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Uber acquires self-driving truck startup Otto

There’s been a lot of news on the autonomous vehicle front lately, including word that Volvo Cars and Uber have joined forces to put up to 100 self-driving Volvo XC90 SUVs on the streets of Pittsburgh, PA by the end of 2016. Uber had another noteworthy bit of news to share earlier in the week when […]

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Volvo inks deal with Uber to develop autonomous cars

It’s been a big week for Volvo Cars here at Driveline Blog. We posted recently about our first drive in a new 2017 Volvo XC60 T5 AWD, and now we’re posting about the recently-announced partnership between Uber and Volvo Cars to work on autonomous vehicles. The first big test of that new partnership is happening […]

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First Drive: 2017 Volvo XC60 T5 AWD

It may be overdue for a redesign and refresh, but the Volvo XC60 is still one capable compact SUV. We recently had the opportunity to spend some time behind the wheel of a 2017 Volvo XC60 T5 AWD, and came away largely impressed, despite the formidable competition in the compact SUV segment. Part of that appeal […]

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Tesla to Produce Light Trucks, Compact SUVs, Semi Trucks, and Electric Buses

Way back in 2006, Tesla Founder and CEO Elon Musk authored a “Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan” and posted it publicly on the Tesla website. That post outlined Tesla’s plans for the next 10 years, and brought us the Model S, the Model X, and the forthcoming Model 3. On July 20th, Elon Musk posted […]

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Line-X Coating Makes Things Hard to Break

One of the most common add-ons for truck owners is a truck bed liner, either in the form of a tough plastic insert (which tends to be less expensive) or a spray-on coating (which tends to be more expensive). One of the leading providers of the latter is Line-X, although other vendors like Rhino Linings […]

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Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin Announce AM-RB 001 Concept

  Two of the biggest names in motorsports — Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing — have joined forces to produce an all-new supercar. The new vehicle has been dubbed the AM-RB 001, and will feature a cutting-edge design based on a lightweight carbon fibre structure, and, according to an Aston-Martin news release announcing the vehicle, […]

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Acura NSX Claims Class Victory at Pikes Peak Hill Climb

This year’s overall Pikes Peak 2016 Hill Climb event was won by Romain Dumas running a Norma M20 RD Limited chassis — finishing with an impressive time of 8:51.445 — that earned Dumas the second-fastest Pike Peak hill climb finish of all time, second only to Sebastian Loeb’s fastest ever 2013 run in a heavily modified Peugeot 208 […]

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Ford Wins Class at 24 Hours of LeMans, Swaps Protests with Ferrari

The 2016 24 Hours of LeMans was held last week, and the biggest news of the race — other than Toyota snatching defeat from the jaws of victory with mere minutes to go, letting Porsche get the overall win — was that Ford and their Ford GT racing effort managed to finish 1st, 3rd, and 4th in […]

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A Look at the Raven Supercar Concept

One of the more attractive concept cars to surface over the last few years is Russian car designer Dmitry Lazarev’s Raven concept vehicle. Lazarev originally pitched the concept to Russian automaker Lada, but Lada passed on the opportunity to work on the concept. According to a more recent post on Wheels and Mechanics, Lazarev has inked […]

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The Hellcat-powered Trailcat is the Jeep Wrangler your mother warned you about

Not content to leave the awe-inspiring 6.2 liter, 707-hp supercharged V8 Hellcat engine solely to the likes of Dodge Challenger and Charger drivers, Fiat-Chrysler has decided to create the Jeep Trailcat concept, a Wrangler one-off that appeared at the Easter Jeep Safari 50th Annual in Moab, Utah. Car and Driver managed to get some audio of the monstrous […]

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Otto autonomous truck conversion kit

Otto Startup Aims to Automate Commercial Trucking

There’s been a lot of discussion about autonomous vehicles in the press over the last few years. We covered the earliest attempts at the technology here on Driveline Blog more than 10 years ago — see my post on DARPA’s robotic challenge from way back in 2006 — and the pace of development has been astounding. […]

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Professional Racecar Driver Leona Chin Punks Driving Instructors

It’s become a common theme in automotive meme-dom: Disguise a professional racecar driver/stunt driver/professional driver as a driving newbie, invite a series of unsuspecting passengers to take a spin with the aforementioned ringer of a driver, then film the hilarity that ensues. Ford did it with Mustang Speed Dating, a series that saw a professional female […]

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Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile

Gumball 3000 Racers Build Driveable ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ Batmobile

One of the greatest cars in popular fiction — if not the greatest — is the technology and gadget-laden Batmobile, driven by a vengeful (and extremely wealthy) Batman, also known as playboy billionaire Bruce Wayne. The Batmobile has seen dozens of variants over the years, as depicted in comics, graphic novels, television shows, movies, and video […]

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