Cars

2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive: Obsession pays off

2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive: Obsession pays off

Mazda finds itself in a tricky spot. The CX-5 is due for a refresh; however, it's also the best-selling car in the company's US line-up. Sales in 2016, in fact, accounted for a quarter of all Mazda purchases in the US. Get it wrong, and the 2017 CX-5 could end up doing more harm than good.

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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF First Drive: Hard top, easy decision

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF First Drive: Hard top, easy decision

If the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF aims to introduce some hard-top practicality to the iconic little roadster, does it run the risk of losing what makes a Miata, well, a Miata? That should've been the question we asked when the Japanese company unveiled the RF at the New York Auto Show a year ago: instead, we were too busy being wowed by its innovative retractable roof and achingly pretty design. Fast forward to today, with the first of the MX-5 RF Launch Edition cars reaching the initial 1,000 buyers and the regular versions landing in Mazda dealerships, it's time to get behind the wheel and ask the tough questions.

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California considers approving tests for self-driving cars without humans

California considers approving tests for self-driving cars without humans

California is easily the central hub for the developing autonomous car market in the US, and the state's DMV has just announced some proposed rules that will keep tech and car giants happy. The suggested regulations would allow companies to test self-driving cars without the requirement that a human be present to take over. This is a reversal of rules put forth last year that required autonomous vehicles, such as Google's, have a steering wheel in place and a human passenger at all times.

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Desert storm: Catching air in Toyota’s TRD at the 2017 Mint 400

Desert storm: Catching air in Toyota’s TRD at the 2017 Mint 400

There's more than one way to get to Las Vegas from downtown Los Angeles. You could hop on a jet at LAX and be there before you're half-way through your in-flight movie. There's always I-15, that shimmering ribbon of sun-baked asphalt that takes you through Barstow and Baker before spitting you out across the Nevada line within spitting distance of Sin City. Then there's the road less traveled - where's there's not really any road at all - that runs you through the network of casually-maintained desert paths frequented by utility companies, park rangers, rattlesnakes, and in my case, a pack of brand-new 2017 Toyota TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro pickups.

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Tesla Model 3 prototype seen driving on California streets

Tesla Model 3 prototype seen driving on California streets

Tesla recently revealed that its upcoming Model 3 sedan will finally enter limited production later this summer, with full production to begin this fall. That means it will likely be quite some time before you start seeing Tesla's most affordable vehicle on your local streets, let along get to drive one yourself. But if you live in a certain part of California, you might just spot a prototype roaming around on a sunny afternoon.

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Meet EVE, NIO’s vision of its 2020 autonomous electric car

Meet EVE, NIO’s vision of its 2020 autonomous electric car

First NIO wowed us with its ridiculously fast electric supercar, now the EV startup is promising to have its own self-driving vehicles on sale in the US by 2020. The company - fledgling automotive arm of NextEV, the Chinese firm already known for its Formula E racing team - has taken the wraps off its NIO EVE autonomous prototype today. Dubbed a "vision car" by NIO, it's apparently intended to give us some hints of what we could expect in just a few years time.

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Waymo demands court slams brakes on Uber autonomous cars

Waymo demands court slams brakes on Uber autonomous cars

Waymo has asked a court to block Uber from running its self-driving cars, after accusing the ride-sharing company of stealing key sensor tech from the Alphabet-owned firm. The former Google autonomous car division filed against Uber back in February, alleging that Otto, the autonomous tech firm set up by ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski and acquired by Uber in 2016 for $680m, copied proprietary information about numerous aspects of the team's hardware and software. Among that treasure-trove, details on the bespoke LIDAR laser ranging system that Waymo developed in-house.

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Inside Cadillac’s early bet on Vehicle-to-Vehicle tech

Inside Cadillac’s early bet on Vehicle-to-Vehicle tech

Until now, the only way one car could communicate with another was if the driver leaned on the horn or made imaginative hand-signals to their fellow motorists. With the arrival of the 2017 Cadillac CTS, though, all of a sudden the vehicle itself gets chatty. Making V2V, or Vehicle-to-Vehicle, communication a standard feature, it promises not only an increase in on-road safety but to pave the way to new semi-autonomous and self-driving features. The big question is, with Vehicle-to... well, anything still in its infancy, why is Cadillac making the jump now?

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Hyundai’s fuel-cell concept car has a surprise in the trunk

Hyundai’s fuel-cell concept car has a surprise in the trunk

Hyundai has revealed its latest green car concept, the FE Fuel Cell Concept, powered by hydrogen and emitting only pure water. The car, shown off this week at the Geneva Motor Show 2017, has a range of around 500 miles, the automaker says. That's considerably higher than Hyundai's current production fuel cell car, the ix35 or Tucson Fuel Cell.

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Uber gets San Francisco autonomous car permit but loses AI execs

Uber gets San Francisco autonomous car permit but loses AI execs

Uber, pressured into applying for a self-driving car testing license by San Francisco, has been granted approval for a small-scale roll out by city regulators. The ride-sharing company had flouted local rules on autonomous vehicles, sending out a fleet of customized Volvo SUVs back in December 2016 for real-world testing of its work-in-progress technology. However, the Department of Motor Vehicles disagreed with Uber's justification for why it didn't require a license.

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Tech-filled 2018 Dodge Demon is smarter on the drag strip

Tech-filled 2018 Dodge Demon is smarter on the drag strip

Dodge may be busy making its most powerful Challenger to-date, but the 2018 SRT Demon won't merely be some blunt-force instrument. Instead, the automaker has said today in the latest of what seems like an interminable series of teasers, the potent coupe will pack a new driver-focused infotainment system intended to unlock race-related statistics. Dubbed "Performance Pages", the interface will also allow the Challenger SRT Demon's driver to adjust the various drive mode settings.

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Cadillac V2V goes live: What you should know about “talking cars”

Cadillac V2V goes live: What you should know about “talking cars”

Cars that talk among themselves are the future of road safety, and Cadillac is rolling out its first Vehicle-to-Vehicle communications system today. The 2017 Cadillac CTS will be the first of the automaker's models to get the so-called V2V technology, a special radio which allows cars to communicate when they're within around 1,000 feet of another so-equipped car. While the possibilities of V2V have been tipped as instrumental in autonomous driving one day breaking into the mainstream, for now Cadillac's implementation focuses on safety.

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