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Ford, GM sued over CD-ripping feature

Ford, GM sued over CD-ripping feature

Ford and General Motors have been both slapped with a class action lawsuit from the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies on behalf of 300,000 artists and record labels. At the heart of the issue is the companies' CD-ripping feature in some cars, which is said to violate copyright law.

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Test-driving OnStar 4G LTE: Geek-heaven or Gimmick?

Test-driving OnStar 4G LTE: Geek-heaven or Gimmick?

GM has been talking about baking 4G LTE into its cars for some time, but the first examples are just now rolling off the production line and into dealerships. Upgrading OnStar with a 100x faster data connection, it adds support for mobile hotspot sharing, remote control by smartphone and smartwatch, and third-party apps and services. I jumped into some of the first Buick LaCrosse and Regal cars off the line with 4G to see if it’s a must-have or a gimmick.

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GM’s new app lets you scan license plates and text the drivers

GM’s new app lets you scan license plates and text the drivers

The folks at GM's China R&D division have been hard at work thinking up new ways to connect drivers, and the by-product is a prototype app called DiDi Plate for Android smartphones. With the app, drivers can snap a picture of someone's license plate, which is then used with an identification database to send that driver unsolicited text messages.

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2014 Camaro Z/28 first-drive

2014 Camaro Z/28 first-drive

Chevrolet has resurrected a legend, with the Camaro Z/28 finally granting its muscle car the badge enthusiast drivers have been crying out for. Building on the seven-liter V8 LS7 engine from the old Corvette Z06, Chevy’s engineers hand-squeeze out 505 horsepower and 481 pounds per foot of torque, mounted in an aero-treated body that’s been built for speed and downforce. So, when Chevrolet called to see if I wanted to be among the first to drive the Z/28 on the track, I didn’t say no.

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2015 Corvette Z06 hits 650HP: Sets GM record

2015 Corvette Z06 hits 650HP: Sets GM record

Chevrolet's 2015 Corvette Z06 was always going to be powerful, but the upcoming supercar has had its 6.2L V8 supercharged LT4 engine officially rated, and it's mustering a massive 650 horsepower. The car was expected to deliver in excess of 625HP, Chevrolet said back in January when it took the wraps off the coupe, but has comfortably exceeded that.

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GM ignition recall starts slow: Just 2% fixed as crash count rises

GM ignition recall starts slow: Just 2% fixed as crash count rises

GM has fixed just 2-percent of the millions of cars it's recalling over the ignition switch issue, blaming a bottleneck in replacement parts and driver apathy for the slow start. Repairs began six weeks ago, after GM admitted that around 2.6m cars could inadvertently lose power - as well as safety features like airbags - thanks to the ignition key twisting too readily while the vehicle was in motion.

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GM cops record car safety fine as NHTSA switch saga settled

GM cops record car safety fine as NHTSA switch saga settled

GM has inked a $35m settlement with the US Department of Transportation, conceding to record fines and stringent oversight after failing to react sufficiently to the ignition switch issue that left millions of airbags potentially deactivated. The penalty is the current maximum the NHTSA can fine in civil penalties - though GM will in fact pay more, for sluggishness in handing over evidence during the investigation - while the agency describes GM's concessions for monitoring as "unprecedented".

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GM recalls 2.7m cars over lights, steering, brakes and more

GM recalls 2.7m cars over lights, steering, brakes and more

GM has announced a fresh batch of recalls, calling in around 2.7 cars at a predicted cost of $200m for repairs and fixes, though insisting that no fatalities have resulted from the problems. Most significant of the five different issues is one affecting over 2.44m Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn models, to address a fault which GM says has already caused thirteen known crashes and two injuries.

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Buick ticks reversing camera option box across the board

Buick ticks reversing camera option box across the board

Buick is jumping the gun on rear-view camera tech, making a reversing camera standard-fit kit on all of its 2015 cars, despite NHTSA legislation not demanding it until 2018. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ruled back in March that all new cars, sold from mid-2018 onwards, must beam a view from behind the car to the dashboard display, as part of an attempt to cut accidents where careless reversing runs over pedestrians or causes vehicle collisions.

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GM details OnStar 4G plans to get your car online

GM details OnStar 4G plans to get your car online

GM has confirmed OnStar 4G pricing for the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac models getting baked-in LTE this year, including supporting tagging your car onto your existing AT&T Mobile Share plan. Plans for those without AT&T service but signed up for OnStar will kick off at $5 for 200MB of data per month, rising to $50 for 5GB.

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NHTSA opens investigation into 2014 Chevy Impalas over crash imminent braking issue

NHTSA opens investigation into 2014 Chevy Impalas over crash imminent braking issue

A massive investigation has been opened by the NHTSA into the 2014 Chevrolet Impala. The investigation came about after a single complaint about a new 2014 Impala was filed alleging that the forward-collision warning system activated where there was no risk of a collision. The unnamed driver claims that the issue happened at least two times.

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GM Super Cruise self-driving car tech gets virtual playpen

GM Super Cruise self-driving car tech gets virtual playpen

GM is ramping up its self-driving car tests, using a new high-speed 360-degree simulator to test its upcoming Cadillac Super Cruise tech without having to fully build the vehicles first. Cadillac expects the first Super Cruise equipped models - which will take on some of the responsibility when on highways and in traffic - to appear in showrooms within the next 5-6 years, and has in fact already begun real-road testing of some prototypes.

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