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Hyundai will soon follow voice commands via Google Home

Hyundai will soon follow voice commands via Google Home

It may sound a bit ironic but soon Google Home will also be able to control things outside your home in the near future. Granted, your parked Hyundai car will most likely still be on your property anyway. Always at the front lines of integrating Google’s new technologies, Hyundai will be demonstrating at CES 2017 how it plans to link their cars to your living room via Google Assistant in Google Home. In a nutshell, this means that you (or anyone else), will soon be able to remotely lock or start the car on (voice) command.

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Here’s the FF 91, Faraday Future’s long-awaited electric vehicle

Here’s the FF 91, Faraday Future’s long-awaited electric vehicle

It's been a long time coming, but Faraday Future has finally taken the stage at CES 2017 to reveal its first electric vehicle, dubbed the FF 91. Ask Faraday senior vice president of engineering Nick Sampson, though, and the FF 91 is more than just a car - it's a "new species," that will be "the world's first ecosystem connected car." There are four different components to that ecosystem, and Sampson took us through each before pulling the veil off the car for the first time.

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Chrysler Portal Concept at CES: The tech we’ll get, and the tech we won’t

Chrysler Portal Concept at CES: The tech we’ll get, and the tech we won’t

The Chrysler Portal Concept makes an effort to guess at what the car buyers of the future - specifically, the 'Millennial' generation - will be looking for in a vehicle. After sitting down with the engineers and designers behind the Portal after it's debut here in Las Vegas at CES, I myself have a better idea of which, if any, of the technologies on display inside the Portal might make it into an actual production vehicle down the road.

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Ford’s high-risk electrification plan is all-or-nothing

Ford’s high-risk electrification plan is all-or-nothing

Ford's seven-strong electrified vehicle announcement at CES 2017 this morning is the Detroit automaker's biggest commitment to EVs to-date, and there are no half-measures. On the cards - and, indeed, on the roads within the next few years - will be hybrid versions of some of the blue oval's biggest nameplates. It's a strategy that's markedly different from that taken by many of Ford's rivals, which have focused on a few halo hybrid and EV products amid the rest of their mainstream range. I caught up with Hau Thai-Tang, Ford group vice president of Purchasing and the automaker's "executive electrified vehicle champion" to find out more.

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Ford cancels $1.6b Mexico plant, will invest $700m in Michigan plant instead

Ford cancels $1.6b Mexico plant, will invest $700m in Michigan plant instead

On top of revealing a slew of new electric vehicles today, Ford also made a rather major announcement in that it will be cancelling plans to build a new plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. That planet was expected to cost $1.6 billion, but with that money now freed up, Ford will be investing some of it back here in the US. $700 million of that cash will go toward improving its Flat Rock, Michigan plant over the next four years, which is a significant investment.

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Mustang hybrid and F-150 Hybrid outed in Ford’s CES EV gush

Mustang hybrid and F-150 Hybrid outed in Ford’s CES EV gush

Ford has revealed seven new electrified vehicles today at CES 2017, including an F-150 Hybrid version of its best-selling truck, and a Mustang Hybrid sports car. The news, announced today by Ford CEO Mark Fields, is the tip of a 13-strong electrified fleet that the automaker intends to launch over the next five years. Ford is also beginning pilot trials of wireless charging technologies for electrified vehicles, along with tests of twenty Transit Connect hybrid taxi and van prototypes in several US cities.

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Hey Cortana, tell me about Nissan’s CES 2017 keynote

Hey Cortana, tell me about Nissan’s CES 2017 keynote

Cars are getting smarter, either with the help of tether or paired smartphone or by themselves. Some car makers have flocked to Apple's CarPlay while others have jumped on Google's Android Auto. The one major platform maker that seems to be missing out, however, is Microsoft. If Nissan's teaser is any indication, however, that might be changing on Thursday. To remind people about its CES 2017 keynote, Nissan has sought the marketing help of Cortana, and Microsoft, of course, hinting that there might be a big reveal coming up.

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Chrysler Portal Concept courts Millennials, emphasizes connectivity and comfort at CES

Chrysler Portal Concept courts Millennials, emphasizes connectivity and comfort at CES

Want to take a risk in the auto business? Skip the nation's largest auto show, held in your hometown of Detroit, and instead choose to debut an all-new concept car the week before at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. Want to double-down on that bet? Make sure your concept is targeted at 'Millennials' - specifically, those with families. That's the strategy employed by FCA with the unveiling of the Chrysler Portal EV.

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It’s time this car safety tech was standard

It’s time this car safety tech was standard

Some car technology is frivolous or pure luxury; other added-extras are a matter of personal taste. If you want leather seats, or a 1,300W audio system, or autonomous parking, you probably should pay extra for it. Even some safety technology, like adaptive cruise control or active lane-keeping assistance, falls into the convenience category more than a must-have essential.

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Fiat Chrysler and Google team up to integrate Android Nougat with Uconnect

Fiat Chrysler and Google team up to integrate Android Nougat with Uconnect

Fiat Chrysler and Google are showing us the next step for Android in automobiles today. What began with a infotainment-centered version of Android has evolved into full-blown Android Nougat integration with one of FCA's cars. FCA and Google will be demonstrating this new integration this week at CES 2017.

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Tesla Autopilot update makes 2016 deadline; Price increase pushed back

Tesla Autopilot update makes 2016 deadline; Price increase pushed back

Tesla's weekend has been busy, with the automaker starting the roll-out of Autopilot to its latest models, as well as extending the window for free Supercharger use. The software update, which according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk began distribution on December 31, 2016, will only be uploaded over-the-air to 1,000 cars initially. After that point, and assuming there are no in-the-field problems observed, it'll be more broadly distributed in the coming week.

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Hyundai developing next fuel cell SUV with 348-mile range

Hyundai developing next fuel cell SUV with 348-mile range

Hyundai's first fuel cell was the 2014 Tucson SUV, and despite it already being overpriced and lacking in range compared to rival vehicles, the car maker is hard at work on a successor that ups the ante. According to Nikkei, the Japanese business publication, Hyundai is planing to debut a second generation fuel cell SUV in early 2018, boasting a range of 348 miles on a single tank.

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