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Tesla gives all existing owners free Supercharger use, as well as new referrals

Tesla gives all existing owners free Supercharger use, as well as new referrals

Back in January electric car maker Tesla announced that it was bringing an end to the free unlimited Supercharger use perk for new buyers. Anyone who purchased a Tesla after January 15th would get 400 kWh of Supercharger credit per year, but after that they would need to pay to charge up their car while away from home. Fortunately those who did buy a Tesla after that cutoff date are in for a nice surprise: the company is retroactively giving all existing owners free Supercharger use.

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2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI First Drive: One-two turbocharged punch for street and track

2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI First Drive: One-two turbocharged punch for street and track

You don't have much time to acknowledge the bear sitting upright on the side of the highway when you're behind the wheel of the 2018 Subaru WRX. There's something about being hammer-down on the zigzag roads that wrap around the river leading into the town of Kaslo, British Columbia - almost like someone had stretched out an enormous tangled slinky and then abandoned it in frustration - that does wonders to focus the mind on the task at hand. At these speeds, you do you, and the bear does whatever it is 600 lbs of black-furred muscle does when it encounters 3,300 lbs of screaming bright blue metal that vanishes around the next bend in a burst of gravel and off-throttle turbo-whump.

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Uber engineer told to comply with Waymo lawsuit or risk being fired

Uber engineer told to comply with Waymo lawsuit or risk being fired

As the ongoing trade secrets lawsuit between Google's Waymo and Uber continues to heat up, the ride-sharing company has threatened to fire one of its top engineers if he doesn't cooperate with court orders. Anthony Levandowski is currently an employee on Uber's self-driving car efforts, but before that he was a technology lead at Waymo, similarly developing autonomous vehicle tech. Now he's at the center of the lawsuit and is being accused of stealing confidential information and taking it with him to Uber.

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Volkswagen’s 2017 enthusiast fleet is ready for summer

Volkswagen’s 2017 enthusiast fleet is ready for summer

Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes the heat, beaches, and road trips. It is a time when car lovers all around the country gear up for the ultimate getaway. Volkswagen fans are not that different, even if their tastes do diverge from fan to fan. Taking those varying tastes and interests in mind, Volkswagen's 2017 enthusiast show fleet channels the spirit of fun and diversity at the SOWO: The European Experience.

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5 Things we learned on our Chevrolet Bolt winter road trip

5 Things we learned on our Chevrolet Bolt winter road trip

It's easy to love electric cars when the sun is shining and the mercury is comfortably pegged at a balmy 75 degrees, but dial back the seasons to the starker setting offered by winter's chill and things get a little more complicated. I'd been excited by the prospect of the Chevrolet Bolt since it was first announced - finally, an affordable EV with real-world range - but I was somewhat nervous as to how it would handle the ice palace climate of my native Montreal, where you can use your back porch as a deep freeze during January, February, and most of March.

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Ford is updating 2016 SYNC 3 cars with CarPlay and Android Auto

Ford is updating 2016 SYNC 3 cars with CarPlay and Android Auto

Ford is rolling out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its earlier SYNC 3 cars, with a hotly-anticipated update for its model year 2016 vehicles. SYNC 3 version 2.2 will be available both via a dealer-installed update and via a DIY method, with owners able to load the new software onto a USB stick themselves. However, for the first time, Ford will also offer an over-the-air update as a third option, part of its shift to bring some smartphone-style thinking to its infotainment platforms.

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Renault Kangaroo Z.E. charges wirelessly while running at 100 kph

Renault Kangaroo Z.E. charges wirelessly while running at 100 kph

Some car makers are already announcing the death of diesel engines and their replacement by electric ones. As ideal as that might be from an economy and environment perspective, it's still an untenable future, mostly because of problems with the ubiquity and spread of charging stations. If all goes well with this new development, however, that may no longer be a problem at all. Renault, Qualcomm, and Vedecom have successfully demonstrated a Kangaroo Z.E. that was able to charge wirelessly up to 20 kw, even while traveling at speeds of or more than 100 kilometers per hour.

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Pioneer 2017 NEX in-dash receivers turn any car into a smartphone

Pioneer 2017 NEX in-dash receivers turn any car into a smartphone

Not everyone needs a hi-tech, and expensive, "smart" car, but almost no one will deny the entertainment and navigation benefits that come with our smartphones. For some car owners, especially those with older models, an upgrade just isn't possible. Thankfully, Pioneer has a new batch of NEX in-dash DIN multimedia receivers that can give any car, even older ones, a taste of the future.

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2018 Acura TLX V6 A-Spec First Drive: Millennial-minded

2018 Acura TLX V6 A-Spec First Drive: Millennial-minded

Acura is three decades old, and with the 2018 TLX it's looking for like-minded Millennials. Latest in the automaker's line-up to bear the redesigned corporate grille, the new TLX also debuts an A-Spec version that builds on that nose-job with a sharper, more aggressive body kit. Acura's target is clear: it wants to be the sports sedan of choice for youthful drivers wanting bang-for-their-buck that the Germans just don't deliver.

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Coup’s Gogoro e-scooter rental rides into Paris this summer

Coup’s Gogoro e-scooter rental rides into Paris this summer

Electric scooter startup Gogoro is spreading to France, with Paris the next city to get its Coup network of battery-swappable, on-demand EVs. 600 of the Gogoro Smartscooters will be set loose on Parisian streets, the company says. While Paris is no stranger to two-wheeled transportation - indeed, Gogoro points out, it's one of the top scooter cities in the world - it hasn't seen anything quite like Coup.

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This is what Embedded Android is like in Audi’s Google I/O concept car

This is what Embedded Android is like in Audi’s Google I/O concept car

Android may have spread to the dashboard, but Google won't be happy until its OS fully colonizes the auto industry. At Google I/O 2017, it's showing off the next phase of that plan, cars from Audi and Volvo running the new Embedded Android for Automotive. In the case of this gleaming metallic orange Audi Q8 sport concept, that means the German automaker's regular MMI infotainment system has been cast out and replaced with a new, Android-based alternative. We clambered inside the hybrid SUV concept to check it out.

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Intel, BMW, Mobileye add Delphi to autonomous car tech super-group

Intel, BMW, Mobileye add Delphi to autonomous car tech super-group

Three titans in the technology and automotive industries have announced that they'll be joining forces. Intel, the BMW Group, and the folks at Mobileye have announced that they will onboard Delphi as a development partner for their autonomous driving platform. This comes after a July 2016 announcement that Intel, BMW, and Mobileye would be joining forces for autonomous vehicles - with Delphi, the dream of self-driving cars takes another step closer to reality.

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