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Audi Q8 Concept previews 4-seat luxury SUV with coupe style

Audi Q8 Concept previews 4-seat luxury SUV with coupe style

When is an SUV not quite an SUV? When it's Audi's Q8 Concept, freshly revealed at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017 today. Blending the size and off-road abilities of an SUV with the design elements of a coupe, and then throwing plenty of new tech - including a plug-in hybrid drivetrain - into the mix, the Q8 is Audi's vision of a new, range-topping luxury car.

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Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ reboots Microbus as self-driving EV

Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ reboots Microbus as self-driving EV

Volkswagen has recreated the Microbus for the 21st Century, with the I.D. BUZZ Concept giving the beloved van an electric refresh. Making its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017 today, the zero-emissions vehicle has seating for up to eight and all-wheel drive, along with a fully-autonomous driving mode. It's part of VW's ambitious goal of making EVs a cornerstone of its future line-up.

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Toyota’s Concept-i designers talk AI co-pilots and self-driving style

Toyota’s Concept-i designers talk AI co-pilots and self-driving style

Toyota's Concept-i autonomous car winks at you, remembers the minutiae of your interests, and suggests detours to hang out with your friends: all in the name of getting you to trust its self-driving talents. Revealed at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, CA. this week, on the one hand it's a striking design study intended to explore the new possibilities unlocked when you're liberated from the tyranny of everyday driving. At the same time, though, it addresses a more fundamental issue, around trust in technology and the fear of the expert. I caught up with Ian Cartabiano, lead designer at the Toyota CALTY studio, and William Chergosky, interior lead designer, to find out why Concept-i is so important.

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Honda NeuV concept has an AI assistant with an “emotion engine”

Honda NeuV concept has an AI assistant with an “emotion engine”

Along with virtual, augmented, and mixed reality, artificial intelligence has become one of the biggest obsessions in the technology industry in recent years. Even car makers are getting into the game as well, offloading some of the control, and even some of the responsibility, to computer-driven agents. Honda's latest concept vehicle, the NeuV, is perhaps the embodiment of how far car makers are willing to go in mixing AI and cars. In addition to be a self-driving electric vehicle, the NeuV has a smart assistant that can "read" your emotions and even earn you money on the sides.

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BMW i Inside Future concept makes the dashboard a tactile hologram

BMW i Inside Future concept makes the dashboard a tactile hologram

So far, there's been no lack of autonomous cars at CES, but BMW is taking things in a different direction with its i Inside Future concept. While the concept is steeped in a future where autonomous cars are the norm, it has little to do with the technology that will make these cars go. Instead, this "sculpture," as BMW is calling it, deals entirely with what our car interiors could look like once we make the jump to fully autonomous car.

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Toyota Concept-i’s friendly AI is your autonomous car co-pilot

Toyota Concept-i’s friendly AI is your autonomous car co-pilot

My idea of a talking car is Knight Rider's KITT making snarky rejoinders to David Hasselhoff, but Toyota has more loving discourse in mind with its latest Concept-i. Revealed today at CES 2017, the new vehicle prototype aims to usher in autonomous driving with the aid of the driver-vehicle relationship. That involves an artificial intelligence (AI) called Yui and a whole lot of LEDs.

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This Infiniti QX50 Concept previews new semi-autonomous SUV

This Infiniti QX50 Concept previews new semi-autonomous SUV

The North American International Auto Show 2017 is still a couple of weeks out, but Infiniti is already showing off its vision of its next-gen, self-driving SUV. The Infiniti QX50 Concept shows, the Japanese automaker says, how its latest design language as seen on the QX60 coupe could translate to a luxury SUV. Along the way, it's also a chance for the company's latest drivetrain tech to make an appearance.

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VW’s second I.D. Concept makes Microbus a self-driving EV

VW’s second I.D. Concept makes Microbus a self-driving EV

Volkswagen is teasing its next all-electric concept, and it seems the Microbus may finally get an EV launch complete with autonomous driving. Set to be revealed in full at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017, the second in the VW I.D. Concept family will show another version of the German automaker's options offered by its new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB). In this case, that means doubling up on the motors, among other things.

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Audi Q8 concept previews super-luxe SUV for NAIAS 2017

Audi Q8 concept previews super-luxe SUV for NAIAS 2017

Audi has previewed the Q8, a new performance SUV that could soon compete with luxury behemoths like the Bentley Bentayga and upcoming Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Set to make its official debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017 taking place in Detroit, MI. in January, the Audi Q8 would sit at the top of the German automaker's Q-badged sports utility vehicle line-up. There, Audi says, there's room for a whole new segment.

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BMW HoloActive Touch controls will turn heads at CES 2017

BMW HoloActive Touch controls will turn heads at CES 2017

The race towards self-driving, autonomous cars seems to have gone quiet lately. And although they surfaced in news this week, they weren’t exactly seen in a very positive light. At CES 2017 next month, however, car makers have the chance to rekindle interest in this future technology, and BMW is definitely not going to pass up that chance. Combining everything it had learned from its HUD and gesture control features, the BMW HoloActive Touch will make drivers feel like wizards making magic in the air to control their cars.

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This Mercedes self-typing AI typewriter feels like real magic

This Mercedes self-typing AI typewriter feels like real magic

As experiments with artificial intelligence go, making a magical typewriter that collaborates on fairy tales probably wouldn't be your first idea. That's just what Mercedes Benz have made, however, as part of a demonstration of the power of AI. The result is both very "Harry Potter" and very cool.

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Bucking trends, Acura reveals vision of tomorrow’s dashboard

Bucking trends, Acura reveals vision of tomorrow’s dashboard

A concept car might be an eye-catching flight of fancy, but considering most of our time is spent inside our cars, concept interiors like Acura's Precision Cockpit are arguably more important. Revealed at the LA Auto Show today, the carless-concept is the fruit of single team responsible for materials, design, and software as Acura readies itself for an increasingly-connected, often-autonomous future. It's also the Japanese premium car company's opportunity to school rivals on just how dashboard interaction should behave.

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