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The Cruise RP-1 turns an Audi A4 or S4 into a semi-autonomous car

Automotive tuners and aftermarket companies offer many ways of adding performance, luxury and personalization to cars and trucks. Each year, the SEMA Show highlights the latest and loudest. Now there's a start-up advertising an aftermarket kit designed to tune your car into a self-driving chauffeur … kind of. Cruise's Audi automation kit lets the car take over most of the driving but still requires a human driver at the ready.  Read More

Ray is able to park, transport, and retrieve cars autonomously

You've just caught the "red-eye" flight home. The baby in the next row screamed all of the way, your inflight meal was awful, and you're beyond tired. You drag yourself off the plane and schlep your heavy baggage over to the car park – only to realize that you’ve forgotten where you parked your car. At times like this, wouldn’t it be nice if you could just have your vehicle magically appear? Well, if you're at Düsseldorf Airport in Germany you can. That's because "Ray" the parking robot concierge installed there knows when your flight arrives, picks up your car in its mechanical arms and delivers it right to you.  Read More

Speed Unfettered: Best of the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014

The racing world is still recovering from the pounding speed hangover left by this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed. Its pain is your gain, as this year's festival was filled to its artistic arch with ultra-fast supercars, racing personalities, legendary vintage cars, dirt-spewing rally cars and futuristic virtual concept cars.  Read More

Aston Martin reveals its Vision Gran Turismo

After recent reveals by Volkswagen and Nissan, Aston Martin has shown the world what it has to say about Gran Turismo 6. The DP-100 Vision Gran Turimso hits the virtual racetrack with 800 hp worth of mid-engined fury and an intriguing, futuristic look.  Read More

The new McLaren 650s GT3

No one could accuse Mclaren of being lazy lately. On top of the 650S Special Edition that wowed Goodwood, the British manufacturer has also shown the world the GT3 racer that will replace the 12C's GT3 edition.  Read More

The Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Virtual reality became reality reality at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week as Nissan unveiled the physical version of its Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo “virtual supercar.” The futuristic concept will be available next month as an avatar in PlayStation Gran Turismo 6 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the driving game.  Read More

In the past, Toyota estimated a range of 300 miles (483 km)

Toyota showed its Fuel Cell Vehicle at this year's CES, discussing plans to bring it to market in 2015. The company has taken the next step, revealing the production design and Japanese pricing for the model, which it's now calling the Fuel Cell Sedan.  Read More

The Jaguar F-Type Project 7 is fully road legal

Like McLaren with its MSO 650S, Jaguar has used this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed to debut a vehicle making the jump from concept to limited production run. For Jaguar it's the F-Type Project 7, a fully road-legal two-seater roadster described as the "most performance-focused derivative of the acclaimed F-Type range," and the fastest and most powerful production Jaguar ever built.  Read More

The MiTo concept gives the 120-hp Alfa hatch a unique look

Over the years, we've seen a number of audio-focused vehicle tunes, including the Nissan Juke Box and recent Volkswagen Amarok Power. A new audio tune package packs the sporty Alfa Romeo MiTo full of the sound and look of the guitar amp legends at Marshall. The Alfa MiTo by Marshall concept car combines raw motoring and rawer sound.  Read More

Ford's new knee airbag (bottom) uses the outer panel of the glove box to distribute the fo...

There's little doubt that knee airbags serve an important role in automobiles, protecting occupants' knees and shins from hard impacts against the dash in the event of a collision. However, as with any added component, they do take up space within the vehicle. Ford is addressing that factor in its 2015 Mustang, which will feature a passenger-side knee airbag that's built into the existing glove box.  Read More

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