Cars

The Volvo XC60 will steer you around potential crashes

The Volvo XC60 will steer you around potential crashes

Volvo is dropping teasers aplenty for the upcoming Volvo XC60, and as you might expect from the Swedish automaker, safety ranks high on the agenda. Like its bigger range-mates, the XC90, S90 and upcoming V90 Cross Country, the XC60 will pack a suite of active safety technology that will be able to physically steer drivers out of danger if the situation demands it. While it may sound like a tiny stepping stone toward the fully autonomous vehicles Volvo - and, of course, others - are working on, the company says it can actually make a big difference on the road.

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Peugeot Instinct Concept self-driving car uses IoT to learn your likes

Peugeot Instinct Concept self-driving car uses IoT to learn your likes

You're nobody in the automotive world if you don't have a fancy autonomous car concept that promises to work with the meat inside rather than just replace them, and now Peugeot's time has come. The French automaker has used Mobile World Congress 2017 this week to unveil the Peugeot Instinct Concept, hooking up with Samsung for some Internet of Things magic. Unlike most self-driving cars, which prioritize getting you from A to B as quickly as possible, the Peugeot believes there'll be times you want to take the scenic route.

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Surprise: Porsche’s fastest Panamera is a hybrid

Surprise: Porsche’s fastest Panamera is a hybrid

Porsche's four-door Panamera has a new flagship model, and despite what you might expect it's actually a hybrid. Still, the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is no pious Prius. Instead, it's a 680 horsepower, 192 mph monster with a nod to being green.

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Uber denies Waymo self-driving tech theft

Uber denies Waymo self-driving tech theft

Uber has denied stealing autonomous car technology from Alphabet's Waymo, after the Google spin-off accused the ride-sharing firm of copying its sensor technology. The allegations were made earlier this week, with Waymo saying that it was alerted to the issue inadvertently when a supplier sent over schematics of one of Uber's LIDAR designs. That design - for the sensor rig which scans the world around a self-driving car, mapping it in real-time - was strikingly similar to technology Waymo says it had developed itself.

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Ford GT Competition Series puts supercar on a diet

Ford GT Competition Series puts supercar on a diet

Take the super-exclusive Ford GT, trim what little fat you might be able to find, and you end up with this: the Ford GT Competition Series. Few would describe Ford's supercar as anything close to being obese, but the automaker is giving the coupe every edge it can when it comes to track performance. That includes ditching the creature comforts, but it's only the start.

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This self-driving truck startup wants drivers to keep their jobs

This self-driving truck startup wants drivers to keep their jobs

A new self-driving truck startup, Embark, has revealed its first autonomous vehicle, and is set to begin testing in Nevada. The company has eschewed the typical self-driving fare of passenger vehicles, despite many rivals focusing their development attention there, and instead predicts that long-distance haulage will be the place AI drivers make the biggest splash. Most importantly, perhaps, it's not threatening to make all truck drivers redundant as a result.

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Tesla plays Model 3 tax hardball with dealer-swayed states

Tesla plays Model 3 tax hardball with dealer-swayed states

Tesla has pulled out the big guns in its campaign to bypass traditional dealerships, warning US states they stand to miss out on potentially huge tax income. The automaker has long drawn the ire of old-school dealers, who complain that its strategy of owning its own showrooms - which Tesla refers to as "stores" - and selling direct to drivers unfairly cuts them out of the loop. Now, with the Model 3 approaching, Tesla has a big incentive to get lawmakers to play ball.

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2018 Ford Fiesta ST breaks cover, and we want one

2018 Ford Fiesta ST breaks cover, and we want one

Ford has taken the wraps off its new 2018 Fiesta ST, a punchy little hot-hatch that bucks the trend in terms of engines. Revealed initially in European-market form, the new Fiesta ST eschews the typical four-cylinder engine you'd expect to find under its hood, and instead goes the three-cylinder EcoBoost route. In fact, it's a mere 1.5-liter example, though Ford is still making sizable promises about the car's performance.

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2017 Jeep Compass First Drive: All-new compact SUV has off-road cred

2017 Jeep Compass First Drive: All-new compact SUV has off-road cred

In a world that's gone SUV-crazy, Jeep is one of the brands best poised to reap the rewards. The 2017 Jeep Compass, an all-new design that replaces not just one, but two strong-selling but outdated models - the previous-generation Compass and the soon-to-be-defunct Patriot - is the latest in a line of revamped people movers that have completely transformed the more affordable spectrum of the company's line-up.

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Alphabet’s Waymo sues Uber, Otto for stealing trade secrets, IP

Alphabet’s Waymo sues Uber, Otto for stealing trade secrets, IP

The tech world might be huge but, if you are able to climb the corporate ladder, there’s always a chance you’ll get around. That, however, always opens occasions for confidential information to also get around. Just recently game publisher Bethesda Softworks won a lawsuit against Facebook and Oculus Rift for patent infringement in the vein. Similarly, Waymo, formerly Google’s self-driving car project, is suing Uber and its newly acquired subsidiary Otto, for patent infringement willfully done by a former Waymo employee.

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4 Gadgets to make your older car smarter (2017)

4 Gadgets to make your older car smarter (2017)

Your car doesn't have to be very old to feel obsolete. Ample technology is packed into the latest and greatest models, and it can include everything from WiFi connectivity to monitoring your car's metrics and status using your phone. If you want that functionality yourself but aren't in the market for a new car, you're in luck: several products are available that'll make your car 'smarter' using little to no effort.

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2018 Audi S5 Sportback and 2018 S4 priced up for US

2018 Audi S5 Sportback and 2018 S4 priced up for US

Audi had been holding out on North America when it came to the 2018 S5 Sportback, but now we know exactly how much it - and the 2018 Audi S4 - will cost when it arrives on these shores. It's also an opportunity to confirm just what sort of performance we can expect from the 3.0-liter V6 that both cars share. That musters an impressive 354 horsepower courtesy of its turbocharger - replacing the supercharging on its predecessor.

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