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    Report: Are car seats of the future self-adjusting?
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    In 2010, automotive supplier Faurecia showed off a car seat that, via Bluetooth communication with a smartphone app, would adjust itself based on information the occupant had entered. It looks like that was too much work for a busy executive to do, because Automotive News has a story on how that ...

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    Report: BMW to offer carbon fiber wheels in a year or two
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    The Citroën SM sat on the first set of production glass fiber and resin wheels in 1972 when parent company Michelin developed the exotic hoops in order to take the SM rallying. It wasn't until 2008 that we got the first all-carbon-fiber wheel for passenger cars in the form of a prototype ...

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    Featured: Visiting the Shell Technology Center, Part 2: The Law of Unleaded [w/videos]
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    Shell invited us to its Technology Center near Houston, Texas to learn more about its V-Power premium gasoline, and we ended up learning not only about detergent additives but also what the Internet thinks happens inside a car's engine. In Part One of the story of our visit, we tackled the ...

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    Report: Feds cancel plans to collect license-plate data nationally
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    The federal government's plan to build a nationwide database of information culled from license-plate scanners has been canceled. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security quickly reversed course on the proposed project late Wednesday, saying top officials within the department and the ...

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    Report: Next BMW X1 moving to smaller, lighter FWD-biased platform
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    BMW's decision to make the upcoming 2-Series Active Tourer front-wheel drive has been polarizing to say the least, but like it or not, that is the direction the company will go in the near future – one rumor put the number as high as 23 front-wheel-drive models for Mini and BMW combined. ...

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    Video: Nokian concept winter tires get studly on demand
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    Studded snow tires are a rarity in the US today. Many drivers opt for all-season tires for the entire winter, and those that don't generally buy studless snow tires. In many states, studded tires are only permitted during a specific period of the year or even only when the road is snow-covered ...

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    Report: Head-up displays finally poised for major growth
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    Head-up displays used to be exclusive to fighter planes, video games and cheesy science fiction movies, but they are rapidly growing in popularity for cars. They are even starting to penetrate the lower-cost vehicle segments, with systems available on the 2014 Mini Cooper and Mazda3. HUDs are ...

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    Featured: Visiting the Shell Technology Center, Part 1: The Rise of Additives [w/video]
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    Two of the most important additions to a car are also two of the most commonly ignored: gasoline and tires. Companies pour staggering amounts of money, energy and resources into designing, engineering and gaining percentile improvements in automobiles, and what they get in return from consumers ...

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    Report: GM readying aluminum-body fullsize pickups
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    Ford's extensive use of aluminum in its 2015 F-150 is a big deal. A really big deal. Big enough, in fact, that General Motors is reportedly changing its fullsize pickup strategy. According to The Wall Street Journal, The General has locked in partnerships with Alcoa Inc. and Novelis Inc. – ...

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    Official: Rinspeed details Tesla-based autonomous XchangE concept for Geneva [w/video]
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    Like it or not, the age of the self-driving autonomous automobile is just around the corner. But what form will a car's cabin take when the emphasis is taken off of human operation? That's the question that Rinspeed aims to answer with the XchangE concept. Previewed two months ago, Rinspeed has ...

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    Report: Ford tells Congress it collects and protects some driver data
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    Last month Ford's Jim Farley made waves at the CES when it was reported he told show attendees, "We have GPS in your car, so we know what you're doing. By the way, we don't supply that data to anyone." Farley and Ford later partially retracted and clarified that statement. Spurred by a desire ...

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    Video: Ford 3D-printing Mustang out of chocolate and candy for Valentine's Day
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    Is your beloved in love with the new 2015 Ford Mustang? Do they like chocolate (that's a trick question – everyone likes chocolate)? Are they a bit of a futurist? Then this Hallmark holiday, you need to get them this Ford Mustang, 3D-printed in sweet, delicious chocolate. Ford is teaming ...

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    Report: Automakers' rush on aluminum may result in shortage
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    Aluminum is the new buzzword in the automotive industry. The latest Range Rover and Range Rover Sport both take advantage of the lightweight material to shave huge amounts of body fat (only it's called "aluminium" over there). Audi and Jaguar have been using the stuff for years in their A8 and ...

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    Video: Give Nemo a mind of his own with Fish on Wheels [w/video]
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    Studio Dip is a design firm that specializes in products that make use of image recognition technology. Image recognition is pretty cool in practice, but pretty boring to read about online, generally speaking. Teaching fish how to drive, however... now that's the stuff on which this miracle we ...

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    Report: Audi moves to patent electric Quattro and active-shutter wheels
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    Audi might have a few tricks up its sleeve for the coming years, with the Brits at Autocar uncovering a pair of patent filings made by the German luxury brand. The first is something we've seen before - wheel flaps - while the second is an evolution of one of Audi's trademark technologies. We ...

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    Report: BMW details cheaper, sub-M performance cars for young 'brand ambassadors'
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    BMW's M cars are undoubtedly some of the best sport sedans in the world. Unfortunately, their prices put them out of the reach of a huge segment of buyers, many of them young. However, that might change in the near future as BMW launches its M Performance Automobiles performance sub-brand, ...

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    Official: 2015 Mercedes S-Class Coupe leans into the good life
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    When debuting its Concept S-Class Coupe at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz made it no secret that the luxury coupe previewed a future model. As it turns out, Mercedes might as well have unveiled the car then, because the production 2015 S-Class Coupe is practically identical to the ...

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    Rumormill: Audi Q8 E-Tron could have 370-mile range
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    Audi technical boss Ulrich Hackenberg has a huge job ahead of him if he's going to add more electrified models his employer's portfolio. Currently, the German company's electrified offerings amount to just the Q5 Hybrid in the US and the A3 E-Tron in Europe, but British auto mag Autocar is ...

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    Official: 2015 Chevy Silverado HD gets CNG option
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    Using compressed natural gas as vehicle fuel has a number of inherent advantages – it's cleaner and more affordable, meaning that for people with fleets of vehicles to manage (companies, municipalities and the like), the alternative fuel can mean big savings and a clearer conscience. To ...

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    Video: This is what it takes to build a 1,000-mph car
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    The Bloodhound SSC is the offspring of the Thrust SSC that set the world land speed record in 1997, RAF pilot Andy Green blasting across the desert at 793 miles per hour. Whereas Thrust SSC was about going supersonic, though, Bloodhound SSC is about encouraging kids to get into science - it's an ...

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