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NHTSA Attorney Calls Autonomous Cars "Premature"
NHTSA Attorney Calls Autonomous Cars "Premature"

Autonomous cars are on the fast track: Toyota has promised to launch early versions of self-driving vehicles by the mid-2010s, with other automakers to follow. But at least two big questions need to be answered before those cars arrive in U.S. showrooms: 1. Will the public buy autonomous cars?...Read More»

The founders of Google and one of their autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids
Would You Buy A Car From Google? You May Soon Have The Chance

For years, we've reported on Google's development of self-driving cars -- or more accurately, on Google's development of self-driving car technology. Until recently, many folks assumed that Google would only create the software for autonomous vehicles, then license that software to car companies...Read More»

Survey: men, women, and car safety
Who Can Do More For Auto Safety: Apple Or Volvo?

Every auto brand has an image to uphold, a claim to fame. Jeeps are rugged, Mercedes-Benz cars are long-lasting, Hondas are reliable -- or so marketers would have us believe. For years, Volvo's buzzword has been "safety". Mention to co-workers, neighbors, or family members that auto safety is your...Read More»

Google Glass
Google Glass: Not Yet Available, But Possibly Banned In West Virginia

We've all heard about Google Glass, we've all seen it, we all know (vaguely) what it's capable of doing. And that has encouraged one state legislator in West Virginia to propose banning Google Glass for drivers long before the device goes on sale. Like many Americans, Republican Gary G. Howell has...Read More»

CA Governor Jerry Brown, State Sen. Alex Padilla, and Google's Sergey Brin beside an autonomous car
Google's Autonomous Car: Now Street-Legal In California

Google began testing autonomous vehicles on California roads in 2009. Now, it can do so legally: yesterday afternoon, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1298, which officially allows self-driving cars on public thoroughfares. As Mashable points out, Google hasn't technically broken any California laws...Read More»

The founders of Google and one of their autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids
Consumer Watchdog Chases Google's Autonomous Car

Autonomous cars are a hot topic of conversation nowadays. Fans of the status quo see them as a waste of time. Driving enthusiasts see them as the harbinger of a boring, 55 mph future. And politicians see them as high-tech boogeymen to scare seniors into voting booths. (NB: that tactic didn't work.)...Read More»

Google Maps in 3D
Google Adds New Tools For Travelers

Once upon a time, Google Maps was king of the world. After all, Google is one of a handful of companies that has the resources necessary to map the globe -- both from the air and from the street. But things are changing, and there are a growing number of mapmakers ready to show consumers the...Read More»

Google's autonomous car
In Nevada, Google Gets America's First Autonomous Car License

Google's self-driving car is now 100% street-legal -- at least in Nevada. Last summer, Nevada passed legislation making it the first state in the U.S. to allow self-driving cars on the roadways. Back in February, a governmental committee announced rules and regulations related to those vehicles...Read More»

Stanford/Audi TTS autonomous Pikes Peak car, aka 'Shelley'
Nevada Green-Lights Self-Driving Cars, Assigns Red Plates

Take a drive down the Las Vegas strip, and there are plenty of things to catch your eye -- flashing lights, brightly colored fountains, pirates. But the most interesting sight of all may be a simple red license plate, because in the not-too-distant future, that'll mean that the car in front of you...Read More»

The Google Street View Car
Once Maligned, Google's Street View Cars Help To Rebuild Japan

In America, Google’s Street View cars are generally met with indifference by most (but not all). Perhaps we’ve grown used to being on video wherever we go, or perhaps Facebook has us immune to the idea of privacy. In Japan, long considered to be xenophobic and obsessed with individual...Read More»

Google autonomous Toyota Prius test vehicle
Nevada Becomes First State To Allow Driverless Cars

Even though driverless cars are still in the embryonic stage, it will soon be legal to operate one in the Silver State. A newly-passed law gives Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles until March of 2012 to draft rules regarding the operation of autonomous vehicles on state roads. At the very...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-4X
Today's Car News from High Gear Media: May 11, 2011

Saab's on the PR trail this week, showing off the 9-4X crossover--and clearing the air about what Hawtai's cash will buy. [TheCarConnection] Why wait until next year? The 2012 Kia Sorento's already on sale, and now it's outfitted with direct injection. [TheCarConnection] The Kia Optima Hybrid is...Read More»

Google Map Maker
Video: Google Map Maker Lets You Edit Maps In The U.S.

Sometimes, even smart people get led astray. They think they know exactly where they're going, they follow directions to a tee, then -- BAM -- they hit a wall. Or a soccer field. Or a dead end that wasn't shown on the satnav. Now, they can change things -- and you can too, with Google Map Maker...Read More»

Google Maps for Android, 5.3
Google Maps Adds Location History Dashboard -- And A Special Feature Just For Stalkers

If you own an Android smartphone -- as an increasing number of you do -- you might've linked your Google Maps account to Google Latitude. Doing so allows data-hungry types to track their check-ins and travel history, and to see at a glance how much time they've spent at home, at work, and...Read More»

Field sobriety test
Four Senators Push Takedown Of Apps That Show DUI Checkpoints, One Provider Complies

Four U.S. Senators have come out swinging against smartphone apps that reveal DUI checkpoints, allowing potentially intoxicated motorists to find alternate ways to the next whiskey bar. The Senators sent letters to Apple, Google, and Research In Motion asking the companies to remove offending apps...Read More»

ASI Ferrari 458 Italia
Today at High Gear Media: Big Recalls, Prius Plug-In Hybrid

If you recall the past decade, some of the most important car recalls have included fire, fire, and more fire. [TheCarConnection] You can add the 2010 Toyota Prius on the recall list service-action list once more, this time for cooling pump problems. [FamilyCarGuide] All that work on the Toyota...Read More»

German man pranks Google Street View
Naked Man, Woman In Labor, Prank Google Street View

Google Street View has recently been embroiled in a number of high-profile trials over privacy violations -- and in the middle of all that hubbub, Google has been trying to roll out the service in Germany. As a result of all the front-page headlines, Germans have met Street View with a mix of...Read More»

The Google Street View Car
More Bad News For Google Maps Fans: Street View Broke British Law

Two weeks ago, a Canadian court found Google guilty of breaking privacy laws when its Street View vehicles collected data from wifi networks as they roamed the Great White North. Now, there's more bad news for Google, and possibly for the people who depend on Google Maps: a British court has issued...Read More»

Navigon MobileNavigator for Android
Navigon Launches MobileNavigator For Android

One of Android's key selling points when combating the iPhone is the free turn by turn navigation provided by Google. The iPhone does not currently offer a free turn by turn navigation application. Yesterday, Navigon launched its MobileNavigator application for Android. You can purchase the...Read More»

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