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A Bentley Continental GT Speed driven by actor Idris Elba has set a new British land speed record. The "Flying Mile" takes the average speed of a vehicle across two rolling-start runs of a mile (1.6 km) each. Elba achieved an average speed of 180.361 mph (290.263 km/h).

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Self-driving cars might be grabbing all the headlines, but it seems like self-driving trucks might hit the road first. At the Hoover Dam outside of Las Vegas, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) showed off its Freightliner Inspiration Truck, which has been officially licensed to operate on public highways in the state of Nevada. The autonomous hauler allows the driver to hand over full control to the onboard computer under proper traffic and environmental conditions.

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Since we last looked at the Mazzanti Evantra, the Italian supercar entered limited production. That isn't stopping Mazzanti from revealing newly specced show cars to tantalize the eyes and minds of the rich and famous, however. Last month, the boutique supercar maker once again added some flair to Top Marques Monaco, revealing a marble-white Evantra with an upgraded 751-hp powertrain.

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Wearable technology uptake may still be in its early stages, but car manufacturers are already leveraging the technology in an effort to improve the ownership experience for car buyers. Following the Google Glass app from Tesla and hot on the heels of BMW, Volkswagen is offering an Apple Watch app that allows owners to control a raft of car functions, all without ever having to take their phone from their pockets.

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Mercedes-Benz has revealed a refreshed version of its G-Class 4x4. Hitting dealerships later this year, the new G-Class lineup includes the all-new EDITION 463 package and the new 416-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 previewed in the G 500 4x4² concept revealed at this year's Geneva Motor Show. The venerable off-roader is more capable than ever.

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Back in January Jaguar Land Rover announced its tie-in with Intel and Seeing Machines to develop eye-tracking technology that could be used prevent drowsy driving – but the firm also has other ideas for eye sensing tech that are both more mundane and more useful in day-to-day terms.

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Vehicles that are practical and tough enough to deal with the rigors of farm life need to be able to carry their loads across rough and rocky terrain. That's where the Australia-built Tomcar comes in. Built around a strong, light frame, the Tomcar has been designed to carry people and their goods across whatever Mother Nature can throw at it.

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It's hard to imagine that some pickup truck owners wish their vehicle was more sassy, but for those who do, a new Skoda concept might be just what they're after. The Skoda Funstar is a pickup truck based on the firm's Fabia model, and is designed to be cheeky, fresh and surprising. Read More
Of all the electric cargo cycles we've seen, including the Urban Arrow and 2X4, the Velove Armadillo promises the most pedal-assist cargo hauling capability. The four-wheeled platform supports a big, ol' cargo box or semi-trailer on the rear, making the typical two-wheel grocery getter look downright undersized. The pedaled quad is so cargo hungry, Velove believes it can replace the cargo van when transporting smaller loads over short distances. Read More
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