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Audi Announces The New A8, Featuring Nvidia Tech – Seeking Alpha

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Rethink Technology business briefs for July 14, 2017. Audi claims the A8 is the first production automobile developed for autonomous driving Source: Nvidia Audi (OTCPK:AUDVF) unveiled the 2018 flagship A8 at the Audi Summit in Barcelona, Spain. In its press release, Audi claims: The new A8 is the first production automobile to have been developed specially for highly automated driving. The Audi AI traffic jam pilot takes charge of driving…

One of the world’s biggest banks is betting that all new cars in Europe will be electric by 2035 – Quartz

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The internal combustion engine has had a long run, but its days have been numbered for a while now. A recent survey from Dutch bank ING has pegged the year 2035 as the point when battery-powered cars will slay the gasoline engine for good. Sales of electric vehicles have been slowly growing in Europe and the US, and are surging in China—in 2016, China registered as many as 352,000 new…

New Report Says Electric Cars Will Dominate European Markets by 2035 – Futurism

Saturday, July 15, 2017

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How does a $3 million car look, sound and drive? – CBS News – CBS News

Saturday, July 15, 2017

One of the most exclusive cars on the market today can go from zero to 60 in less than two and a half seconds. The Bugatti Chiron can reach up to 261 mph and is said to be the fastest production car in the world. Only 500 models were built worldwide, and half have reportedly already been sold. CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave took the luxurious car for a…

UK plans to halt production of petrol cars by 2040 | The Independent – The Independent

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Government officials want the production of new petrol and diesel vehicles to have seized by 2040 as it attempts to phase out high-emission cars from the streets of Britain.  As part of the Government’s obligation to adhere to the targets under the Paris climate accord and reduce emissions to zero by 2050, Jesse Norman, the parliamentary under-secretary at the Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed Theresa May’s administration would stick with…

Microsoft Bringing Skype to BMW Cars – Investopedia

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Microsoft Corp.’s (MSFT) push into the automotive market just got a boost after the software giant announced it is bringing Skype to BMW vehicles. Expanding an existing partnership inked in 2016, the Redmond, Wash., tech company said Skype, its internet conferencing platform, will be integrated into BMW cars. With this deal, drivers will be able to conduct Skype meetings in their rides via the built-in entertainment system. (See also: Microsoft…

7500 pounds of live eels spill onto Oregon highway, coat cars in slime – CBS News

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Drivers on a Portland highway were caught in a sticky situation on Thursday after a truck filled with live eels overturned and covered passing cars in slime. The 59-year-old driver, Salvatore Tragale, was headed toward a construction zone when he was flagged to stop. As he hit the brakes, the weight of the 7,500 pounds of slime eels inside caused the truck to tip, Oregon State Police said. Thirteen shipping…

How does a $3 million car look, sound and drive? – CBS News

Friday, July 14, 2017

One of the most exclusive cars on the market today can go from zero to 60 in less than two and a half seconds. The Bugatti Chiron can reach up to 261 mph and is said to be the fastest production car in the world. Only 500 models were built worldwide, and half have reportedly already been sold. CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave took the luxurious car for a…

Honda recalls more than a million cars over battery fires – CNNMoney

Friday, July 14, 2017

Honda is hitting its U.S. customers with yet another recall — this time over flaming batteries. The Japanese firm announced on Thursday that it would recall nearly 1.2 million Accord vehicles produced between 2013 and 2016, after receiving multiple reports of the cars’ battery sensors causing fires in the engine. The sensors, which notify drivers when there is a problem with the battery, may not be “sufficiently sealed” against moisture,…

Audi RS 7 combines luxury, looks and performance – Chicago Sun-Times

Friday, July 14, 2017

In previous luxury vehicle reviews, I’ve highlighted Audi’s ability to combine the right amount of tech, performance and luxury. This remains the case with the 2017 Audi RS 7 sedan I recently tested. Manufacturers like Audi and Buick are tweaking the traditional premium sedan concept to adapt a fastback profile. The RS 7 is a big car, but Audi designers have crafted a graceful roof line that flows into a…

BMW to include Skype for Business in-car via iDrive – TechCrunch

Thursday, July 13, 2017

BMW is doing more with partner Microsoft to bring productivity to its vehicles. After adding Office 365 communications features to its BMW 5 series late last year, it’s now also bringing Skype for Business to its infotainment features, making it possible for users to connect to Skype meetings in the car. The Skype integration is going to be integrated into BMW’s iDrive system, and will allow users to join online…

Used car ‘time bomb’ complicates auto industry transformation, new report says – Los Angeles Times

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The historic transformation of the automobile industry will generate billions to trillions of dollars for companies and investors. But for traditional automakers, the road ahead will be bumpy, risky and expensive. That’s the assessment of consulting firm AlixPartners, which released an extensive report Wednesday that uses market research and consumer surveys to lay out some of the major challenges facing automakers — with some interesting findings about Tesla. The report…

New Audi A8 Limo Offers Hands Free Traffic Driving; Plug-in Hybrid Comes Later – Forbes

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg Audi unveiled its new A8 flagship limousine,which makes another step towards the eventual goal of taking control away from humans and handing it over to the computer. Audi says the new A8 boasts a new design language, but like most of the German luxury maker’s new cars, it is barely distinguishable from the previous model by the unpractised eye. Audi introduced the new sedan at an event…

GM’s judgment day: How two Venezuelan car dealers seized an auto factory – Reuters

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government has seized assets from dozens of foreign corporations in nationalizations by the late President Hugo Chavez and the embattled current government of Nicolas Maduro. The man behind the confiscation of General Motors Co’s $100 million assembly plant in April is a much more obscure figure: Kaled Kansao, the owner of two long-defunct GM dealerships. Kansao convinced a court to seize the plant as the remedy…

Audi’s A8 is a declaration of war on buttons, but now the battle with fingerprints begins – The Verge

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

If there’s one thing that truly signposts the distance in interface development between phones and cars, it’s the reliance on buttons: phones are almost completely devoid of them, whereas cars seem to be abiding by a minimum quota of physical widgets, toggles, and doodads. But not the new Audi A8. This luxury sedan exhibits a deliberate hostility to buttons, opting instead for smooth black surfaces that transform into multifunctional touchscreens…

Audi’s New Self-Driving A8 Is Perfect for Dealing With Traffic Jams – Fortune

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Audi on Wednesday introduced the newest edition of its A8 luxury sedan, a car the German automotive brand will propel it into the future. The Audi A8 features cutting-edge technology ranging from its infotainment display to its 286-and-up horsepower engine. But the star of the new vehicle is what Audi calls the “traffic jam pilot.” With a front camera along with a combination of LIDAR, radar and ultrasonic sensors, the…

Ex-governor Robert Bentley fighting to keep pistol permit – AL.com

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Former governor Robert Bentley has filed a complaint against Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ron Abernathy in an effort to keep his firearms permit, the Tuscaloosa News reported. Bentley’s attorney Bill Athanas filed a complaint in Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court on Tuesday. According to the complaint, Abernathy revoked Bentley’s pistol permit in April, citing a “justifiable concern for public safety.” The permit was revoked just days after Bentley resigned from office after pleading…

Fire Damages Multiple Cars in Newark – NBC Bay Area

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A fire in Newark on Wednesday scorched multiple cars and harmed the outside of a commercial building, according to the Alameda County Fire Department. Firefighters were alerted about the blaze, which ignited outside of a building at 5511 Central Ave., just before 2:15 a.m., fire officials said. The blaze was knocked down in roughly 15 minutes. A row of cars parked outside of the building were actively involved in the…

Audi’s A8 is a declaration of war on buttons, but now the battle with fingerprints begins – The Verge

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

If there’s one thing that truly signposts the distance in interface development between phones and cars, it’s the reliance on buttons: phones are almost completely devoid of them, whereas cars seem to be abiding by a minimum quota of physical widgets, toggles, and doodads. But not the new Audi A8. This luxury sedan exhibits a deliberate hostility to buttons, opting instead for smooth black surfaces that transform into multifunctional touchscreens…

Audi’s New Self-Driving A8 Is Perfect for Dealing With Traffic Jams – Fortune

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Audi on Wednesday introduced the newest edition of its A8 luxury sedan, a car the German automotive brand will propel it into the future. The Audi A8 features cutting-edge technology ranging from its infotainment display to its 286-and-up horsepower engine. But the star of the new vehicle is what Audi calls the “traffic jam pilot.” With a front camera along with a combination of LIDAR, radar and ultrasonic sensors, the…