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This smart car won’t let you drive when drunk

This smart car won’t let you drive when drunk

Now here's a "connected car" that might have better judgment than some drivers. A concept car unveiled by the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association features not only a load of hi-tech devices and wireless connectivity options but can also make some decisions and take action in cases when the driver can't.

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New test facility will be proving ground for driverless cars

New test facility will be proving ground for driverless cars

The US automotive capital is still Detroit, with a rich history of fantastic cars streaming out of the city. Michigan may hold onto the crown of automotive capital of the US, as a new Mobility Transformation Facility is being opened in southern Michigan. The facility is essentially a testing ground for automated vehicles, with traffic lights and other road conditions simulated as needed.

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Google self-driving car loses controls for pod pilot

Google self-driving car loses controls for pod pilot

Google has been putting work into its self-driving car ambitions for years, bidding it as a way to revolutionize modern transportation: the elimination of drunk drivers, transportation for those who can't drive, and more are all potential benefits from our automated future. In a new video dubbed 'A First Drive', Google rolled out a prototype vehicle equipped with the self-driving technology and used it to take outsiders -- everyday folks outside of Google, that is -- for a spin.

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Microsoft demos real-time convo translation using Skype

Microsoft demos real-time convo translation using Skype

Back in 2012, Microsoft Research gave a demonstration of its real-time conversation translation using Skype, which takes one user's spoken words and translates them almost instantly into the other user's language, doing so by replicating each voice for an authentic conversation.

Today at the Code Conference in California, the company showed off an update to this, and at the same time announced that the software -- dubbed Skype Translator -- will be available before the end of this year as a Windows 8 beta app.

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