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    Report: Michigan latest state to approve autonomous vehicle testing?
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    The state of Michigan is set to join Japan, the United Kingdom and the US states of California, Florida and Nevada in allowing testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads. A bill in both the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate passed with just a single dissenting vote, and will now ...

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    Report: Carvana tests consumers' appetite for used-car 'vending machine' [w/videos]
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    If you're fed up with haggling at your local used-car dealership - so much so that you'd rather not talk to anybody when you're buying your next ride - then Carvana could be for you. It's a used-car dealership (more like a used-car vending machine), and the buying process is completed online. ...

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    Followup: Woman ticketed for driving with Google Glass to fight charge
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    A San Diego woman who was ticketed in October by the California Highway Patrol for wearing Google Glass while driving pleaded not guilty and will fight the citation in court, Yahoo reports. The woman, Cecilia Abadie, was pulled over for driving 80 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone. After Abadie ...

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    Video: Is Honda working on airbags for smartphones?
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    Smartphones are expensive yet delicate - a single impact on a hard surface can shatter their touchscreens, often damaging them beyond repair. Fitting a case offers only so much protection, but what about an airbag? Honda has explored the concept with the airbag-equipped Case N and even made a ...

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    Report: Volvo's pedestrian airbags may already be on their way out
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    As proof of just how quickly automotive technology can advance, just check out the Volvo V40. Developed with an external airbag aimed at better protecting pedestrians in the event of a collision, this innovative safety device could be phased out soon in place of more advanced active safety ...

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    Report: NHTSA claims power to regulate smartphones in cars, will issue guidelines next year
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    Back in April, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released voluntary guidelines covering the use of in-car infotainment and communications in the hopes that automakers would reconfigure their systems to make them safer. But on Tuesday, NHTSA administrator David Strickland said at ...

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    Video: Are you ready for automatic drive-through gas fill-ups?
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    The gigantic step between filling up your own gas tank and letting a machine do it for you has been a long time coming, but a cooperative effort between Husky and Fuelmatics has finally produced an automatic fuel-filling robot. The technology was demonstrated at the 2013 Petroleum Equipment ...

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    Report: Skully reveals Google Glass-like motorcycle helmet [w/video]
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    The Skully P-1, a motorcycle helmet with a heads-up display, rear-view camera and smartphone connectivity, was unveiled last week at the DEMO Fall 2013 conference, where it was one of five companies to win the DEMO God award. The DOT-certified helmet was conceived by Skully founder Marcus Weller ...

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    Official: Mini adding new driver assist systems to future models
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    With all the recent news about automated vehicle technology (from Ford, Nissan and Toyota, among others), Mini is bringing some not-so-groundbreaking tech into its products to better keep the driver connected to the car. Other than stating that these new technologies will roll out in future ...

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    Report: Palo Alto to require electric car charger pre-wiring in new homes
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    The city of Palo Alto, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is already on the cutting edge of modern technology, as the home of Tesla Motors, Hewlett-Packard and Stanford University. It also has large facilities run by Facebook, Apple, Google and PayPal. Outside of the private sector, ...

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    Exclusive: LA Auto Show growing to three press days?
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    The 2013 Los Angeles International Auto Show is already shaping up to be a big deal, with at least nine world debuts from some of the biggest names in the industry. Now, Autoblog has intercepted a memo that's going to be sent out to automakers this week explaining that LA will be even bigger this ...

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    Report: Google self-driving cars should have data recorders, says US official
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    Fears over domestic spying operations and privacy concerns have been splattered across the headlines with alarming frequency, and now it appears that even the auto industry isn't immune. According to a report from The Huffington Post, the chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, ...

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    Report: Google shacking up with Continental on self-driving cars
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    Google, well known tester of self-driving cars, may have just come one step closer to making its sci-fi tech a widely realistic proposition. Along with IBM, it's inked a deal with tier one supplier Continental, according to Reuters. The official announcement is set to be made during September's ...

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    Report: GM to add wireless charging in select 2014 models
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    Wireless charging of cars may still be the stuff of science fiction, but wireless charging in a car won't be for long. Bloomberg is reporting that General Motors will integrate Powermat Technologies' wireless charging tech into some of its vehicles next year, allowing wireless recharging of ...

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    Report: Inventor's electric vehicle charger triggers bomb scare in Denmark
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    A project manager and director for Swedish Television had parts of Copenhagen locked down for three hours on August 6, when his electric car invention scared passersby in an underground parking lot into thinking it was a bomb, Perth Now reports. Copper pipes and wire poking out from underneath a ...

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    Report: BMW i8 will be first production car to use Gorilla Glass
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    What do smartphones and the BMW i8 have in common? Glass. Scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass, that is. The i8 will be the first production car to use the chemically hardened material, which is more durable, lighter and provides more sound deadening than conventional laminated automotive glass. We ...

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    Official: VW launches Car-Net telematics system with brace of safety features
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    Starting with select 2014 models, Volkswagen will offer an in-car assistance system called Car-Net, which comes with safety features such as location-based roadside assistance, automatic crash notification, remote vehicle unlock, destination assistance and more. The system is very similar to ...

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    Official: BMW working with Dainese to put airbags in motorcycle suits [w/video]
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    Addressing the safety concerns of its customers, BMW Motorrad is co-developing a rider suit with Dainese to feature something that's much more common in automobiles: airbags. Starting with Dainese's D-air Protect System, which is made up of inflatable protectors that deploy in 15 milliseconds, the ...

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    Official: Volvo details new drive assist features for next XC90 and future models [w/video]
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    Volvo wants us to know what kinds of new technology will be under the sheetmetal of the offerings that will sit on its Scalable Platform Architecture, the first of which will be included on the 2015 Volvo XC90 arriving at the end of next year. The silicon-chip onslaught starts with detection and ...

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    Study: Autonomous cars found trustworthy in global study
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    "Consumers Desire More Automated Automobiles." That's the title of one page of a new study published by Cisco Systems as part of its Customer Experience Report, which focuses on the "automobile buying and driving experience." The study specifically targeted technology and its integration into the ...

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