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Mercedes-Benz aims to change the future with driverless car

Mar 24, 15 Mercedes-Benz aims to change the future with driverless car

Posted by in Automotive, Technology

German automaker Mercedes-Benz showcased its "Luxury in Motion" F 015 self-driving car, aimed at revolutionizing the concept of autonomous driving, at a nonoperational naval base in Alameda, California, this week. The company first unveiled its latest self-driving concept car in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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After the Apple Watch, is the iCar next?

Mar 15, 15 After the Apple Watch, is the iCar next?

Posted by in Automotive, Technology

A lot of today’s great technology companies are chasing second acts. Rumors abound that Apple is buying Tesla and storming into cars. Google is throwing everything against the wall at Google X. Facebook placed a huge bet on WhatsApp. IBM is investing $1 billion in its Watson computer. The chances any of these will be gigantic successes? History says: good luck with that.

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Female engineers make inroads in automotive industry

Feb 22, 15 Female engineers make inroads in automotive industry

Posted by in Automotive, Science

In 2014, Mary Barra became CEO of General Motors, making her the first female CEO of a major automobile company. Barra is among a growing number of women — like Nancy Gioia, director of global electrification at Ford — who are making imprints in the automotive industry.

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Is Apple hiring auto experts for a secret California facility?

Feb 16, 15 Is Apple hiring auto experts for a secret California facility?

Posted by in Automotive, Technology

Apple Inc. is in the process of hiring automotive technology experts, set to work out of the company's secret facility in Cupertino, Calif. to potentially develop a car, according to a report from The Financial Times. Industry experts have been speculating Apple has been exploring the medical and automotive industry as a growth area for the company for some time now.

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Google says self-driving car will be ready by 2020

Jan 17, 15 Google says self-driving car will be ready by 2020

Posted by in Automotive, Technology

Google Inc. said Wednesday its self-driving car will be ready by 2020, and it is in talks with major auto manufacturers as it prepares for mass production. In an interview with Reuters, Chris Urmson, project director for Google’s self-driving car project, said the Internet giant is working with traditional auto suppliers as well as tech-based hardware companies to get the job done.

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The best 2016 models unveiled at Detroit Auto Show

Jan 14, 15 The best 2016 models unveiled at Detroit Auto Show

Posted by in Automotive

The 2015 North American International Auto Show, the world’s most important annual automotive industry expo, opens to the public on Saturday. Visitors can expect to see the most aggressive display of automotive power since the Great Recession as car companies step away from more frugal offerings to show off the largest selection of high-profit-margin trucks and luxury cars in years.

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This Volvo will slam on the brakes for cyclists

Jan 12, 15 This Volvo will slam on the brakes for cyclists

Posted by in Automotive, Technology

The Volvo brand is synonymous with safety. Safety, that is, of the car driver and occupants. But Volvo Cars wants to take that further: to the safety of people outside the car. On that front the automaker has set itself some ambitious safety goals and is looking to achieve them through its City Safety system.

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Nissan and NASA to jointly test self-driving cars

Jan 11, 15 Nissan and NASA to jointly test self-driving cars

Posted by in Automotive, Space

Bolstering Silicon Valley's stature as a center of autonomous-car research, Nissan and NASA have announced a five-year partnership to develop self-driving vehicles here. They plan to begin testing the vehicles later this year, with the goal of incorporating what they learn about self-driving technology into everything from commuter cars to NASA's Mars rover.

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Toyota makes hydrogen car patents free, but is US ready for them?

Jan 09, 15 Toyota makes hydrogen car patents free, but is US ready for them?

Posted by in Automotive, Technology

Toyota's move this week to introduce hydrogen cars into the U.S. could fuel new technologies in the clean energy auto market and inspire innovators. But it's unlikely Toyota's announcement Monday that competitors may use its fuel cell patents for the next five years for free will actually have much of an impact on U.S. car buyers because the market is still years away from meeting demands.

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Mercedes unveils self-driving, pollution-free car at CES 2015

Jan 07, 15 Mercedes unveils self-driving, pollution-free car at CES 2015

Posted by in Automotive, Technology

Just outside the Cosmopolitan hotel, where beads of shimmering glass stretch for several stories over blackjack gamblers and women nonchalantly dance bar-top, hundreds of tourists and journalists gathered late last night to gawk at a sleek gunmetal-silver car floating its way down the Las Vegas Strip. But when it opened, no driver stepped out. The car had been driving itself.

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