Audi to come out with an Electric Car that Rivals Tesla

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Audi’s new Tesla Model S rival will offer a
280-mile all-electric range with room for a whole family

Audi has revealed that an all-new, all-electric family car with a 280-mile range is currently under development. Technical development boss at Audi, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg revealed that the model, which is set to rival the Tesla Model S, will arrive in 2017.

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The future of the auto industry

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Will the automobile keep its soul as the industry transforms itself?

At the 1964 New York World’s Fair automakers were center stage. General Motors exhibited the Firebird IV concept car. GM explained how it, “anticipates the day when the family will drive to the super-highway, turn over the car’s controls to an automatic, programmed guidance system and travel in comfort and absolute safety at more than twice the speed possible on today’s expressways.” Ford introduced a vehicle for the more immediate future: the Mustang. With an eye toward the segment that would later be named the baby boomers, the Ford Division’s general manager (a not-yet-40-year-old engineer named Lee Iacocca) explained that the car brought “total performance” to a “young America out to have a good time.” Ford estimated it would sell 100,000 Mustangs during that first year; in fact, it would sell more than 400,000.

 

 

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The car of the future doesn’t fly, it fixes your flat

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Back to the Future flying Delorean

Back to the Future has filled our heads with visions of soaring Deloreans, but in reality, the automobile industry has some pretty glaring flaws it needs to address before we can attempt flight. It seems like everything in our daily lives is becoming connected. But very often the car is left out of this conversation, and it would benefit greatly from a healthy dose of mobile connectivity.

 

 

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‘The car must not become a data monster:’ Volkswagen

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Cars could become data monsters.

Future cars that can drive themselves—or otherwise make the driving experience safer and more pleasant—is here. But fanfare aside, there’s a far less pleasant issue that needs to be addressed: There is a profound potential for companies to misuse our data.

 

 

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Aeromobil flying car prototype makes its first test flight

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Stefan Klein, a designer from the Slovak Republic, has announced the first flight of his Aeromobil Version 2.5, a flying car prototype he has been developing over the last 20 years. This vehicle is a strikingly beautiful design with folding wings and a propeller in the tail. But will its flight capabilities match its looks? (Photos and video)

 

 

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Future of the car industry looks surprisingly bright

The motor industry’s fortunes are increasingly divided, but in the right markets and with the right technologies, they look surprisingly bright.

Henry Ford and his engineers perfected the moving assembly line a hundred years ago. They cut the time taken to assemble a Ford Model T from 12 hours and 30 minutes in 1913 to just one hour and 33 minutes the following year. That made the car a lot cheaper to build and opened up a mass market for it. By 1918 its list price was down to $450, or just over 5 months’ pay for the average American worker, against the equivalent of about a year and a half’s pay when the car was launched a decade earlier. Cars became a personal badge of status, and in time carmaking became a badge of national virility.

 

 

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Continental and IBM to collaborate on connected car solutions for auto makers

German automotive supplier Continental has entered into a collaboration agreement with technology giant IBM.

At the Frankfurt IAA International Auto Show this week, Continental AG and IBM announced a collaboration agreement to jointly develop fully-connected mobile vehicle solutions for car manufacturers around the world.

 

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How your car could be a star witness against you in court

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Information collected by a car block box intended to help improve federal safety standards, but increasingly it is being used in court cases.

If you are in a serious car accident and are unfortunate enough to land in court afterwards, the the star witness against you may not be an eyewitness or even a human being, it could be your car.

 

 

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Boom in Luxury Cars Sales Driven by the Super-Rich in China

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A BMW Vision Concept car at the Beijing Auto Show in Beijing, China.

It is difficult to take your eyes off an £800,000 automobile, which perhaps explains why the Rolls-Royce Phantom at this week’s Beijing Auto Show was that rare thing, a car attracting more avid attention than the skimpily-clad models preening over the bonnets of lesser brands.  “We sold that car this morning,” Rolls-Royce’s new German chief executive, Torsten Muller-Otvos observed casually. “I can’t say who bought it, but a client known to our Beijing dealership will take it after the show.”

 

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