potential that has for his line-up of unusual, rip-roaring cars. Winkelmann’s next job, he tells me, is to bring the brand to a whole new level.

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Man uses Raspberry Pi to turn car into Mario Kart 64 controller

Man uses Raspberry Pi to turn car into Mario Kart 64 controller

One Chevy Volt owner has gotten creative with his car, using a variety of tech and a bit of know-how to turn the vehicle into a big, expensive controller for Mario Kart 64. The entire creation involves a Raspberry Pi connected to a laptop running an emulator, as well as to the car’s OBD-II port. Everything runs perfectly, though controlling the game involves using the windshield wipers and flashing the headlights.

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