First Smart Highway that glows in the dark opens in the Netherlands!

Smart Highway the intelligent and interactive road of tomorrow, increase driver’s visibility, has lines that glow in the night and charge during the day.

The Smart Highway is designed to make roads safer to travel, as it helps drivers to see in the dark or in other ways. It’s will be a great help to the drivers. Smart Highway is an innovative concept for the roads of tomorrow, it applies the opportunities offered by new technologies in smart ways.

Smart Highway is the result of an intensive collaboration between builder and developer Heijmans and designer Daan Roosegaarde. Although the differences between the two companies are great, they share their most important goal: innovating the Dutch landscape. The themes sustainability, safety and perception are key to the concept and are manifested in the newest technologies in energy and light. The system developed with infrastructure firm Heijmansuses, uses photo-luminescent paint to mark out the edges of the road.

Glowing Lines

Glow-in-the-dark lining absorbs energy during the day and glows in the dark. The lining emits light for as long as ten hours. A safe and sustainable alternative to conventional lighting for dark roads.

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Dynamic paint

Temperature-controlled marking lights up and becomes transparent again, depending on temperature. The marking warns road users when the road deck can be slippery. Drivers experience direct interaction with the road deck.

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Electric Priority Lane

Induction charging offers electric cars the possibility to charge themselves while driving. Electric priority lanes stimulate sustainable transportation.

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Interactive light

Interactive lighting is controlled by sensors: it only turns on when traffic approaches. It is a sustainable and cost-saving alternative to continuous lighting. Interactive lighting can also provide speed guidance.

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Dynamic Lines

Road deck markings can be flexibly adjusted, to show a continuous line or a dotted line. Dynamic traffic control, adjustable depending on the situation. Dynamic Lines contribute to capacity management.

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Wind Light

The wind generated by passing cars activate small windmills along the road. The windmills generate energy, which is used to light up the lamps in the windmills. An energy-neutral application that makes the contours of the road visible. Additional dimension in the interactive experience of the highway.

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Also see the video on Interactive Roads.

Swiss Researchers Make TOSA Work better

Ever seen an electric-powered bus that recharges at the bus stops? Meet TOSA!

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, EPFL have designed a mathematical model to optimize the costs of the TOSA electric bus technology. The project called myTOSA is based at the EPFL’s Transport and Mobility Laboratory and also involves ABB. The TOSA buses use a system of “flash charging” at intervals along a bus route; amazingly charging takes just 15 seconds. TOSA is the first fully electric bus that works without overhead lines.

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With the ‘flash charging’ system, TOSA buses recharges along the route, at the bus stops in a record time of 15 seconds.

EPFL researchers have developed a mathematical model to optimized the costs of a prospective bus line. TOSA is the first full electric articulate bus that runs without overhead lines and recharges at the bus stops. Take a look at the video of TOSA.

New release: 2015 BMW 2-Series Convertible

It’s easy to be fond of the 2-Series coupe, particularly the M235i. It’s a fun-driving, comfortable, surprisingly practical little luxury coupe. But what if you want all of that, and to horse around with the top down? Here’s your answer.

Due to make its official debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the 2015 BMW 2-Series Convertible will be available in the same forms as the coupe: M235i, 228i, and 228i xDrive. All three will arrive in the U.S. in early 2015.

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As you might also expect, those model names represent a car that is, aside from the soft top, essentially identical to the coupe. With the 2-Series Convertible, the focus is on the design and the experience; the performance outlines have already been drawn.

MUST SEE: Printing your own car is real now!

Performance

Specs for the new 2-Series Convertible range are familiar. The 228i rates 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Zero to 60 mph acceleration occurs in just 5.7 seconds. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment.

All-wheel drive will be available from launch in the 228i Convertible, cutting 0-60 mph times to 5.6 seconds. The standard torque split for the xDrive system is 70% rear, 30% front, with the computer making electronic adjustments to that spread as required by the conditions.

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For the M235i Convertible, the eight-speed automatic transmission is joined by an optional six-speed manual. Engine output remains the same as the coupe, at 320 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. With rear-wheel drive the only choice, the M235i Convertible accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 4.8 seconds thanks to Launch Control, when equipped with the eight-speed automatic. With the six-speed manual, the Convertible’s 0-60 mph time is 5.0 seconds. Top speed for the M235i Convertible is electronically limited to 155 mph.

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Design

The car’s soft top is made of fabric, and can open or close in 20 seconds, at speeds up to 30 mph. An optional Comfort Access option allows the roof to be opened or closed remotely, as well.

Black is the standard color for the soft top, but two additional colors are available: Anthracite with silver effect, and Brown with silver effect. What’s the silver effect part of that? The tops are woven with shiny fibers in the mix, giving a “shimmering metallic surface impression,” according to BMW.

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The new 2-Series Convertible doesn’t exist in a vacuum, of course; it follows on the heels of the previous 1-Series Convertible. Compared to the former compact luxury convertible, the new 2-Series version expands cabin space and cargo room. Rear seat access is now 0.4 inches larger, and the trunk load area at the rear is 1.4 inches wider. The passthrough from the trunk to the rear passenger area (accessible with the seats folded down) is now 5.9 inches wider and 1.1 inches taller. The result? Room for two 46-inch golf bags, or, “a pair of snowboards,” says BMW.

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Among other new features in the 2-Series Convertible, BMW plans to offer the first over-the-air updates to its navigation data as part of the BMW ConnectedDrive system. Regular updates to the maps should enable the navigation to better represent current road conditions in areas where construction is prevalent, as well as business and location info.

The 2015 BMW 2-Series Convertible will make its North American debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Nautilus Car

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The Nautilus Car was designed by Carol Spier and of course entirely custom made for the production. The basic starting point, the chassis, is from a Land Rover Fire Tender. A unique fibreglass body was then added and a steel sub frame then constructed in the engine bay to house the Rover V8 engine required to power it. 6 enormous wheels, measuring 28 inches (72 cm) in diameter complete the basic car. The whole car also raises and lowers itself in spectacular style via a powerful hydraulic system.

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To the front, either side of a vast decorative radiator grille are two representations of Ganesha, the Hindu deity. The elephant motif is repeated on the door handles. Other panels and sections all over the car feature carvings of Gods and symbols. These spectacular flourishes are finished in a gold colour dressed down by the art department to look aged and weathered. The same level of attention continues within the cockpit area with intricate mouldings and decorations throughout. The upholstery is faux light brown leather with a Silver band running along the top. The back seat is curved.

The off white paint work is finished in a flat tone with a deliberately cracked and crazed finish.

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Set in an alternate version of the late 19th Century, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a unique story featuring an odd assortment of legendary fictional Victorian characters.

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This car is spectacular. It measures 22 feet long and 9 feet wide. It is not suitable or legal for road use but the car still runs beautifully and retains most of its original functionality. The car will, according to those who have driven it, reach 80 miles an hours and will corner superbly! Since filming completed the car has featured at motor shows in Essen Germany and in London. It also starred in the famous Lord Mayors Parade in London.

See the video on the The Nautilus Car.

Schmidt Hydra Coupe

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This is the V16 Coupe from ‘Captain America’ Marvel Comics.

In movies, it’s usually the good guys who drive the best cars. Pick any James Bond films, for example, and it’s as a rule the coolest ride you’d spot him riding. Same to any other of our favorite movies. But this time the super cool car was destined to belong to a great villain – Johan Schmidt, better known to Marvel Comics hero Captain America as the Red Skull.

We present you the V-16-powered Schmidt Hydra Coupe! The open-air coupe (why was it even named a ‘coupe’ in the first place is anyone’s guess!) is powered by a V-16 airplane engine, and power is sent to all six wheels. It’s supposed to be the fastest car of the time.

Daniel Simon designed car is powered by a Ford V-8 and rides on a truck chassis. Simon, a former Volkswagen Group designer, was reportedly influenced by the Mercedes-Benz 540K, as well as vintage Bentleys and classic Duesenbergs.

The car’s design is absolutely stunning, and there’s no denying that the car has a charisma of its own.

Check out the video!

Printing your own car is real now!

The futuristic dreams are now about to come true! Now it’s real to design and make you own unique car and it even is the super-speedy process, tooo – it can take just two days to do this! How is that possible? -you can ask.

It is now!

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An Arizona-based car manufacturer has created the world’s first fully functional, 3D-printed electric car. World’s first-3D printed ‘Strati’ vehicle that costs $17,100 was invented and tested in real life. The printing took place during the six-day International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 in Chicago last month. The battery-powered, two-passenger car is made of layers of black plastic and reinforced with carbon fibre.

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Strati, which stands for Italian word ‘layers’, has a chassis body made of one solid piece. The vehicle it can produce is is made out of just 49 parts, while a typical car consists of 5,000 parts, which, you cannot argue, is significantly more.

The printer makes parts measuring 1 metre by 1.7 metres by 3 metres. Tyres, battery and suspension were made using traditional methods.

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The produced car’s top speed can reach 40mph (64 km/h) and is set to cost $17,100. In the future, when your car breaks down or you want an upgrade, you’ll be able to print a new one in less than two days and you’re ready to go!

NEW RELEASE – THE LIMITED EDITION TOYOTA 14R60

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Toyota Techno Craft, a subsidiary of Toyota Japan and developers of performance parts under the TRD brand, have created and released what is, without doubt, the most hardcore factory version of the 86 yet. Based on the Griffon concept that was shown early this year, The “14R60″ is Techno Craft going out to create a road registrable race 86 that compromised on absolutely nothing in the pursuit of performance and balance and did it by throwing an absolute shopping trolley of TRD parts at it…

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The #Griffon #concept was an interesting car with a clearly defined path toward its development. It was established early on that the Griffon, and of course through it, the 14R60, had to be three things. Firstly, it had to be based on an FR platform. Secondly, it had to be naturally aspirated using the FA20 and finally the chassis had to remain intact and unmodified, eschewing even the use of a roll cage.

Unfortunately for all of you who are reading this, 100 units will be produced for the Japanese Domestic Market only and are on sale as of today through to the 20th of October. No doubt they will sell out long before that date despite their very hefty $58,000 price tag.

That might seem like a hell of a lot of money to pay for an 86 and I wouldn’t disagree (it is) but if you check out the specs on this bad boy, you’ll see that the sum of the parts alone may or may not outweigh the expense.

Exterior wise, there are a lot of developments, including a carbon fiber roof, aerodynamically re-profiled front and rear bumpers with carbon fiber canards, rear carbon diffuser, swan neck carbon rear wing and re-profiled side skirts…

The front also gets a bulge in the shoulder department with wider fenders and carbon fiber kidney blades.

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In a world of Rocket Bunny this and Rocket Bunny that, it’s nice to see a fresh alternative from the creators of the 86 and I quite like the way this car looks except for the lower rear end of the car with its awkward exhaust placement that is neither attractive nor compelling.

That said, this is an exercise in function over form, and the diffuser has been created to allow for better underbody airflow at speed, so that’s where my argument on that particular point ends!

The wheels are a nice highlight. They are specially designed forged magnesium gems measuring 18×8.5J +30 (front) and 18×8.5J +45 (rear) which were then wrapped in (specific to the 14R60) Bridgestone 235/40R18 RE-11A 3.3T boots.

The magnesium rims house TRD mono-block calipers front (6pot) and rear (2 pot) which clamp down onto 2 piece, 365mm, ventilated and slotted TRD rotors at the front and 330mm ventilated and slotted rotors at the rear.

All that is suspended on a neat set of height adjustable, mono-tube, TRD-tuned dampers. No idea what the spring rates on them are though.

Without doubt, the area that received the most focus was the chassis. There are 15 different points on the 14R60 that have either been reinforced, replaced or reworked. These include the front and rear control, toe and trailing arms, along with the bushes for the differential, engine mounts and steering rack.

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Going further still, there is the addition of the engine strut brace, and a new boot mounted, “V-mount” rear brace.

One neat little addition that Techno Craft are keen to point out is the use of a unique high strength adhesive for the front and rear windshields that further reduces chassis flex. How much of a real world difference that actually makes is definitely questionable but it is a cool feature nonetheless.

Sadly, and most disappointingly, the engine has not received any internal or forced induction upgrades and remains virtually stock. Aside from an upgraded air filter element and tacky engine cover plaque, the FA20 remains exactly the same and makes the same “official” power figure as the standard 86. I suspect the numbers are a little higher though since the combination of the filter, muffler and retuned ECU should have liberated a few ponies.

This means that “officially”, the 14R60 makes 147kW (200PS) 7,000 and 205Nm (20.9kgf/m) 6,400 ~ 6,600 with a weight of 1230kg’s. I don’t necessarily believe those numbers though and neither should you.

Ancillaries wise you do get an oil cooler, and associated TRD oil and radiator caps but that’s about it. Mechanically, there are some significant upgrades in the drivetrain department including a TRD clutch, flywheel and pressure plate combo along with a 1.5 way, 4 pinion, mechanical differential.

The highlight for the drivetrain, and the reason the car is called the “14R60″, is the brand new 6-speed, close ratio, TRD transmission. The unit has all new revised gearing which give the car greater acceleration through first and third gears but naturally a lower top speed over stock due to the shorter gearing. Couple that with the TRD quick shift and the already brilliant throw of the standard box and I have no doubt the 14R60 will be a joy to row through.

There are also smaller ancillary items like a carbon dash panel cover, sill plates and the engraved TRD floor mats but I did find it a little strange that Techno Sports didn’t include a set of gauges that monitor things oil temp, oil pressure and water temperature. They are obvious interior upgrades to me but perhaps are illegal for the manufacturers to fit as standard.

And this is where the reasoning behind the 14R60 starts to fall apart for me somewhat.

Specifically, in the upgrades you will inevitably want to do over and above the stock factory offering. While I understand that Techno Craft have gone all out to build an incredible chassis and it “looks” like they’ve done that (I haven’t driven the car so I can’t say for certain), the reality is that customers are already dropping $60K large on a car with only 200hp.

That is a stack of money for so little power and no doubt will be one of the biggest gripes from people who read this. Some have suggested that a turbo or supercharger upgrade is the logical next step and that the chassis is ready for one but that’s overlooking one massive issue. Cashola. The Chi-ching. Bread. Bananas.

That’s at least another $10,000 just in parts and labour to fit a quality turbo, exhaust system, radiator and intercooler plus another few thousand dollars to have the car properly tuned and dialled in and then a little more again to purchase some gauges to monitor all the lifeblood and temperatures.

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PR Newswire: Repokar #Launches #New #Blog to #Share #Latest #News and #Facts from the #Automotive World

Distinguished automobile auction company Repokar has made a significant improvement of their website with the addition of an automotive blog section. Through this blog, Repokar is now sharing interesting automotive industry news, updates, and facts relating to the world of automobiles.

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Repokar, a renowned online platform for public auto auction, has just announced the formal launch of their company’s #auto #blog. This blog will be used by the company to reach out to a larger segment of automobile enthusiasts across the world by sharing the industry’s latest updates, news, and facts. Repokar certainly requires no introduction in America’s #car #auction market. With excellent service features such as free registration, below market price and an enormous inventory, the company is presently considered to be one of the country’s most efficient auto auction destinations.

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Repokar’s new car sales blog is already up and running with a number of posts that can be highly engaging for anyone interested in cars. One of these initial posts speaks about the funny consequences one may face by fixing a car on his/her own. With a series of images, this brief article has already received appreciation from many of the readers. Many car enthusiasts have also praised another post that discusses about different car themed items that are gaining popularity across the world. The post also provides useful details about car themed items such as Ferrari 360 Office Chair, Bentley Bed, Porsche Bookshelf, Audi Design Erwin Sattler Table Clock, Porsche Design Tobacco Pipe, Ferrari Chess Set, and many more.

Art lovers have found the post titled “Beetle Sphere: Deformation as Art” to be particularly insightful. This highly interesting article is about an extraordinary sculpture that has been made using real parts from a 1953 VW beetle, and combining it with polyester and aluminum. The round, giant sphere is an extraordinary example of how a commercial product can be converted to an incredible sculpture with innovation.

Repokar is presently visited by 3,000 buyers per day in search of the most lucrative used cars deals in the market. With attractive service features and search tools, the website of Repokar makes it effortless for them to find out the deals they want. Repokar is considered to be a highly trusted auction platform because they offer both post and pre sale inspection service for all their cars.

Repokar’s success as an automobile auction website can be attributed to the unique qualities of the company’s founder Ally Spinu. A young woman who loves cars, Ally started her own auto auction platform after being disappointed by the policies of some well established car auction companies. Talking about the company’s just launched official blog, Ally says, “All of us are extremely happy about the launch of our new blog. This blog will help us build an informal channel of communication to interact with all car lovers. Latest news, facts, and industry updates will regularly be posted to this blog.”

To find out more about Repokar’s new blog, please visit http://repokar.com/blog.

About Repokar: Established in 2008, Repokar has emerged as one of the most trusted online car auction platforms in the United States. The company has just launched their new blog to share news, updates, and facts from the world of automobiles with people that love cars.

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Whom The Drivers Are More Likely To Give Way To?

Shocking revelations of the road mysteries!

If you want fellow drivers to offer courtesy in heavy traffic and letting you go first, you’d better not drive a fancy SUV, a flashy sports car or an executive saloon. Why not?

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Surprisingly, but according to the recent studies most drivers are much more likely to give way to the owners of not so intimidating cars, preferably classic or placid-looking cars. As many as a fifth of drivers are more likely to give way to them, and that is the result of asking more than 17000 motorists! For example, given these facts, you would reach your destination so much quicker if you drove, say, Citroen 2CV or an old Volkswagen Beetle rather than a Ferrari 599 or Lamborghini Aventador. Who knew, right?

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The other thing is that nearly half of the drivers – 47 % out of 17,629 interviewed auto owners, to be exact – admit they would most likely to give more space to a car being driven by someone elderly, trying to make them feel more comfortable on the road. So maybe the stickers like ”Granny on board” have to be used to inspire politeness in the drivers and increase the civility on the roads?

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Researchers found that the results the representatives of every age groups – younger or older – are united in this commendable tendency to respect the driver’s age and being considerate of older ones. We think it’s wonderful that drivers want to show older people more courtesy on the roads, but it wouldn’t hurt to be as polite to the others, anyway.

What definitely WON’T help you on the road is to be considered one of the ”boy racers” (it refers to a motorist who drives an automobile that has been modified with aftermarket body kits, audio system and exhaust system, usually in an unlawful manner), because the studies show that 5% of drivers (that’s around 1 in 20) would more likely to deliberately drive slowly to annoy such a traffic member. It is interesting that male drivers are believed twice as likely as females to act this way to frustrate the speedy ambitions of the other driver!

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When it comes to tailgating, the report says it’s younger drivers who are more likely to drive too close to the smaller cars’ rear bumper in a bid to intimidate them to get out of the way. Oh, well…

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In addition to that, it seems that the younger drivers just can’t drive by a sports car without trying to race it. One in seven of young people on the road from 18 to 24 year old would try and do that. Careful there, guys!

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One in five of the pollees admit to losing patience while behind learner drivers. The least tolerant of learners are the motorists aged 18 to 24. No surprise here, I guess. What is a bit more wondrous is that it’s often women who get impatient with learners more readily, not the men. Ugh oh! Ladies, stay cool!

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Corvette Carbon Fiber Inspired Powerboat

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#Marine #Technology Incorporated and a powerboat manufacturer by the name of Pier 57 has got inspired by Corvette Carbon Fiber to build a new age speed boat, that goes for about $1.7 million!

They crafted this ZR1 Corvette inspired 2,700hp powerboat built from carbon fiber in Tennessee – this beauty can take you literally flying across the waters at 180 mph! The boat has a pair of 1,350hp turbocharged Mercury Marine V8 engines rather than the Vette’s LS9 engine. The boat is larger than a conventual size speed boat and being too large for most roads, it includes a custom trailer to haul it around.

This MTI was themed after a ZR1 Corvette and has the original GM parts used in the build purchased from GM #dealers. The Corvette inspired cockpit is truly one of a kind. The custom dash has fully function gauges, a custom ZR1 steering wheel and shifter. The entire cockpit area is accented by custom Lumiflex and LED lighting. A true state-of-the-art sound system was installed which includes a custom engine block bow speaker pod with LED accent lights. The custom shifter throttles both engines and controls drive trim. The interior is ultra leather and suede, with six air conditioned seats. The #driver and throttle man’s carbon fiber seats are power sliding with footrests. The air conditioning is provided by a 24K BTU cruise air marine A/C system.

The pod lifts electronically from the deck. The pod has 8 Focal K2 coaxial speakers and 2 horns, 2 Kicker Solo Baric 10-inch subs in custom matched ported boxes firing into the cockpit, aft-mounted speaker pods, custom amp cooling system, Apple TV with Wi-Fi network, custom iPad dock integrated into the ZR1 glove box and a separate volume control for the subs, cockpit and exterior sound. The total sound system is 8000 watts RMS.

The boat features a pair of 1,350-horsepower turbocharged Mercury Marine V8 engines strapped into a carbon fiber hull. Top speed: 180 mph. Cost: $1.7 million.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7E3lXCCpis

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