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Rivian Vehicles Will be Able to Charge Each Other

Rivian appears to be the new darling, startup electric automaker. The company has already confirmed plans to rollout a battery-electric truck and SUV, marketing them as adventure-ready vehicles that can go where no other current batter-electric vehicle can go.  Of course, going where no other EV can go means there's likely no charging infrastructure at your destination. In a recent…

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Nissan ProPilot Offers Hands-Free Driving

Nissan has announced a new iteration of its ProPilot suite of driver assistance features that will enable hands-free driving while on the highway.  Like similar systems from other automakers, Nissan ProPilot 2.0 will handle the acceleration, braking and steering when the vehicle is on certain stretches of highway, but there are some caveats. The driver must have a destination in…

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BMW, Microsoft Working on Smarter Virtual Assistant

BMW and Microsoft have announced plans to launch a new open source platform for in-vehicle virtual assistants. The new platform will make BMW's current virtual assistant more personalized and sound more natural in the future.  BMW's existing Intelligent Personal Assistant is already powered by the Microsoft Azure platform. The Azure platform has artificial intelligence built in, allowing BMW's assistant to…

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Hyundai Allows Fingerprints to Unlock, Start Vehicles

The use of biometrics is nothing new when it comes to physical security, but the technology has largely be void in automotive. Hyundai is hoping to change that with an announcement that it will allow owners to use their fingerprint to unlock and start their vehicle in China.  At last week's Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition Hyundai displayed a 2019 Santa Fe…

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Apple CarPlay to Allow Google Maps

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration have become hot features when it comes to in-car infotainment systems. That said, both systems have their territorial limits, including Apple blocking third party map apps from the CarPlay user interface. However, that is about to change.  This week is Apple's annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC). The tech giant is expected to announce…

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Amazon Alexa Coming to Toyota Vehicles

Toyota has announced plans to bring the Amazon Alexa virtual assistant to some of its Lexus and Toyota models later this year. The announcement, made at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, marks a significant step forward for the Japanese automaker.  Thus far Toyota has been one of few automakers to resist bringing bit tech companies to its vehicle interiors. The…

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Nissan Shows Brain-to-Vehicle Technology

As autonomous driving sweeps the industry, it seems the goal is for the human brain to do less work behind the wheel. Well, apparently Nissan is thinking otherwise as the company has shown off its new brain-to-vehicle (B2V) technology that uses brainwaves to control vehicles.  This Jetson's style technology leverages a specific headset on the driver that tracks certain happenings…

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First Drive: 2018 Nissan Rogue Brings Self-Driving Tech to a Hot Segment
Self-Driving Nissan Rogue Radar

Don’t let go of the steering wheel just yet. At less than $35,000, the 2018 Nissan Rogue Platinum could possibly be the lowest-priced vehicle with Level 2 self-driving technology to date, but at this stage of functionality, it’s still necessary to keep a guiding hand on the wheel — just in case. Nissan ProPilot Assist handles following distance and lane…

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