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Bill Nelson’s Commerce Committee report says that automakers are still selling defective airbags in new cars

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Here’s a warning to those who have just purchased (or about a purchase) a new Toyota, Mitsubishi, Fiat Chrysler, or Volkswagon vehicle : You could very well have your new car recalled within the next two years because it contains a defective – and potentially very dangerous – airbag. That’s the conclusion of a new report issued Wednesday by Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee. “It is absolutely ridiculous that the American consumer buys a new car, only to find out in…

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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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High-tech cars bring Detroit, Silicon Valley face to face

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The office has all the trappings of a high-tech startup. There’s a giant beanbag in the foyer and erasable, white board walls for brainstorming. Someone’s pet dog lounges happily on the sunny balcony. Welcome to the Palo Alto home of the Ford Motor Co., six miles from the headquarters of Google. Meanwhile, in a squat, industrial building in suburban Detroit, a short drive from Ford’s headquarters, workers are busy building a small fleet of driverless cars. The company behind them?…

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