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Gus Bilirakis the latest self-driving car convert

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Republican U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis espoused the virtues of self-driving cars after a Tuesday meeting of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. “The technology we have today has the potential to completely redefine how we commute to work, drop the kids off at school, and travel the country,” he said. “Self-driving cars also hold the prospect of making cars safer, reducing the number of fatalities on the road, and increasing mobility for the elderly and those with disabilities.” “While…

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Blake Dowling: This Halloween, tech can be really scary

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Technology can be scary. That said, my Halloween column focuses on some frightening examples of tech gone awry; some you might find scarier (dumb scary) than an Ernest movie. Who remembers those? AWFUL. Others are disturbing in a more realistic way. I recently noticed an email alert about a fake “blue screen of death.” An email comes in looking like it’s from Microsoft. You click on the icon that looks very close to the Microsoft Security Essentials Icon. It immediately…

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Jeff Brandes: The future of transportation is ‘right around the corner’

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The future of transportation is autonomous. It’s electric. It’s shared and on demand. And it will be here sooner than you think. “The message today is it’s right around the corner,” said Sen. Jeff Brandes, the chairman of the Senate transportation committee. The St. Petersburg Republican laid out his prediction for the future of transportation during the 2016 Building Florida’s Future symposium in Tampa. The event, hosted by Associated Industries of Florida and Port Tampa Bay, was a chance for…

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Tampa highlights connected vehicle pilot program at Florida Automated Vehicles Summit

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Self-driving cars on Florida roads may be closer to reality than many people think. Autonomous and connected vehicles (CV) in the Tampa Bay area was one of the leading topics of the third annual Florida Automated Vehicles Summit, held in Jacksonville Tuesday and Wednesday. The summit will highlight the newest innovations in driverless cars, which are part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s stated goal to “serve the people of Florida by delivering a transportation system that is fatality and congestion free.”…

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How can people safely take control from a self-driving car?

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New cars that can steer and brake themselves risk lulling people in the driver’s seat into a false sense of security — and even to sleep. One way to keep people alert may be providing distractions that are now illegal. That was one surprising finding when researchers put Stanford University students in a simulated self-driving car to study how they reacted when their robo-chauffer needed help. The experiment was one in a growing number that assesses how cars can safely…

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Roll with technical disruption or risk being run over

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What is technical disruption? Simply described I think of it as new innovations that constantly drive our society and economy in new and different directions, allowing us or in some instances forcing us to do things in a new way. In the early 1900s my family’s business was rocked by the invention of the tractor. We were in the mule business (the mule pulled your plow for those needing a history lesson on farming) and the tractor ran the mule…

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