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February 21, 2012
Computer scientist developing intersections of the future with fully autonomous vehicles
Austin, TX (SPX) Feb 21, 2012
Intersections of the future will not need stop lights or stop signs, but will look like a somewhat chaotic flow of driverless, autonomous cars slipping past one another as they are managed by a virtual traffic controller, says computer scientist Peter Stone. "A future where sitting in the backseat of the car reading our newspaper while it drives us effortlessly through city streets and intersections is not that far away," says Stone, a professor of computer science at The University of Texas at Au ... read more

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GM says China sales fall in January due to holiday
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