Police Secretly Planting GPS Devices On Cars

 Police Secretly Planting GPS Devices On Cars

Police are planting secret GPS devices on cars to monitor potential criminals

The Washington Post has a long investigative article on how more and more police departments are secretly planting GPS tracking devices on the cars of people they are investigating — usually without a warrant. After-the-fact court challenges on this technique have largely upheld such use of a GPS device, though the Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that a warrant is required.

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Coming Soon, Cars with an Internet Connection

Coming Soon, Cars with an Internet Connection

High speed internet connection coming soon to a car near you

American automobile manufacturer Chrysler has plans to equip its cars with a system that will enable people to surf the internet while driving.

The UConnect Web system is what the company says can bring wireless internet access to cars’ dashboards.

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SuperCar Hybrid Races Past Prius and Corvette

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There’s a car that’s not slated for release until 2009 or 2010. It makes some wild claims. And no one in the media has driven it yet (since it’s still in production). But with those caveats in mind, continue on to drop your jaw at Hybrid Technologies’ upcoming still-nameless supercar.

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Virtual Wall

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The Virtual Wall provides a barrier made up of plasma laser beams depicting pedestrians doing what they do best and any car that crosses that barrier suffers the consequences.  Okay so maybe those lasers aren’t powerful enough to do any harm but the effect is enough to make drivers and pedestrians alike follow crosswalk rules to the tee. 

 

More pictures after the jump. 

 

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Car Thieves Leave Cars, but Take the Catalytic Converters

 Car Thieves Leave Cars, but Take the Catalytic Converters

The catalytic converter is made with trace amounts of platinum, palladium and rhodium, which speed chemical reactions and help clean emissions at very high temperatures. Selling stolen converters to scrap yards or recyclers, a thief can net a couple of hundred dollars apiece. Exactly how much depends on the size of the car and its converter.

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Ultracapacitors to Replace Hybrid Batteries

Ultracapacitors to Replace Hybrid Batteries

The Lab for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems at MIT has been doing some mega-efficient work with ultracapacitors, which store drastically less energy than a battery but have essentially none of the drawbacks — especially via carbon nanotube arrays.

Automotive experts say the new research is enough to start replacing batteries in hybrid cars, and plug-in vehicles might not be far behind.

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