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Now it's our weekly pick of the week. Flora Lichtman is here for our pick of the week, our video pick of the week. What's our - what's on the video page today?

FLORA LICHTMAN: It's related, Ira. This week, we're looking at the future of cars. Charles Bergquist, the director of Science Friday, and I went over to the Jacob Javits Center, to the World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems.

FLATOW: Oh, that's pretty big mouthful.

LICHTMAN: Yeah.

FLATOW: Smart car.

LICHTMAN: Well, (unintelligible) basically.

FLATOW: Yeah.

LICHTMAN: And one that caught our eye was this vehicle from Southwest Research Institute that does something very special.

FLATOW: It does something special. So, you have this video. You and Charles went over there and it's on our webpage. It's sciencefriday.com and in the video pick of the week.

LICHTMAN: Yes, and here's a hint: it doesn't require a driver.

FLATOW: A car without a driver.

LICHTMAN: A car without a driver. You can see it driving itself ,and it has some pretty neat tricks.

FLATOW: And this is a car that drove in New York City.

LICHTMAN: Yes. I mean, to be fair, they did block off 11th Avenue, so it's not like it was going through Times Square by itself, but it did drive on the streets of New York with just, you know, just the car operating itself only.

FLATOW: Were there a lot of electric cars there at the convention?

LICHTMAN: We did not see any electric cars.

FLATOW: Really, no electric cars? But there are different kinds of smart cars they were showing.

LICHTMAN: Yeah, there were smart cars. I mean, the point of the congress was to look at this sort of automated technology, things like crash-coalition avoidance at intersections, you know, new navigation tech routes and stuff like that.

FLATOW: Oh, stuff like that. So, this is a Science Friday pick of the week at sciencefriday.com, the video. You'll watch the new smart car. It has a surprise, though.

LICHTMAN: It's very smart.

FLATOW: Very smart. All right, Flora. Thank you.

LICHTMAN: Thanks.

FLATOW: Thanks for taking time to be with us today. That's Science Friday's pick of the week, and that's about all the time we have for this hour of Science Friday. Our program is produced by Christopher Intagliata and senior producer Annette Heist. Charles Bergquist is our director. Flora is our producer for digital media. Our intern is Molly Ashford. Josh Rogosin is our technical director and at the controls here in New York. And we had help in Second Life from Lynn Cullins, Dave Andrews, Jeff Corbin and the University of Denver.

If you have your comments or questions, you still like to use a pen or a pencil, o word processor, our address is Science Friday, 4 West 43rd Street, Room 306, New York, New York 10036. Surf over to our website - it's sciencefriday.com - where you can see Flora's video pick of the week and also dozens of other videos from past weeks. We'd love to see your video. If you have a suggestion, you make one, we'd like to feature it if we can. Also, we're podcasting and blogging and Twittering, scifri is our new Twitter name so you'd know how to reach us. I'm Ira Flatow in New York.

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