Today we saw the most egregious act of a tow truck driver essentially stealing and joy riding in a disabled man’s GT-R. Now it looks like the tow company is going to be on the hook...for some repairs to that Nissan.
There was a time when Mercedes was brave enough to create a full-blooded AMG version of a minivan. The result was deemed as a commercial flop for the German company but the R63 AMG was far, far away from being labelled as a bad car.
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Future GM models can be commissioned with the car company’s new cognitive mobility platform, which will help customers connect and interact with their favorite brands.
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The Dodge Challenger is built on the same heavy bones as its Charger sibling, and has even received all the same engine options. But the Challenger has never felt the sweet, sweet love of powered front wheels, meaning all across the great white north, the big coupe has been relegated to dark lonely garages during winter time. But this stops now.
There is absolutely no logical reason of putting these two models face each other on a straight line but for pure entertainment purposes.
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In the lead-up to the holiday season, Microsoft is throwing down the gauntlet. Got an Apple-branded laptop? The tech giant will give you up to $650 to part ways with it, just as long as you spend that cash on a shiny new Surface Pro 4 or a Surface Book.
Tooned started back in 2012 as an animated series about McLaren’s past, present, and future, starring its contemporary drivers, as well as legends from its past.
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Here’s a question no one has ever asked: “How can I get an enormous van that weighs more than 6,000 pounds, rockets to highway speed in less time than it takes to sneeze, and has enormously silly doors like you’d find a DeLorean?” It doesn’t matter that no one ever asked it, though, because the Tesla Model X is amazing. Even if it is a $150,000 minivan.
Why buy a few video games when you can spend a day flogging an actual car like a piñata for the same price?
In 2012, Hyundai and Kia were found to have been overstating fuel economy on over a million model year 2011-2013 vehicles by between one and four MPG combined. After many lawsuits and hundreds of millions in fines, the Korean automakers are finally putting this issue to rest. Again, expensively.
It's not unusual to see Japanese automakers producing other types of motorized vehicles. Honda makes everything from jet airplanes to lawnmowers, for example, while Suzuki is at least as well known for its motorcycles as it is for its cars. Toyota, for its part, sticks mostly to automobiles, but it also makes boats – like the one you see here.
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Wheego Electric Cars has been transformed into Wheego Technologies providing autonomous vehicle technologies mostly in China, the company’s chief said.
In an interview with WardsAuto, Wheego CEO Mike McQuary explained the company’s transition from a manufacturer of small electric cars in the U.S. to a supplier of electric vehicle and autonomous-driving technology to other companies.
Wheego Electric Cars, started up in 2009 and was based in Atlanta. The company sold about 400 Wheego Whip and LiFe units through a network of affiliated dealers in the U.S. McQuary said that it’s been nearly three years since any Wheego electric cars have been delivered to dealers.
The company’s focus is now on developing products for autonomous vehicles that use machine learning and artificial intelligence, he said.
Wheego Technologies has two divisions of about a dozen employees each. Its division in Sonoma, Calif., still is working on electric car drivetrains. A new division in Atlanta that started up 18 months ago is working on autonomous driving.
Earlier this month, Wheego was issued a permit by the state of California to test autonomous vehicles on its roads. The Sonoma division will be running tests in California to prove its technology.
McQuary’s technology background comes from having previously served as president of chief operating officer of internet-service provider Mindspring. He led that tech company through a merger with Earthlink, won several customer-service awards, and faced competition with industry giants such as AT&T and Microsoft.
Competing against giants is here again for McQuary, with Google and Apple heavily involved in autonomous technologies along with automakers and automotive suppliers. McQuary said that Wheego differs from some of the competition through its emphasis on deep learning and artificial intelligence. The company is using the practice of machine learning, which looks at the best traits of human drivers and adopts them.
“Artificial intelligence and machine learning are going to have the same effect on people’s lives as the Internet has had in the last 20 years,” he said.
Wheego is focused on selling to Chinese clients who are racing to develop and manufacture plug-in electrified vehicles and to include autonomous driving in the package. Many of these Chinese companies lack the necessary technology, which Wheego can offer.
“We will sell to Chinese automakers,” he says. “I think most of the U.S. OEMs have the mentality that everything needs to be built by themselves. That has been the culture and the mindset.”
China should move faster than the U.S. in autonomous vehicles due to less emphasis in China on insurance and self-driving-car liability issues, McQuary said.
Chinese companies are focusing heavily on PEVs with some companies, such as search-engine giant Baidu, going after autonomous driving technologies.
But investing in autonomous-vehicle technology is hardly unique to China, said Sam Abuelsamid, senior analyst at Navigant Research. “Everyone in Silicon Valley, Detroit, Tokyo and Seoul has been thinking about it,” he said.
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