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Dubai is getting miniature self-driving police cars later this year

Dubai is getting miniature self-driving police cars later this year

Dubai is upgrading its police force with a bit of machine intelligence, announcing plans to deploy robotic, self-driving patrol cars later on this year. Assuming the police department follows through with the plans, this will mark the first time a city has utilized autonomous vehicles as part of its daily patrols, a reality that won't rest easy with everyone. The vehicles are described as being miniature in size.

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Cadillac Super Cruise First Drive: Trusting the machine

Cadillac Super Cruise First Drive: Trusting the machine

It was, conservatively, 90 seconds before I was satisfied Cadillac's Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system wasn't going to kill me. By that point, a combination of cameras, super-accurate maps, and a fancier-than-usual GPS system were keeping me dead-center at 65 mph on California's 280, headed north toward San Francisco. As the CT6 eased its way around the corners, I spent a few moments considering that the car of the future apparently communicates not with the voice of Mr Feeny from Boy Meets World, but with a glowing green steering wheel instead.

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Jaguar’s crazy 592hp XE SV Project 8 is not your accountant’s car

Jaguar’s crazy 592hp XE SV Project 8 is not your accountant’s car

Jaguar promised us a ridiculously potent sedan to blow away any preconceptions of the automaker as staid or serious, and the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is that car. Handiwork of the Special Vehicle Operation (SVO) team at the company, it takes the four-door XE and makes it in to a 200 mph, supercharged V8 beast. Annoyingly, though, North America won't be getting the most aggressive version of the car.

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There’s a “cheaper” Aston Martin DB11, and it’s even more sporty

There’s a “cheaper” Aston Martin DB11, and it’s even more sporty

A "cheaper" Aston Martin DB11 sounds like a contradiction in terms, but a new twin-turbo V8 engine in the range does at least bring the sticker down a little. The new DB11 V8 may be smaller than the V12 with which the DB11 launched with in 2016, but that doesn't mean you're sacrificing too much on performance. In fact, the DB11 V8 will still do 0-62 mph in 4.0 seconds.

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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody packs Demon girth

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody packs Demon girth

If you're of the mind that a good time is all about the girth, then the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody should satisfy. The latest iteration of Dodge's two-door muscle car, the Widebody looks to its horsepower-blessed sibling, the SRT Demon, for inspiration. No, it might not have the same potency under the hood, but it certainly looks the part.

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NVIDIA just made a huge play to dominate self-driving cars

NVIDIA just made a huge play to dominate self-driving cars

Forget powering smartphones and tablets: NVIDIA's big target is being the brainpower behind autonomous vehicles. The chip company has announced a trio of deals today which see it push aggressively into the automotive space, inking a deal with Volkswagen to work on artificial intelligence, with Volvo to commercialize self-driving cars in just a few years time, and with some of the biggest existing suppliers to get its silicon into their ranges.

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Aston Martin RapidE all-electric car gets green light for 2019

Aston Martin RapidE all-electric car gets green light for 2019

Aston Martin is joining the EV world, confirming that it will build an all-electric car, the Aston Martin RapidE. The car will, as the name suggests, be based on Aston Martin's existing four-door model, the Rapide. However, don't expect this to be anything like a mass-market play for the electric segment, with the British car company warning that it'll be severely limited in numbers.

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Drive: Offbeat Italian SUV comes to conquer

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Drive: Offbeat Italian SUV comes to conquer

When you're Alfa Romeo, and a decent chunk of your appeal is that you're not the mainstream option, building an SUV like the 2018 Stelvio presents a tricky balance to strike. After all, Alfa drivers may not want a predictable car in their garage, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles shareholders want mainstream sales. The Giulia sports sedan may have found favor among passionate drivers, but crossovers and SUVs are where the widest wallets are. Alfa Romeo had a choice, therefore, and the Stelvio is the answer, born of the Giulia but out hunting mutineers from the mainstream.

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Avis partners with Waymo to support self-driving car fleet

Avis partners with Waymo to support self-driving car fleet

Avis Budget Group has announced a new partnership with Alphabet's Waymo, saying that it will maintain and support the latter company's self-driving car fleet. The maintenance/support offered under this partnership will take place at Avis's various rental locations, enabling Waymo to keep its vehicles maintained and ready for use in many locations. The Alphabet company is creating a 600-vehicle fleet, among other things, for riders to utilize.

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The 2018 BMW X3 is here… and there’s an M Sport version

The 2018 BMW X3 is here… and there’s an M Sport version

Crossovers and SUVs continue to be the stars of the auto industry, at least when it comes to sales, so there's plenty riding on the 2018 BMW X3. Now in its third generation, BMW's midsize SUV promises more luxury, more technology, and - for the first time in the X3 line-up - an M Performance version. Compared to the old X3, the new SUV gets bolder, chunkier styling.

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2018 Audi Sport RS 5 Coupe First-Drive Review: A go-anywhere grand-tourer

2018 Audi Sport RS 5 Coupe First-Drive Review: A go-anywhere grand-tourer

The world’s moving towards turbochargers and Audi’s not immune to the change, and as a result, we have this new Audi-built 2.9-liter V6 twin-turbo engine. It’s at the heart of the 2018 Audi Sport RS 5 Coupe, described by Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH., as “the gran turismo among the RS models from Audi Sport." That means “elegant aesthetics with high everyday usability," something I got to test out in full on the roads of Andorra.

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Michelin’s wheel of the future looks made out of sponge

Michelin’s wheel of the future looks made out of sponge

Nobody said that the products of the future need to be super clean, super smooth pieces that looked straight out of Apple's design book. Then again, they do say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and not everyone will appreciate what some might label as "beautiful". That said, future products need to be at least promise functionality we've never seen before or an experience that doesn't exist yet. Michelin's Visionary Concept wheel checks all those boxes but comes in a form that could send shivers down some people's spines.

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