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Multiple high-profile car hacks this year suggest that vehicles aren't entirely secure from software vulnerabilities. Experts say that future problems are inevitable.

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Daimler believes that it's close to getting permission to begin testing semi-autonomous big rigs on the roads there very soon.

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Plus: GM Makes A Billion, Infiniti Reveals Q30, And Ford Adds 2016 F-150 Limited Trim

We curate the week's events with a focus on hacking in the automotive industry. Plus, other news and notes from around the biz.

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Bosch and TomTom are partnering to create improved autonomous vehicle tech. They want to have all of the freeways in Germany ready for driverless cars by the end of 2015 with high-definition maps.

Driving Gizmos That Make Us Smile

We asked the Autoblog team which car and car-related technologies have stood out this year. The list is as diverse as we are.

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The Brookings Institution is forecasting upheaval in local government as the rise of autonomous cars radically changes some of the ways they collect money. In just one example, the driverless vehicles are going to behave more safely on the road, which means less revenue from people paying for tickets.

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The Groundbreaking Tech Venture Seeks To Bring Automotive Innovation Back to Michigan

The University of Michigan opens Mcity, a one-of-a-kind test site for automated vehicles.

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Ford has patented a way to use information about things like road grade and navigation data to more efficiently make use of the adaptive cruise control. The system seems perfect to help autonomous vehicles maximize their fuel economy.

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Terrafugia shows a newly updated rendering for its TF-X flying car. Development on the flying cars with promises of monumental capabilities has gone on for years, with no products yet in the hands of consumers.

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Kandi Launches Carsharing In Luzhou; Grassley Fights For Renewables In Tax Bill

Kandi adds 1,500 EVs for carsharing in Luzhou, China. Urban Air Institute says E0 is more harmful to engines than E10. Senator Grassley fights for inclusion of renewable energy in tax bill. Scientists develop microcapsules for self-extinguishing batteries.

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Your EV Can Go Charge Itself, Then Move Off The Charger

Volkswagen shows off its Valet Charge technology, called V-Charge, that allows a car to autonomously park itself, charge itself, and return to its owner via a smartphone app.

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BMW's hydrogen fuel cell-powered i8 prototype snakes around a track in its stealthy, matte black paint in this clip. The coupe shows that performance doesn't necessarily have to come with ear-splitting noise.

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With turbocharged downsized engines gaining popularity, the old concept of supercooling intake air to add power may finally see production.

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Focusing On Human-Caused Fender-Benders Misses The Point

Here we go again. Google reported Thursday another one of its self-driving cars was involved in a traffic accident earlier this month. The crash occurred near the company's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters July 1.

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DOE Funds Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Projects

Valero seeks a more stable ethanol market overseas. The EPA likes ethanol from CO2-eating algae. The DOE is funding 16 projects to make solid oxide fuel cells a commercial reality.

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Hankook is continuing to develop a non-pneumatic tire for passenger cars, and the iFlex is the company's fifth prototype for the idea.

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KWS Infra Will Test Plastic Roads In Rotterdam

PlasticRoad is a new surface that's made from recycled bottles and is under development in The Netherlands. The company behind it promises the innovation could lead to streets that last three times longer, and the city of Rotterdam is already considering construction.

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The Stella Lux is a solar-powered EV created by a group of students at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands that can sit four people and is taking on the World Solar Challenge in Australia in October.

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Did Siemens Skullduggery Scuttle Pipistrel Attempt

Airbus has plans to be the first to cross the English channel in a battery-powered airplane, but was there behind-the-scene subterfuge?

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Vehicles Produced By Local Motors Are Part of Ride-Sharing Research

The first time many Americans ride in a self-driving car, it probably won't be in a vehicle they own. It will be in one they hail with an app.

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EV Charging USA Announces Consulting Services

Local Motors plans to set up microfactories to print consumer EVs. A diesel-powered Audi A4 is expected in March. EV Charging USA helps networks grow.

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