PARIS -- Participants in Germany's “Invent” program to set standards for smart cars of the future will enter the prototype phase next year. All of the German auto makers, including Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp.’s Adam Opel AG, have joined component suppliers and the German government in a 4-year, E76 million ($68 million) project aimed at setting standards for smart cars of the future. The 23 participants are working in one or more of three areas: active safety for drivers; ...

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