Cars

Uber refuses to get DMV permit for self-driving car tests in SF

Uber refuses to get DMV permit for self-driving car tests in SF

Less than a week after Uber launched a trial program in San Francisco using self-driving cars, the ride-hailing service found itself in hot water with local regulators. Unlike the dozens of other tech and car companies testing autonomous vehicles in California, Uber decided to do so without applying for a permit from the state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The DMV has warned it will take legal action if Uber doesn't halt its testing until a permit is granted.

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Tesla Supercharger network adds idle fee to boost availability

Tesla Supercharger network adds idle fee to boost availability

Recharging an electric car while out and about is, unfortunately, still a hassle at times. It’s not just a matter of finding an electric car charging station, but also finding a free spot within that station. For this reason, Tesla has announced a new idle fee that will bill car owners who continue to take up a Supercharger spot after their car has finished charging.

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Faraday Future prototype beats Model X P100D to 60MPH in video

Faraday Future prototype beats Model X P100D to 60MPH in video

Ambitious electric car company Faraday Future has released a video showing a prototype it has created beating a few cars in a short race from 0 to 60MPH. The prototype, of which no details are provided, races the Tesla Model X P100D, the Ferrari 488 GTB, and the Bentley Bentayga. As you’d expect, considering it’s Faraday Future’s own video, its unnamed, shrouded prototype beats all three.

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The 4 key things to know about Lucid Motors’ Air

The 4 key things to know about Lucid Motors’ Air

Launching an electric car company seems like the go-to folly of today's billionaires, but Lucid Motors wants to be more than just a vanity project of its well-heeled backers. The California-based automaker took the wraps off its first model, the Air, this week, promising Tesla-beating range, autonomous driving, and more gadgetry and luxury than a Mercedes or an Audi. Big words, certainly, and even with some industry heavyweights on the staff, it's no small challenge. Here's what you need to know.

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BMW HoloActive Touch controls will turn heads at CES 2017

BMW HoloActive Touch controls will turn heads at CES 2017

The race towards self-driving, autonomous cars seems to have gone quiet lately. And although they surfaced in news this week, they weren’t exactly seen in a very positive light. At CES 2017 next month, however, car makers have the chance to rekindle interest in this future technology, and BMW is definitely not going to pass up that chance. Combining everything it had learned from its HUD and gesture control features, the BMW HoloActive Touch will make drivers feel like wizards making magic in the air to control their cars.

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This is Lucid Air: a 1,000 HP electric Tesla-killer with 400 mile range

This is Lucid Air: a 1,000 HP electric Tesla-killer with 400 mile range

"The new era of luxury mobility starts here," says Lucid Motors, and this eye-catching Tesla rival is the part of that promise. Revealed today at Lucid's prototype shop in Fremont, CA, the handiwork of the automaker formerly known as Atieva is the Lucid Air. As well as being a luxury sedan, Lucid claims the Air will also be be the perfect commuter vehicle, while offering the power of a sports car at 1,000 HP.

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Uber’s San Francisco driverless tests prompt DMV ultimatum

Uber’s San Francisco driverless tests prompt DMV ultimatum

Uber's decision to roll out self-driving cars in San Francisco this week has gone down like an autonomous lead balloon with regulators, angry the firm didn't apply for permits like others running trials. The ride-sharing company confirmed today that, not only will it set loose a fleet of Volvo XC90 SUVs outfitted with the latest fruits of its autonomous research, but that it didn't feel it needed special permission to do so. That comes down to a loophole in the rules which Uber feels it can exploit.

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2017 Kia Sorento in 7 passenger SUV showdown with Toyota, Honda, and Mazda

2017 Kia Sorento in 7 passenger SUV showdown with Toyota, Honda, and Mazda

The 2017 Kia Sorento is a strong 7 passenger crossover contender for anyone looking to step up into a 3 row SUV. Hovering between mid-size and full-size, the recently-redesigned Kia Sorento manages to deliver much of the same comfort, equipment, and practicality that more established brands like Toyota and Honda have to offer, while at the same time undercutting the competition on price.

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Uber’s self-driving cars roll into San Francisco

Uber’s self-driving cars roll into San Francisco

After launching in Pittsburgh earlier this year, Uber's self-driving cars have made their way to San Francisco. As is the case with the Pittsburgh roll out, Uber's self-driving fleet in San Francisco won't be fully autonomous. In other words, if you were looking forward to a ride in an otherwise empty car, you're not going to find it on an Uber trip.

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Mercedes is making Google Home your car’s PA

Mercedes is making Google Home your car’s PA

Your connected car will soon chatter with your smart home, with Mercedes-Benz announcing it plans to be the first automaker to integrate its vehicles with Google Home. The functionality was revealed at the Mercedes innovation center in California's Silicon Valley, and will see your car personified in the form of a companion virtual assistant alongside Google's own. Although the full demo is being saved for the automaker's CES 2017 showcase, it gave SlashGear a preview of the technology.

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Waymo announced as the next step for Google’s self-driving technology

Waymo announced as the next step for Google’s self-driving technology

After years of development, Google is ready to take the next step with its self-driving technology with the introduction of Waymo, a new Alphabet company. Waymo was announced today by new CEO John Krafcik, who previously served as the CEO of Google's self-driving cars division. According to a blog post by Krafcik, Waymo signals that Alphabet sees a new road ahead for this technology, after being in development under the Google umbrella for the past seven years.

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A Brief History of Dodge’s Scat Pack – From late-60’s marketing masterstroke to modern muscle machine

A Brief History of Dodge’s Scat Pack – From late-60’s marketing masterstroke to modern muscle machine

The 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is my pick for the best of the breed when it comes to the retro-themed muscle car. The Scat Pack checks all the right boxes: 485 horsepower from a 6.4-liter Hemi V8, the quicker steering, stiffer suspension, and bigger brakes found in the standard Super Track Pak package, a louder exhaust system, and the availability of the 'Shaker' intake option, which sticks up through a hole in the middle of the car's hood and rumbles every time you rev the engine.

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