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Infotainment Influx Taking Toll On Customers and Dealers Alike

You remember Rikk Wilde. The Chevrolet regional manager became an immediate sensation last fall when he stammered through his World Series presentation and invoked the now-famous "technology and stuff" catchphrase to describe the automaker's latest offerings. As it turns out, he's not the only car guy struggling to offer more specifics on the newest automotive technology.

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A newly released study finds that the emissions from post-2007, EPA-compliant diesel engines do not show risks of causing lung cancer in lab rats. The animals were exposed to the exhaust for 80 hours a week for up to 30 months. Previous studies have shown much more adverse effects from older diesels.

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Plug-In SUV Selling Like Gangbusters Everywhere Else

After multiple delays, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is being pushed back yet again for its US debut. The crossover is now set to launch on these shores in April 2016.

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Joining the production-intent version of the McLaren P1 GTR on the British brand's 2015 Geneva Motor Show stage is the newly teased 675LT. Part of the same family as the 650S, the LT is inspired by the famous F1 GTR Longtail racer. The latest variant gets a 25-horsepower boost, lower weight and optimized aero for even greater performance.

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​Domain name registration company GoDaddy made the decision to pull its planned 2015 Super Bowl ad after the commercial caused outrage among animal lovers when it was posted online. The spot is about a very cute puppy making his way home, only to encounter an unexpected twist...

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Michigan State Police are looking to employ a time-saving unmanned aerial vehicle to photograph accident scenes, allowing crashes to be cleared even faster.

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Documents Show Federal Government Mulled Plan To Track Gun Enthusiasts

Drug Enforcement Administration officials once considered using license-plate readers to conduct surveillance on gun show attendees, according to documents released Tuesday.

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ACLU: DEA Has Mined License-Plate Reader Data Since 2008

The US government is tracking the whereabouts of millions of American motorists. Through the use of license-plate readers, federal authorities have collected and stored approximately 343 million records that detail the location of drivers around the country and housed them in a new national database.

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The US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are adding crash imminent braking and dynamic brake support to the list of recommended safety features under the New Car Assessment Program. They are not mandated technologies, simply encouraged for new vehicle buyers.

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After passing "a rigorous state performance evaluation," the hydrogen refueling station and research center at Cal State University Los Angeles has become the first station in Southern California allowed to sell hydrogen by the kilogram. Every other station that charges can only charge a fixed amount per tank, regardless of the amount dispensed.

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Spy shots confirm that BMW is at least testing an all-wheel drive version of the M5, confirming previous rumors. The model likely wouldn't debut until the more powerful, next-gen model debuts and possibly only as an option.

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Ford is getting serious about developing more sophisticated technology for its models, and to make things even better, the automaker is opening the new Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto in Silicon Valley. With a former Apple engineer as the center's technical head, the lab is focusing on five areas: connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data.

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Scientists at the University of Rochester develop a process for making metal so hydrophobic that water is forcefully repelled from its surface. Since the microscopic and nanoscale pattern in the metal is etched into the surface, it won't degrade like chemical coatings.

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The government in Tokyo, Japan, is embarking on an aggressive plan to put 6,000 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and have 35 hydrogen refueling station in the city in time for the Olympic games there in 2020. It's working with Toyota and Honda to hopefully make the goal a reality.

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Cyber-Security Firm Says Popular Device Contains No Security

A Florida-based cyber-security firm claims it has found vulnerabilities in a device that plugs into the cars of approximately 2 million motorists.

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The latest in a string of impressive new technologies from Jaguar Land Rover alerts the driver to potential hazards from pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders through a series of lights, chimes and vibrations.

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While opening a SpaceX office in Seattle, Elon Musk said that the engineers and software programmers in the Pacific Northwest outpost will be working on "a global communications system that would be larger than anything that has been talked about to date." That system would eventually be the start of a satellite communications initiative that would provide Internet for a colony on Mars.

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Smart Fortwo equipped with the 71-horsepower naturally aspirated engine can now be ordered (in Germany anyway) with a six-speed Twinamic dual-clutch transmission, cutting the better part of a second off the 0-60 time but returning no better fuel economy or emissions numbers.

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Virtual reality still seems like sci-fi technology, but Audi claims that its VR Experience is coming to some dealers by the end of the decade. The kit allows potential buyers to view Audi's models in every possible equipment combination and color using a set of VR goggles. Headphones even let a person hear the door close or listen to the radio.

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Hyundai has a slight revision ready for the Veloster in its South Korean home market. Along with some interior and exterior styling tweaks, the biggest change is a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox for the Turbo model.

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Elon Musk just announced he's going to build a hyperloop test track in Texas and the possibility of a pod racing series for students. Could it be he gets the state government to allow Tesla stores in return?

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