Seven advanced car technologies the government wants now

Sophisticated computer systems, sensor networks , battery and electric grid development are among the hot research topics.
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The House last week approved the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009 with a goal of developing a wide range of scientific advances for our cars. The bill authorizes $550 million for FY10, and increasing by $10 million every year through FY2014, for vehicle technology research being conducted by the Department of Energy . Of that total, about $300 million will go toward developing passenger and commercial vehicle technologies, such as the hybridization or full electrification of vehicle systems to reduce gasoline use. Here we take a look at seven of the most important technologies the government's bill seeks to develop rapidly.

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