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11 best production cars from the 2013-2014 auto show season (pictures)

With the New York auto show in our wake, we take a look back at production cars from the 2013-2014 auto show season that we’re most excited about driving.

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Top 11 videos from the Detroit auto show

The Detroit auto ahow, officially known as the North American International Auto Show, is the first car show of the year. Held each January in the home of US car culture, it brings shiny new models, new car technology, and loads of automotive eye candy. CNET’s Car Tech team was hard at week in Detroit over the last three days to cover the show and we’re happy to show you the video highlights below.

1. 2015 Ford F-150 An all-aluminum body frame, a fuel-efficient engine, and some new body styling cues are highlights of the 2015 Ford F-150.

2015 Ford F-150

2. 2015 Ford Mustang The new Mustang isn’t an entirely new story, but we’re seeing it in the flesh as a convertible. It’s more global looking, less parodic.

2015 Ford Mustang

3. 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 For when 460 horsepower just isn’t enough, Chevy unleashes the new Corvette Z06 with at least 625 horsepower and some exotic styling cues as well.

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Hyperloop trip from San Francisco to LA coming in 7 to 10 years, Musk says

The Hyperloop passenger capsule depicted here shows what the vehicle might look like with doors open at the station.

(Credit: SpaceX)

When pressed for a definitive timeline, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said Monday that the proposed initial Hyperloop system — one that would take passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in 30 minutes — can likely come to fruition in 7 to 10 years.

But we have a long way to go. The first step is a demonstration prototype, and Musk is adamant in expressing that he does not want to make the journey to 800 mph maglev travel on his own. “If someone else goes and does a demo, that would be really awesome and I hope someone does,” Musk said.

If no one steps up, Musk said that he would make a demo, but that it would probably take upwards of three or four years given his commitments to SpaceX and Tesla. If he focused solely on the Hyperloop, it could take him only one to two years, he added.

Musk also fleshed out more information on the system’s cost, quoting the total of the proposed San Francisco to Los Angeles system at roughly $ 6 billion, or 10 times less than the proposed California High-Speed Rail Project.

“I don’t think we should do the high-speed rail thing,” Musk said… [Read more]


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Google to profit from self-driving cars by decade’s end — analyst

One of Google's driverless cars.

(Credit: Google)

Google stands to rev up substantial revenue from self-driving cars.

The search giant is likely to gain whether it creates the hardware for self-driving cars or simply license the necessary software to automakers, Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster said in an investors note released Tuesday. Either way, revenue from this burgeoning sector should start to ramp up for Google before the decade is over.

“We believe the utility of reducing auto deaths and idle time in traffic add up to a $ 200+ billion opportunity in autonomous vehicle technology,” Munster said. And the analyst sees Google as the “best positioned Internet company over the next ten years” to profit from the technology.

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Must-see videos from the New York auto show

This week our Car Tech team was on-hand at the 2013 New York auto show, busily scouring the floors in order to bring you the best from the event, here in video format.

1. 2014 Kia Soul

The 2014 Kia Soul is the surprise of the 2013 New York auto show and a hit of the “box on wheels” movement, plus it comes stacked with some nifty tech.

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Top car tech from CES and the Detroit auto show: CNET On Cars Episode 10

Top car tech from CES and the Detroit auto show: CNET On Cars Ep. 10


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We open the year with a double header from what I think are the two biggest car events in the U.S. each year: The Consumer Electronics Show and the North American International Auto show in Detroit. The latter makes total sense in a show like this, but CES has also taken its ranks as a major moment for car tech. I mean, … [Read more]

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Smart motorcyle helmet cushions you from concussion

(Credit: 6D Helmets)

Styrofoam, a plastic shell, and your own head are the only things separating your brain from the curb if you have an accident. It’s a standard setup that most helmet designers use, but that arguably doesn’t go far enough, as concussions are still one of the most common injuries bikers suffer in an accident.

What differentiates 6D Helmets‘ new products are the dual layers designed to protect a rider’s head from a broader range of impact than standard helmets — in particular, low-threshold energy impacts. A standard helmet is certainly useful in high-speed collisions, but 6D’s “Omni-Directional Suspension System,” or ODS, aims to keep motocross bikers safer in accidents involving less than 10mph of force.

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In other words, the design aims to combat slow-speed knocks that can leave riders dizzy and impact their performance, rather than simply foc… [Read more]

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$24,000 Transform Robot goes from car to humanoid

"No transform, no robot" is Brave Robotics’ slogan.

(Credit: Brave Robotics)

We’ve seen transforming robots before, and I’m not talking about anything related to Hasbro.

Researchers from MIT are among many engineers and tinkerers trying to design robots that perform different functions by changing their shape or appearance.

Japan-based Brave Robotics has designed a 1/12-scale RC car that can transform into a humanoid robot. It can shuffle around, grab footage with its Wi-Fi camera, and even fire little missiles from its arms.

But the intriguing part about the Transform Robot is its scope. Not only has Brave Robotics hobbyist Kenji Ishida put 10 years into building robots in disguise — he began in 2002 with a simple pair of legs and the Transform Robot is version 7.1 — he wants to build a full-scale transforming, drivable car with artificial intelligence by 2030.

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New Car Technology From CES

Article by Joe Kent

Recently, consumers got a closer look at the latest electronic devices at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. While the focal point of CES is usually computers and home theater, automotive technology was in the spot light at this years show, with numerous gadgets that provide added entertainment and safety for drivers and their passengers.

Among the range of new car technology features at this year