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Google’s autonomous driving program might have engineers, technicians and lobbyists working overtime to bring self-driving cars to the world, but it’s been missing one very important post: a government policy expert. That will be rectified come January 7, 2013, when Ron Medford, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s deputy director takes a position at Google as the company’s Director of Safety for Self-Driving Cars. Medford held down the number-two spot at ...
Get into a cab and it’s safe to assume the driver knows the ins, outs, shortcuts and potential traffic tie-ups between you and your destination. That kind of knowledge comes from years of experience, and IBM is taking a similar tact that blends real-time data and historical information into a new breed of traffic prediction. IBM is testing the new traffic-management technology in a pilot program in Lyon, France, that’s designed to provide the city’s transportation engineers wit ...

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