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Artificial intelligence: the companies behind Britain's 'smart' revolution

Google's acquisition of DeepMind has sparked that nation's interest in artificial intelligence. Sophie Curtis takes a look at some of Britain's most promising AI companies.<p>When Google forked out £400m for a British technology start-up this week, a lot of people sat up and took notice. Not only was …

Artificial Intelligence

This Race Car Swaps Fossil Fuels For Hydrogen Power

Aston Martin’s Rapide S is the first hydrogen-powered car to race in an event sanctioned by the FIA.<p>In May, Aston Martin's Rapide S completed the 24 Hours of Nurburgring endurance race while earning an unusual distinction: For more than 11 laps—about 182 miles—it didn't burn a drop of gas. Instead, …

Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.<p>…

Elon Musk

2013 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

Valley Whirl: We drive the new Range Rover into the Montana valley that nearly killed Lewis and Clark.<p>By September 1805, the Lewis and Clark expedition, en route to the Pacific, had exited their canoes and strolled into Montana’s verdant Bitterroot Valley, a 100-mile-long corridor extending from …

Jaguar C-X75 Concept

Driving the Jaguar supercar that will never be.<p>On announcing the cancellation of the C-X75 supercar last December, Jaguar brand director Adrian Hallmark tried to put a positive spin on the story, saying that the car’s development would be completed and that regular Jaguars of the future would …

Land Rover

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish vs. The Hocking Hills

Old Faithful: Over our favorite test loop on a surge of Aston torque.<p>After 250 miles of Monday, enduring exactly what most people expect of Ohio—dead-flat, straight pavement overpopulated with vigilant traffic enforcers—the sight of state highway 664 rolling into view through the windshield comes …

Dissected: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-class

Mercedes christens the latest version of its icon with its very own fragrance.<p>Carbon-fiber missiles with horse or bull badges might attract more attention, but few cars command the respect of an S-class. Mercedes-Benz’s flagship is globally recognized as the unofficial—except in cases where it’s …

Automotive Design

2014 Maserati Ghibli

A mainstreamish play from an exotic automaker.<p>Whatever you thought Maserati stood for, you’re going to have to rethink it. In the space of three years, the brand will rediscover turbocharging, introduce a diesel engine, build an SUV (the Levante) and a second, smaller sedan (this Ghibli), and offer …

Carl Icahn: What I Do Is Good For America

<i>This story was written by Carl Icahn, the majority shareholder of Icahn Enterprises.</i><p><b>Shareholder democracy does not exist. But in spite of this my activism is alive and well and benefits everyone.</b><p>Early in my career on Wall Street I realized that attempting to trade stocks or determine if the market …

2013 BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe

A sedan based on a coupe based on a sedan based on . . . oh, forget it.<p>We’d guess that few people climb into a BMW 5-series and say to themselves, “You know, I like it. I just wish it had less space inside.” Nonetheless: wish granted. The 6-series Gran Coupe, built on the same architecture as the …

Introducing The Urwerk EMC, The First Mechanical "Smart" Watch Movement (Live Pics & Details)

You might be familiar with the idea of a concept watch, but how about a concept movement? What we've got for you today is just that from Urwerk, the …

Watches

A. Lange & Söhne Creates Special Lange One Timezone For Winner Of Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, Winner Happens To Be Ralph Lauren

All the many awards presented in the realm of classic automobiles, there is a special place reserved for the one given on the shores of Lake Como. …

A. Lange & Söhne

2014 BMW X5

The third generation of BMW's successful SUV drops weight and adds a rear-drive model.<p>We’ve yet to meet a carmaker that regretted joining the SUV club, and the BMW X5 is a perfect example of why. Originally considered a "heretic" by us in our review of the first generation more than 13 years ago, …

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-class: "Effortless Superiority"

The best car in the world? Benz seems to think so.<p>Daimler hasn’t ever claimed its S-class sedan is "the best car in the world"—that was the prerogative of Rolls-Royce. But by any objective standard, it was the S-class that ruled for decades. This hegemony was seriously challenged in 1986 when BMW …

2014 Bentley Flying Spur

Softer and speedier, the Flying Spur gets less wordy but more expensive.<p>Like the members of your local Lions Club in their private moments, the auto industry is obsessed with stiffness. It seems that every model redesign brings boasts of increased torsional rigidity, augmented bending stiffness, …

BMW Gran Lusso Coupé Concept

The beauty of an Italian goddess melded with the soul of a German engineer.<p>BMW is adding another chapter to the brand's rich design heritage at the Concorso d’Eleganza on the posh grounds of Villa d’Este in Lake Como. This is where the Bavarian automaker launched the Gran Lusso Coupé, which seems …

Automotive Design