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    Nissan Wants to Block Your Phone Signal While You’re Driving

    Despite many initiatives and technologies to combat distracted driving, the practice is still as widespread as ever. Nissan is the latest company to take a crack at the problem by turning the armrest storage box into a signal blocker. Nissan is testing their Signal Shield in their Nissan Juke CUV in the UK. It’s the […]

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    Uber is Planning to Have Flying Taxis By 2020

    It hasn’t been a good year for Uber. The ride sharing company has been hit by revelations of a toxic corporate culture and a lawsuit from Waymo over stolen technology. But, through it all, Uber is still looking upwards. This week, Uber Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden said that Uber plans to have flying cars […]

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    You Can Now Hitch a Ride With a Waymo Self-Driving Car in Phoenix

    After extensive testing of their driverless cars in Arizona, Waymo is ready to get their show on the real road. Waymo, which exists under the same umbrella company as Google, will now be offering rides in self-driving cars to willing passengers in and around Phoenix — and they’ll be doing it for free! Those interested can […]

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    You Can Now Preorder a Flying Car for a Little Over $1 Million

    I suppose it’s transformative technology in its own way. Slovakia-based company AeroMobil’s flying car, despite appearances, isn’t going to redefine transportation, but it can transform from a light airplane to a car, and after years of testing, it’s available for preorder. Think of it as a Transformer toy, but for like, really rich people. At the risk […]

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    Apple Now Has a Permit to Test Self-Driving Cars in California

    With Google (through Waymo), Tesla, and Uber pushing hard into autonomous driving systems and Samsung getting into the game by buying Harman, Apple’s been conspicuously absent from the self-driving car race. That hasn’t stopped rumors from flying about their super secret autonomous driving plans — plans that might be coming into the light soon. It’s been […]

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    Tesla is Now the Most Valuable United States Automaker

    They’re not profitable, they don’t always (or often) meet deadlines, and they don’t sell the most cars, but Tesla can now claim one superlative among car companies — they’re the most well-funded. As of today, they’re the most highly valued car United States car company at $50.84 billion, passing GM’s $50.79 billion. Given that Tesla doesn’t […]

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    Intel Buys Autonomous Car Sensor Specialist Mobileye for $15.3 Billion

    Big news in the autonomous car world last week, as Intel acquired Mobileye, a company known for its autonomous car sensors, for $15.3 billion. The agreement allows Intel to move closer toward a comprehensive autonomous car platform, something we first started hearing about at CES. In hindsight, the acquisition shouldn’t have come as a surprise. […]

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    Volkswagen is Making the Official Vehicle of Self-Discovery Electric

    Back before internet forums, the way people found themselves was within the confines of a rusted Volkswagen microbus, along with enough friends and strangers to guarantee sufficient money for gas. So, call the I.D. Buzz a sign of the times — Volkswagen’s new concept microbus doesn’t require gas or a driver. Someday the I.D. Buzz will […]

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    Logitech Brings Alexa to Your Car

    Not too long ago we took a look at the Logi ZeroTouch smart car system, a way for owners of older cars to turn their smartphones into a driver safe smart car interface. Snapping an Android phone into one of Logitech’s dash or vent mounts automatically launches the ZeroTouch app, which enables simple voice commands […]

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    Kia Niro 2017 Hybrid Crossover – Ready to Take on the Prius

    The Kia Niro is having a great week — its commercial starring Melissa McCarthy was one of the best of Super Bowl LI. But the commercial isn’t just hilarious. It speaks volumes as to what the Niro is about — that it’s a truly eco-friendly CUV. Size differences aside, the Toyota Prius (especially with the Prius […]

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    The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe CUV Review

    At CES last month, we got a chance to try out Hyundai’s latest CUV, the 2017 Santa Fe. Turns out, it was a good fit for the occasion — not only does it handle well in Las Vegas CES traffic, it’s a pretty tech-friendly vehicle, even at the cheaper trims. With a clean, sweeping exterior that […]

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    Harman’s Connected Car of the Future Might Foretell the End of Car Ownership

    Wondering why Samsung decided to buy Harman for $8 billion? Here’s why. After demonstrating their LIVS (Life-enhancing Intelligent Vehicle Solution) connected car platform at CES last year, Harman showed off an improved demo with a new Rinspeed prototype at this year’s show, and it’s becoming clear that Harman has an ambitious vision of the future of cars. […]

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    2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback Review

    Despite its affordable price, the 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback doesn’t feel or look like a budget hatchback. Its exterior is attractive, as is its two-toned interior, but beyond its good looks, there’s lots of tech packed inside to help make the Cruze look and feel like a more premium vehicle. The centerpiece of those tech […]

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    ZTE, Mojio, and T-Mobile Team Up to Help Make Older Cars Smarter

    While the connected car is slowly but surely becoming the norm in the auto industry, that doesn’t do much for the millions of older cars still on the road and in very good working condition. But, there are a lot of reasons to try to make those older cars smarter — there are individual safety benefits, […]