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2012-07-24 16.00.50Everyone is talking about CES, with the massive show taking place in Las Vegas starting Jan. 8. (Come see us in our booth, by the way, at 1514 North Hall.)

However, the Auto Alliance showed off some very cool connected car technologies at last month’s L.A. Auto Show.

The problem they’re trying to solve is providing drivers with a safe way for them to manage new features that mobile phones bring into the car.

Livio’s Livio Connect helps you access and control smartphone-style apps through the radio in the dash. Livio can mirror your apps and gives you a better way to use them.

Qualcomm and Intel are also working on solutions for car connectivity. Aaaaaaaaand of course you already know about developments like the driverless car that’s in the works from Google.

Of course, when it comes to the latest, most innovative connected car technology on the market right now, it begins and ends with the Viper SmartStart app.

Read full coverage on the connected car at the L.A. Auto Show from TechNewsWorld here.

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

The company that tries to do no harm even as it tries to do it all has made great progress on a self-driving car.

It even drives some Google employees to work. And California is set to legalize these autonomous autos.

The only real hurdle appears to be — you guessed it, cost! As in hundreds of thousands of dollars (or more than those uber-rich guys that you’re super-jealous of pay for a Ferrari).

So … apparently your robot-driven car of the future is gonna cost you a pretty penny.

The array of sensor technology needed for the cars to work costs about $250,000 dollars, according to The Business Insider. That’s just the technology, if you toss in the price of the Lexus RX45oh cars, which the search giant is modifying to fit the need, and throw in a few custom components — you’re suddenly looking at a car that’s running you well more than $300,000!

This is the part where you ask yourself, how badly do you want that car? If it’s worth any opportunity cost, better start saving up now and get it before they add MORE high-tech expenses! I mean it’s already more expensive than a Ferrari, get it while you got a chance!

That said, maybe the driverless car will debut like any other trendy high-tech item on the open market, and the price will fall down to levels that average drivers can even begin to afford over time.

Read more about the driverless machine that will leave you penniless from The Business Insider below:

Google’s Self-Driving Cars May Cost More Than A Ferrari (GOOG)

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

We’ve posted quite a bit on this blog about the much-predicted driverless car revolution, but let’s take the debate even one step further.

And even a little … scarier as well.

This recent piece by the Brisbane Times says that BAE engineers in Britain are researching pilotless planes — the article even says they already have prototypes already flying over the U.K. skies. The egg heads call the technology the “future of air travel.”

Come fly the robot-driven skies! How safe do you feel about that?

It’s one thing to share the highway next to a bucket of bolts with a robot driver — but to take the the airways in the hands of a computer pilot tens of thousands of miles above the ground, that’s something else. There’s definitely a lot of people who are going to take a long time to get comfortable with that.

Don’t get us wrong, there are a LOT of safety features involved. Cameras on the pilotless planes patrol the heavens for any possible dangers and can spot other aircraft.

Like driverless cars, the robot-driven planes also use sensors to scan the skies and rely on advanced algorithms running in onboard computers.However, these systems have to be extremely intelligent — a lot more goes in to sustaining safe air travel.

“The level of autonomy can be gradually increased,” Lambert Dopping-Hepenstal, engineering director of systems and strategy at BAE Systems, told the Brisbane Times. “The system flies by itself on a preprogrammed course until it detects something is wrong. Then it suggests maneuvers that an operator using a laptop on the ground can confirm or reject.”

Is this genius … or something that Lex Luthor invented?

See more video below:

HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Daisy … Daisy … give me … your answer … do.

As the driverless car story continues to unfold, there are plenty of Isaac Asimov-level questions set to come up.

Do you remember this little slice of cinematic perfection?:

Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
HAL: I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.
Dave Bowman: What’s the problem?
HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
Dave Bowman: What are you talking about, HAL?
HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
Dave Bowman: I don’t know what you’re talking about, HAL.
HAL: I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen.”

(A little help for the kids in attendance, it’s the classic dialogue between a spaceship pilot and his onboard computer-gone-mad HAL 9000 in the classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Rent it kids, it’s required viewing.)

As the self-driving vehicle debate continues, check out this hilarious thread posted to, where the original poster asks his forum mates:

“If the cops stop the Google driverless car for a moving violation does the car go all HAL 9000 and refuse to pull over? Who gets the ticket? So many unanswered questions.”

The anonymous poster was actually reacting to this very real news story (well, photo) — that the cops pulled over and stopped Google’s driverless car in D.C.

Well … what the heck happens?

It’s a worthwhile question, if the search giant’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was right when he predicted in this TechCrunch report that “self-driving cars should become the predominant mode of transportation in our lifetime” — these questions are GOING to come up.

Who gets the ticket?

The human driver? Which one? The human driver in the right-hand side passenger seat?

Or, heaven forbid … the company that manufactured and sold the robot-driven car.

This is going to get interesting, isn’t it …?