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Car thieves can steal cars in under a minute with tech sold on Amazon

Today’s cars are equipped with the latest security tech—things like remote locks and even engine immobilizers—but, as a new report shows, it’s actually getting easier to steal vehicles. The weak link in modern car security, according to a new report from the UK’s What Car, are the keyless entry systems and push button ignitions that are so commonplace today. Although those technologies make car ownership more convenient, since you never have to fumble with a fob or use an actually key, they’re making vehicle theft much easier for criminals. Back…

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BMW taps Tencent for self-driving cars in China

BMW has a partner for self-driving cars for China in local technology giant Tencent. The German automaker announced last week that it and Tencent will work together to bring its D3 platform, the name of its architecture for self-driving cars, to life. Specifically, the D3 platform will provide the foundation for the technology BMW and Tencent will work on together. Tencent is a Chinese technology firm with a focus on cloud computing, big data, security, and artificial intelligence. BMW plans to use Tencent’s knowledge and the D3 platform to create…

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BMW M mulls standalone cars

It was only a few years ago we heard that BMW M was too busy to launch a standalone model to compete with rival offerings like the Audi R8 and Mercedes-AMG GT and GT 4-Door Coupe. Now, the BMW go-fast division is actively studying a standalone car, and more than one option could be on the table. “We are investigating M variants that may also be standalone; that don’t have a predecessor,” BMW M chief Markus Flasch told Car Sales in an interview published Monday. In the same interview, Flasch…

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Not one, but two iconic BMW race cars are for sale

BMW hasn’t competed in Formula One, or the lower-rung Formula Two, since 2009 but here’s the chance to own two pieces of history from both echelons of motorsport. The Drive first spotted the 1946 BMW F2 and 2007 BMW-Sauber F1 racers for sale via Race Cars Direct. Both hold their place in history for different reasons. The 1946 F2 was a new design for F2 entirely, which was born after WWII. According to the sale posting, it boasts a tube-frame chassis with a pre-war drivetrain. The engine is a 2.0-liter…

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German police seize 100 cars of owners suspected of Autobahn street racing

Police from the northern German city of Wismar seized over 100 cars on Thursday due to suspicions they were involved in street racing. Most of the owners were from Norway and taking part in the Eurorally, a non-competitive group drive taking participants from the Norwegian capital Oslo to Prague in the Czech Republic, with the route also including stretches across Sweden, Germany and Poland. It was during a stretch on the A20 Autobahn near Wismar that the cars, which included exotics like Ferraris and Lamborghinis, were stopped and later seized.…

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Alfa Romeo road cars could receive tuning from F1 partner Sauber

Alfa Romeo returned to Formula One racing as a title sponsor and technical partner of Sauber for the 2018 season and that partnership continues for 2019. However, off the track, the Italian luxury brand’s road cars could get a dose engineering influence from Sauber. Pistonheads reported on Tuesday that the Swiss team’s engineering division and Alfa Romeo will collaborate for road cars in the future. The extent of the collaboration is murky, as Sauber seemed to tease a “secret project,” while Alfa Romeo downplayed the firm’s future influence. 2019 Alfa…

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“Hobbs & Shaw” trailer drops with fights, crashes, and cars

The first of what is planned to be three “Fast and Furious” spinoffs will land this summer, and now we get our first look at the plot for “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” as the first trailer dropped on Friday. In the film, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their “Fast and Furious” characters, Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, for a tale of bad guy versus good guys. Like we’ve come to expect from today’s modern “Fast and Furious” films, it’s pumped full of action and…

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2019 Kia Forte vs. 2019 Hyundai Elantra: Compare Cars

2019 Kia Forte  They may not look like siblings at first glance, but the 2019 Kia Forte and 2019 Hyundai Elantra have a shared lineage that makes these two compact sedans easy to compare. Well, for the most part. In our ratings, it’s nearly a draw between these two compact sedans. The Forte ekes out a win in our ratings, with a host of caveats. MORE: Read our 2019 Kia Forte and 2019 Hyundai Elantra reviews The 2019 Forte and 2019 Elantra share an engine, a chassis, and a standard…

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Robots park cars at a London airport this summer

Locals preparing for travel out of London’s Gatwick airport may have robots park their cars for them this summer. Auto Express reported last Thursday that the airport will start a three-month trial that tasks robots with parking cars in a specific lot. The goal is to see whether the robots can maximize space in the already crowded airport parking lots. So far, trials in other countries have revealed the benefits. It’s a simple benefit at that: robots parking the cars mean there’s no need for space to open a door,…

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Rain reportedly confuses Waymo self-driving cars

Waymo self-driving car It appears precipitation is enough to require the human back-up driver to take control in a Waymo self-driving car. According to a report from The Verge, rain was one of a few factors that prevented Waymo’s self-driving car from carrying out its autonomous duties. The insight came from one of just a few people who Waymo has cleared to be a part of the Waymo One ride-hailing service. The company launched the service late last year in Arizona with a fleet of Chrysler Pacifica minivans. However, according…

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