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    Report: Group of smart people claim 75% of vehicles will be autonomous by 2040
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    Futurists can be a fun bunch to listen to. From Ray Kurzweil's predictions on The Colbert Report to Michio Kaku's frequent specials on Discovery and The Science Channel, followers of futurists get frequent flashes of fate's final frontiers. Being the auto-obsessive types, naturally we're most ...

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    Report: Apple testifies in court that it once considered making a car
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    In the ongoing court battle between Apple and Samsung over copyrights and patents, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing took the stand yesterday. The majority of his testimony was centered around tablets and smartphones, and what defines intellectual property, but at one point he ...

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    Video: Autonomous driving and race car driver brains get the Ted Talks treatment
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    Like it or not, autonomous vehicles are coming. Between Google's various efforts and the constant evolution of automaker prototypes, it's only a matter of time before computers take the wheel. Don't get us wrong, either. That's not entirely a bad thing. While U.S. traffic fatalities have fallen ...

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    Official: GM study watches drivers of autonomous vehicles [w/video]
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    Like it or not, autonomous vehicles are on the way, and much is being done to study their integration into the world's transportation networks. As part of its own development of driver assistance systems, General Motors has begun to look driver behavior behind the wheels of self-driving vehicles; ...

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    Report: Google approaching automakers to help build self-driving cars
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    Google Inc. wants self driving cars on the road sooner rather than later. It knows its autonomous vehicles work – engineers have already put its fleet of self-driving vehicles through 250,000 miles of testing. And they're planning to put another 750,000 testing miles on their expanding ...

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    Video: Watch Cadillac's new semi-autonomous Super Cruise in action
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    Cadillac is trying to make a name for itself on the safety and technology front, recently introducing its new Safety Alert Seat and outfitting new models with a suite of safety equipment that arguably puts it among the leaders in the industry. We got a chance to sample some of this last month, ...

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    Report: Google adds hybrid Lexus RX450h to autonomous fleet
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    The Google self-driving-vehicle fleet has grown by one. According to Wired, the tech giant has added a black Lexus RX450h to its autonomous stable. The hybrid SUV was spotted out on the road for testing wearing a new roof-mounted sensor array that's significantly more streamlined than the gear ...

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    Video: Watch Google's autonomous car drive a blind man to Taco Bell
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    Do you consider yourself a driving enthusiast? If so, does the thought of handing control of your car over to a series of computers scare you to death? We understand. But perhaps it's time to remember that those of us who love to drive aren't the only ones who want to use the road. As you'll see ...

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    Opinion: How autonomous cars are about to change our future
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    New Technology Aims To Take Your Hands Off The Steering Wheel The biggest hurdles to autonomous cars will be legal, not technical. Most car enthusiasts hate the idea of cars that can drive themselves. But autonomous cars will get here faster than most people realize. Slowly but surely, ...

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    Video: Cadillac XTS to feature safety tech developed from autonomous vehicles
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    Five years ago, GM engineers, a variety of partner companies, and Carnegie Mellon University built a Chevrolet Tahoe that autonomously traversed 60 miles of urban traffic in less than six hours, taking home the DARPA Urban Challenge win. Later this year, some of that technology will make its way ...

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    Video: BMW takes its autonomous 5 Series onto the autobahn
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    Last May we went for a high-speed run around Laguna Seca in BMW's Track Trainer, a modified 3 Series that can click of two-minute laps without the driver touching the controls. Now, BMW has packed a 5 Series with the next iteration of the technology and taken it on to the open road. This latest ...

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    Video: SARTRE autonomous road-train enters final phase with trio of Volvos [w/video]
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    This time last year, the Safe Road Trains for the Environment (SARTRE) program hit a milestone. Using a specially equipped Volvo S60 with a big-rig taking the lead, the EU-funded researchers managed to create the world's first fully-functional road train, allowing the driver in the sedan to sit ...

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    Report: Google awarded patent for autonomous car mode
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    Depending on your point of view, autonomous cars are either long overdue or a technology to be avoided at all cost. We see both sides of the argument, but a recent patent secured by tech giant Google may mean the best of both worlds. U.S. patent number 8,078,349 describes a vehicle that can ...

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    Tokyo: Honda AC-X Concept PHEV is ready to move you
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    Honda is bringing a whole range of transportation solutions to the Tokyo Motor Show, from this plug-in hybrid sedan concept to folding scooters and pod cars. Dubbed AC-X for Advanced Cruiser eXperience, this streamlined sedan draws heavily from the FCX Clarity fuel cell sedan's aesthetics, ...

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    Report: Google to build driverless cars in the U.S.?
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    In the midst of a longer piece on the top-secret Google X lab, The New York Times drops this bomb: "Google may turn one of the ideas – the driverless cars that it unleashed on California's roads last year – into a new business." It was just over a year ago when the world first heard ...

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    Video: Google's Eric Schmidt: Our autonomous cars drive better than you... when you're drunk
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    Google co-founder Larry Page sat down with the Internet giant's former CEO, Eric Schmidt, for a Q&A session during this week's Zeitgeist 2011 event, and when the topic of increasing processor speed came from an audience member, Schmidt went into the infinite possibilities afforded "when you ...

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    Report: DOT to run tests to see if drivers freak out when their car takes over
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    Automobiles are getting smarter, and it's possible that cars may be able to handle most of the driving duties in the not-too-distant future. Are motorists ready to enter that reality? The U.S. Department of Transportation is curious to find out, and tests are about to get underway to find out how ...

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    Report: Nevada passes law governing the use of autonomous vehicles
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    When we think of the future of motor vehicles, we're (mostly) excited about what's coming next. We're a bit less than thrilled about the prospect of vehicles that can drive themselves, but the state of Nevada seems all too ready to welcome the autonomous vehicle. The Huffington Post reports ...

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    Video: We lap Laguna Seca in BMW's autonomous Track Trainer
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    You know what's scary? Autonomous cars. What's scarier? An autonomous car that can lap Laguna Seca at eight-tenths and post sub-two minute lap times all day long. BMW's 330i Track Trainer can do just that. And we have the video to prove it.

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    Audi announces first-ever display at SEMA
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    Audi Autonomous TTS Pikes Peak Demo – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Good news, Las Vegas-bound Audiphiles: Your favorite four-ringed German automaker has announced that it will have an official presence at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas in November. As you might expect, Audi's latest ...

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