Cars

Apple Car hits roadblock as software not vehicle prioritized

Apple Car hits roadblock as software not vehicle prioritized

It was the automakers' boogeyman: Apple - fat off iPhone sales and widely lauded for its user-friendliness - weighing its own, mysterious entry into the car market. Another stress atop the awkward transition from dumb to semi-autonomous cars, at a time when industry stalwarts were already facing pressure from Silicon Valley upstarts like Tesla. Now, though, it seems Detroit & Co. have squeezed out a reprieve.

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BWM MINI gets its first plug-in hybrid

BWM MINI gets its first plug-in hybrid

Car makers have an interesting quandary to solve. On the one hand, everyone, including governments, demand more environment-friendly output from their cars. On the other hand, buyers and loyal fans also demand at least the feelings and sounds of a traditional gas-powered engine. Striving to combine the best of worlds, the plug-in hybrid model was born. Soon, BMW premium MINI brand will be joining that balancing act, unveiling its first combined combustion engine and electric motor that is obsessed about “driving fun” as it is about efficiency.

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Germany tells Tesla not to use misleading “Autopilot” term

Germany tells Tesla not to use misleading “Autopilot” term

Tesla may already be having problems at home related to its autopilot features, especially after a string of incidents involving mishaps and at least one death, but now it might also be facing troubles abroad simply because of the jargon it uses. In Germany, transport minister Alexander Dobrindt sent the car maker a missive requesting Tesla to stop referring to its driver assistance systems as “Autopilot”. His point: that the word could be misinterpreted, leading drivers to sit back and relax and get into accidents or, worse, legal trouble.

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Germany warns Tesla drivers on use of Autopilot feature

Germany warns Tesla drivers on use of Autopilot feature

While dubbed "Autopilot," the well-known feature in Tesla's cars is far from a fully automated driving system and more of a driver assistance tool. But a fatal car accident earlier this year involving a Tesla driver with the feature activated has triggered criticism and investigations, and now enough concern has been raised that Germany is issuing warnings on the use of Autopilot.

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Torq EV buggy is designed specifically for ordnance disposal

Torq EV buggy is designed specifically for ordnance disposal

A company called Torq Defense Systems has unveiled a new electric all-terrain vehicle that is designed specifically for ordnance disposal personnel. The vehicle is called the EOD Light Tactical Electric Vehicle and can be used by both law enforcement and government agencies. The Torq LTEV is designed so that the driver can operate the vehicle while wearing a full ordinance disposal suit. The vehicle is designed to operate in high-density urban environments.

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5 ways the 2017 Honda CR-V beats the old best-selling SUV

5 ways the 2017 Honda CR-V beats the old best-selling SUV

Messing with a working formula can be dangerous, but Honda believes it has the recipe to beat its best-selling SUV with this, the all-new 2017 CR-V. Introducing a turbocharged engine for the first time to the crossover, borrowed from Honda's latest Civic, the 2017 CR-V also ticks the next-gen infotainment boxes with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as options. The Japanese automaker is also promising a nice bump in economy numbers, though we'll have to wait to find out exactly how much.

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback First Drive – Smart-driving SUV Alternative

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback First Drive – Smart-driving SUV Alternative

In nature, single celled organisms divide themselves in two as an integral part of their reproductive strategy. At the blackjack table, you double-down on a good hand. In the automotive industry, if you've got a successful platform in the stable it only makes sense to maximize your return in terms of appealing to as many different groups of buyers as possible. So it goes with the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback, the all-new five-door version of the Bowtie brand's recently-redesigned compact sedan.

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Audi R8 e-tron production ends with less than 100 made

Audi R8 e-tron production ends with less than 100 made

The Audi R8 e-tron is a unicorn of a car. It was officially available only in Europe and you couldn't configure one using the online configurator for all other R8 models. Anyone that wandered into an R8 dealership and asked to order was sent to someone at the Audi factory to complete the process. The result is a car that was made in very small quantities and a car that has been discontinued.

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2008 Tesla Roadster prototype being auctioned with $1M starting price

2008 Tesla Roadster prototype being auctioned with $1M starting price

Tesla may be on the verge of turning the electric car into a staple in the US, but almost ten years ago it was just an automotive startup with a flashy, all-electric 2-door coupe. When the Tesla Roadster debuted in 2008, it was fast and exciting, but who could've guessed that the Elon Musk-founded company would go on to upend the car industry and spur every major manufacturer into producing an EV. Well, if you have $1 million burning a hole in your pocket, now you have a chance to own a potentially historic Roadster model.

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Hyundai Gurnade Veloster Concept brings race ready style to SEMA

Hyundai Gurnade Veloster Concept brings race ready style to SEMA

Every year when SEMA rolls around Hyundai spends big money to bring a slew of modified and souped up cars ad SUVs to the show. One of the rides that will be showing up this year is called the Gurnade Veloster Concept. This concept isn't all about power like the Santa Fast SUV that will be at the show. The Gurnade Veloster Concept is more about being ready to hit the race track, not that it lacks power adders.

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2017 BMW 5 Series displays the evolution of the iconic sedan

2017 BMW 5 Series displays the evolution of the iconic sedan

Not all new things need to be a big jump and break from the past. Sometimes, a winning formula needs only a few tweaks here, some new tings there. That seems to be the spirit of the latest generation of BMW’s popular sedan, the 5 series. While calling it more an evolution than a revolution might sound like downplaying the automobile’s progress, it only reflects how mature the BMW 5 has become and how very little needs to be added to make it even better than before.

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2016 and 2017 Prius recall: 92,000 cars affected by parking brake issue

2016 and 2017 Prius recall: 92,000 cars affected by parking brake issue

Toyota has announced a voluntary recall of about 92,000 2016 and 2017 Prius hybrids, the reason being due to potential issues with the parking brake. According to a statement made by Toyota today, is is possible the parking brake on these affected vehicles could stop working, which could then result in a possible rollaway situation in which someone could get seriously hurt.

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