Robot cars race around California

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A driverless car called Boss has scooped a $2m prize in a Californian race for robotic vehicles. Boss successfully drove around an urban environment, avoiding other cars, and covering 60 miles (85km) in less than...

Blind People Say Quiet Hybrid Cars Pose Safety Risk

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Gas-electric hybrid vehicles, the status symbol for the environmentally conscientious, are coming under attack from a constituency that doesn't drive: the blind. Because hybrids make virtually no noise at slower speeds when they run solely...

IBM labs eye giving cars 'reflexes'

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IBM researchers are exploring technology that would let vehicles exchange information with each other and highway infrastructure, take corrective action and provide feedback to drivers. IBM has announced a research initiative into equipping cars with...

Startup using water to fuel cars

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A small startup has patented a way of extracting the hydrogen in water to supliment or replace gasoline in automobiles. The inventor was working on a way to replace the dangerous fuels in cutting...

Microsoft Revs up Windows for Cars

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Microsoft today unveiled Windows Automotive 5.0, the latest version of its operating system designed for in-vehicle computers running navigation, entertainment and communication systems. Based on the real-time embedded Windows CE 5.0, Windows Automotive 5.0 has...

Sun puts Java into gear for cars

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Java is slowly showing up on just about everything. In the last few years Java has shown up on cell phones and now automobiles (in-car computers). What good would Java be in the...

Microsoft Unveils First Connected Concept Cars

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Microsoft today announced its first Connected Concept Cars — using a Hummer H2, Cadillac CTS and BMW X5 — at the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The company's concept vehicles demonstrate how Microsoft...

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