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New Audi Cars to Tell Drivers in U.S. When Traffic Lights Will Change

German carmaker Audi is rolling out technology that will allow its vehicles in the United States to communicate with traffic signals, allowing for a more stress-free ride in what it says is the car industry’s first commercial use of the …

Toyota $1B Research Labs Near Stanford, MIT to Develop Autonomous Vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp. is spending $1 billion to form a research institute focused on the artificial intelligence and robotics technology it needs to make cars that can overcome driver errors and reduce traffic fatalities. Toyota Research Institute Inc. will pitch …

U.S. Missing Life-Saving Opportunity of Driver Assistance Technologies

New auto safety technologies such as automatic braking and sensors that keep a car in its lane could prevent almost 10,000 U.S. road deaths a year and save $251 billion if they were more widely available, according to a Boston …

Key Car Makers to Make Automatic Braking Standard Equipment in U.S.

A group of major automakers accounting for more than half of U.S. auto sales will make automatic emergency braking standard on new U.S. vehicles in one of the industry’s biggest auto safety moves since it embraced technology to prevent rollovers …

Technology May Outpace Humans on Road to Automated Driving

From his laboratory at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, automated vehicle pioneer Raj Rajkumar says self-driving cars will evolve step-by-step, with humans staying in charge for a long time to come. More than 2,500 miles west in Mountain View, California, Chris …

Progressive Insurance CEO on 5 Macro Trends of Note

By his own admission Progressive Insurance CEO Glenn Renwick (and his company) may not be right about the impact certain macro trends will have on the insurance industry, but in his view “it’s important to have some views.” Addressing an …

Safety Experts Warn Smart Car Dashboard Screens Distract Drivers

When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smart phones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. But are they really a good idea? Car companies answer with an emphatic yes. …

Symposium Panelists Say New Car Technology May Not Lower Insurance Rates

More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic braking and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon, experts in the auto and insurance industries said …

Safety Board Recommends ‘Talking Vehicles’ Technology in New Models

The government should set performance standards for new safety technology that allows cars and trucks to talk to each other and then require the technology be installed in all new vehicles, a federal accident investigation board recommended this week. The …

Top 10 Car Technologies For Mature Drivers

Smart headlights, emergency response systems and reverse monitoring features rank highest in car technologies that benefit mature drivers, according to researchers at The Hartford and the AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “Since drivers over the age of …