Cars

PAL-V now selling world’s first commercial flying cars

PAL-V now selling world’s first commercial flying cars

Move over self-driving cars. Another car of the future has arrived, or is at least promised to. PAL-V, a Dutch company who has been playing with flying cars for years, is proudly announcing the start of pre-orders for what it bills to be the world's first commercially available flying car. And while it may indeed be able to deliver on that promise in terms of technical capability, the fine print is going to prevent anyone except affluent true believers from experiencing that piece of the future today.

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This is the $2.43m Pagani Huayra Roadster

This is the $2.43m Pagani Huayra Roadster

Italian supercar manufacturer Pagani can always be relied upon to deliver some deeply dramatic carbon-fiber madness, but the new Pagani Huayra Roadster goes even further. Revealed today ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2017 in a few weeks time, the roofless version of the Huayra coupe is a multi-million dollar experiment in speed and materials expertise. Don't assume they just took an angle-grinder to the coupe.

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Smart yanks gas ForTwo in US and Canada to focus on electric car

Smart yanks gas ForTwo in US and Canada to focus on electric car

Smart plans to axe its gas-powered ForTwo city car in North America, and focus entirely on the plug-in electric version of the two-seater. The news was communicated to dealers this week, notifying them that, as part of the Mercedes-Benz sub-brand's focus on electrification moving forward, the model year 2017 ForTwo would be the last gasoline engined version offered in the US and Canada. That, Smart said, is a reflection of "challenges" in the super-compact's segment.

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Dubai sets autonomous flying cars loose this summer

Dubai sets autonomous flying cars loose this summer

The skies over Dubai will be abuzz with autonomous flying cars as soon as this year, with a human-sized octacopter the latest folly for well-heeled residents and visitors. Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the news this week, with a pod-like Chinese flying car selected as the first approved vehicle. Passengers won't have to do anything but pick a destination.

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Fix self-driving car rules or face needless deaths, GM warns government

Fix self-driving car rules or face needless deaths, GM warns government

GM and Toyota will pressure lawmakers to loosen rules on self-driving cars, arguing that restrictive current regulations are leading to thousands of preventable deaths. Representatives from the two automakers will appear in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday this week, and according to prepared remarks will criticize existing laws on autonomous vehicles and the testing of such vehicles. Among their complaints are restrictions that demand traditional controls must be available.

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Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet cranks G-Wagon to max-crazy

Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet cranks G-Wagon to max-crazy

When you're the first SUV to bear the Mercedes-Maybach badge, drivers can guess they're not going to get the usual off-road experience, and the G 650 Landaulet doesn't disappoint. Taking the now-iconic SUV and throwing in not only high-luxe features but a convertible roof and, unexpectedly, portal axels, the limited edition vehicle keeps its go-anywhere reputation. As you might expect from a Maybach, though, the most fun happens in the back.

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Sideways-on-ice Lucid Motors Air is best Lucid Motors Air

Sideways-on-ice Lucid Motors Air is best Lucid Motors Air

It's fair to say there are probably still more questions than answers about Lucid Motors' Air, but it's Friday so why not just watch it going sideways on ice instead. The work-in-progress electric car has headed off to northern Minnesota for winter testing, and while the automaker's primary concern is seeing how the EV powertrain and other systems hold up in -18 Fahrenheit temperatures, there's still some room for play. In the case of a 1,000 HP car, that means serious skidding.

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Ford steers $1bn into Argo AI self-driving car brain startup

Ford steers $1bn into Argo AI self-driving car brain startup

Ford will pump $1bn into a self-driving car artificial intelligence startup, Argo AI, with former Google and Uber experts at the helm. The investment will be doled out over the next five years, the automaker says, as Argo AI cooks up a smart and adaptable computer that can take over driving responsibilities from humans. The hope is that the resulting technology will be in charge of Ford's self-driving vehicle due to hit dealerships in 2021, as well as under the hood of other manufacturers' cars.

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Dodge’s latest cop car has anti-ambush sensors

Dodge’s latest cop car has anti-ambush sensors

Parking tech may be helping Dodge owners avoid hitting the curb, but repurposing the same gadgetry will give police officers eyes in the back of their head. The 2017 Dodge Charger Pursuit, the automaker's law enforcement car, is getting an upgrade that tweaks the various sensors into a motion alarm. That, Dodge says, will help address the rise of ambush situations, where police officers are surprised by people creeping up behind their vehicles.

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2017 Dodge Durango R/T Review: No SRT required for this V8-powered SUV

2017 Dodge Durango R/T Review: No SRT required for this V8-powered SUV

Sometimes, fate has a funny way of toying with the best-laid plans. Mere days after I finished a stint behind the wheel of the 2017 Dodge Durango R/T, currently the quickest three-row SUV in the FCA line-up, the automaker proclaimed that next year it will produce an SRT version of the same hauler - with 115 additional horsepower and a ton of extra torque, too.

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Nissan plans EV wireless charging with WiTricity deal

Nissan plans EV wireless charging with WiTricity deal

Nissan's next Leaf EV could recharge without owners having to plug-in, with the automaker announcing it's collaborating with wireless charging developer WiTricity. The deal will see Nissan embrace support for WiTricity DRIVE, a charging system which replaces the traditional electric car chore of having to plug your vehicle into the nearest outlet whenever you park. Instead, owners will simply have to park on top of a charging pad.

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2017 Nissan Titan and Titan XD get a flexible King Cab option

2017 Nissan Titan and Titan XD get a flexible King Cab option

Nissan has added a King Cab to its 2017 Titan and Titan XD trucks, offering space for six as well as a 6.5-foot bed. Building on the 2017 Titan and Titan XD Crew Cab and Single Cab models launched last year, the new truck increases cabin space considerably. However, that can be used for more than just people, with Nissan offering a brand new option to the full-size pickup segment.

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