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Incredibly Important Report from Brookings

These guys in the Metropolitan Studies program at the Brookings Institute are soul mates of mine. In this report, they zero in on how the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) labs, which are enormous repositories of cutting-edge technologies, should be engaging more deeply with the regional economies around them. 

Here’s the report: http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2014/09/10-national-labs-andes-muro-stepp

GM and The Rest of The Industry Won't Be Far Behind Toyota

Business

GM Expects to Offer Hands-Free Driving by 2016

Automated Steering System, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Would Seek to Reduce Crashes

Toyota Take Five--What Will Intelligent Driving Really Mean?

I came away from Toyota's Advanced Safety Seminar convinced that there will be dramatic changes in the automobile in coming years. As John Lee from the University of Wisconsin said, there will be more sweeping changes in the interaction between car and driver in the next five years than there have been in the past 50 years.

Chief Executive magazine--Top Five Play Cars for CEOs

Go here to see what edmunds.com Editor Scott Oldham and I came up with:

http://chiefexecutive.net/five-best-fun-cars-for-ceos

Toyota Take Four--An Intriguing Drivers' Heads-Up Display

One of the major questions about building more intelligent cars, and perhaps ones that are ultimately self-driving, is how information is communicated to the driver. Today's technology would allow an absolute flood of information to reach the driver, but the risk of course is that it would cause driver distraction. The traditional goal has always been, "Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel." In the new world order that is being created, it's going to be a more complex challenge.

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