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US blasts China over reckless jet stunt

US blasts China over reckless jet stunt

The US Department of Defense has accused China of reckless and potentially deadly flying, after a Chinese fighter jet came within 20 feet of a US Navy plane over the Pacific Ocean. The close-quarters flight took place on August 19th, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, with the Chinese jet making a point of flaunting its weapons to the American surveillance plane.

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Google’s self-driving cars still need controls says DMV

Google’s self-driving cars still need controls says DMV

Google's self-driving car prototypes may have been designed with the most basic of controls, but California is throwing a wrench in the works by demanding the 100 pod cars have some way for users to take over from the robot brain. While Google had intended to give the road-going prototypes nothing but a start button and a stop button, the California DMV has given the search giant an ultimatum on safety.

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NHTSA SaferCar tool hunts lingering recalls for your motor

NHTSA SaferCar tool hunts lingering recalls for your motor

If you've been following the car industry recently, you'll know that the number of recalls have increased to the point where you'd be forgiven for assuming more cars are headed back into dealerships than driving off them. Now, there's a new NHTSA tool to pinpoint whether drivers are affected by a recall, or if a used car they're considering buying has gone without the necessary repair, as well as some new regulations to force manufacturers into being up-to-date with their data.

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Talking cars: How the US government wants to make V2V the law

Talking cars: How the US government wants to make V2V the law

The US government plans to mandate cars that can talk with each other, proposing wireless intercommunication between moving vehicles that will warn drivers of potential crashes and other perils that they might not ordinarily have spotted. Dubbed V2V or "vehicle to vehicle", the system could lead to more than a thousand road deaths from intersection collisions a year, the NHTSA says, in addition to making blind spots safer, flagging up times when it's dangerous to overtake, and pre-warn drivers of upcoming stop signs and lights.

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Apple bans two hazardous chemicals from production

Apple bans two hazardous chemicals from production

Apple announced today that it is banning the use of n-hexane and benzene from iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, and other production lines. It is extending this ban to include a requirement for its factories to test the substances it uses regardless of whether either chemical is included in the list of ingredients, ensuring neither substance ends up in production.

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The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

Speaking to your car's dashboard has been hailed by many as the answer to driver distraction, but most systems are flawed, respond poorly, and motorists don't really care about their features, research indicates. Automotive survey heavyweight J.D. Power went digging through reported vehicle quality, and found that lackluster infotainment - substandard voice control systems in particular - was a frequent complaint.

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