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This is a great sequel story for our recent blog post about “connected cars.”

While the consortium of carmakers works on communication BETWEEN vehicles — you have companies like Nissan that are developing more automatic systems for your car of the near-future. For several years now we’ve had cars that can park themselves. That’s nothing compared to what’s next.

Look for Autonomous Emergency Steering, which will take over control of your ride when it detects a hazard.

Then there’s also Active Engine Braking, a system designed for better stability of your vehicle on turns.

Which leaves us to wonder what the driver is for?! Why don’t we simply build a transit system with compartments for parties of four?

Read the full article on Jalopnik 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

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

All right, apparently these robotic, self-driven cars are already a guarantee — so when’s it gonna be already?

On the roads next to you in half a decade?

According to the automaker Ford, driverless cars will be sharing the U.S. roadways with human drivers by 2017, reports ExtremeTech.

Think that U.S. culture can adjust to the robot-driven way of life that quickly?

Japan by 2020?

Not to be outdone, the Land of the Rising Sun is also promising driverless cars by 2020, according to Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, transport and Tourism (MLIT).

Now hold on, this is also no joke.

This statement by the Japanese government represents the FIRST time that any government in the world has expressed a commitment to pursue the future of driverless cars.

The industry’s heavy hitters that are joining in are also nothing to scoff at.

We’re talking Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Fuiji, and Mazda. Yeah, those are the big boys.

The Japanese government promises a report on the status of their program some time around March 2013.

Sunshine State Closer Than Ever?

[Quick hit here: We have to give a shout out to this comment thread from Digg that suggests driverless cars could bankrupt California.]

With a unanimous vote, California’s Assembly Transportation Committee passed legislation that would allow testing and the regulation of driverless vehicles.

The vote is still just preliminary, advancing the legislation along.

According to an article from ComputerWorld, it passed on the condition that debate would continue on the language to limit the liability of automakers.

Still mired in squabbling, but it’s coming — are we ready for this?

VIPER

VISTA, Calif. — All right, Viper fans, we definitely wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss this one.

Check out these scenes from a recent install here at the Viper HQ offices in Vista.

The Viper techs here had the privilege of installing a Viper SmartStart, remote start and security system on a rare Nissan GTR — one of only about 3,500 right now on U.S. roads!

That’s right, the famous spoiler-sporting, road-ripping muscle car of “The Fast and the Furious” fame.

To see the full gallery of pics, make sure to check out our Facebook page. Or, check out a little sneak-peek of some of our exclusive Viper.com GTR install hot shots below:

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