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    Report: Google allowed to test self-driving car on Nevada public streets
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    Nevada has officially granted Google a license to test autonomous vehicles on public streets. The tech giant underwent demonstrations in both Las Vegas and Carson City to prove its vehicles are as safe or safer than those piloted by mere humans. The state requires two people to be in the test ...

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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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    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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    Official: Google Maps regains ability to estimate your trip duration with traffic
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    Google Maps has reinstated the feature letting you know how long a trip will take in current traffic. According to Autoblog's sister site, Engadget, the previous algorithm didn't pass muster, so the updated calculations uses both historical and current traffic conditions to arrive at an estimated ...

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    Automotive April Fools' joke roundup [w/video]
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    It's that time of year again. April Fools' came and went over the weekend, and a handful of the world's automakers joined in on a little Spring time fun. From intelligent anti-theft devices and TSA-inspired driver aids to automated NASCAR racers and high-performance hybrids, this year's raft of ...

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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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    First Ford Focus Electric heads to Google
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    This time last year, Ford was pulling the wraps off the Focus Electric at CES in Las Vegas. Twelve months later, Ford is slowly beginning production of its first EV at its Michigan Assembly plant and dropped off one early example to the crew at Google. We're not sure what the search giant is ...

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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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    Google Street View documents Japan tsunami devastation
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    The online news cycle moves at a blistering pace. It's easy to forget that, while the story of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that occurred last March may move from the front page, individuals are still struggling to cope with the widespread devastation on the island. Google took it upon ...

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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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    Google Street View pedals through the world's parks
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    In Google's relentless push to map and photograph the world's public spaces, the search giant has prepared custom trikes to bring its Street View treatment to parks. Using these specially developed, tech-laden trikes, riders can take 360-degree photographs of trails and parks as they pedal ...

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    Video: Google's next driverless car goal? 1,000,000 miles
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    Google co-founder Sergey Brin announced at Web 2.0 that Google's next goal for its driverless cars is to go 1,000,000 miles without driver intervention. According to Brin, Google's teams have already amassed more than 1,000 incident free miles without driver involvement. Up to now, Google's ...

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    Video: Google exec praises "magical software" working in his Mercedes-Benz
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    Mercedes-Benz would love for you to consider its technology akin to magical software. When Google senior vice president Vic Gundotra is the one using those words, however, they might hold a bit more weight. The executive for Skynet Google feels that way because of a close-call he had while ...

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    Report: Google Street View cars helping to rebuild quake-ravaged Japan
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    Upon their initial arrival in Japan, privacy concerns led many citizens to view Google's Street View cars with great skepticism. PCWorld reports, however, that in the wake of the March, 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami, that mentality is fading. As Japan works to rebuild the areas devastated ...

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    Harman to bring Android integration to cars... finally
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    With Android outselling Apple's iOS devices by a lofty margin, we've been asking every automaker when Android connectivity will finally come to cars. Automotive supplier Harman International has answered the call with its latest infotainment system, which integrates the Android Open Accessory ...

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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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    Report: Judge says Google can be held liable in Street View wi-fi security debacle
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    It's a good thing for Google that have all of the money in the world. A federal judge has announced that the Silicon Valley giant can be sued for any damages related to the data grabbed by its Street View cars. As you may recall, earlier this year, it was determined that when the mapping machines ...

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    Official: Apple to reject apps that include DUI checkpoints
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    In conjunction with this week's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines, and part of the new approval process includes a section that prohibits the inclusion of DUI checkpoints in iOS apps. Section 22.8 states: Apps which contain DUI checkpoints ...

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    9-eyes.com features Google Street View's most beautiful and disturbing images
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    Tumblr is a collection of personal fetishes, with homemade sites focused on everything from cats to cars to freckles. The site 9-eyes.com, on the other hand, doesn't look through the two eyes of Jon Rafman, but rather through the numerous and far-flung eyes of Google Street View; the site is ...

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