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Porsche equipping mechanics with augmented reality glasses

Porsche service centers will become even more connected come 2018 after the brand announced on Monday it will equip technicians with augmented reality (AR) glasses for increased efficiency. The glasses, called "Tech Live Look," are powered by AiR Enterprise software. Not only will they provide AR capability, but they include a high-resolution, autofocus...

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Self-driving Jaguar Land Rover prototypes take to public roads in UK

Self-driving prototypes from Jaguar Land Rover last week took to public roads in the automaker's home market for the first time. The test was part of the United Kingdom's Autodrive project, a government-backed 3-year initiative that involves testing of self-driving cars on the streets of Milton Keynes and Coventry. Previously, all testing was...

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Porsche 911 hybrid back on the radar

With Tesla last week revealing a second-generation Roadster capable of 0-60 mph acceleration in 1.9 seconds and a top speed of 250 mph, the major sports car marques have been well and truly put on notice. That's because while Tesla may miss deadlines and is currently in its own "production hell" over the Model 3, the company's...

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Why doesn’t the Honda Civic Type R have (much) torque steer?

The Honda Civic Type R is an impressive little beastie. In fact, if you missed it, we named Honda's hot hatch the Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2018. We lauded its handling capabilities, and a major part of the magic is how Honda managed to basically eliminate torque steer in a 306-horsepower front-wheel-drive car. Why doesn't it exhibit torque steer or...

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Nissan says its self-driving cars can handle door-to-destination travel by 2020

Nissan recently demonstrated an Infiniti Q50-based prototype fitted with the most advanced version of its ProPilot self-driving system. ProPilot is Nissan and Infiniti's new banner for self-driving technologies, and right now it only consists of electronic driver assist features, such as adaptive cruise control, automatic braking and warning systems...

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Waymo found drivers asleep, so it dumped partial self-driving feature

Alphabet Inc.'s self-driving car subsidiary, Waymo, has made a conscious decision to skip partial self-driving technology. Why? The company found its test drivers napping behind the wheel, which meant they'd be unable to resume control of the car if needed. Clearly, this speaks volumes as to how the general public could react to commercialized partial...

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Chevy rolls out new magnetic ride control calibrations for C7 Corvette

Without any hardware changes, Chevrolet will make 2015-2016 C7 Corvette Z06s even faster around the track. The brand announced new magnetic ride control calibrations for all 2014-2016 C7 Corvette Stingray and Z06 variants, but the Z06 benefits most. The calibrations bring a new Track mode to Corvette Z06 models equipped with the FE6 and FE7 suspension...

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What uses less gas: coasting or engine braking?

Getting the most of your vehicle, with regards to fuel economy, is to play a game of efficiency. You have to find the most efficient manner of driving in a given situation. That leads some to put a vehicle in neutral and team up with gravity for a bit of downhill acceleration. Modern cars, however, are quite intelligent. There's a fair chance that you're...

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Toyota eyes airless tires for future electric cars

Many companies have shown airless tire concepts—Polaris is the only company to actually commercialize them—but the technology is yet to reach any sort of mass adoption in the automotive sector. If Toyota has its way, future electric cars from the company will run airless tires to help offset negative weight gains attributed to electric motors...

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