This week, Bugatti unveiled the "world's fastest car" while Google's self-driving pod crashed

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This week on Dezeen: the automotive industry flocked to the Geneva Motor Show this week, where French manufacturer Bugatti unveiled what it described as the world's most powerful and fastest car. Meanwhile in California, Google's self-driving vehicle collided with a bus at walking pace.

Bugatti's Chiron model is so quick that the French manufacturer limited its maximum speed to just 260 miles per hour for road use.

Foster + Partners and Nissan unveil vision for connected mobility
Foster + Partners and Nissan unveil vision for connected mobility

Also in Geneva, architecture firm Foster + Partners and auto brand Nissan presented a vision for self-charging driverless cars that can power the home, and startup Techrules unveiled "China's first supercar".

Google's self-driving vehicle crashes with bus in California
Google's self-driving vehicle crashes with bus in California

Just weeks after Google's computer was officially recognised as a legal driver by US authorities, one of the tech giant's self-driving vehicles crashed while trying to navigate a busy road in autonomous mode. The incident prompted Google to update its software to make accidents less likely in the future.

Google granted planning permission for new King's Cross offices
Google granted planning permission for new King's Cross offices

In other Google-related news this week, permission was granted for the construction of its new 11-storey office block in London's King's Cross.

Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee project

The Kengo Kuma-designed V&A Dundee received an extra £20 million from the Scottish government, after its construction costs rocketed from £45 million to £80.11 million last year.

WTC Abu Dhabi Mosque by Amanda Levete
World Trade Center Abu Dhabi Mosque by Amanda Levete

Amanda Levete's London studio AL_A won a competition to create a mosque as part of the Foster + Partners-designed World Trade Center Abu Dhabi development, and architecture firm Buro Koray Duman designed a glass-clad Islamic cultural centre for New York in an attempt to dispel fears about the faith.

Anish Kapoor gets rights to blackest pigment
Anish Kapoor acquires rights to world's blackest pigment

Artist Anish Kapoor hit the headlines as he acquired exclusive rights to the blackest black in the world, while architects including Le Corbusier, Herzog & de Meuron and Gottfried Semper were depicted in drag to promote a series of talks about gender imbalance in the architecture industry.

NASA supersonic plane
NASA's supersonic plane

Space agency NASA unveiled a conceptual design for a supersonic plane that would be much quieter than Concorde.

Odile Decq completes renovation of Antti Lovag 1970s bubble house
Odile Decq completes renovation of Antti Lovag 1970s bubble house

French architect Odile Decq – who recently renovated Antti Lovag's 1970s bubble house – was named as the recipient of the Jane Drew prize for raising the profile of women in the profession.

Part Dieu by MVRDV
Part Dieu by MVRDV

MVRDV released its plans to overhaul La Part Dieu retail complex in Lyon with an "evaporating" facade, and a long-awaited cultural centre designed by architects Patrick Berger and Jacques Anziutti neared completion on the site of Les Halles in Paris.

Bala Line House by Williamson Chong Architects
Bala Line House by Williamson Chong Architects

Popular projects this week on Dezeen included a Toronto property featuring a wooden facade, plans for a glass-enclosed "skyslide" fitted to California's tallest skyscraper and an Iranian apartment block featuring wooden shutters.

Saba apartment by TDC Office
Saba apartment by TDC Office

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  • Doubtful Dodger

    Bless the little Google car.

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