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    U.S. presses for safer autonomous vehicle technology

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    Autonomous vehicles have been involved in some serious road accidents recently, most newsworthy: two widely reported driver deaths earlier this year in technology-packed, auto-piloted Teslas.

    No technology is perfect, but, inexorably, improvements and refinements will follow, and the benefits of self-driving vehicles, especially when it come to improved safety, will outweigh the risks – in theory.

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      Automobile technology sector absorbs Tesla crash impact

      August 3, 2016

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      The death of a Tesla Model S driver this May involving that vehicle’s computerized self-driving function has sent the auto industry into a period of soul-searching and reflection about just how fast the industry should adopt this new self-driving technology.

      In this post-crash environment, many automakers have been forced to rethink how they present self-driving technology to consumers.

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        The IoT Library: Hybrids and electrics – the electronic car in the modern age

        By Richard Wallace | February 18, 2016

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        If you want to experience the future, take a ride in an electric or hybrid gas-electric vehicle. The moment you enter one of these amped-up electronic wonders it’s as if you leave the past behind.

        As well it should: the smoke belching gas guzzling internal combustion engine is seeing its final days – at least regarding the modern automobile. The closing of this chapter of automotive history reminds me of a telling anecdote from a writers blog about the American industrialist most associated with the early days of the automobile.

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          Japan opens roadmap to autonomous driving technology

          November 21, 2015

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          Nissan unveils IDS autonomous driving concept car at Tokyo Motor

          Since the 1970’s Japan has been a world leader in factory automation, most notably in the use of robotics manufacturing for automobile production. But when it comes to leadership in the driverless automobile market, not so much. But that’s about to change, based on the technology roadmap to Japan’s ‘driverless car’ initiatives that emerged from the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

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            Automotive R&D Facility to Test In-Motion Wireless Charging

            By Murray Slovick | November 5, 2015

            Automotive R&D Facility to Test In-Motion Wireless Charging

             

            The International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) will be the host site for a new wireless charging test bed for EVs. Developed by Clemson University‘s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), ITIC, Toyota, Cisco, Duke Energy and Evatran the wireless power transfer test bed opens the door for ITIC to begin marketing wireless charging test and development services to automotive manufacturers, suppliers and related technology companies.

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              Smart telematic add-on devices from startups teach old cars new tricks

              By Richard Wallace | November 3, 2015

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              I used to think my iPhone was pretty smart, what with Siri there to get me out of a jam once in awhile, and that one time it magically found my iPad that had slipped between the seats of a bus I’d been riding. But when it comes to smarts, Caveat Emptor: thanks to a new class of after-market consumer automotive monitoring, diagnostic, and display devices just hitting the market, now your car is smarter than you, and your smartphone.

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                Super smart solar car tops World Solar Challenge

                November 2, 2015

                A solar powered smart car built by students at the Eindhoven University of Technology was the big winner at the recent World Solar Challenge in Australia where it took the top prize in the cruiser class competition for family cars.

                It crossed the finish line second, behind a car built by students at Kogakuin University in Japan, but it won the event’s top prize on points because it was more comfortable and could carry more passengers (4), the organizers said.

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                  How I learned to stop worrying and love Futuremobile

                  By David Benjamin | October 14, 2015

                  How I learned to stop worrying and love Futuremobile

                   

                  BORDEAUX, France — The development of driver-optional “autonomous” automobiles, all the rage at the ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) World Congress, has begun to haunt me with premonitions of a pedestrian future. I picture George, a typical American working stiff. He’s finished his shift. Nearing his futuremobile, he punches his key fob.