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University of Michigan researchers building a simulated city to test self-driving vehicles

University of Michigan researchers building a simulated city to test self-drivin

With the California lawmakers having giving their approval to the street testing of self-driving vehicles, the University of Michigan (U-M) has revealed that it has efforts underway to build a simulated city to test self-driving cars.

U-M said that an automated vehicle testing facility - called the Mobility Transformation Facility - will be build out by fall this year. The facility will comprise 32 acres of a simulated city center, four-lane highway, merge lanes, and intersections.

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Google: Self-driving cars can help reduce the number of car accidents on roads

Google: Self-driving cars can help reduce the number of car accidents on roads

With California set to legalize driverless cars next year, tech giant Google has recently announced that it intends to give Californians the access to a small fleet of prototypes of self-driving cars which will not have steering wheel, brake, or pedals.

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Subaru BRZ cost to increase $100 for 2015 model; 'Blue' limited edition added

Subaru BRZ cost to increase $100 for 2015 model; 'Blue' limited edition added

The cost of the Subaru BRZ sports car models for 2015 will be increased by $100. As a result of the price increase, the cost of the entry-level model of BRZ will be $26,490 including shipping. The price increase will also affected the more upscale Limited models.

Announcing the price increase which will affect the 2015 BRZ models, Subaru also said that it will also be offering a special 'Blue' limited edition model of the sports car to commence the 2015 model year of the sports car.

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Google introduces prototype self-driving car without manual controls

Google introduces prototype self-driving car without manual controls

In a move which marks tech giant Google's first substantial advance in the direction of its self-driving cars project, the company recently unveiled a prototype self-driving car which does not feature any manual controls.

Unveiling the prototype, Google asserted that its self-driving vehicles will someday be better drivers than most of the humans who drive the modern-day cars.

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Intel launches new product line of ‘In-Vehicle Solutions’

Intel launches new product line of ‘In-Vehicle Solutions’

Chip giant Intel is apparently set to make further inroads into the automotive market with its Thursday-announced launch of a new product line called 'In-Vehicle Solutions,' which comprises a range of products aimed at the emerging 'connected car' market.

Intel's newly-announced 'In-Vehicle Solutions' product line includes a number of hardware and software products which will essentially help speed up development in the field of vehicle automation. The 'In-Vehicle Solutions' products include chips, development kits, and integrated software stack with an OS and middleware.

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Ford announces recalls of 1.4 million vehicles

Ford announces recalls of 1.4 million vehicles

In a Thursday announcement, which apparently stems from the safety scandal at General Motors (GM), US automaker Ford has revealed that it is recalling a total of 1.4 million vehicles because of defective steering and corrosion issues.

The vehicles being recalled by Ford include approximately 1.1 million sport utility vehicles (SUVs) sold by the company in North America. The recall-affected SUVs are Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs from model years 2008 through 2011.

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GM’s Mark Reuss: Google could become “serious competitive threat” to auto industry

GM’s Mark Reuss: Google could become “serious competitive threat” to auto indust

Addressing reporters in Detroit on Wednesday, General Motors' (GM) product-development chief Mark Reuss said that the auto industry can potentially face a "very serious competitive threat" from tech giant Google if it continues to push its self-driving cars.

Despite the fact that GM is reportedly working on the development of its own driverless-vehicle technology, Reuss said that the automaker is not involved in any kind of race with Google to build autonomous vehicles.

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California DMV approves testing rules for self-driving cars

California DMV approves testing rules for self-driving cars

Driverless car testing rules were recently approved by the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) of California. As a result of the move, Google's self-driving will likely commence manufacturer testing this fall.

The rules approved by California's DMV essentially pertain to regulations issued for the licensing and operations of "autonomous cars" in the state. With the rules in place, self-driving cars will be totally street legal for testing in California with effect from September 16, 2014.

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GM raises number of frontal-impact crashes linked to ignition-switch defect from 32 to 47

GM raises number of frontal-impact crashes linked to ignition-switch defect from

General Motors spokesman Greg Martin has revealed in a recent statement that the number of frontal-impact crashes connected to the ignition switch defect has been increased by the company from 32 to 47.

The increased number apparently results from the fact that defective ignition switches in GM vehicles are apparently linked to more crashes than previously believed. However, GM has asserted that the number of deaths linked to front-impact crashes caused by the ignition-switch defect still remains at 13.

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GM agrees to pay $35 million federal fine for concealing defects in small-car ignition switches

GM agrees to pay $35 million federal fine for concealing defects in small-car ig

In a move which marks the end of one segment of General Motors' (GM) recall saga, the US automaker has agreed to pay a $35 million federal penalty for concealing ignition-switch defects in its small cars.

Along with agreeing to pay the hefty fine - which, incidentally, is the largest ever penalty assessed by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - GM has also agreed to give the government an increased oversight of its safety procedures.

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