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A new system could better protect self-driving vehicles from hackers and bad signals by using artificial intelligence (AI) to secure wireless communications. With human lives on the line, it is crucial self-driving vehicles are secured in the design stages rather than in afterthought spot patches. With countless data messages coming...

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Are car makers rushing into the connected-vehicle era without properly evaluating the risks? That’s the concern raised by two computer and network security researchers from England who provided a comprehensive overview of cybersecurity in modern cars, and the threats posed by increased connectivity. With the introduction of telematics, vehicle-to-vehicle...

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When it comes to driver safety, let’s face it: smartphones do not have a good reputation. However, new research from China suggests there may be a role these devices can play to make people better drivers. By incorporating machine learning, smartphones may be able to help drivers ditch bad habits...

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Not only can wearable devices use vibration energy to charge their own batteries, but they could one day have a big impact on our communities. That’s the conclusion reached by a group of international researchers experimenting with kinetic energy harvesting. The group – comprised of researchers from the University of ...

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Robotics researchers recently set out to make technology more user friendly for blind people. What they found, however, may actually make robots more helpful for everybody – visually impaired or not. Building-service robots (BSRs) are a popular research topic in terms of their technical capabilities, but they still aren’t very...

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Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are quickly picking up speed, but they remain an expensive luxury for a select few. A team of researchers in Hong Kong, however, is developing a system to merge autonomous vehicles with the “shared economy” concept that could help expedite their use—and accessibility—among the general mass public....

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The Internet of Vehicles (IoV) will revolutionize the way people get from Point A to Point B. It’s predicted that by 2020, 75% of the world’s cars will be connected to the internet, and according to some analysts, the self-driving car market will pass one million vehicles by 2035....

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Can a car battery that “gives back” to the grid help spur a greater adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs)? Or lead to more urban development? Those are some of the possibilities to consider as a team of researchers at Bilecik University in Turkey continues to work on commercializing a...

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Self-driving cars may immediately bring to mind sleek, glamorous versions of futuristic Teslas. However, when you look inside the elaborate “brains” of these vehicles, their supporting computing systems appear more complex than sleek. And making them even more complex could further increase their comfort and safety. In order to drive...

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