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Concept Cars

Toyota FT-1 Concept Unleashed

Toyota FT1 Sports Concept

The name says it all. FT-1 stands for “Future Toyota,” and the number “1” represents the ultimate. According to its designers at Calty Design Research, the FT-1 Concept is the ultimate expression of a Toyota coupe design, building upon Toyota’s rich sports coupe heritage dating back to the 2000GT, Celica, Supra, MR2 and most recently Scion FR-S. In addition, the concept draws inspiration from Calty’s more recent sports car concept work such as FT-HS (2007) and theLexus LF-LC (2012). read more »

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Google’s Driverless Cars Are Safer than People

Google's Lexus RX 450h Self-Driving Car

Thanks to hundreds of thousands of miles of data logged on public roads, Google has quantifiable proof that their cars brake, accelerate and avoid obstacles much better than their human counterparts.

Research was delivered by leader of the driverless project, Chris Urmson, at a robotics conference in Santa Clara. Addressing some of the most influential people and businesses in the global robotic industry, he said, “We’re spending less time in near-collision states [and] our car is driving more smoothly and more safely than our trained professional drivers.” read more »

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Chevrolet Previews Performance-Oriented SEMA Concepts

Chevrolet Performance Sonic RS concept

Chevrolet today previewed several performance-oriented concepts of some of the brand’s most popular passenger cars, including the Sonic and all-new Impala. The cars will debut at the SEMA Show, Nov. 5-8, in Las Vegas. It’s the world’s largest convention of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories.

Chevrolet also showed a personalized version of the Malibu, which features new and enhanced technologies for 2014 that improve efficiency and personal connectivity. Stop/start engine technology contributes to 14-percent greater estimated city fuel economy (25 mpg), and new Siri with Eyes Free Mode and Text-to-Voice features allow hands-free texting via the available MyLink system. read more »