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

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By: 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.




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.




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




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.




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.






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.




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.




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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