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January 24 2014

Ford Teams With MIT and Stanford on Self-Driving Car Research

The dream of putting self–driving cars on the road is generally associated with Google and its X Lab. But Ford has just announced a partnership with two academic brain trusts that could put the automaker on a competitive footing with the search giant.

Ford will partner with MIT and Stanford University to focus on surmounting some of the challenges related to bringing self-driving cars to the masses

"Working with university partners like MIT and Stanford enables us to address some of the longer-term challenges surrounding automated driving while exploring more near-term solutions for delivering an even safer and more efficient driving experience,” said Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and vice president of Ford Research and Innovation, in a statement Read more...

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November 25 2013

Military's Driverless Vehicle Plan Languishes Amid Technology Woes

In 2003, members of the U.S. Congress and military hatched a plan, called Future Combat System, that would revolutionize the way the army waged war on the ground.

Part of the plan was to retool the military's ground fleet so that one third of its vehicles would be unmanned by 2015, but that timeline is now reportedly out of the question, so much so that the armed forces are even leaning on civilian technology to develop remote-controlled automobiles. A lack of funding and technological hiccups have, despite progress, put unmanned vehicles on something of a back burner.

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September 26 2013

September 10 2013

Japanese Taxi Alerts Passengers in Danger of Losing a Phone or Wallet

Japan’s service sector is famous for its extreme detail when it comes to serving customers, and the country itself is so safe that it’s not uncommon to hear of a person losing their wallet and having it returned days later with all the cash intact

Nevertheless, lost items left behind by careless passengers have become so common in Tokyo that one taxi company has decided to address the problem with a technological solution.

Kokusai Motorcars has teamed up with local tech consultancy Ideacross to develop a system that alerts the driver when a passenger has left an item behind. According to a report in Japan’s Nikkei, the system consists of four cameras; one under the driver’s seat, one under the front passenger seat, one on the ceiling and one in the car’s trunk. Read more...

More about Security, Japan, Vehicles, Tech, and Apps Software

July 25 2012

From Model T to Electric: The Evolution of the Car [INFOGRAPHIC]

Automobiles have transformed dramatically since the first mass-produced Ford Model T car hit the consumer market about 104 years ago. But the evolution still continues, with gas-guzzling vehicles slowly turning into energy-efficient roadsters.

UK-based company Car Loan 4U has released an infographic highlighting the history of the car and it's transformation into what we see in vehicles today.

The infographic highlights some of the most fuel-efficient cars in production, from the 2012 Chevrolet Volt to the Ford Focus E (76 miles) and the Renault Fluence Z.E. (115).

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More About: Electric Car, Future Cars, Sports Cars, Tesla, Vehicles

July 01 2011

Toyota Scion iQ Electric Car Coming in 2012 [PICS]

Toyota’s been teasing us with its Scion iQ electric car for more than a year. Now the company has officially announced the iQ will be sold in the United States in 2012.

If you’re looking for a cute car, this micro-subcompact fits the bill nicely. But if you have a long commute, you might want to wait until battery technology improves. Toyota says the Scion iQ can only go 50 miles on a charge. That means this car will be hard-pressed to compete against the similar Nissan Leaf, whose battery can propel it about twice as far until it needs charging.

It’s great news that this car has gone beyond the concept stage and will be sold in the U.S., but its price will be the determining factor in its success. Toyota just teamed up with Tesla Motors, but we’re wondering if one of the obvious benefits of that partnership — the exchange of battery technology — will bear fruit in the Scion iQ.

That 50-mile range suggests it’s not using the full complement of batteries inside the Tesla Roadster. Perhaps that’s a good thing, because the Roadster’s lithium-ion batteries are one of the items that pushes its price up to well into the six figures.

We’ve contacted Toyota to find out when this electric rollerskate will be available and at what price. The automaker hasn’t shared that information with anyone yet, so we’re not holding our collective breath.

As you’ll notice in our gallery below, the iQ is scarcely larger than a golf cart:

Scion iQ

Scion iQ

Scion iQ

Scion iQ

Scion iQ

Scion iQ

Scion iQ

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More About: cars, Electric Car, Toyota Scion iQ, Vehicles

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