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Toyota reveals fuel cell bus for 2017, can serve as emergency generator

Toyota reveals fuel cell bus for 2017, can serve as emergency generator

Toyota unveiled its newest hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle in Japan this week, but it's not a four-door sedan or crossover SUV; it's a bus intended for public transportation. The zero-emission bus uses the same technology as Toyota's new Mirai fuel cell sedan, and the plan is to have a fleet of 100 or so running in Tokyo in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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BMW Films returns with ‘The Escape,’ highlighting new 5 Series

BMW Films returns with ‘The Escape,’ highlighting new 5 Series

BMW produces a number of great cars, but they've also managed to elevate the art of advertising with their "BMW Films" series; essentially lengthy car commercials in the form of short films featuring action and car chases with the company's sporty sedans at the center of it all. The series has also drawn in big Hollywood talent, with previous directors including Ang Lee and Guy Ritchie, along with Clive Owen starring in the first films when they debuted in 2001.

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1964 Aston Martin DB5 sold via $1M Apple Pay purchase

1964 Aston Martin DB5 sold via $1M Apple Pay purchase

In-app purchases are mostly used for things like getting extra features or unlocking additional game content, but imagine using it to purchase a car — and not just any car, but a historic Aston Martin priced at just over $1 million. That's exactly what happened in the UK this week, when local automobile auction house Coys of Kensington sold a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 within an app, completing what it says is the largest known in-app purchase, as well as the single largest Apple Pay transaction.

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2017 Porsche Panamera first drive: The 4-door Super Sedan to beat

2017 Porsche Panamera first drive: The 4-door Super Sedan to beat

Porsche is putting all luxury sedan automakers on notice: beware the one-two punch of the 2017 Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo. Completely redesigned, in the four-door’s first major overhaul since its debut in 2009, which one you decide upon depends heavily on both your pocketbook and your appetite for raw performance.

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Tesla slams brakes on autonomous ride-sharing

Tesla slams brakes on autonomous ride-sharing

Bad news if you were hoping to dispatch your autonomous Tesla to pick up a few Uber or Lyft passengers and contribute to its own monthly lease payment. While the electric car company may be gung-ho about its self-driving technology, the hardware for which will be preinstalled on every car produced from now on, it's not so happy with it being used for ride-sharing schemes. That is, not unless it's Tesla's own.

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Elon Musk gives up tidbits about Tesla self-driving hardware

Elon Musk gives up tidbits about Tesla self-driving hardware

We've already talked about the new Tesla self-driving technology that is going into every new Tesla car that is produced. This tech will allow the owner of the Tesla car to complete a fully automated road trip using level 5 autonomy. That means no human interaction is needed other than entering a destination for the car. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has unveiled a video that shows a Model S as it drives itself and looks for a place to park, he tweeted a few details about what the car is doing in the video.

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Tesla makes self-driving tech standard on all cars

Tesla makes self-driving tech standard on all cars

Every Tesla car produced from today, including the most affordable Model 3, will be equipped with "full self-driving capability" the EV automaker has announced today. The news makes Tesla the first mainstream car company to commit to self-driving technologies, though it will likely be a piecemeal rollout as the engineers fettle the software. Still, it's a hugely significant step, not least because the Model 3 - deliveries of which are expected to begin toward the end of next year - is going to open Tesla's technology up to a far broader audience than the current Model S sedan and Model X SUV.

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LeEco’s LeSEE Pro autonomous concept makes troubled debut

LeEco’s LeSEE Pro autonomous concept makes troubled debut

Something was clearly wrong when, rather than riding onto the stage in the LeEco autonomous car, CEO YT Jiang instead jogged down the catwalk in a flurry of smoke. No, the eye-catching concept hadn't caught fire behind the scenes. In fact, the saga of how Chinese behemoth and US market hopeful LeEco tried and failed to have its most dramatic product in front of media at its San Francisco coming out party was all the stranger.

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LeEco’s scattershot US debut is one huge risk-take

LeEco’s scattershot US debut is one huge risk-take

You can be forgiven for never having heard of LeEco before, at least if you're in the US. Founded in 2004, the Chinese behemoth - previously known as Letv - is already one of the largest online video companies in its home country, but is also building what it describes as a "Le Ecosystem" that runs from smartphones through internet-enabled TVs, to e-commerce and even cars.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet Review: Interstellar luxury

2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet Review: Interstellar luxury

There's more than one way to manifest as a master of the universe, but few show off your upper echelon status with more class and style than slipping behind the wheel of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 cabriolet. Truly, this is the chariot of those who are tired of the ostentatious display brought on by drop-top Ferraris, Bentleys, and Lamborghinis, a megabuck mirage that steals its way to the front of the valet line without drawing daggers from the 99 percent at every stoplight.

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Tesla’s planned product unveiling hit with last-minute delay

Tesla’s planned product unveiling hit with last-minute delay

Those of you who count yourself among the Tesla faithful were likely looking forward to the company's planned product unveiling today. As it turns out, Tesla needs just a little longer to prepare for this reveal. Tesla CEO Elon Musk delayed the event at the last minute, announcing via Twitter that the company won't be showing off this new product until Wednesday.

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2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Review: The $400,000 question

2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Review: The $400,000 question

It's late in the evening in San Francisco, and I'm singing along to Blondie's "Atomic" at the top of my lungs in a $400k Bentley Mulsanne Speed when I realize people have stopped walking to watch me at the lights. Then again, when you're driving eighteen feet of British hyper-luxury sedan, it probably doesn't matter much what you're doing. You're going to get attention either way.

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