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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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BMW Announce Smartwatch-Controlled Self-Parking Car

Dec 18, 14 BMW Announce Smartwatch-Controlled Self-Parking Car

Posted by in Automotive, Technology

You step out of the theater, partner on your arm, ready to head home. You head for the car park, but where’s the car? One quick word to your smartwatch, and it roars up in front of you. Yep, you’re Batman, you’re Knightrider, you’re James bloody Bond. Only you’re not. Soon, rather than the preserve of MI6’s top agent, this could be standard practice.

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Ford Wants To Know More About How You Drive

Dec 17, 14 Ford Wants To Know More About How You Drive

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In the latest sign that automakers are looking to cash in on the reams of data generated by today’s Internet-connected vehicles, Ford has hired an executive to oversee its efforts to collect, manage and act on the information it captures from its cars and trucks. The effort may lead to enhanced driver services, but Detroit’s software push is also heightening privacy and security concerns.

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Ford To Make Electric Cars ‘Attainable To The Masses’

Nov 21, 14 Ford To Make Electric Cars ‘Attainable To The Masses’

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Mark Fields, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, said that it intends to mass-produce affordable electric vehicles. Fields, in an interview with Yahoo Finance, emphasized that Ford has the capability to make electric cars with a strategy different from that of Tesla Motors.

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Automakers Should Do More On Privacy

Nov 18, 14 Automakers Should Do More On Privacy

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As the technology on vehicle dashboards collects more data about drivers, automakers are starting to address the issue of privacy. But some experts are questioning whether the industry’s recent voluntarily pledge to uphold consumer trust is enough.

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