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April 27, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Although the technology is just in its infancy, 1 in 5 drivers expresses interest in cars that drive themselves, reports research firm J.D. Power and Associates. Tech giant Google Inc., Caltech and other organizations have been working to develop such "autonomous" vehicles, which use radar, video cameras and lasers to navigate roads and stay safe in traffic without human assistance. Google has said that computer-controlled cars should eventually drive more safely than humans, who, after all, get sleepy and distracted and can't see in every direction at once.
January 31, 1988
It would also help if Americans would "Buy American"--those items which are still made here. Just for starters, American autos are getting better and better. W. SPANGENBERG Hawthorne
January 12, 1988
Three cheers for the Los Angeles City Council in its efforts to clear gridlock by enacting an ordinance to deal with the blocking of intersections by autos trapped by clogged streets. It sounds wonderful, but how long will diligent enforcement last? While we are at it, how about enforcement in the area of illegal parking in bus stop zones and in other red curb areas downtown? Two bus stops for immediate action are (1) Temple Street eastbound in front of the County Hall of Administration and (2)
July 2, 1992
Why can the state senators and assemblymen drive around in Cadillacs with free gas credit cards while the state is going downhill? How much would the state save if they gave up their cars? Let them furnish their own autos and insurance and gasoline. They do not need a personal state-financed auto; they should stay in Sacramento and do something constructive for the welfare of the people. DAVID C. ARMIJO San Gabriel
November 16, 1986
John F. Lawrence's Nov. 2 column must have been made in Japan and shipped to the United States along with the products he describes. It's chilling to think that we are trading our most precious commodity, U.S. real estate, for autos and videocassette recorders. This system of avoiding inflation seems to me a more subtle and insidious Pearl Harbor than we had in 1941. NORMAN W. PERLUSS La Quinta
October 19, 1986 | Robert Hanley
The slick brochure proclaimed that the Zoes were coming. The 1985 models of the "ultra low-cost" three-wheeled English cars, the flyer said, were "now invading the American marketplace." But the only real invasion was that of more than 99 million shares of penny stock issued by Zoe Products Inc., of Irvine. Now that stock appears to be worthless, and investors--like investors in the many other public companies that fade from sight each year--are stuck. But all is not lost.
October 31, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
LAS VEGAS -- Jonathan Ward, founder of ICON autos in Chatsworth, likes to take iconic utility vehicles and give it a new spin. The Toyota Land Cruiser . The Willys CJ3B . The Ford Bronco . On the latest project, the crew at ICON took on the 1965 Dodge crew cab. ICON unveiled a special one-off Power Wagon D200 Reformer at the Optima booth at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show in Las Vegas. Photos: Highlights from the 2012 SEMA Show Painted in glossy white with black accent, the truck has a new chassis and mechanical systems taken from a modern-day Dodge Ram 3500 series pickup.
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