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Ford figures fleets of autopilot cars coming in next decade

Ford figures fleets of autopilot cars coming in next decade

Bill Ford Jr, head of Ford Motor Company, thinks over the next decade, there'll be fleets of autopilot cars cruising the highways around the world. That would be no surprise considering the work going into making autonomous vehicles already. Google is already operating autonomous cars that use GPS and a host of sensors to navigate freely from point to point with no human interaction.

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Nokia Lumia 900 DC-HSPA with Nokia Transport hands-on

Nokia Lumia 900 DC-HSPA with Nokia Transport hands-on

Nokia's Lumia 900 HSPA edition doesn't break many new boundaries - we saw the LTE model at CES after all - aside from its DC-HSPA, but the new Nokia Transport app certainly promises to be useful. Another free preload in the fashion of Nokia Music and Nokia Drive, the app pulls in timetable directions for walking, trams, buses, metro services and more, all with an easily navigable UI.

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Google to have ‘smart glasses’ by end of 2012

Google to have ‘smart glasses’ by end of 2012

You could soon be able to see where your friends and, how much farther you have to go until you reach the building for your job interview, and other important information just by walking around. That may sound like the kind of stuff you can get by taking out your smartphone and opening a couple apps, but Google wants it to happen right in front of your face. Yeah, the company is planning on releasing its own brand of futuristing glasses with heads-up displays by the end of the year.

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LightSquared blasts FCC over “bureaucratic irresponsibility”

LightSquared blasts FCC over “bureaucratic irresponsibility”

LightSquared has accused the FCC of "the height of bureaucratic irresponsibility" and of being the puppet of scheming politicians, as the company sees its 4G aspirations rapidly fade. Responding officially to the FCC ruling against the LightSquared's LTE plans earlier this week, the injured company argued that US government toadying to the GPS lobby damaged not only its own business but harmed "the American public."

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TomTom to provide insurance company with your driving style

TomTom to provide insurance company with your driving style

Are you in good hands? Better yet, is your car? GPS manufacturer TomTom is ready to give a judgment on how good of a driver you are. The company has partnered up with insurance broker Motaquote to give drivers individualized quotes based on their specific driving habits. For the insurance industry, it's like an underwriting gold mine. But for the individual driver, it may feel kind of like an invasion of privacy.

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British auto insurer AA unveils GPS tracked insurance policies for drivers

British auto insurer AA unveils GPS tracked insurance policies for drivers

If you live in the UK, you're probably familiar with auto insurance company AA. The company has taken a cue from some of its smaller rivals in the UK and has introduced a new type of insurance policy that uses a little GPS recorder under the hood to track driving habits of the insured. The little box can transmit things like your speed, and if you're braking hard. The box can also record cornering speed, what types of roads the person drives on, and what time of the day the person drives.

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Canon PowerShot range overhauled: WiFi, waterproof, GPS, more

Canon PowerShot range overhauled: WiFi, waterproof, GPS, more

Canon has gushed its latest torrent of point-and-shoot cameras, a ten-strong update to its PowerShot line that includes weatherproof options, lengthy zooms and the choice of touchscreen control. Most interesting are the new PowerShot ELPH 530 HS and ELPH 320 HS, which each get WiFi and a 12x and 5x optical zoom respectively. The 530 HS has a 10-megapixel sensor and is 0.78-inches thick, while the 320 HS has a 16.1-megapixel sensor. Both have a 3.2-inch touchscreen and shoot Full HD 1080p video. The 530 HS will ship in April for $349.99, while the 320 HS will ship in March for $279.99.

 

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Congressional bill aims to speed FAA switch to GPS

Congressional bill aims to speed FAA switch to GPS

It might not be that much longer until you can fly the friendly skies with the comfort of knowing the pilot isn't relying on technology that's several decades old. The US Senate has just passed a bill that will incite the Federal Aviation Administration to swith from antiquated raday systems to advanced GPS infrastructure within four years. The bill authorizes the spending of $63.4 billion to get this done.

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