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This motorcycle helmet's rear-view camera can show you what's gaining on you

Motorcycle riders in San Francisco got their hands on what some are calling the future of motorcycle helmets. The Skully AR-1 helmet has a heads-up display, rear-view camera and connects to your phone via Bluetooth.

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Invasion of the connected cars: Buick leads 30-plus GM cars into the 4G LTE future

It's not a gimmick, it's a game-changer. More than 30 GM cars in the 2015 model year will have 4G LTE. That connectivity will transform the automotive experience for the driver as well as the passengers.

4G LTE in cars isn't a gimmick; it's a game-changer

We take a trip in the 2015 Buick LaCrosse with 4G LTE to learn how that connectivity will transform the automotive experience for both driver and passengers.

Nissan cars will give drivers a break during parking, traffic jams

Completely robotic cars are a long way off, CEO Ghosn warns

Tesla's much cheaper 'Model 3' coming in 2017

The company's next electric car will be about 20 percent smaller and nearly $30,000 less expensive.

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Drive less, pay less: Metromile pay-per-mile insurance comes to San Francisco

Just plug this dongle into your car's OBD-II port, and you could get cheaper insurance plus useful driving and other data from the app. Metromile's intriguing business model comes to California.

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Call Google, Ford shows wearable car tech any DIY-Maker-Faire geek could do

It's just a silly photo put out by Ford in honor of Embrace Your Geekness, some made-up, so-called holiday. The scary part? Some geek just might try it.

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Eyes on the road: The head-up display, as experienced in the 2015 Kia K900

The Super Bowl commercial for this car featured Laurence Fishburne using his mirrored sunglasses as no one else can. The head-up display reality isn't nearly as dramatic, but the ability to see basic driving data on your windshield is still useful.

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This battery could power the electric car of the future

In this video report, we meet Farasis Energy, which makes lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles.

Battery startup aims to power next wave of electric vehicles

Farasis Energy has developed technology to make high performing, cheaper and safer lithium-ion batteries for the electric vehicle market.

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How Infiniti Connection in a 2014 Q50S helped me find a timber wolf in the Black Hills

When your car's connected, the first step with any road trip is not to fill up with gas. It’s to sit down at a computer and fire up your browser. Infiniti Connection service lets you create a detailed itinerary and upload it to your car.

Testing Infiniti Connection in a 2014 Infiniti Q50S

Infiniti Connection lets you plan trips and upload them to your car, for easier navigation. The personal concierge service is awfully nice, too.

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Lane-keeping made woozy: How the Chrysler 200C's LaneSense veers off course

If you're going to buy the Chrysler 200C, don't buy it for the lane-keeping technology, which isn't precise enough to instill any confidence.

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Linux Foundation introduces Linux for cars

Automotive Grade Linux aims to be an open source platform that car companies can build on to create in-car embedded systems.

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Car apps: Ford's Sync AppLink marries car to phone, but the relationship's complicated

Smartphone apps designed specifically to work with cars promise to make the whole phone-car relationship a lot safer. But phones and cars aren't really designed to work together, and it shows in how early apps work.

Car apps: Ford's Sync AppLink marries car to phone, but the relationship's complicated

The Ford Fiesta we test drive here isn't a fancy car, but it does have Sync AppLink, which is a way to safely use compatible smartphone apps when driving.

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Call me easy: Dodge Dart GT uses huge touchscreen to handle phone tasks

A simple Bluetooth connection and a big, easy 8.4-inch touchscreen show how safer phone features are working their way into more affordable cars like the Dart GT.

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Software maker QNX sets its sights, sounds on your car's infotainment system

Much of the work QNX does on software for your car is out of sight -- and most likely, out of mind. Still, it's worth paying attention to the company's latest announcements to get a sense of where future in-car infotainment systems are headed.

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Five new ways Google is taking on Apple

At its I/O developer conference, Google announced a slew of new products and technologies. But these five are targeted most directly at Apple.

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Google packs plenty into I/O keynote

Google's developer conference kicked off Wendesday in San Francisco with a focus on in-car technology, wearables and a new mobile OS.

Google I/O Recap: From watches to cars, Android will be everywhere

Jon Phillips and Florence Ion look at all the big announcements from Google I/O.

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From Android L to Google Fit: All the new products and features from Google I/O

Google unleashed a torrent of fresh features and products and its annual I/O keynote. Here's a round-up of all the news and new platforms.

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