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Google’s next self-driving cars are going to be exceedingly practical Chrysler minivans

Google is growing up. It’s ditching the sporty Lexus SUVs and cute panda-shaped vehicles it’s been using for its self-driving vehicle project, and opting to get something far more sensible: a minivan. The company announced today that it will receive 100 custom-built Chrysler Pacifica minivans from …

Automotive Industry

Google, Fiat Chrysler Team Up on Self-Driving Minivans

This story originally appeared on Reuters<p>Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV have agreed to work together to build a fleet of 100 self-driving minivans, marking the first time that a Silicon Valley firm has teamed up with a traditional carmaker to develop an autonomous …

Automotive Industry

In San Andreas, Google's self-driving car still needs some work

Google might have just signed a deal with Chrysler to build self-driving minivans, but it'll be a few years before you'll be able to actually buy one. Much research must be done to make them ready for the public. That's true in the satirist world of <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i>, too.<p>Google's self-driving car …

Autonomous Cars

Legally speaking, self-driving cars could follow golf-cart path

Former NHTSA administrator says self-driving cars need their own set of laws.<p>Autonomous minivans are coming. Preparing them for use on public roads will be as much a legal hurdle as a technical one. Days before Google announced its partnership with FCA to build fully autonomous minivans, the tech …

Driverless Cars

Sex and the self-driving car: Who’s in the driver’s seat?

As the great minds of the world ponder all the game-changing implications of a world featuring autonomous cars, along comes Barrie Kirk to say what we've all really been wondering about.<p>"I am predicting that, once computers are doing the driving, there will be a lot more sex in cars," Kirk, of the …

Autonomous Cars

GM and Lyft will test self-driving cabs on the road within a year

GM and Lyft plan to begin putting self-driving cabs to the test sometime within the next year. According to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, the companies intend to put Chevrolet Bolts on the road in a yet-to-be-named city, where they'll actually be picking up Lyft passengers.<p>The plan relies on GM's recent …

Autonomous Cars

Your next Lyft driver may be in a GM self-driving car

General Motors and Lyft reportedly plan to test self-driving electric taxis on public roads within a year.<p>One day those awkward conversations with cabbies and Lyft drivers will be a thing of the past. That's because you'll have no driver at all.<p>Ride-hailing service Lyft and automaker General Motors …

Driverless Cars

Here's Why Self-Driving Cars Won't Rule The Roads Any Time Soon

Development of the long-awaited self-driving car is accelerating like a turbocharged V8 these days, with announcements from automakers and suppliers coming at a furious pace. Earlier in the week Fiat Chrysler Automobiles worked out a deal with Google to supply the company with 100 Chrysler …

Autonomous Cars

Lyft reportedly planning to pilot self-driving Chevy Bolt taxis ‘within a year’

According to a report today from <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, GM and Lyft are partnering to test a fleet of self-driving electric taxis sometime within the next year in an undisclosed city. The pilot will reportedly take advantage of GM’s Chevrolet Bolt, a speedy compact crossover all-electric that we …

Chevrolet Bolt

Lyft and GM will test self-driving fleet within a year

General Motors and Lyft's planned network of on-demand, self-driving taxis will begin testing in one undisclosed city sometime in the next year, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports today. While the details of the plan are still scarce, the accelerated timeline will put a fleet of publicly available …

Apple Seeking 'Large Expanses of Real Estate' for Autonomous Car Project

Apple is looking to purchase "large expanses of real estate" in the San Francisco Bay Area for its much-rumored car project, codenamed Project Titan, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. Google parent company Alphabet and several car manufacturers, such as Tesla and Mercedes Benz, are also on the …

Why the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt are going to kill the gas station | Ars Technica

As more EVs hit our streets, when will people start getting "gas anxiety?"<p>For as many plaudits as Tesla has received for its cars, plenty of its …

Electric Vehicles

Apple Introduces Apple Music Student Membership Option With 50% Discount at $4.99 per Month

Apple will today introduce an Apple Music student plan that discounts the streaming service by 50 percent for those who are enrolled in an eligible college or university (via <i>TechCrunch</i>).<p>The new plan means any academic student in the United States can now pick up an individual Apple Music membership …

Because failure is an option SpaceX can do stuff like land rockets on a boat | Ars Technica

In the middle of the night, amid fire and smoke, a second rocket appeared on a boat.<p>NASA’s legendary flight director Gene Kranz entitled his memoir</i> …

Space Travel

Google and Honeywell resolve patent dispute over Nest's thermostats

Google and multinational manufacturer Honeywell have resolved their long-running patent dispute over the thermostats produced by Nest Labs, the two companies announced today. Honeywell first filed a patent infringement suit against Nest's Learning Thermostat in early 2012, two years before the home …

Smart Homes

Airbnb: how US civil rights laws allow racial discrimination on the site

The four black students who sat down at a white’s only lunch counter at a Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1960 catalyzed a nationwide protest movement that led, eventually, to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: landmark legislation that outlawed racial discrimination in …

Rights & Freedoms

Fitbit had a great quarter, but Wall Street doesn’t care because it’s not the Apple Watch

Fitbit can’t catch a break.<p>The internet-connected wearables company just announced its earnings for the first quarter of the year, and they were pretty solid across the board. But next quarter Fitbit is expecting lower sales and, in particular, profit than Wall Street analysts wanted to see, …

Wall Street

As drones get smarter, so must their owners

On Sunday, April 17th, British Airways flight BA727 from Geneva to London was coming in for a landing when the pilot saw something -- reportedly a drone -- strike the front of the aircraft. The collision was said to have happened above Richmond Park, an area where drone flying is prohibited (but …

iPhone hacking is easy, claims Indian telecom minister

So far this year, vulnerabilities have been exploited to help unlock the older-generation iPhone 5s and 5c, both as part of murder investigations. However, the newer iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, and 6s Plus remain secure devices no government has been able to break into.<p>Although that record may have been …

10 Solar Power Uses That Will Surprise You

When you have an ample source of renewable energy, why waste non-renewable alternatives? It seems, the government of USA has given this a careful …

Why America Can't Quit the Drug War

After 45 years, more than $1 trillion wasted, and the creation of the world's largest prison system, America still lacks the political will to change …

Intel’s new smartphone strategy is to quit

Atom chip cancellation puts Intel’s mobile processor plans on ice<p>Late on Friday night, Intel snuck out the news that it’s bailing on the smartphone market. Despite being the world’s best known processor maker, Intel was only a bit player in the mobile space dominated by Qualcomm, Apple, and …

Mobile

Chevrolet’s 2016 Cruze sells what young people value most: Lots of mpg, free GBs | Ars Technica

A solid drive packed chock-full of tech took us around Nashville, TN for a day.<p>NASHVILLE, TN—For the last several years, GM’s Chevrolet has remade …

Fuel Efficiency

Apple Will Reportedly Overhaul Its Music Service This Summer

Apple Music hasn’t been the success many hoped it would be. But according to Bloomberg that may change next month, with Apple preparing a big …

U.S. families struggling with teens' phone addiction: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Half of teenagers in the United States feel addicted to their mobile phones, with most checking the devices at least every hour and feeling pressured to respond immediately to messages, a survey released on Tuesday found.<p>The majority of parents concurred, with 59 percent of …

Mobile Devices

Space-Based Solar Power: Here's How It Could Work

When we talk about space, it’s easy to get ahead of ourselves. Though there’s not as much money going into NASA anymore, there’s still plenty of innovation in the field of space research.<p>Many people may not know it, but space research includes cleantech. A little bit of Googling, and you’ll find …

Clean Energy

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'We Want to Change the World Through Our Products'

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke with CNBC's Mad Money host Jim Cramer yesterday for a two-part interview covering a wide range of topics. In the second portion of the interview, which aired tonight, Cook talked about Apple's recent feud with the FBI, what Apple stands for, and who he personally admires.<p>On …

Germany relaxes rules on using cannabis for medical purposes | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government gave the go-ahead on Wednesday to relax rules on cannabis use by the seriously ill from early next year if they have no other treatment options.<p>Droplets of oil form on the surface of a Cannabis plant in a state-owned agricultural farm in Rovigo, about 60 km …

Cannabis

Lighting a Match With a Rubber Band Is a Handy Trick

If your five o’clock shadow isn’t rugged enough to light a match with, and there’s no where else to strike one, a rubber band and a second match are …