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Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Tennis ball bots, eco-straws, smart swear jars

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk! More>>

Here’s the latest news on the Tesla Model 3, including specs and performance

Production of the Tesla Model 3 has officially begun. Tesla's long-awaited entry-level model is far cheaper than the Model S and compete head-to-head with the Chevrolet Bolt EV. We drove it and concluded it lives up to the... More>>

Porsche buys a 10-percent stake in the Croatian brand building a 2,000-hp EV

Croatian start-up Rimac introduced a 2,000-horsepower electric car at the Geneva auto show. The Concept Two caught the attention of Porsche, and the firm has purchased a 10-percent stake in Rimac. More>>

Volkswagen turned the humble Jetta into a 200-mph land-speed missile

A modified 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will make a land-speed record attempt at the Bonneville Salt Flats in August, aiming for a top speed of over 200 mph. The race car previews an upcoming Jetta GLI performance model. More>>

Google Street View cars will help to map out the air quality in London

Google Street View will be taking stock of more than streets, neighborhoods, and houses in the next month or so. Beginning in July, two Google Street View cars will be tasked with monitoring the air quality in London. More>>

Could thermal imaging sensors help make self-driving cars safer?

FLIR Systems thinks one way to make self-driving cars safer would be for them to use thermal imaging tech to better deal with challenging conditions. And they're doing their bit to help. More>>

Using your phone to unlock your car is now one step closer to reality

The Digital Key Release 1.0 Specification offers a peek at how tech companies could standardize the use of smartphones to lock and unlock any car, start its engine, and share access. More>>

Plug-and-play high-torque electric motors for every wheel on self-driving cars

Building on 15 years of experience with high-torque in-wheel electric motors, Slovenia-based Elaphe has developed modular platforms for autonomous vehicles. The Elaphe platform uses electric motors in all four wheels. More>>

Uber is paying drivers a bit extra to drive electric vehicles instead of gas guzzlers

Uber is going electric, and it's not afraid to spend the money to do so. On June 19, the company unveiled a program that incentivizes drivers to use electric vehicles rather than traditional gas guzzlers. More>>

LM Industries works with U.S. Marines, others to become Amazon of manufacturing

The founders of Local Motors, the company that brought us out-of-the-box vehicles like the Rally Fighter, Strati, and Olli, are launching a new company called LM Industries that will use high-tech manufacturing methods. More>>

Volvo has designed a self-docking system for yachts

We're already working on self-parking cars, so why not take things a step further and investigate self-parking boats? Volvo -- an expert on both land and water -- has now designed a self-docking yacht. More>>

By 2021, you could be sleeping behind the wheel of an autonomous Volvo XC90

Volvo plans to release an autonomous car by 2021. The Swedish automaker's research and development chief recently said that the company is planning to sell a Level 4 self-driving crossover SUV. More>>

NHTSA nixes Autopilot Buddy, a Tesla attention-detection cheating device

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a cease and desist letter and ruled the Autopilot Buddy cheat device unsafe. The device's purpose is to defeat Tesla's Autopilot hands-on-the-steering-wheel safety... More>>

Germany plans to put Airbus and Audi’s cool flying taxi concept into the sky

Airbus and Audi unveiled its cool flying taxi concept in 2017. Now there are plans to build a working model and put it in the skies after the German government this week greenlit tests for the vehicle. More>>

Jaguar just smashed a world record for the fastest electric speedboat

If you're looking to satisfy that need for speed, you don't want to go pounding the pavement -- instead, you should be hitting the waves. Jaguar managed to set new world records with its battery-powered boat, the Jaguar... More>>

Apple Car rumor roundup: What you need to know about Project Titan

Apple likely won't become a full-fledged manufacturer like General Motors or Ford, but the tech giant is diving into the auto industry pool. Here's everything we know about the company's automotive efforts. More>>

Google Maps on Android no longer lets you book Uber rides

Early last year, Google announced that Google Maps would allow customers to book rides straight from the Maps app. Now, however, it seems as though that feature has been removed. It's unclear why it happened. More>>

Toyota wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans after years of near misses

Toyota has come close to winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, arguably the world's most prestigious race, numerous times. But the Japanese automaker has never been able to pull it off. That changed this year. More>>

Toyota will use racing tech to build a road-going hypercar

Who said all Toyotas are boring? The Japanese automaker will build a hypercar based on the GR Super Sport concept, using powertrain components lifted from the 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning TS050 Hybrid race car. More>>

Learn how to detail a car so you don’t end up with a dumpster on wheels

A clean car is like a clean house -- you feel better when you're in it. Learn how to detail a car inside and out so you can stop driving around with years of trash and dust. It takes time, but it could pay off in the long... More>>

A storied train station will anchor Ford’s new high-tech Detroit campus

Detroit's Michigan Central Station has sat abandoned for 30 years. But Ford just bought the massive train station, and plans to make it the center of a new campus dedicated to developing autonomous and electric cars. More>>

How Pioneer’s Z-series system gave my aging SUV a 21st century makeover

Can you really teach an old dog new tricks? Pioneer set out to prove you can by outfitting my reborn 1999 Honda CR-V with a state-of-the-art NEX receiver and its latest Z-series speakers. Here’s how the upgrade went down,... More>>

Volvo shows its athletic side with the S60 Polestar Engineered

Tuner Polestar became a stand-alone sub-brand, but it will continue to lend its name and its expertise to Volvo. The next-generation S60 will become the brand's first car to receive the Polestar Engineered package. More>>

Would you commute to work in an driverless electric shuttle? Fisker bets yes

Electric vehicle automaker Fisker has announced that is working on a new autonomous vehicle called the Orbit, a driverless shuttle that will one day be used to ferry commuters around. More>>

Cutting-edge Lidar tech will help Volvo’s autonomous cars see better

Volvo's recently-inaugurated tech fund has made its first investment. It backed an American company named Luminar that specializes in making hardware and software for autonomous cars. Its Lidar helps cars see faster. More>>

Mount this head-up display to your helmet to project any phone app

The Hudway Sight uses a projector and brain connected to your smartphone to project any app onto a head-up display lens. It can even integrate with augmented reality apps to improve your ride. More>>

How to delete your Uber account

If you thought that deleting the Uber app would also delete your account, think again. You'll have to deactivate your account, then wait 30 days. Check out our simple guide to deleting your Uber account once and for all. More>>

Built-in coolers, tents, and kitchenettes make these the best cars for camping

For a successful camping trip, you’ll need a tent, s’mores, and some quality humans to share them with. A good car can transform the entire experience, though, so we’re counting down 15 of the best cars for camping. More>>

Your next car will talk to crosswalks, pay your tolls, and find its own parking

Automotive connectivity is more than bringing your Pandora stations into your car. V2X means your car can connect with other cars and the roadway. This tech will help keep you moving, and it’s coming in the next few years. More>>

488 Pista Piloti Ferrari is a special edition for Ferrari customers who race

The Ferrari 488 Pista Piloti is a special edition for customers involved with the Prancing Horse's racing programs. the vehicle's livery is inspired by a championship-winning race car. More>>

Here’s our first look at the 2018 BMW 8-Series in full production guise

After years of teasing and many rumors, BMW’s all-new, second-generation 8-Series is here. Just as we anticipated, the design hasn’t changed much from the near-production-ready BMW Concept 8-Series -- and that’s a good thing. More>>

Watch a self-driving car negotiate Las Vegas streets jammed with pedestrians

How do self-driving cars avoid colliding with pedestrians? Autonomous-driving startup Torc Robotics explains in this video. It's about not only making sure the car sees pedestrians, but figuring out what to do when it does. More>>

GM’s Maven car-sharing service is convenient, but we’re not giving up our keys

We tried out General Motors’ Maven car-sharing service for a long weekend to see if it’s really a better alternative to owning a car, or just renting one when needed from Enterprise or Avis. More>>

Ford tries to make yellow cabs a little greener with hybrid, diesel powertrains

Ford is launching taxi versions of its Fusion Hybrid sedan and Transit Connect EcoBlue (diesel) van. Taxis spend a lot of time on the road, so improving fuel efficiency could take a big chunk out of overall carbon emissions. More>>

Tesla fully self-driving Autopilot package coming in August, Musk says

Tesla will start adding fully self-driving capabilities to its vehicles with Autopilot Version 9 in August, according to CEO Elon Musk. Meanwhile, the company continues minor software updates to address driving safety issues. More>>

Uber could soon know if you’re drunk before the car arrives to pick you up

Uber has filed a patent outlining an idea to use app-based artificial intelligence capable of detecting "uncharacteristic" behavior, such as drunkenness, among riders. But why does it want to know? More>>

New Tesla Roadster ‘SpaceX package’ will have 10 rocket thrusters, Musk says

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a SpaceX option package for the upcoming second-generation Tesla Roadster. The SpaceX package will include 10 rocket thrusters arranged around the car to help with acceleration, braking, and... More>>

Has Tesla found a way to ensure Autopilot users stay focused on the road?

Tesla has sharply reduced the amount of time Autopilot-using owners can spend without touching the steering wheel in the wake of several highly publicized crashes, including a fatal one in California. More>>

Chinese startup aims to set design direction for autonomous cars

The Byton K-Byte concept debuts at CES Asia in Shanghai as the second concept vehicle from the Chinese electric-car startup. Like Byton's first concept, now dubbed M-Byte, the K-Byte emphasizes connectivity and autonomous... More>>

Ford’s driverless delivery vehicle actually has a driver

Ford has a plan to launch a meal-delivery service by 2021 using autonomous cars that it's developing. But a pilot scheme currently underway in Miami is actually using a driver to control the car. So what's going on? More>>

No hiring ‘vroom’ at Tesla – car company sharply reduces job postings

Getting a job at Tesla may be harder than ever these days. Not necessarily because it is raising the bar for new hires, but rather because the firm appears to be decreasing the number of new team members it brings aboard. More>>

Porsche’s 911 Speedster concept is a 500-hp bare-bones brawler

The Porsche 911 Speedster concept revives the classic roofless body style for Porsche's 70th anniversary. Underneath the retro exterior lurk a 500-horsepower engine and suspension from the 911 GT3. More>>

The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept continues a long-standing tradition

Germany’s renowned luxury performance brand and prancing horse, Porsche, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. And to commemorate the “70 years or Porsche Sports Cars” occasion, the company unveiled the new 911... More>>

How does Uber work?

Uber makes life easier for both riders and drivers, yes, but have you ever wondered how it actually works? We've rounded up everything you might want to know about the popular ridesharing service. More>>

Almost a quarter of Tesla Model 3 orders refunded, according to report

With April 2018 data cited from Second Measure, a financial analytical firm that analyzes anonymized credit and debit card transactions, Tesla refunded almost 23 percent of the Model 3's $1,000 pre-orders. More>>

Honda reboots the much-loved Monkey and Super Cub for 2019

American Honda announced last week it's bringing the Monkey Bike to the U.S. this fall as a 2019 model. Honda is also debuting the newest version of the best-selling motorcycle of all time, the Honda Super Cub. More>>

Yamaha’s Adventure Pro is a rugged tablet built for off-road navigation

The Yamaha Adventure Pro is a rugged Android tablet built for off-road riders that comes with 100,000 trails preloaded into memory. The system also allows users to share routes, post to social media, and run Android apps. More>>

Audi channels its performance heritage into its flagship Q8 SUV

Audi will release a brand-new SUV named Q8 in a few short weeks. As its name implies, the 2019 Q8 is positioned a notch above the Q7. It's a flagship in tech and performance, not size. More>>

Land Rover makes Scottish island less remote with potentially lifesaving project

Land Rover drivers and volunteers delivered unique three-word address plaques to 2,000 remote locations on Scotland's Isle of Mull. Residents can provide their three-word locations when they need an emergency medical response More>>

Hyundai goes big with HDC-2 Grandmaster full-size SUV concept

The Hyundai HDC-2 Grandmaster concept previews the South Korean automaker's upcoming eight-seat, full-size SUV. But Hyundai isn't saying much about the Grandmaster, let alone the production model that will follow it. More>>

The 2019 BMW X5 is here to replace that aging family SUV

Hot on the heels of the reveal of Audi's new Q8 flagship crossover SUV, BMW one-upped its rivals by revealing the 2019 BMW X5 crossover SUV. The new X5 enters its fourth generation while gaining a list of new features. More>>

Acura wants to prove that its RDX SUV is more than a grocery getter

The redesigned 2019 Acura RDX will race at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, one of the world's oldest and toughest automobile races. The RDX will have to handle 156 corners and thin, high-altitude air. More>>

Tesla says driver ignored warnings from Autopilot in fatal California crash

Tesla reported that repeated Autopilot warnings were ignored prior to a fatal crash in a Tesla Model X in Mountain View, California. Now, the NTSB has released its own preliminary - the driver did not have his hands on the... More>>

Driverless cars: Waymo eyes Europe for launch of robot taxi services

Having achieved seven million miles of tests on public roads in the U.S., Waymo says it's now looking to introduce its autonomous-car technology in Europe, plans which could include a robot taxi service. More>>

Daimler’s new E-Mobility Group rolls out two new fully electric trucks in U.S.

Daimler introduced the E-Mobility Group (EMG), focused on electric commercial vehicles. With two new electric-powered Freightliners, the EMG has six electric models, including four trucks and two buses. More>>

Your next rental car from Avis could help you find the best BBQ in town

Rental car giant Avis wants to put a personalized, interactive travel guide in your pocket. The company will add a function to its smartphone app that helps users find places of interest in a given city. More>>

Some of our favorite picks of the best station wagons in history

Wagons can be awesome for offering car-based performance with extra practicality. But they can also be hated for being stereotypical parent vehicles. Either way, we choose our favorite station wagons from history. More>>

Waymo has ordered a huge number of self-driving cars for robot taxi services

Waymo has ordered a huge number of self-driving cars for its planned robot taxi service. It currently has 600 autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans on the road, but now it's getting another 62,000. Yes, you read that right. More>>

CEO says Uber in partnership talks with Waymo for self-driving technology

Uber would like to work with Waymo, Google's self-driving car division. Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the two companies are having discussions about partnering, but Waymo declined to comment. More>>

We drove Bugatti’s 1,500-hp Chiron on the French backroads where it grew up

Digital Trends traveled to Molsheim, a small town Alsatian town Bugatti has called home for over a century, to learn more about its heritage and drive the Chiron on some of the roads it came to life on. More>>

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