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Tesla expands ‘full self-driving’ tests, bucking the feds’ safety concerns

Tesla is letting more drivers try out its “full self-driving” tool — just one week after the federal government’s top crash investigator warned that the company still hasn’t addressed “basic safety issues” with the feature.  Tesla drivers can now use a “request” button on their vehicle’s screen to apply to join a beta test for …

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Lucid Beats Tesla in Range, Going 520 Miles on a Charge, EPA Says

Lucid Motors, a startup automaker, has unseated Tesla, the dominant maker of electric cars, as the producer of the electric vehicle that can travel farthest on a single charge. Lucid’s top-of-the-line Air Dream Edition Range can drive 520 miles on a full battery, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday, beating by more than 100 miles …

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This is the very first production-spec Rivian R1T pickup

We first saw the Rivian R1T way back in November 2018, and it’d be fair to say that its modern looks and quad-motor powertrain (with a claimed 0-60mph time of 3.0 seconds) got our attention. And now there’s good news, because the first production-ready R1T has rolled off Rivian’s all-new production line in the brilliantly-named Normal, …

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Tesla must tell NHTSA how Autopilot sees emergency vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance system continues apace. The Associated Press reports that on Tuesday, the NHTSA sent Tesla a letter requesting further information following 12 incidents of Autopilot-enabled Teslas crashing into emergency vehicles parked by the side of the road. In total, 17 people have been injured, and one has died. The NHTSA …

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Three-Row Land Rover Defender 130 Spied For The First Time

Earlier this year, Land Rover promised it’d deliver the long-wheelbase, three-row version of the Defender, called the 130, within 18 months. That was back in March, and it appears the automaker has the capability to meet that self-imposed deadline. A new batch of spy photos shows the stretched SUV for the first time, and while …

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This electric Audi skysphere roadster concept is a Transformer

The problem with modern cars, this Audi implicitly posits, is that they don’t reference enough popular Eighties children’s cartoons. Specifically, The Transformers. This new concept aims to remedy that. Officially called the Audi ‘skysphere’ (no capital), this is a two-seater fully electric concept car that visually references the company’s own Horch 853 roadster from the 1930s …

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Toyota 40 Series Land Cruiser replacement part head back into production

Toyota will manufacture replacement parts for the 40 Series Land Cruiser. The automaker made the announcement on August 1, as part of its celebrations for this year’s 70th anniversary of the Land Cruiser’s launch. Manufactured from 1960 to 1984, The 40 Series wasn’t the first Land Cruiser model, but it was the first to catch …

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Tesla releases big, new software update with Disney+, Car Wash Mode, hotspot, and more

Tesla has started to push a new software update to its fleet today, and it’s one of the bigger ones with several new features, including Disney+, Car Wash Mode, hotspot capability, and more. For years now, Tesla has been leading the auto industry when it comes to over-the-air software update capability. Much like the smartphone …

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You can now spec your Bentley Bentayga with carbon fibre wheels

Great news for those who were thinking about buying a Bentayga but always thought it was around 24kg too heavy – Bentley’s Mulliner division has developed an all-new 22-inch wheel that’s made exclusively from carbon fibre.  Yep, it apparently took five years of engineering in collaboration with Italian composite manufacturer Bucci Composites, but later this …

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