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  • Google Self-Driving Car Still Has Plenty Of Technical Hiccups
    Google Self-Driving Car Still Has Plenty Of Technical Hiccups

    Google's self-driving car is being heralded as a massive step forward for automotive technology, but a computer-guided victory lap might be premature.MIT Technology Review attempted to separate facts from the hype, and f......

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  • How Hackable Are New Cars?
    How Hackable Are New Cars?

    When buying a car, consumers look for crash ratings and the amount of airbags, but they're missing information about one critical key safety feature; the security of the car's computer network.Security researchers Dr. Ch......

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  • Drivers Say They're Ready For Autonomous Cars
    Drivers Say They're Ready For Autonomous Cars

    More than three-quarters of licensed drivers said they would likely consider buying an autonomous vehicle if and when they become available, according to a new survey released Monday. Nearly one-fourth of those surveyed ......

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  • Startup Outfits Cars Already On The Road With Self-Driving Systems
    Startup Outfits Cars Already On The Road With Self-Driving Systems

    The car in your garage might have the potential to become self-driving with the help of a new company.Cruise, a new startup, has developed a system that incorporates sensors, actuators and a small computer to take over s......

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  • Robot Valet To Park Cars At German Airport
    Robot Valet To Park Cars At German Airport

    Plane to catch and don't feel like hunting for parking? Travelers at Duesseldorf airport in Germany can soon leave the job to a robot valet.An airport spokesman says the robot, nicknamed Ray, starts work Tuesday and can ......

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  • Tesla Open-Sources All Its Patents
    Tesla Open-Sources All Its Patents

    When Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that he's thinking about something, you definitely need to pay attention because it's likely something big. In an eloquently worded press release (a very rare thing indeed) Musk explains rea......

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  • Drivers Want Simpler Infotainment Systems In Cars
    Drivers Want Simpler Infotainment Systems In Cars

    There have been 173 apps developed and embedded in cars in the U.S in the recent past. But according to new research, drivers really only want two.A study from the automotive market research firm SBD study asked 46 car o......

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  • IIHS Releases New Rankings From Crash-Avoidance Tests
    IIHS Releases New Rankings From Crash-Avoidance Tests

    In the past, automotive engineers focused on creating safety systems that protected drivers in car crashes. In the future, advances like the Google self-driving car on display this week, will likely remove motorists and ......

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  • Google Building Self-Driving Cars With No Steering Wheel
    Google Building Self-Driving Cars With No Steering Wheel

    Google will build a car without a steering wheel.It doesn't need one because it drives itself.The two-seater won't be sold publicly, but Google said Tuesday it hopes by this time next year, 100 prototypes will be on publ......

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  • Self-Driving Cars Generate Tricky Ethical Questions
    Self-Driving Cars Generate Tricky Ethical Questions

    Even in a future of self-driving cars, some car accidents may be unavoidable. Which raises the ethical question, how should a self-driving car be programed to act when faced with an inevitable crash?Self-driving cars hav......

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  • New Tech Means Self-Driving Cars Are Already Among Us
    New Tech Means Self-Driving Cars Are Already Among Us

    See what self-driving capabilities you can buy today. We’re closer to autonomous driving than you may think....

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  • Hackers Can Tinker With Traffic Lights, Other Road Systems
    Hackers Can Tinker With Traffic Lights, Other Road Systems

    The next time Gov. Chris Christie wants to create traffic problems on the George Washington Bridge, he may have more sophisticated options than a conjured-up study and orange cones.Alarming new research released this wee......

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  • Expert Explains How He Hacked Two Cars For Research
    Expert Explains How He Hacked Two Cars For Research

    Chris Valasek isn't your traditional gearhead. He doesn't care about the horsepower of his engine. He doesn't change his own oil. "I don't even get my oil changed," he confesses.What he does know about cars, however, is ......

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  • Tesla Wins Technology Of The Year Award
    Tesla Wins Technology Of The Year Award

    The winner of AOL Auto's second annual Technology Of The Year award ran away with the votes for the award, clearly surpassing all of the other contenders.We're giving it to Tesla's Supercharger Network, which today is m......

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  • Car Companies Are Collecting Drivers' Location Data
    Car Companies Are Collecting Drivers' Location Data

    Car companies are collecting and keeping data on the whereabouts of drivers.Automakers are obtaining data through real-time navigation functions and other on-board location services and storing it for undetermined length......

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  • Automakers Ask For Extensions On Questions About Cyber Security
    Automakers Ask For Extensions On Questions About Cyber Security

    A U.S. senator who wants to know how carmakers intend to thwart automotive cyber hackers will wait a little longer for answers.In a letter last month, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) asked the nation's leading automakers to re......

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  • Prevent Distracted Driving? Government Can't Move Fast Enough
    Prevent Distracted Driving? Government Can't Move Fast Enough

    Distracted driving is becoming a scourge on American roads, but the federal agency charged with keeping motorists safe is in a poor position to address the problem, said one of the agency's top attorneys at the Connected......

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  • Nuclear Powered Cars From The Atomic Age
    Nuclear Powered Cars From The Atomic Age

    In the 1950s, nuclear power was supposed to launch our still-expanding consumer culture into a world of flying cars and autonomous kitchens. The development of nuclear-powered submarines and ships during the 1940s and 50s led car designers to begin conce...

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  • The Next Steps To Making The Self-Driving Car A Reality
    The Next Steps To Making The Self-Driving Car A Reality

    Self-driving cars often sound like something out of science fiction. But they are inching closer to reality.This week, Continental AG, one of the world's largest automotive suppliers, announced a partnership with IBM, th......

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  • Honda Researching Ways To Reduce Pedestrian Fatalities
    Honda Researching Ways To Reduce Pedestrian Fatalities

    There's a pedestrian approaching a crosswalk. He's focused on his iPhone, oblivious to the fact he's walking into danger.We're driving down the street. There's a minivan parked alongside the curb, obscuring the view of t......

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