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Italdesign Giugiaro Gea imagines a future fully electric luxury sedan with a motor powering each wheel. It's also meant to be completely autonomous and envisions the future where drivers are no longer necessary.

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There's a strange dichotomy going on inside the Rinspeed Budii Concept, like the robotic arm that manually winds a watch embedded in the dash when a camera notices that it's low on power. Seriously.

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Two of the frontrunners for the $20 million grand prize in the Google Lunar Xprize are teaming up to send three rovers to the moon some time in the second half of 2016, setting up a potential drag race on the moon to determine the winner.

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Deadline reports that Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to an untitled comedy about an autonomous car race. Sent out to test software for self-driving cars on the historic Paris-to-Peking route, "the funniest comedic actors of this generation" decide to take steering wheels into their own hands.

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Volvo is hard at work on its autonomous driving technologies, with a staggering array of sensors and systems working in tandem to drive an actual car through real-world traffic. And it aims to put them on the road in a pilot project in Gothenburg within two years.

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Volvo Chief Explains Company's New Path

There's a lot happening at Volvo right now. To get an idea of what's ahead for the Swedish automaker, we sit down with the company's chief, Hakan Samuelsson, to get a glimpse into the future of Volvo.

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Apple has been mum on whether it's building a car or not, but that isn't stoping industry figures from weighing in on the so-called Project Titan.

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The autonomous Audi TTS developed by engineers from Stanford University recently went to Thunderhill Raceway to lap the track without a driver inside. It also turned a faster lap than an amateur racing driver.

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Daimler boss Dietzer Zetsche doesn't think Google is serious about actually building cars and is just investigating how people use vehicles. He said he sees opportunities to work with the search giant in the future but thinks there is a possibly antagonistic relationship when it comes to data privacy.

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Gigafactory Spawns Housing Demand; Eco-Motive To Build H-Motor Prototype

Tesla is testing the Model X on California roads. Multi-family housing in demand near Tesla Gigafactory. The UK announces funding, little regulation for autonomous car testing. Eco-Motive moves forward with CNG-gasoline H-Motor.

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The Lutz Pathfinder is a little electric pod that is among the first autonomous vehicles to be officially tested in public in the UK. It's part of the country's push to support the tech, and the Lutz starts testing in Milton Keynes later this year.

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60 Minutes has a segment showing how the Software Innovation Division of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency hacks into a Chevrolet Impala through the Onstar telematics system and gains control of the vehicle while reporter Leslie Stahl is driving.

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US Govenrment Using Least Amount Of Energy In Decades

Russian truck manufacturer KAMAZ plans autonomous commercial vehicle. The US government is using least amount of energy since 1975. The reintroduction of an RFS reform bill aims to eliminate the ethanol mandate.

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It's Man Versus Machine As Host Jonathon Buckley Races Against Audi's Autonomous RS7

Translogic host Jonathon Buckley heads back to the Ascari Race Resort in Spain for an encounter with a track rival unlike any other. Watch as "Bucko" challenges "Bobby," Audi's autonomous Audi RS7 racecar to see who is quicker around the course. It's a classic tale of "man versus machine" in this episode of Translogic.

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Disney Research Zurich and the ETH Zurich Autonomous Systems Lab create the Beachbot, a programmable computer on wheels dragging a rake that can create drawings in the sand.

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If ever there was a case of a car that looks better in pictures, the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion is it.

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Nissan and NASA have announced a collaboration on autonomous drive systems, human-machine interfaces, network-enabled applications, and software analysis and verification. Nissan wants to offer such features by 2016, and fully autonomous cars by 2020.

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Audi brings its Prologue concept to CES with a fresh coat of paint, a refreshed interior, autonomous driving technology and hybrid assist for the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 to drive itself and its output up to 605 hp and 701 lb-ft of torque.

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A report in Autoweek says public adoption of autonomous technology in vehicles will continue with the next-generation A8, which will be able to navigate on its own up to 37 mph, make its way through traffic, find a parking spot and park itself.

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BMW X4 reviewed; Lexus GS F shows its face; Mercedes' self-driving F 015 concept breaks cover. All that, and more, in the automotive news headlines on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

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Google announced today that the cute, entirely autonomous car prototype they released in May has been realized as a fully-functional auto ready to hit the roads of Northern California in the new year.

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