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2012-07-24 16.00.48-1Robot cars will probably take control over your car whether you want it to or not.

Actually, robots will take over the world whether or not we want it. And I’m not saying that because I’ve watched Terminator too many times.

Computer scientists pretty much take this as a given. And it starts with technology like this.

We’re talking about automated intersection controllers. Sure, sounds like a great idea for improved road safety and traffic efficiency, but isn’t this why man created trains?

Maybe that’s the future of cars, each one like a train compartment.

See how the robo-cars will work here.

Related post: More evidence that robots are poised to take control!

A high school student from Texas won a $100,000 science scholarship for developing a computer algorithm that helps robots avoid obstacles.

One of the applications for this? Driverless cars, of course!

The Bentley EXP 9 F concept.Credit: bentleymotors.com.

The Bentley EXP 9 F concept.
Credit: bentleymotors.com.

It’s funny which cars get made and those that fail to make the grade.

Sometimes it’s counter-intuitive. As much as we love concept cars, they’re not always brilliant.

The Bentley EXP 9 F (pictured left) is probably a great example. And then there are the no-doubters, like the Lexus LF-LC.

You can see plenty of pics of the latter here.

Also make sure to click here to check out the top 10 concepts as determined by Car and Driver.

Want to see even more concepts?

(Early warning these look like crazy cars from the future, like something out of the movies Total Recall or Minority Report.)

OK, you were warned! Want to see even more concepts? Check out what they’re working on at the ArtCenter’s school of Transportation Design.

mustang_retroWe see a lot of custom cars, but this one truly caught our eye.

It’s a “retrobuilt” ’69 Mustang Fastback. In fact, it’s a ’13 Ford Mustang GT.

Pretty much the best example of combining old and new we’ve seen in some time. If you like classic design but the advantages of new technology then this car is for you.

To quote the Autoblog piece:

“The retro-coupe features power-operated sport buckets with lumbar support, ice-cold air conditioning, six airbags and a full factory warranty. Lest anyone forget, it also comes with a modern fuel-injected 5.0-liter V8 generating 420 horsepower.”

Call the guys at Retrobuilt in Lamar, Missouri, if you want for yourself.

Read the feature to see how they transform a great new car into an incredible “classic” ride. Wonder if they could do something like this for a classic Euro.

Click below to read the entire Autoblog piece on the retrobuilt muscle machine:

Retrobuilt 1969 Mustang Fastback

The Toyota Corolla.Credit: Wikipedia.

The Toyota Corolla.
Credit: Wikipedia.

Forbes has a new report out on the 10 most reliable cars.

They note the Tundra was Motor Trend’s ’08 Truck of the Year, and also won J.D. Power’s award for most reliable pickup after three years of ownership. But according to CarMD, it’s in the shop more than most vehicles and the repairs are expensive.

Believe it or not, the same assessment applies to an older Honda Civic.

Given the economy and the overall improved quality of cars in general, buying used is a smart idea, but you still have to do the research and be selective.

But in the end, a used car can be a great value. And moreover, no new car warranties to worry about in terms of adding aftermarket gear from your favorite car security company!

Check out some of the cars that made CarMD’s “Top Ten most reliable” list:

1.  2010 Toyota Corolla

2.  2008 Toyota Yaris

3.  2009 Honda Pilot

4.  2009 Honda Accord

5.  2010 Subaru Forester

See the whole list over at Yahoo and also check out Forbes’ related story: 13 New Cars to Avoid.

The Porsche CaymanCredit: Wikipedia.

The Porsche Cayman
Credit: Wikipedia.

The top choice from the L.A. Auto Show for the editors at Autoblog is (drum roll, please) the Porsche Cayman.

They go so far as to say it’s THE Porsche to buy — and not the 911.

Crazy, huh?

But take a look (at the specs and features). All around, an amazing vehicle.

Keep in mind, the editors did take some time to describe how the L.A. Auto Show often “gets shafted on ultra-hot reveals simply because it falls directly between a major European auto show (either Paris or Frankfurt, depending on the year)” and the Detroit Auto Show.

Maybe not the same could be said for the other choices, but hey, it’s all about the criteria. Check out the full list here — rounding out the other choices in the “Top Five L.A. Auto Show Debuts” were:

No. 2: 2014 Jaguar XFR-S

No. 3: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

No. 4: 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

No. 5: 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition

If you want to decide for yourself, then check the extensive galleries from Inside Line. Check out even more pics here.