Faraday Future to unveil production car at CES 2017

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Faraday Future unveiling a striking if impractical 1,000-hp electric car, one of many connected car events at the 2016 CES. SAN FRANCISCO -- Faraday Future is promising that its electric car future isn't that far off. The Chinese-backed, Los Angeles-based startup announced Wednesday that it plans to unveil its first production car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this January. Faraday had a huge coming out party at CES 2016, but disappointed industry watchers by dramatically taking the wraps off a one-of-a-kind racing car, the FFZERO1, that provided no hints at what market segment the company planned to attack. News of the upcoming production car reveal came by way of a brand launch event here for Chinese consumer product company LeEco, which is also Faraday's financial backer.

Man accidentally backs over and kills girlfriend's child with pickup truck

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A man accidentally ran over and killed his girlfriend's toddler Sunday as he backed his pickup out of a driveway in Compton, authorities said. The man, who was not identified by investigators, was backing out of a driveway in the 600 block of North Willow Avenue at 10:06 p.m. when he felt as though he had just run over an object, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. When he got out of his truck, "he discovered he had ran over the child," Deputy Lisa Jansen said. The girl, who was almost 2 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene. The mother of a Northern California high school football player said her 19-year-old son was fatally shot during a disagreement over a YouTube music video he posted recently.

Amazon intensifies Echo push with Super Bowl, Uber deals

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In this teaser for an upcoming Super Bowl ad, Baldwin gets help planning a Super Bowl party from Marino and the Amazon Echo. SAN FRANCISCO – After 22 years of sitting the game out, Amazon decided to make its first Super Bowl ad about Echo -- a decision that underlined how aggressively Amazon is pushing the personal assistant/wireless speaker to the mass market. The Seattle online retailer launched Echo, a voice-driven, cloud-connected, wireless speaker last June. It ranked as a favorite entry among many tech reviewers in the new and growing Internet of Things market. But while the Echo has "a cult following, it needs more consumer awareness," said Sucharita Mulpuru, Amazon analyst for Forrester Research.

Germany to Tesla: Stop calling it 'Autopilot'

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German authorities are telling electric automaker Tesla to stop using the term "autopilot" for its driver assistance system, saying it is misleading. The transport ministry confirmed in an email that a letter to that effect had been sent to the company based in Palo Alto. Autopilot is Tesla's array of driver assistance features such as lane maintenance and traffic-aware cruise control. One person was killed in Florida in May when a Tesla Model S with the system on hit the side of a truck. Tesla said that "Autopilot operates in conjunction with the human driver to make driving safer and less stressful" and that the company was clear with customers that they had to pay attention at all times.

Amazon Channels: Unbundled live sport comes to Prime Video

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Amazon has launched Channels in the UK, allowing you to watch live TV through Prime Video. The company is hoping to lure in customers by offering increased flexibility. Channels takes a very different approach to Sky, which forces customers to pay for access to bundles of channels, even if they only plan to watch one of them. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.