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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.

We’ve covered quite a few “connected car” stories recently.

And collectively you can really see where the automotive future is going. It’s all about high efficiency with more and better features.

As you saw with our recent post about smart roads, connectivity knows no bounds. It’s your device, your car, your world!

Sanjay Poonen, president of SAP Global Solutions and head of its Mobile Division, recently told Forbes that he believes the auto industry is moving away from closed systems to open standards-based platforms. It may be that the car turns into merely a method for delivering apps to users, if you will.

Some brainiacs at MIT wrote about it the reinvention of the automobile in 2010. Check out a preview of the book here. One of their big ideas for transforming the industry has to do with utilizing wireless communications for car-related uses.

Connectivity in general opens all kinds of opportunities to create not only more efficient vehicles but more efficient overall systems. That means for example improved car security wherever you might be, less traffic, better communication between cars and the passengers inside them.

At Viper we’ve been on the leading edge of a critical aspect of the connected car of the future.

Not to toot our horn too much, but we’ve made some futuristic-type features a reality today. And as other technologies evolve, Viper SmartStart evolves with them.

Who knows, maybe one day we’ll all be able to remote control our rides via our phones. They’ll make an app for that, we’re sure. Until then we can at least start our engines by voice command. And there IS an app for that. See what’s new in Viper SmartStart 3.0.1 (and more coming soon, shhhhh) here or check out the video here.

Read more full coverage on the connected car from Forbes here.

A woman accused of drunkenly driving her car into a golf course sand trap told cops that her GPS device told her to do it.

Police say that it was more likely … the half liter of vodka that she admitted to drinking at around 10 a.m. that day — or maybe the large Burger King cup containing an alcoholic beverage that officers say was found in her car.

After the sandy stunt, officer Randy Lloyd said Patricia Maione, 46, told him her that her car’s GPS device had told her to “turn left,” according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Lloyd wrote in his report: “She stated that this left brought her into a ‘cornfield’ and once she was in the ‘cornfield’ she kept driving trying to get out of her ‘cornfield,'”

The officer added: “Ms. Maione stated that she did not even like golf.”

The police report says Maione failed an on-scene field sobriety test — she’s been charged with driving with a suspended license, fourth-degree drunken driving, negligent driving — aaaaaaand driving with an open container of alcohol in the car.

Don’t blame the GPS device!!!!

Well, I say, mate! In a bit of a rush?

A New Zealand teen was clocked in at waaaaay over the legal limit … at a whopping 115 mph (185 kilometers an hour).

The cops say they tried to pull the 18-year-old muppet (New Zealand slang for fool) over for speeding — but the speedster took off, reaching 115 mph on the dial, before finally giving up and pulling over at a golf course.

The speedy teen’s driver’s license has been suspended (yah think?) — and the police have taken possession of his car.

He’ll be facing a whole slew of charges very soon.

Read the full story on NZCity.

[Geez, too bad the teen's folks didn't stick a GPS teen tracking device on that car, they could've kept captain speed from ever reaching 100-plus mph in the first place.]

There’s nothing like a bank robber bust … with a GPS unit playing a key role.

New York cops Thursday charged two cousins with robbing a bank in Yonkers (and police claim the twosome are responsible for over a half-dozen more bank heists nearby)!

The alleged bank boosters weapon of choice?

The fearsome … pellet gun.

What led Gotham’s constabulary to the alleged criminal cousins?

Apparently a GPS device located in the Mercedes-Benz driven by one of the suspects — a unit sought by area police for some time, cops said.

Read more about the exciting bank bust at lohud.com.