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Self-driving cars could save $450bn a year and 90% injuries says thinktank

Self-driving cars could save $450bn a year and 90% injuries says thinktank

Self-driving cars could cut crash and road injury rates by 90-percent and save the US economy by around $450bn each year, a new thinktank report suggests, though the technology risks being hamstrung by expensive components and a "disparate patchwork" of regulations. The independent research by the Eno Center for Transportation into autonomous vehicles such as Google's self-driving cars and similar projects from Nissan, Toyota, Mercedes and others argues that, since driver error is calculated to be the primary reason behind more than 90-percent of crashes, removing humans from their responsibility behind the wheel could save a huge amount of lives and money.

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Circadia wetware makes record as first independently developed and implanted biosensor

Circadia wetware makes record as first independently developed and implanted biosensor

Wetware takes aim at a specific type of technology -- the kind that alters our physical bodies in such a way to bring an improvement. Though often found in small groups and private initiatives, the movement has picked up pace over the years as technology increases and the cost of hardware decreases. Grindhouse Wetware is one such group that has worked on various projects for years, and as of today has become the first independent DIY-centric collective to successfully develop and implant a biosensor.

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Human Brain Project kicks off, will aid in robotics and more

Human Brain Project kicks off, will aid in robotics and more

The Human Brain Project, an ambitious undertaking to better understand the human brain, has officially kicked off. The goal of the project is to use a super computer to simulate a complete human brain, something that will not only aid in the treatment of a variety of ailments, but will also be used to help create new computing technologies. One of the areas of focus is neurorobotics.

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Moon “different dimension vehicle” has wing-shaped turning signals, dual on-board motors

Moon “different dimension vehicle” has wing-shaped turning signals, dual on-board motors

CEATEC 2013 has presented quite a bit of interesting technology, including Pioneer's Smart Car Cockpit Concept that we detailed earlier. Perhaps the most interesting thus far, however, has been the Moon, a circular transportation-esque device that is spherical in shape, all of which is rounded out by a pair of white wings on the "back" that function as turn signals.

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NTT DoCoMo details 5G network ambitions, is aiming for 2020

NTT DoCoMo details 5G network ambitions, is aiming for 2020

NTT Docomo had been busy here at CEATEC 2013, during which it presented the concept for its next-generation 5G mobile network, something that would be a higher-performance offering over current LTE-Advanced network technology. At the event, Docomo has shown off this concept, including where it is in the process and its ambitions for the future, with the company pegging a 2020 goal.

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Ecosystem lock-in a key danger EC chief says as Samsung proposes deal

Ecosystem lock-in a key danger EC chief says as Samsung proposes deal

Samsung is attempting to escape antitrust punishment in the EU, submitting a list of proposed commitments that, the European Commission VP responsible for competition says, will be market tested over the next few weeks. "After lengthy discussions, Samsung has sent us a set of commitments seeking to address our concerns" Joaquín Almunia, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Competition Policy, said today in a speech, hinting that should the remedies eventually be accepted, they will have broader implications for standard-essential patents and the injunctions Apple, Samsung, HTC, and others have sought because of them.

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Solar cell developed with highest efficiency ever at 44.7%

Solar cell developed with highest efficiency ever at 44.7%

The teams behind the world's previous record-holding solar cell for efficiency, which was unveiled back in May, has trumped its own achievement, announcing that they've boosted that cell's efficiency even higher to 44.7-percent. The latest solar cell works by utilizing four solar subcells, allowing it to achieve nearly a 50-percent efficiency rate, and was developed based on a bit over three years' worth of research.

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