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    Ford opens new Silicon Valley research unit

    by  • January 26, 2015 • Motoring News, Technology

    2015 Ford Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto

    Ford aims to have one of the largest automotive manufacturer research facilities in Silicon Valley by the end of 2015 with the opening of its Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto. While Ford opened its first office in Silicon Valley in 2012, this new facility aims to accelerate the development of ‘technologies and...

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    Car of the future, gesture control and global experiments – car tech at CES

    by  • January 6, 2015 • Motoring News, Technology

    Mercedes-Benz offered a glimpse into the commute of the future at International CES in Las Vegas today, with the unveiling of the extremely futuristic-looking Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion concept car. Keynote speaker Dr Dieter Zetsche said the most important luxury goods of the 21st century are ‘private space and quality time’ and...

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    Car companies talk tech at CES

    by  • January 5, 2015 • Motoring News, Technology

    No, the C in International CES does not stand for car, but with all the automotive technology on the schedule you’d be forgiven for thinking so. The Consumer Electronics Show officially kicks off in Las Vegas tomorrow, with Ford’s Mark Fields and Mercedes-Benz’ Dieter Zetsche among the keynote speakers. Tonight (4am GMT), Dr Zetsche...

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    Google takes a bite out of Apple’s car plan

    by  • July 30, 2014 • Features, Technology

    2014 Android Auto Google Maps

    In-car connectivity systems are fantastic pieces of technology, offering anything from reading aloud your text messages and taking dictation to streaming music from your phone. They’re not new systems, however, and given the time lag between the arrival of a new car and the rapidly advancing technology, they’re often not the most up to...

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    Tesla goes open source with EV technology

    by  • June 13, 2014 • Motoring News, Technology

    2014 Tesla Model S exterior front right static

    Electric vehicle company Tesla has opened up its technology to other EV manufacturers in an effort to stymie the ‘enormous flood of gasoline cars pouring out of the world’s factories every day’. In a blog post, its chief executive Elon Musk said that Tesla originally pursued patents because it feared the major manufacturers would...

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    Google unveils steering wheel-less car

    by  • May 27, 2014 • Motoring News, Technology

    2014 Google self-driving car prototype

    No steering wheel, no accelerator, no brake pedal – the latest Google car is the ultimate in simple and the tech company also wants it to be the ultimate in safety. Google unveiled the ultra cute little two seater ‘car’ by giving members of the public a spin. Director of the Self-Driving Car Project,...

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    Smart Highway the road of tomorrow

    by  • April 30, 2014 • Motoring News, Technology

    Smart Highway illuminated

    Range anxiety could soon be a thing of the past if a Dutch project to create a sustainable under-road electric vehicle charger comes to pass. Range anxiety is the emotion felt by electric car drivers who fear their vehicle won’t make it to the nearest charge point before it runs out of battery power....

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    Knight Rider’s KITT is in Ireland

    by  • April 3, 2014 • Motoring News, Technology

    KITT exterior right side static

    The most iconic self driving car of all time is in Ireland. Knight Industries Two Thousand, or KITT to ’80s kids, is at Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre in Co Kildare until April 27. The 1986 Pontiac Firebird 5.0-litre V8 145hp has full KITT customisation and is currently owned by actor David Hasselhoff, who played...

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