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Nissan promises self-driving cars for the masses by 2020

Nissan promises self-driving cars for the masses by 2020

Nissan has announced that they will have self-driving cars available by the year 2020. Or more specifically, that they will have "commercially-viable Autonomous Drive in multiple vehicles by the year 2020." Nissan has detailed plans to have availability across the model range within two vehicle generations and to launch a proving ground in Japan that will be dedicated to autonomous driving.

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Nissan Safety Shield upgrade makes Leaf EV self-driving

Nissan Safety Shield upgrade makes Leaf EV self-driving

Nissan has demonstrated a new version of its Safety Shield technology, adding 360-degree sensors to a custom Leaf EV that, with onboard AI, tease the company's ongoing work on autonomous, self-driving cars. Safety Shield, the first version of which will debut on production Nissans later this year, monitors activity around the car; in its new prototypes, shown off for the first time at Nissan 360, the Leaf adds to those senses with full camera coverage from every angle to track potential risks, pedestrians, other vehicles, and road signs.

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Apple USB Power Adapter Takeback Program settles safety snag with $10 swap

Apple USB Power Adapter Takeback Program settles safety snag with $10 swap

Apple has kicked off a power adapter exchange program, aiming to settle safety concerns about counterfeit or poorly-made third-party adapters by offering to switch them out for a $10 fee. The USB Power Adapter Takeback Program will run between August 16 and October 18, and allow anybody with "concerns" about the safety of an adapter they're using to exchange it for an official one in an Apple Store. The program follows recent claims that an iPhone user was killed after trying to use her handset while it was recharging.

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Google Glass faces driver-distraction ban in UK over safety fears

Google Glass faces driver-distraction ban in UK over safety fears

Google Glass is likely to face a ban for in-car use in the UK, with government regulators supposedly concerned that the wearable will be too distracting to drivers. The decision, still yet to be made official, could put use of Glass - which offers a driver navigation mode, among other features - in the same "careless driving" category as using a cellphone while behind the wheel, Stuff reports.

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Apple investigates iPhone 5 electrocution death claim in China

Apple investigates iPhone 5 electrocution death claim in China

Apple is investigating claims that an iPhone 5 owner was killed while answering a call, with Chinese police confirming the user, 23 year old Ma Ailun, was indeed electrocuted. The woman was charging the iPhone 5 at the time of the alleged incident, Chinese site Xinhuanet reports, and according to comments by her sister was killed by an electric charge through the handset. Apple has said it is cooperating fully with authorities, though declined to comment on any specifics.

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Hollywood battles bikers over shot-stealing cycle lane

Hollywood battles bikers over shot-stealing cycle lane

Hollywood heavyweights are at war with a bike lane, though the movie industry isn't anti-cyclist, only at the color the path has been painted. The lane - which runs a 12-block length of Historic Core, California - was painted lurid green less than two years ago, The Hollywood Reporter writes, in the process allegedly ruining the area's potential as a convenient New York City stand-in for film crews. They want the paint changed to match the Big Apple, something cycling lobbyists say will end up being dangerous.

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Mercedes Car-to-X due this year to make cars talk between themselves

Mercedes Car-to-X due this year to make cars talk between themselves

Mercedes aims to have its cars talking with each other and warning drivers of potential hazards ahead by the end of the year, with the company the first to deliver Car-to-X wireless to its range. Described as giving drivers the ability to "see around corners", Car-to-X allows vehicles to send out localized warnings and notifications about crashes, broken-down vehicles, police cars, animals in the road, and other potential perils, flashing up an alert on any other suitably-equipped car nearby.

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Tesla Model S recall after rear seat crash risk spotted

Tesla Model S recall after rear seat crash risk spotted

Tesla has announced a partial recall of the Model S electric car, after the discovery of a shortcoming in how the rear seats are fixed to the EV's body. The issue - which Tesla is at pains to point out has not actually resulted in any reported problems or injuries - could leave the left-hand rear seat back less than adequately retained should the Model S driver have a crash, and needs to be reinforced.

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Chrysler recalls 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys after initial refusal

Chrysler recalls 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys after initial refusal

On June 4, Chrysler caught public attention by refusing to recall 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Libertys after the NHTSA requested the auto maker issue a recall over potential fires in rear-end collisions. Chrysler refused, stating that the NHTSA's conclusions were "based on an incomplete analysis" of the information. The manufacturer was given until today to make a decision, and rather than face possible court time and bad PR, it had elected to recall the Jeeps.

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