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UPDATE: McLaren Says It’s Not Talking About Selling Itself To Apple

Well, that was quick: shortly after a report from the Financial Times hit the news cycle today saying that Apple was in talks to buy McLaren, the automaker says that’s not happening. [More]

Lawmakers Introduce Bill Aimed At Preventing Hot Car Deaths

Lawmakers Introduce Bill Aimed At Preventing Hot Car Deaths

In an effort to keep children from dying in hot cars, three lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require car manufacturers to integrate technology capable of warning adults that there’s still a child in the backseat. [More]

Cynthia Smoot

New Car Infotainment Systems Will Cost You Once Free Trial Is Up

It used to be that your new car came with two infotainment systems: a radio and a tape or CD player. (8-tracks were briefly a thing, too, though record players in cars didn’t quite catch on.) Now even basic-model cars come with complex infotainment systems, but they also come with a catch: subscriptions to services that you’ll have to renew if you decide to keep them. [More]

Amazon Wants To Show You Cars Online, But Won’t Actually Sell One To You

Amazon Wants To Show You Cars Online, But Won’t Actually Sell One To You

In yet another effort to strengthen its grip on e-commerce and infiltrate shoppers’ lives even more deeply, Amazon.com has just launched a new online car-browsing tool. [More]

Daniel Oines

Don’t Waste Your Time Sending These Ideas To Ford

We’ve all been there: you’re in your car, driving along, when you’re suddenly struck with an idea for an insanely awesome invention that could totally change the way you and the rest of the world drive. That’s great, and Ford wants you to send it some of those ideas, but others, well, it’s heard’em before. [More]

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Uber Reportedly Shrugs Off Idea Of Acquiring Lyft

With reports circulating that ride-hailing service Lyft may be looking to sell itself, it makes sense to think of Uber, its most prominent competitor, as a potential buyer. However, it seems very unlikely that regulators would allow this merger, or that Uber is even interested. [More]

Ford Teams Up With Jose Cuervo To Make Car Parts From Tequila Byproduct

Mike Mozart / Robin Ryan

Mixing cars and booze is a bad idea, but Ford and tequila giant Jose Cuervo are unlikely partners thanks to a new venture that hopes to make plastic car parts from materials left over from the tequila making process. [More]

U.S. Now Has Highest Death Rate For Car Crashes Among Comparable Countries

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The motor vehicle death rate in the U.S. has dropped 31% since 2000, which may sound impressive until you see that these deaths dropped by an average of 56% in 19 other comparable countries during the same period of time, leaving America as the country with the highest vehicle crash death rate among these high-income nations. [More]

Elon Musk: Tesla Model S Can Be Used Like A Boat For “Short Periods Of Time”

Elon Musk: Tesla Model S Can Be Used Like A Boat For “Short Periods Of Time”

It’s a car, it’s a boat… it’s a Tesla? Should Model S owners ever find themselves in a suddenly wet situation, Tesla CEO says not to worry — the cars can basically turn into a boat for a little bit when you need them to. [More]

Will

Sears Expanding DieHard Brand With Foray Into The Car Tire Business

After hinting that it would be exploring unnamed options for getting more out of some of its signature house brands, Sears has announced that it will be expanding DieHard’s reach in the automotive market by selling passenger-car tires under the brand. [More]

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Tesla Opens A ‘Boutique’ Inside A Nordstrom Store

This weekend, electric car maker Tesla will open its latest showroom in California in an unexpected place: inside a Nordstrom department store. Sure, there are Tesla stores in malls, but a mini-store that sells actual cars inside a department store is a new development. Even if the store doesn’t actually sell any cars. [More]

GM Debuts New “Rear Seat Reminder” Feature In Battle Against Hot Car Deaths

GM Debuts New “Rear Seat Reminder” Feature In Battle Against Hot Car Deaths

Every summer we find ourselves hearing about children who have died after being left behind in hot cars, and it’s no different this year: 12 kids have died from heatstroke in cars, safety advocates say. In an effort to prevent those deaths, GM has unveiled a new feature that will let drivers know when someone has been left behind in the car. [More]

Tesla Denies Report Of Possible Safety Defect In Model S & “Troubling” Nondisclosure Agreements

Tesla Denies Report Of Possible Safety Defect In Model S & “Troubling” Nondisclosure Agreements

Yesterday, regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it had begun looking into possible issues with the suspension on Tesla’s Model S sedans, but the high-end electric vehicle maker is currently denying that there are any safety issues with the Model S suspensions, or that there is a formal investigation into the matter. [More]

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Here’s Why You Won’t Find Aggressive Discounts On Subarus

Have you noticed that your local Subaru dealer probably doesn’t offer deep price cuts and entertaining promotions to get customers in the door. like the sellers of other automboile brands? That’s because Subaru has a problem that most businesses would love to have: people are buying their cars as quickly as they can make them. It means that dealers have to hope that customers won’t walk away and buy another brand when the model they want is out of stock. [More]

Please, Only One Car At A Time Through The Toll Gate

The NH Department of Transportation would like to remind motorists that only one car at a time can go through the toll lane. This is because they are not wide enough for two vehicles, which the drivers of these two sedans know now. If you weren’t aware of that, now you know, too. [NH DOT/Facebook] (Thanks, Tom!)

Police Paperwork Mistake Screws Over Victim Of Car Theft & Man Who Unwittingly Bought Stolen Vehicle

Police Paperwork Mistake Screws Over Victim Of Car Theft & Man Who Unwittingly Bought Stolen Vehicle

Here’s a case where no one really wins. Not the woman whose truck was stolen and had to go out-of-pocket to replace it, and certainly not the guy who bought the truck but had to surrender it after learning it had been stolen five years earlier… and all because someone at the police department filled in the wrong box on some paperwork. [More]

The Way You Drive, Not Just Where, Is Yet Another Piece Of Totally Identifiable Personal Data

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“Individuality” does not exactly spring to mind when you’re in the middle of the workday commuter crush, trawling the same roads at the same time as every other 9-5 worker who has to get to work and pick the kids up from school. And yet it turns out that you — yes, you — have a unique way of approaching that commute. So unique, in fact, that it only takes a few minutes of driving data for you to be completely identifiable.

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Uber’s First Self-Driving Car Is Now Rolling Along Pittsburgh’s Streets

There’s a new self-driving car on the block, and it’s currently roaming the streets of Pittsburgh. Uber’s first autonomous vehicle, a hybrid Ford Fusion outfitted with sensors, radars, laser scanners, and high-resolution cameras, is on the road. [More]