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July 18, 2014
Autonomy … will make mobility more efficient, but will also open up greater possibilities for dual-use applications and ways for a car to be more of a potential lethal weapon that it is today.
The FBI thinks Google’s self-driving cars will make pretty good weapons.
18:06 // 1 week ago
May 28, 2014

fastcompany:

Google’s Self-Driving Car Is Real, And It Looks Like A Tiny Bubble-Car

We’ve known Google has been working on self-driving cars for awhile now, but all of a sudden, the project is real: last night, Google revealed a working prototype of its self-driving car. It’s a two-seater that looks something like a mashup of a Fiat 500Steve Urkel’s car, and a cartoon smiley face.

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Uber’s new competition.

10:40 // 2 months ago
March 19, 2014

Toyota agrees to pay more than $1 billion in new settlement

  • $1.2B in fines will be paid by Toyota as part of a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department; a settlement that also requires the company to admit it misled consumers about a safety issue that caused some cars to speed up instead of applying the brakes. The fine is the largest ever levied against an automobile manufacturer in the United States, and could serve as a blueprint for a similar settlement in the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation of General Motors. source
14:12 // 4 months ago
June 3, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of Ford vehicles recalled over safety concerns

  • 390K Ford vehicles are being recalled due to a fuel tank leak that the automobile manufacturer says could result in a fire. More than 600 complaints had been submitted to Ford as of March 31, about a variety of 2013 vehicles including the Explorer, Taurus, and Fusion. source
15:29 // 1 year ago
May 9, 2013

Street Legal Batmobile: Team Galag, a group of racers who all hail from Saudi Arabia, will be entering their to-scale Batmobile (seen above) in this year’s Gumball 3000. A win seems virtually impossible, given the nature of the race and the Batmobile’s top speed of 100 mph, but that doesn’t seem to be making us any less jealous. source

14:49 // 1 year ago
April 9, 2013

One of these things IS like the other

brooklynmutt:

“[A]s a practical matter … if you are a farmer, 30 miles from town and you want to transfer a shotgun to a neighbor, you’ve got to go 30 miles into town, find the federal licensed firearm dealer, fill out the paperwork, pay the fee, have the background check and then you have a responsibility to keep those records for inspection by the government and that’s a huge burden on citizens.” - Asa Hutchison, former Republican congressman who led the National Rifle Association’s school safety initiative.

Re-Write:

“[A]s a practical matter … if you are a farmer, 30 miles from town and you want to transfer a shotgun car to a neighbor, you’ve got to go 30 miles into town, find the federal licensed firearm dealer DMVfill out the paperwork change the title, pay the fee, have the background check have insurance and a license and then you have a responsibility to keep those records for inspection by the government and that’s a huge burden on citizens.”

Today in making an argument through editing.

17:56 // 1 year ago
November 14, 2012

If you own a Prius Hybrid, you might want to read this…

  • 670,000 Prius Hybrids will be recalled in the weeks and months ahead. Toyota announced two safety recalls today, with an additional 2 million cars expected to need repairs outside of the United States as well, and hopes to minimize any danger to consumers resulting from the inclusion of poorly constructed steering intermediate extension shafts and/or electric water pumps. source
15:27 // 1 year ago
July 25, 2012

Fifteen dead, eight injured in south Texas traffic accident

  • sunday Emergency crews from a town 90 miles southeast of San Antonio, Texas responded to a horrific traffic accident. Goliad Police report that 11 people died at the scene, and another four at the hospital, after a pickup truck carrying at least 23 people crashed into a tree.
  • tuesday Officials reported that a 15th person died in the hospital due to the accident. Police believe that all 23 were undocumented immigrants — possibly from Mexico, Honduras, and/or Guatemala — and that the wreck occurred as a result of tire failure. source

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14:25 // 2 years ago
June 26, 2012

Gas prices in South Carolina bring hope for summer travel costs

  • $2.987 per gallon average price in SC source

» That’s the first time any state’s average price-per-gallon has dropped below the $3 mark since days after the beginning of the Libyan revolution. Fighting began on February 15, 2011, and prices in South Carolina crossed the $3 threshold a few days later on February 19. While a 2.3 cent gap may not seem like much, analysts expect the prices to continue dropping, and millions of Americans will undoubtedly welcome financial relief of any kind — particularly on a commodity that many of us rely on heavily in our daily lives.

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15:34 // 2 years ago
May 30, 2012
fastcompany:

Google’s self-driving cars may be out on the road already, but it will take awhile before public is truly ready to give up all driving control to artificial intelligence. In the interim, Volvo has a solution that lets drivers (sometimes) sleep at the wheel while still improving highway safety—and it just completed the first real-world tests.
Dubbed SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment), the EU-backed project is working on road trains—vehicles equipped with software already found in many Volvo vehicles (including laser sensors, cameras, and radars) that are automatically led along the highway by a lead vehicle, which is commandeered by a professional driver. Regular drivers could one day simply use in-car navigation to find the nearest highway road train, get on the tail end, and let the vehicle platoon take over steering, braking, and acceleration.
Volvo’s Self-Driving Road Trains Hit The Streets

So how long you guys think it’ll take before seeing a self-driving vehicle on the road is a common experience?

fastcompany:

Google’s self-driving cars may be out on the road already, but it will take awhile before public is truly ready to give up all driving control to artificial intelligence. In the interim, Volvo has a solution that lets drivers (sometimes) sleep at the wheel while still improving highway safety—and it just completed the first real-world tests.

Dubbed SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment), the EU-backed project is working on road trains—vehicles equipped with software already found in many Volvo vehicles (including laser sensors, cameras, and radars) that are automatically led along the highway by a lead vehicle, which is commandeered by a professional driver. Regular drivers could one day simply use in-car navigation to find the nearest highway road train, get on the tail end, and let the vehicle platoon take over steering, braking, and acceleration.

Volvo’s Self-Driving Road Trains Hit The Streets

So how long you guys think it’ll take before seeing a self-driving vehicle on the road is a common experience?

11:12 // 2 years ago