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    Following the widespread cyber attack, dubbed "WannaCry," this past Friday, Renault and Nissan resumed nearly all manufacturing operations. Renault and Nissan, which are joined in an alliance, were both affected in the attack that spread to 150 countries. Automotive News (subscription required) reports Renault-Nissan shut down or reduced operation at five facilities across the globe in England, France, Slovenia, Romania, and India. All plants are back online, save for the Douai, France facility, which builds Renaults exclusively. Renault-Nissan was the only automaker affected by the global...

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    Why Your Electric Car May Talk To Your Utility Behind Your Back: It'll Save You Money

    Cars are remarkably dumb and uncommunicative objects. They only started having any situational awareness of what's around them--other vehicles in the blind spot, for instance--a few years ago. And they still don't talk to each other. Electric cars--which usually pioneer a whole lot of...

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    Local Motors 'Forges' Its Community Development Interface

    Local Motors is moving ahead with its open-source production model.

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    Jaguar Cruise Control 'May Not Respond To Normal Inputs'

    Jaguar has discovered a problem with UK-market X-type diesel models; thanks to a software glitch, the cruise control may not respond to customer input.

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    Smart Cars And The Need For Smarter Software

    There were a couple of more interesting articles the past few days involving software in cars. Early last week, Markus Waibul over on the Automaton blog and I both wrote (here and here) on the concept of "car platooning." I also noted in my post the Ford development effort involving a new crash...

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