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Gusikhin, O., Rychtyckyj, N, Filev, D., (2007), Knowledge and Information Systems, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 147-168. "There is a common misconception that the automobile industry is slow to adapt new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and soft computing. The reality is that many new technologies are deployed and brought to the public through the vehicles that they drive. This paper provides an overview and a sampling of many of the ways that the automotive industry has utilized AI, soft computing and other intelligent system technologies in such diverse domains like manufacturing, diagnostics, on-board systems, warranty analysis and design."
(January 26, 2005). "The fully automatic car may be down the road a ways, but cars that do your thinking for you are just around the corner---they watch out for hazards, they listen to you, they read your lips, they even know when you're distracted."
"This 'expert in a box' will guide a human technician through the entire service process, from the initial customer interview at the service desk to the diagnosis and repair of the car in the garage."
The new Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid boasts 108 MPGe (miles per gallon of gas equivalent). Impressive.