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18Iowa working on smartphone driver's licenses

The digital tar pit will eventually consume us all, but for now, we're still able to watch it swallow our analog lives. One of the next items to succumb could be your driver's license, at least as soon as Iowa straightens out the kinks. The Hawkeye State is working with MorphoTrust USA on an driver's license app for Android and iOS phones that can be used as a state-approved ID. Notably, the app wouldn't replace a laminated paper version, but either could be used to conduct business. Iowa is alr

40Ford abandons MyFord Touch, all hail Sync 3 infotainment [w/video]

MyFord Touch has been among the most widely disdained automotive infotainment systems on the market, practically since its introduction in 2010. Consumer Reports was among the most vocal critics, all but advocating its lynching by an angry mob armed with torches and pitchforks. Not surprisingly, then, after such a critical walloping, Ford has finally decided to say goodbye to the unloved tech, declaring the end of MyFord Touch branding in favor of Sync 3 for its upcoming, all-new system.

12Volvo's XC90 'ditch test' makes for radical video

One of the safety features on Volvo's new XC90 is called Run Off Road Protection, which detects when the car leaves the tarmac at high speed and prepares the cabin and occupants for an impact. After detection, the system retracts the seat belts while a spine protection element between the seat and the seat frame helps cushion the blow for passengers, the airbags are activated in case of a forceful frontal impact and release pin is sprung that retracts the brake pedal.

15Google shows off its Android Auto system

Cars fitted with the Apple CarPlay system should be in dealerships next year, available as a delayed option on the 2015 Hyundai Sonata and eventually expected to be available on Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari vehicles. Google isn't that far behind with its Android Auto, and after Hyundai showed it off at the LA Auto Show, Google Developers used their Dev.Bytes program give us a better look at it.

53Will copyright law stop you from working on your car in the near future?

Privacy Group Warns Tinkering Under Hood Could Violate DMCA

"It gives manufacturers the power to control secondary markets by leveraging the copyright law, if it doesn't include enough of a safety valve." – Kit Walsh

62Why turbo compounding may be the next big thing in powertrains

Turbo compounding is the process of using a turbo run off exhaust gasses to provide additional power to the crankshaft via gearing or a hydrodynamic coupling, or to power a generator that distributes energy via a power electronics module. The technology isn't new - the aerospace industry introduced the concept in the 1940s - but an article in Car and Driver says it could be "the next big thing in energy recovery" for automotive engines.

27Michelin announces Tweel airless tire going into production in SC [w/videos]

Michelin has been showing off its idea of combining the wheel and tire into a single component as far back as 2005. Dubbed the Tweel, the novel design replaced standard pneumatic tires and metal wheels with deforming spokes around a hub. While uses of the Tweel are still limited, the tech is about to get a big upgrade in production with Michelin opening a dedicated factory to build them in Piedmont, SC, on November 20.

14Enter to win two tickets to Autoblog's 2014 Technology Of The Year Award

Join Us In Los Angeles By Tweeting #ATOYsweeps

Every year, our team of gearheads comb through the latest and greatest in new automotive technology for our annual Technology of the Year award. In 2013, we dubbed the Tesla Supercharger the cream of the crop. This year, the field is full of compelling technologies housed inside of some of 2014's most exciting cars. With great examples of cutting-edge tech from Alfa Romeo, BMW, Chrysler and more, this year is shaping up to be a banner year for automotive technology. We at Autoblog want to give y

AddIsrael completes testing of missile defenses for commercial airliners

The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, allegedly at the hands of SAM-wielding Russian separatists, has brought to light a serious vulnerability in the world's airliners. The planes have no defense – not even a way of being notified – if a surface-to-air missile has been fired at them.

16Near-field communications with tap-to-pair phones coming to cars

Expect to find Near-Field Communications (NFC) in your next new car if you're planning on buying one in a few years. If you have kids who play with Disney Infinity, you're already somewhat familiar with the technology that allows nearby devices to talk to each other. Apple is already giving the tech a big push with Apple Pay, and the electronics are only expected to grow in acceptance from there.

25GM outlines strategy for new products, growth in China

Plans To Be Supported By 'Fortress Balance Sheet'

"Our strategic plan is a pathway to earn customers for life and create significant shareholder value in the process." – Mary Barra

2How Traffic Enforcement Could Play Out On Roads Of The Future

New systems offer potential, but automated tickets already irk drivers

Systems now being developed by the federal government to handle vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications in an upcoming connected-car era may have the capability to more precisely track the locations and speeds of individual motorists.

103New radar gun may inform police if you're texting

Typically, we don't really enjoy seeing radar-gun-wielding traffic cops. They have a tendency to ruin our day. But, a new sort of radar gun may have us quickly singing their praises. The Virginian-Pilot reports that there's a new tool that will be able to tell officers if a driver is texting rather than paying attention to the road. Oh yes, we like this idea.

8Tesla wants to hackproof the Model S

Apparently, Tesla Motors is abiding by the wise words of Chinese military general Sun Tzu to keep its friends close and its enemies closer. The tech-heavy electric vehicle maker attended the recent Def Con conference in Las Vegas, The Wall Street Journal reports, in order to learn about computer-security advances and to attract hackers. Come and get it.

39Women more skeptical about autonomous cars than men, research says

Females Surveyed Also Have Greater Safety Concerns

Drivers are intrigued by the benefits of self-driving cars, but they remain concerned about the safety and cost such vehicles could introduce into the marketplace, according to a study published by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in late July.

30V6 engines will outpace V8s for the 2015 Ford F-150

How times have changed. Even five years ago, who would have thought the mighty V8 would be just another engine choice for buyers of the 2015 Ford F-150?

46Cellphone bans don't reduce accidents, research finds

"It was pretty clear to us that there was no compelling evidence of a decrease in accidents" – Daniel Kaffine

1Auto Industry Continues To Grapple With Challenges Of Cyber Threats

Cars can be as easily hacked as a computer

Today's new cars come equipped with dozens of microcomputers connected by a network and run everything from infotainment systems to the engine itself. Like any other computer system, the units inside our cars are vulnerable. Hackers can infiltrate these systems. Once they're inside, they can do anything from steal your data to control your car.

6Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally lands on Google board

Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally often referred to the Blue Oval as a technology company when he led the automaker. Now he'll be offering guidance to a different kind of technology firm: Google.

28Lyft delays NYC rollout over legal issues

Friday was supposed to be the launch of taxi-rivaling, ride-sharing service Lyft in one of the cab's most iconic cities – New York. But with just a few hours to go before kickoff, Lyft's launch in the Big Apple was put off after due to legal battles with the state and city.

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