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2017 Cadillacs to go semi-autonomous and add V2V

2017 Cadillacs to go semi-autonomous and add V2V

The US government may be considering making talking cars mandatory, but GM isn't waiting for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) to become a demand not an option, announcing that advanced semi-autonomous driving and V2V tech will hit select 2017 Cadillacs. The 2017 Cadillac CTS will be the first from the luxury marque to feature V2V, interlinking cars wirelessly, while an all-new 2017 Cadillac will introduce Super Cruise, the company's take on self-driving tech for the real world.

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You’re overestimating Google’s driverless cars

You’re overestimating Google’s driverless cars

Never tested in snow or heavy rain, potentially ignoring police, and confused into swerving by crumpled newspaper: Google's self-driving cars face more than a few lingering problems before they're truly ready for the road. The search behemoth's plans to start tests of its control-free "pods" out in public had already collided with California's DMV, which demanded that at least rudimentary steering and pedals be fitted before they'd be road-legal, but that may only be the start of Google's headaches.

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NASA’s drone airspace expert clamps down on enthusiasm

NASA’s drone airspace expert clamps down on enthusiasm

The drone expert leading NASA's air traffic control scheme for autonomous flying vehicles expects the first applications to begin "inside of the next year," though warns drone deliveries aren't likely to get anywhere near mainstream for another five years. Dr Parimal H. Kopardekar, who manages NASA's NextGen-Airspace Project, predicted that agricultural monitoring using drones is likely to be the first application to get the green-light, as concerns around autonomous and remote-control vehicle safety in urban environments continue.

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Project MRSC Connected Smart-Bike gets you online

Project MRSC Connected Smart-Bike gets you online

A new connected smart-bike integrating the best of mobile data and supercar-style suspension has been cooked up by Canyon and Deutsche Telekom, expected to show up for road trials early in the new year. Dubbed Project MRSC Connected - after the "Magneto-Rheological Suspension Control" (MRSC) - the bike links a new carbon leaf spring suspension system with a cellularly-enabled brain, as well as a network of sensors throughout the frame.

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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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