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Even BMW’s ‘Vantablack’ X6 gets caught by LiDAR

BMW decided to paint one of its X6 SUVs black. But not just any black; Vantablack the darkest pigment ever created. Then they brought it to the Frankfurt Auto Show and put it in a room with flashing lights and a video screen. But seriously, if they j… Source: Engadget | Even BMW’s ‘Vantablack’ X6 …

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BMW shows off a fuel-cell version of its X5 SUV

Sure, the fuel-cell infrastructure issue hasn't been solved yet, but that hasn't stopped automakers from showing off new hydrogen-powered vehicles. At the Frankfurt Auto Show BMW showed off the i Hydrogen Next development X5 SUV. Because it's always… Source: Engadget | BMW shows off a fuel-cell version of its X5 SUV

Hyundai's first electric race car is a souped-up Veloster

Hyundai is joining the ranks of automakers with electric race cars — if in a somewhat predictable way. The company has started work on the Veloster N ETCR, a race-tuned EV edition of the Veloster N built for its namesake ETCR championship starting… Source: Engadget | Hyundai's first electric race car is a souped-up Veloster

SpaceX confirms it's almost ready to test its orbital Starship

SpaceX isn't wasting much time now that Starhopper has completed its hover test. The company has filed an FCC communication permissions request that, as Elon Musk confirmed, prepares for test-flying the "orbit-class" Starship. The vehicle will fly mu… Source: Engadget | SpaceX confirms it's almost ready to test its orbital Starship

E-bikes are now allowed in US national parks, for better or worse

The next time you visit a National Park in the US, you can likely bring your e-bike with you. The National Park Service has expanded the use of e-bikes to allow pedal assist models on the same roads and trails as conventional bicycles so long as the… Source: Engadget | E-bikes are now allowed in …

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The Mini SE combines green power with go-gart handling

The EV market continues to expand, with more automakers releasing more vehicles. At auto shows, the cars of the future are now shown with electric powertrains instead of giant V8 engines. Automakers have also started looking backward for the vehicles… Source: Engadget | The Mini SE combines green power with go-gart handling

Apple confirms it acquired a self-driving car startup

The latest self-driving firm to be consolidated is Drive.ai. The startup has been working on AI tech for autonomous vehicles for a few years, but found itself low on cash in an increasingly competitive market. Now, just as the San Francisco Chronicle… Source: Engadget | Apple confirms it acquired a self-driving car startup

Tesla's Model 3 deliveries are off to a rocky start in Europe

Tesla's Model 3 debut in Europe has been a long time coming — now, the company has officially started making deliveries after the first shipment of vehicles arrived at Zeebrugge port in Belgium. However, the initial roll out is smaller than intended… Source: Engadget | Tesla's Model 3 deliveries are off to a rocky start …

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Kia's 2019 Niro EV is an electric crossover for the people

It was bound to happen to EVs eventually. No matter how mind-blowingly, world-changingly incredible an idea starts out, it will invariably reach the realm of the mundane before too long. Just look at smartphones, maglev trains and avocado toast. But… Source: Engadget | Kia's 2019 Niro EV is an electric crossover for the people

Second Apple employee accused of stealing self-driving car tech

Apple is grappling with another employee accused of stealing autonomous vehicle trade secrets. NBC News has learned that the FBI arrested Jizhong Chen for allegedly trying to swipe self-driving car tech and pass it along to a Chinese competitor. Afte… Source: Engadget | Second Apple employee accused of stealing self-driving car tech

Tesla's Model 3 leads it to another profitable quarter

Sometimes it's best to come out and say things won't be as good as they were last quarter. That's what Tesla CEO Elon Musk did on January 18th and today's fourth-quarter results are pretty much on par with that post from two weeks ago. Source: Engadget | Tesla's Model 3 leads it to another profitable …

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Lime halts service in Switzerland over possibly dangerous glitch

Don't expect to travel around Zurich on an electric two-wheeler in the near future. Lime has halted services in Switzerland following reports of its scooters abruptly halting in mid-ride, throwing (and sometimes injuring) riders. In a message to cu… Source: Engadget | Lime halts service in Switzerland over possibly dangerous glitch

The Morning After: 'Black Mirror: Bandersloot'

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your last weekend of 2018. Netflix's first interactive experience for adults has arrived, and the Essential Phone is exiting stage left. Plus, we have a few highlights from earlier this week like Buga… Source: Engadget | The Morning After: 'Black Mirror: Bandersloot'

Elon Musk says the SEC can't stop him from tweeting what he wants

Elon Musk says nobody censors his Twitter in the wake of his settlement with the SEC. As part of that deal over the securities fraud charge for his tweets about taking Tesla private, the entrepreneur agreed to step down as chairman and establish "add… Source: Engadget | Elon Musk says the SEC can't stop him …

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Electrify America installs California's first 350kW EV chargers

Californians now have access to some of the fastest electric vehicle chargers on the planet… even if people can't really use those chargers yet. VW's Electrify America has installed California's first publicly available 350kW EV chargers at Simon'… Source: Engadget | Electrify America installs California's first 350kW EV chargers

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