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Porsche’s first Super Bowl ad in 23 years is for the electric Taycan

Sponsored Links Porsche There have been Super Bowl ads for electric cars before, but they’ve tended to treat EVs as novelties. BMW’s 2015 ad for the i3 was practically a crash course in EVs, while Audi’s 2019 spot was more to advertise electrification than the still-unavailable E-Tron GT. Porsche, however, is embracing the radical concept …

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Senator calls on Tesla to make Autopilot safety changes

Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS Tesla’s Autopilot driving assist technology has come under fire over safety concerns, and now a US politician wants changes to put drivers’ minds at ease. Senator Ed Markey has issued recommendations for Autopilot changes after Tesla both answered questions about the semi-autonomous system and met with him. For one, Markey agrees …

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Tesla update leaks some upcoming changes for Model S, Model X

Sponsored Links Tesla Whether it’s Fortnite, the latest Google Maps app or a firmware update for your Tesla Model X, reverse-engineering software to find features that are included but not-yet-enabled is a common hobby for the impatient hackers among us. Today the first new update of 2020 started rolling to Teslas, and researcher Greentheonly dug …

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MIT’s new GPS system uses satellite images to put you in the right lane

Sponsored Links Rostislav_Sedlacek via Getty Images If you’ve ever used GPS navigation while driving in an unfamiliar place, chances are you’ve had more than one incident with last minute merging — likely because the GPS hasn’t picked up on the number of lanes on the road, or where they lead to. But this particular annoyance’s …

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Tesla settlement reportedly lets it sell and service cars in Michigan

Sponsored Links Tesla Michigan residents can now have Tesla vehicles delivered in their home state, according to AP, Bloomberg and other sources. The automaker and the state have reportedly reached a settlement that would end the former’s lawsuit challenging Michigan’s ban on direct-to-consumer auto sales. Tesla filed the lawsuit back in 2016 after years of …

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Cruise’s self-driving electric shuttle is made for ride-sharing

Cruise still isn’t ready to say when its autonomous vehicle will be available, but now it’s shown off the Origin, a GM-built electric shuttle van that doesn’t have a steering wheel or pedals. Instead it’s fully self-driving, intended to be a shareable, modular vehicle that can handle being on the road all the time. It’s …

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Subaru plans to sell only electric cars by the middle of the 2030s

Sponsored Links Subaru By Ronan Glon Nipping infinite rumors in the bud, Subaru confirmed the Outback, the Forester, the BRZ, the WRX STI, and every other car it makes will go electric or disappear by the middle of the 2030s. The Japanese automaker announced it plans to kick gasoline-powered cars out of its global portfolio …

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Lyft’s autonomous vehicle partner Magna is done with self-driving tech

Sponsored Links Andrei Stanescu via Getty Images Two years after teaming up with Lyft to collaborate on self-driving technology, Magna said that partnership’s coming to an end. The auto parts maker plans to focus on assisted driving products, instead of fully autonomous tech. Magna isn’t fully severing ties with Lyft, in which it invested $200 …

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Comma Ai continues to impress with its aftermarket driver assistance tech

Sponsored Links Way back in 2016 I flew out to Las Vegas to check out Comma Ai’s driver’s assistance system crammed into an Acura. At the time, it was being developed as a self-driving add-on for vehicles. But times have changed and nearly every automaker and startup has since dialed down their autonomous expectations. With …

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Mazda purposely limited its new EV ‘to feel more like a gas car’

Sponsored Links Mazda Mazda not only limited the range of its first EV, the MX-30, it also took some of the fun out of it on purpose, too. The automaker said it tuned the torque deliver of the electric motor to feel less like an EV and more like a gasoline-powered car, according to Autocar. …

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