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Looking for a great radar detector? Here are some of our favorites

These can make your drive a little less stressful

These can make your drive a little less stressful.

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Varia Cyclist Radar System | Autoblog Minute

Garmin created a rear radar system for cyclists, allowing you to see approaching cars behind you. Varia has a 5 hour batter and costs about $200. It has a 153 yard range. Learn more at garmin.com

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Ford's second-gen autonomous Fusion looks elegantly simple

It just looks like roof rails and extra mirrors.

Look for the car at CES and NAIAS in January.

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DARPA tests parasailing radar with its robotic boat

It's the future of naval warfare wrapped in a nice, neat package.

Submarines use towed sonar, so why can't a ship use a parasailing radar?

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Comma.ai makes your car semi-autonomous for $999

As long as you have a properly equipped Honda or Acura, that is.

All you need is a car with lane-keeping assist and a spare $999.

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Like on MASH, Tesla calls on radar to solve its problems

Autopilot is getting some changes and upgrades in Version 8.

If someone could look for a Gary Burghoff easter egg, we'd appreciate it.

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Tesla hopes existing tech improves its semi-autonomous driving

Tesla might have a way to improve its Autopilot tech without grafting on new equipment.

Radar guns adapted to detect suicide bombers?

Researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School and the University of California, Santa Cruz may have found a new use for most drivers' worst nightmare. William Fox and John Vesecky have discovered that with a little tweaking, a run-of-the-mill radar gun can become an instrument for detecting suicide bombers. The duo found that at a specific frequency, the gun can pick up on patterns of looped wire typically used in bomber Zach Bowman

Low-cost collision avoidance tech on the horizon for cheaper vehicles?

The fact is that small cars get into more accidents than large and mid-sized cars, and the fatality rates for small cars are about twice as high as their larger siblings. Yet it's the large – and usually expensive and luxurious – cars that get features like collision avoidance technology. That could change soon if TRW Automotive can get car makers to adopts its less expensive collision avoidance radar system.

Cobra introduces world's first touchscreen radar detector

Up to now, radar detectors have epitomized the ultimate in minimalist design: a couple of buttons or knobs, a couple of LEDs and a few hieroglyphs were all you got. No more. Now you get something that will probably prove just as distracting: a 1.5-inch touchscreen on two of Cobra's newest radar detectors.

REPORT: Parents of teen with speeding ticket fighting citation with personal GPS data

It seems as though there may just be a positive side to those unwelcome GPS-based vehicle tracking devices... especially if you are a teenager. Shaun Malone, a 17-year-old California resident, was cited by radar-yielding authorities for driving 62 mph in a 45 mph zone in 2007. Faced with a $194 fine (and some inflating insurance premiums), Shaun's parents fought back arguing their son's vehicle was equipped with a satellite-based tracking device that monitored Shaun's speed – and it showed

REPORT: Winnipeg police outed for manipulating red-light camera accident data. Again.

Winnipeg authorities are all "Lookie! Crashes are down at the intersections equipped with our spiffy new red-light cameras," but Manitoba Public Insurance and the Winnipeg Sun newspaper are all: "Stop lying!" Winnipeg says its 12 intersections equipped with the electronic sentinels have seen a 37% reduction in crashes since 2002. MPI and the WInnipeg Sun beg to differ, however, saying that insurance claims tell a markedly different, more complete story.

Radar bombing man gets caught after wounding himself at home

A short while ago we reported about an unknown group called FNAR (Fraccion Nationaliste Armé Révolutionaire) that was bombing speed-control radars in France. The government claims with radars are in use to reduce accidents and to lower pollution levels by forcing speed reduction. Last week, a man aged 31 was seriously wounded when he was manipulating one of these bombs in an apartment in Hau

Speeding awards temporary celebrity to your license plate

Apparently, when some motorists see their speed displayed on a radar-assisted light sign, they don't pay much attention (hell, we've seen people speed up to see how high it goes).

Car safety is changed by shape-shifting metal

Researchers in Germany are developing a vehicle safety system that sounds like something straight out of science-fiction.