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Volvo XC40 allows your friend or family to borrow the car without a key

Say you're away on vacation and someone you trust, perhaps a close friend or family member, needs to borrow your car. With the 2019 Volvo XC40 arriving next spring, you'll be able to grant a person access to the car via an app. The person borrowing the car will be able to access and start it all with a smartphone, so you don't need to...

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Luxury automakers focus on too much "stupid" tech, Genesis performance boss says

Genesis' performance chief Albert Biermann had some harsh words for the brand's German rivals. The former BMW M boss of 30 years said rival brands invest too much in unnecessary technology, and it gives Genesis a clear path forward for quality and longevity. "It's all marketing, first of all," Biermann told Drive. "How many people really buy it later...

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BMW might ditch car keys all together

The days of grabbing keys to gain access to one's car may be a thing of the past in future BMWs. The automaker has recently questioned the need for car keys altogether, according to a report by Reuters. During last week's 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Ian Robertson, BMW's board member responsible for sales, said many if not all of its customers carry a...

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GKN Drivelines introduces off-the-shelf torque-vectoring eAxle

Last week we saw Bosch reveal its "e-axle" off-the-shelf" electric powertain solution for automakers who don't have the means or inclination to develop their own. Now another company is doing something similar. GKN Driveline, a leading supplier of automotive drivelines and technologies, introduced the "eTwinsterX" at the Frankfurt auto show. The eTwinsterX...

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Samsung SDI’s latest electric-car battery cells: energy capacity up 50 percent

Companies that fabricate lithium-ion battery cells rarely stage elaborate displays at global auto shows. Korean maker Samsung, though, feels its latest advance in electric-car battery tech warranted its booth at this week's 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Samsung SDI, which supplies battery cells to the likes of Audi and BMW, showcased a new and more compact...

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Continental looks to improve safety with its latest tire concepts

It's always amazing to see what tire manufacturers are dreaming up for the future. Most of the time, it's a concept based in the distant future when nano bots are able to repair your self-healing tires as your autonomous pod whisks you to an AI-controlled beachfront home. This time, however, Continental is looking a bit closer in the not-too-distant future...

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5 things you need to know about the Mercedes-AMG Project One

The closest thing to a homologation special we're likely to see out of Formula 1, the Mercedes-AMG Project One is one very special car. On the sidelines of the Frankfurt motor show, we sat down with AMG's Rene Wollman. His business card calls him the Project One's "Project Leader," but he's much more than that. He was the one that AMG boss Tobias Moers...

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Ford loves patents and just added one for active thigh support

Ford has been on quite the patent kick as of late. The Blue Oval has recently filed patents for odd steering wheels, an interesting integrated bike rack, a system for a removable steering wheel and pedal box, and even a self-leveling cupholder. Ford is looking to bring some innovative new features to its cars, that much is clear. The latest patent shows...

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Williams Advanced Engineering debuts off-the-shelf EV platform

Automakers spend millions to design and engineer vehicle platforms, but some suppliers think a switch to off-the-shelf solutions may be an essential part of future vehicles. To capitalize on this, Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology offshoot of the Williams Formula 1 team, has revealed its own electric vehicle platform called the FW-EVX...

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Jaguar Future-Type is a familiar vision of a self-driving city car

More and more people are predicted to move to large cities in the future. Limited parking spots coupled with congestion will make owning and driving your own car a hassle. The automakers realize this and seem to have reached a consensus on the solution: self-driving city cars that run around town offering rides. Jaguar is the latest automaker to reveal its...

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