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Cop tickets Michigan man for warming up his car in the driveway

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As someone who lives in Wisconsin, I can tell you that in the winter just about everyone with any sense takes a moment to start their car and leave it running for five or ten minutes before they actually depart. The same is true in Michigan, which shares Wisconsin's habit of frigid winter.

But one unlucky driver ended up on the wrong end of a moody cop near Detroit and found himself with a $128 ticket for doing what virtually every other driver in the state does whenever the weather hits the single digits: warming up his car. 

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Mike Wehner

January 11th

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Automated Vehicle Occupancy Detection Knows Exactly Who’s in Your Car

For years, government agencies have chased technologies that would make it easier to ensure that vehicles in carpool lanes are actually carrying multiple passengers. Perhaps the only reason these systems haven’t garnered much attention is that they haven’t been particularly effective or accurate, as UC Berkeley researchers noted in a 2011 report. Now, an agency in San Diego, Calif. believes it may have found the answer: the Automated Vehicle Passenger Detection system developed by Xerox.

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dave maass - eff

April 28th

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7 Machines That Are Meta As Hell 

What’s better then a monster machine? A meta machine. Here are a bunch of machines that really took the advice “Just do you!” to heart.

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Eric Limer

April 8th

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Report: Google Car Insurance Is Imminent

Report: Google Car Insurance Is Imminent

The New York Times reports that several recent moves by Google suggest that it's set to launch a new car insurance shopping site in the near future.

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Jamie Condliffe

January 9th

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​Pioneer NEX Systems Put CarPlay and Android Auto In Your Old Hatchback

​Pioneer NEX Systems Put CarPlay and Android Auto In Your Old Hatchback

Pioneer's NEX in-dash systems are some of the most advanced out there, putting interactive multimedia and navigation powers in even the crappiest vehicles. And they're getting even better in 2015 with support for both Android Auto and CarPlay. No matter which side of the smartphone wars you're on, Pioneer has you covered.

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Mario Aguilar

January 6th

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BMW’s New Key Fob Is a Touchscreen Device in Its Own Right

BMW's New Key Fob Is a Touchscreen Device in Its Own Right

With automotive gadgety getting ever more advanced , the humble key fob has been left behind—until now. Because BMW's i8 plug-in-hybrid sports car now comes with touchscreen fob that lets you do far more than just lock and unlock your car.

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Jamie Condliffe

January 6th

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Your GM Car Could Be Autonomous By 2016

Your GM Car Could Be Autonomous By 2016

GM is already taking technology in cars seriously , but it has plans to take it to the next level, and soon. Yesterday, the company announced that in less than two years its cars will communicate with each other—and hopefully even drive themselves.

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Jamie Condliffe

September 8th

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How One 1920s Feminist Imagined Our Futuristic High-Tech World

How One 1920s Feminist Imagined Our Futuristic High-Tech World

Josephine Daskam Bacon was an author known for her adventure serials that featured female protagonists. But in 1929, she took a break from her regular fiction writing and slipped on her futurist goggles for an article in Century magazine titled "In Nineteen Seventy-Nine." Bacon imagined just how much progress women will have made fifty years hence — and whether her granddaughter would be able to "have it all" as some people here in the future might say.

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Matt Novak on Paleofuture, shared by Eric Limer to Gizmodo

August 12th

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The 2015 Sienna Has a Mic to Help You Shout All the Way to the Back Seat

The 2015 Sienna Has a Mic to Help You Shout All the Way to the Back Seat

Toyota realizes that few customers shopping for a minivan care about horsepower or zero to sixty times—they're basically looking for the easiest way to haul kids. So on its 2015 Sienna, the automaker is introducing a rather clever new feature called Driver Easy Speak which amplifies the driver's voice with a dedicated mic so that they don't have to turn around while talking (yelling) to passengers (kids).

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Andrew Liszewski

July 21st

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This Augmented Reality Windshield Tells You How to Take a Racing Line

Land Rover's windshield experiments have already been pretty impressive — remember the concept that would make your car's bonnet appear transparent to make it easier to avoid potholes? But what if you're on a silky-smooth race track, looking to perfect your performance?

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Gerald Lynch - Gizmodo UK

July 11th

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