Polestar Will Build Some Sort of Ride-Hailing Robotaxi with Waymo

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  • Details are noticeably sparse, but the initial announcement says Polestar, the Volvo premium electric brand, will come out with a new EV platform just for ride-hailing vehicles.
  • The automated driving technology is called Waymo Driver, and Waymo has been testing it in vehicles from a number of automakers, including Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, and Renault.
  • You’ll be shocked to hear this, but Volvo thinks that self-driving vehicles will be safer than today’s human-piloted models.

    Add Polestar to the list of companies that think Waymo has what it takes to bring us to an autonomous-vehicle future. Exactly what that future will look like is a bit vague right now, but we know that Polestar is joining a strategic group partnership

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    Starting in 2024, Full Mercedes-Benz Lineup to Get Autonomous Tech

    • Mercedes-Benz and Nvidia have announced a new partnership that will bring upgradable AVs and, maybe, a Mercedes App Store.
    • This new deal doesn’t exactly replace Benz’s previous deal with BMW, which was put on hold last week due to future model timing.
    • Based on the Nvidia DRIVE platform, the new partnership will be used in every next-generation Mercedes-Benz vehicle starting in 2024.

      When planning for the future, it doesn’t hurt to give yourself some options. Last year, for example, Mercedes-Benz and BMW announced that they would work together on autonomous passenger cars that would be available to private customers starting in 2024. Last week, that cooperation effort was put on hold and then this week, Mercedes announced a new partnership with Nvidia on automated-driving technology to be trolled out in new Benzes starting in 2024.

      Even though that could be read as Daimler swapping out BMW for Nvidia for its

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      Window Shop with Car and Driver

      Sports sedans have always occupied a special place here at Car and Driver. Our annual 10Best awards almost always include at least one fun-to-drive four-door, and our collective memory looks back fondly on the most legendary sedans in the respective histories of BMW, Alfa Romeo, Audi, and many others. So in this episode of Window Shopping, we set out to find the best used sports sedans for sale on the internet for a price cap of $15,000.

      Our group of four C/D staffers plus contributor (and Road & Track columnist) Jason Cammisa came up with a diverse selection of Italian, Japanese, American sedans. There was some dispute over what actually defines a true sports sedan, and we think you’ll enjoy the discussion. Check out the episode and let us know what you’d like to see from future Window Shop episodes going forward.


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      Jeep Teases Video of Quiet Plug-In-Hybrid Wrangler 4xe

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      • Jeep has shared a video with a nearly silent plug-in-hybrid Wrangler 4xe on the same day it showed off a Hemi-powered Wrangler Rubicon.
      • The automaker had been expected to share more details at auto shows that were canceled this year.
      • Jeep says that the electrified Wrangler is coming soon but offers up no other details.

        While the world was focused on the Bronco, yesterday Jeep tried to disrupt the hype with its V-8 Hemi-powered Wrangler Rubicon 392 concept. It did turn some heads, because who wouldn’t want 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque in something that crawls over rocks and blasts down dirt roads? The automaker also went in a completely different direction via social media, teasing its upcoming plug-in-hybrid Wrangler 4xe.

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        Inside The Weeknd’s Gorgeous $25 Million LA Mansion and Its Neon-Lit Car Garage

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        You could call it the ultimate Weeknd getaway. Nestled in the celebrity enclave of Hidden Hills, north of the Los Angeles sprawl, this sleek, farmhouse-style mansion has been home to Canadian music sensation Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, for the past three years.

        Tesfaye, 30, who was featured on the cover of Forbes magazine for his estimated 2017 earnings of a staggering $92 million, reportedly paid $18.2 million for the then-new 13,500-square-foot home.

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        Set on three lush acres off an ultra-private road, the home is easy to spot on Google Earth for its eye-popping, bright-orange basketball court.

        And at night, you might just spy the bright neon flooding out of the home’s jaw-dropping garage.

        Built to accommodate Tesfaye’s rotating car collection—he’s currently said to own a 618 hp McLaren P1 hypercar, a Lamborghini Aventador SV roadster,

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        GM Adds OnStar Smartphone App to Take Its Services Mobile

        • General Motors has expanded its OnStar services to a smartphone app it’s calling OnStar Guardian for both iOS and Android phones.
        • The app allows users who already have OnStar to take the service with them and get roadside assistance, emergency services, and mobile crash response through the smartphone even when they’re not in an OnStar-equipped vehicle.
        • It’s free for now, although six months from now GM will start charging extra, but users can share the app with up to seven family members or friends.

          General Motors’ OnStar, a subscription-based service that allows drivers to contact emergency services and run navigation, has expanded its availability to a smartphone app called OnStar Guardian. The app allows users to take OnStar services with them, whether they are in an OnStar-equipped vehicle or not.

          The app allows users to request services including roadside assistance and emergency services, as well as mobile crash response,

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