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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor First Drive: The Epic Baja Monster

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor First Drive: The Epic Baja Monster

I’ve waited nearly a year to drive the all new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor unveiled at last year’s North America International Auto Show (NAIAS). Twelve long months. As I found at high speed among the sand dunes of Anza Borrego in Southern California, the wait was well worth it and Ford did not disappoint. No mere publicity stunt to give the F-150 a sales halo, the new Raptor more than exceeded my expectations.

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Tesla just grabbed Volvo’s ridiculously good cabin designer

Tesla just grabbed Volvo’s ridiculously good cabin designer

Tesla has snatched Volvo's head of interior engineering, importing Swedish designer Anders Bell to California to presumably give its future electric cars better cabins. Bell confirmed the move on his LinkedIn profile this week. At Tesla, he will be senior director of engineering.

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2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium Review: Everyone’s SUV

2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium Review: Everyone’s SUV

The 2017 Subaru Forester is perhaps the perfect encapsulation of why this tiny Japanese automaker has been able to boast year-after-year growth that would shame industry heavyweights like Toyota, Honda, and Ford. The current generation Forester's 2014 redesign coincided perfectly with the surging demand for small SUVs that were both affordable and ultra-practical, with the Subaru's boxy shape smoothed out by a fresh-look exterior design and a range of more efficient drivetrains.

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Uber reportedly knew self-driving cars were a danger to bikes – but launched anyway

Uber reportedly knew self-driving cars were a danger to bikes – but launched anyway

Uber set its self-driving cars loose on the streets of San Francisco despite knowing that the prototypes couldn't safely navigate around bike lanes, it's been alleged. The ride-sharing company has courted controversy over the past week after expanding its autonomous taxi-replacements from Pittsburgh to San Francisco, but without first securing a license from the California DMV. Now, it's claimed that the fleet also has significant flaws in programming.

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BlackBerry unveils self-driving and connected car research center

BlackBerry unveils self-driving and connected car research center

BlackBerry has announced its new QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Center, AVIC for short. This innovation center is a research epicenter within the company for developing autonomous technologies related to vehicles, something it will do in partnership with some automakers and independently. The new research center was announced by BlackBerry CEO John Chen alongside Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today. Among the stated goals are plans to tap local software engineers who will be tasked with existing and new self-driving car projects.

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Honda’s first Clarity Fuel Cell cars reach hydrogen-loyal drivers

Honda’s first Clarity Fuel Cell cars reach hydrogen-loyal drivers

Honda has delivered the first of its Clarity Fuel Cell cars, with six drivers picking up the keys to their new, hydrogen-powered steeds. The car, revealed more than a year ago when we drove the prototype in Japan, is only the latest in a series of fuel-cell based models for Honda. However, it's among the first that has been offered to the general public.

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Taking Hyundai’s Ioniq autonomous car for a Las Vegas test drive

Taking Hyundai’s Ioniq autonomous car for a Las Vegas test drive

The Las Vegas Strip does its best to grab your attention, but it's the displays inside Hyundai's Ioniq Autonomous Concept that are holding my gaze as the car drives itself. Nevada's loudest, shiniest city is trying to make a name for itself as more than just gambling and Celine Dion impersonators, aiming to wrest the title of "most tech-friendly" from San Francisco. That means self-driving cars plowing the streets, as automakers like Hyundai attempt to crack the code on the mobility of tomorrow.

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Alphabet Waymo gets 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids

Alphabet Waymo gets 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids

Reports of the death of Google's self-driving ambitions are quite exaggerated. Well, technically speaking, there is no more Google self-driving car project. Instead, there is Waymo and it's now a company of its own under Alphabet's umbrella brand. And as if to prove that this "separate from Google" company means business, partner Fiat Chrysler has revealed the formation of a 100-strong fleet of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans that have been modified for testing on proving grounds in Michigan, Arizona, and California.

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Volkswagen commits to $200M payment to reduce US pollution

Volkswagen commits to $200M payment to reduce US pollution

Volkswagen remains eager to move past the dieselgate scandal and begin regaining its reputation. But while the German car maker has already reached buyback settlements for owners, there's still the matter of all the damage to the environment VW's vehicles have caused by way of skirting emissions laws. To help address this, the company has pledged to make a $200 million payment to a fund intended to fighting diesel pollution.

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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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