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Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Some sobering news about autonomous or self-driving cars.

After the recap of the state of the technology from Audi, Lexus and Google, the writer asks what the real hurdle to adoption of this will be.

It’s not the technology, as these manufacturers are showing that we’re already almost there.

Rather the problem will be the new rules associated with a world full of computer-driven vehicles.

How to legislate for what happens when technology goes awry is bound to push the ETA for these super-automobiles. And then of course there’s the cost.

Which is to say — be prepared to handle gridlock with your own hands and feet for well into the next decade.

Read more about the robot-driven car movement from DigitalTrends.com here.

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Manufacturers are really keen on making self-driving cars a reality!

When we’re driving, we want to DRIVE. But certainly it would be nice to let the computer take over during bumper-to-bumper rush-hour traffic.

We won’t get there for a while, but Toyota and Audi showed off the state of the technology at CES last week with some demos.

Nevada has already legalized autonomous vehicles for public roads, issuing Google the first license of its kind last year.

More companies undoubtedly will follow suit.

These computer-controlled vehicles use visual indicators, artificial intelligence software (which is what they’ll use to take over the world!), GPS and various sensors to navigate their way.

Check out more on the robot-driven cars from CNET here.

Coming up down the road … is there a bright future coming up for in-car tech?

Yet another sign that the car is going gadget.

Now Linux is joining the bandwagon with its Automotive Grade Linux Workgroup. Members of this group that includes automotive and tech heavyweights will work on Linux-based standards for devices and services that will run on them.

Samsung’s Tizen is part of this collective. A further indicator that the electronics giant will be moving away from the Android OS.

I mean, if we’re all one day going to be carted around by Google’s robot-driven driverless cars, we might as well have some cool in-car apps to at least keep us interested, right?

Tech companies that have signed up are Tizen (the Linux-based platform that’s supported by Intel and Samsung), Texas Instruments, Harman, Intel, NEC, NVIDIA, and, of course — Samsung! Toyota, Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover are among the auto companies that have jumped on the train.

Keep in mind, Linux is not even close to the first company to move in this direction, far from it. The last few years have seen various “cars of the future” moves from Google, Ford and Honda — and there has even been some speculation that Apple is working on concepts (omg! Don’t tell us … the iCar?).

Read more about the Linux car-gadget move from TechCrunch below:

Coming to a Car Near You: Linux Goes Automotive, Signs Up Harman, Intel, Toyota, Samsung’s Tizen, More

The iPhone 5.
Credit: Wikipedia.

That’s right, Apple sold a “disappointing” 5 million iPhones over the weekend.

It did, however, garner mostly positive reviews for its latest iteration. Of course, the switch from Google Maps to its proprietary app utilizing map data from TomTom and OpenStreetMap has been the focal point for a lot of the negative criticism that’s out there from technology gadget reviewers.

“Apple believes that they can deliver a better experience for customers than Google,” said Sarah Rotman Epps, an analyst at Forrester Research, told Bloomberg. “But in the short term, Google has a better mapping application, and iPhone customers will suffer.”

YouTube has also been dropped from the suite of apps on the phone — so clearly the rivalry is on between these tech giants. Put up your dukes!!!!

Apple’s rivalry with Google was born after the search giant rolled out the Android mobile operating system, which runs smartphones from manufacturers like HTC Corp. and Samsung — all of which compete with the iPhone. Android is now the most popular smartphone software in the world to date.

As the mobile fight escalated, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt exited Apple’s board in 2009.

However things play out with the mobile giants’ turf war, Viper users are protected. However, you may have to be ready to change to an Android device, depending on who wins the mobile war.

Read more about the iPhone 5 release from Bloomberg below:

Apple Maps Lose Way With IPhone App Victim to Google Feud

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

The company that tries to do no harm even as it tries to do it all has made great progress on a self-driving car.

It even drives some Google employees to work. And California is set to legalize these autonomous autos.

The only real hurdle appears to be — you guessed it, cost! As in hundreds of thousands of dollars (or more than those uber-rich guys that you’re super-jealous of pay for a Ferrari).

So … apparently your robot-driven car of the future is gonna cost you a pretty penny.

The array of sensor technology needed for the cars to work costs about $250,000 dollars, according to The Business Insider. That’s just the technology, if you toss in the price of the Lexus RX45oh cars, which the search giant is modifying to fit the need, and throw in a few custom components — you’re suddenly looking at a car that’s running you well more than $300,000!

This is the part where you ask yourself, how badly do you want that car? If it’s worth any opportunity cost, better start saving up now and get it before they add MORE high-tech expenses! I mean it’s already more expensive than a Ferrari, get it while you got a chance!

That said, maybe the driverless car will debut like any other trendy high-tech item on the open market, and the price will fall down to levels that average drivers can even begin to afford over time.

Read more about the driverless machine that will leave you penniless from The Business Insider below:

Google’s Self-Driving Cars May Cost More Than A Ferrari (GOOG)