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The robotic car that drives like James Bond - Gizmag's week in emerging technology

Hot picks from the week at Gizmag

| Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: May 15, 2010 12:44 am

Computers will eventually out-think, out-perform and out-drive humans and this clip of autonomous supervehicle Stanley performing a spectacular James Bond-style parking manoeuvre shows just how far we've come.

 

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While not quite as spectacular, another innovative slice of automotive tech we have covered this week might turn out to be just as significant. It's the D-Drive infinitely variable transmission and as Loz Blain explains in our in-depth video, it could have huge implications in everything from cars, motorcycles and trucks to wind power generators... basically anything that's got an engine.

 

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Speaking of engines - check out Porsche's new 620 bhp 911 GT2 RS.

 

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It's the most powerful street-legal Porsche yet, but it still doesn't compare to Ray Hofman's 2006 Ford GT which runs a twin-turbo motor with a reputed 1900 rear wheel horsepower, making it the world's fastest road car.

 

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Crossing over to the world of cameras, the big news this week is from Sony, which has announced its entry into the fledgling compact DSLR sector with the NEX.

 

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Ricoh also revealed a third lens module for its GXR digital camera system, Canon unveiled its super light sensitive PowerShot SD4000 IS and Sharp announced a 3D camera module small enough to fit in a mobile phone.

 

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A group of students from NYU have also been making waves in the tech-world this week with Diaspora - a distributed, open source social network that could give Facebook a shake-up.

 

Heading to the airport? This clever piece of kit will appeal to anyone who has ever been stung by excess baggage fees - the suitcase that knows how heavy it is.

 

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Finally, if you're not concerned with baggage fees and want to travel with some (very) hard currency, a stop-over at the world's first permanent gold-dispensing vending machine in Abu Dhabi could be on the cards.

 

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