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Waymo seeks permission to test fully driverless cars in California

Human-free driving in the Golden State<p>The California Department of Motor Vehicles has received a second application to test fully driverless vehicles on public roads, and the <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> is reporting that the applicant is Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet.<p>Waymo is …

Autonomous Cars

Egypt now has a WhatsApp hotline for reporting fake news

Egypt has announced a new hotline for citizens to report fake news. Launched on Monday, 12 March 2018, the hotline will run on WhatsApp and will allow to citizens to report news that aims to “to endanger the nation’s security or public interests.”<p>The announcement was made through a statement by …

Fake News

Waymo executive claims his driverless technology would have seen the pedestrian killed by an Uber car

Waymo Chief Executive Officer John Krafcik said his company's self-driving software would likely have avoided the pedestrian death in which an Uber autonomous car was involved.<p>"We have a lot of confidence that our technology would be robust and would be able to handle situations like that one," …

Driverless Cars

Uber's self-driving car may not have been at fault for killing a pedestrian

Following the horrific news that a woman was killed by one of Uber’s self-driving cars in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday night, local police said that it would have been impossible to avoid the accident.<p>The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Tempe police chief Sylvia Moir said of the accident:<p>The …

Nissan's electric SUV concept will enter production

Nissan's current electric car lineup revolves almost exclusively around the Leaf, but it's ready to diversify its selection. The company's European design chief Mamoru Aoki has revealed to <i>Autocar</i> that a production version of the IMx concept SUV (above) will arrive sometime in "a few years." It's …

Elon Musk overhauls Boring Company concept to focus on mass transit

Remember Elon Musk's plan to dig a massive web of traffic-beating tunnels underneath Los Angeles?<p>The billionaire entrepreneur's The Boring Company posted a concept video last year that showed cars entering tunnels on skates, where they hurtled 130 mph toward their destination.<p>Now, that plan appears …

Elon Musk

VW's Seat unveils the first fully electric touring-class race car

You've seen electric Formula cars, Le Mans racers and even a Pikes Peak machine, but there's still room for more firsts in EV racing. VW's Seat brand has unveiled the Cupra e-Racer, which it says is the first completely electric touring-class race car. It's built on the existing Cupra Leon TCR …

Boeing's CEO believes flying taxis will be ready in the next decade

The dream of flying cars has been around longer than Boeing Co. has been making airplanes. Now a vision from the pages of Jules Verne is near enough to occupy the present-day plans of Boeing's leadership.<p>"I think it will happen faster than any of us understand," CEO Dennis Muilenburg said. "Real …

Porsche could build flying taxis, says sales chief

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen's (VOWG_p.DE) sports car maker Porsche could develop a flying passenger vehicle to compete with rivals in a possible market for urban air taxis and ride-sharing services, Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen told a German magazine.<p>"That would really make sense. If …

Autos

Ford is setting up for an autonomous ride-hail and delivery business in Miami

The company is testing its cars in a delivery service, mapping out the streets for a driverless ride-hail service and setting up a fleet-management center.<p>Ford is laying the groundwork for its autonomous vehicle business in Miami, Fla. It’s a three-pronged approach that is still in its infancy, but …

Driverless Cars

Waymo seeks to reassure potential riders with new self-driving video

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Waymo on Wednesday showed off a 360-degree video to help people envision what it is like to ride inside an autonomous vehicle, as the Alphabet Inc company on the cusp of launching self-driving rides with real people hopes to win over potential passengers.<p>Waymo said in a …

Autonomous Cars

Waymo's 360-degree demo ride shows what self-driving cars 'see'

One of the big steps necessary to roll out self-driving cars is getting the public to trust them, and Waymo's latest attempt to achieve that is with a new 360-degree experience. Viewable on a computer, your phone or a VR headset, it feeds a simulation of mixed video and sensor data (LiDAR, radar …

Tesla's electric trucks may be more cost-effective than expected

When Tesla unveiled its Semi electric truck, it made audacious claims about the big rig's value -- namely, that companies would recoup the cost of the vehicle in 2 years thanks to the savings on fuel. As it turns out, that <i>might</i> have been conservative. DHL exec Jim Monkmeyer told <i>Reuters</i> in an …

WhatsApp: the new business card, storefront, and cash register in India

Nearly half of the 430 million internet users in India use WhatsApp and businesses want their hands in that pie.<p>From the country’s leading online ticketing portal BookMyShow to travel booking website Goibibo and even offline luxury watch retailer Ethos, several companies are taking to the …

Small Business

Tesla will sell solar panels and Powerwalls at Home Depot

Just how much is the average consumer interested in solar power? Tesla is about to find out, as it is bringing photovoltaic panels and Powerwall batteries to US retail giant Home Depot, <i>Bloomberg</i> reports. Elon Musk's company will install Tesla-branded selling spaces at 800 locations, with its own …

Inside Joymode, a subscription service saving you from buying all of the things

Surveying the retail world right now, it’s hard to see anything but Amazon.<p>The company offers a degree of convenience for buyers of stuff that’s never been equalled (which, while being hyperbolic may also be true), and it has made consuming new crap nearly effortless. In the process it’s become the …

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Waymo is putting 'thousands' more driverless minivans on roads across America

Google’s self-driving tech spinoff Waymo is set to make a big push into its trial programs for its autonomous vehicles: the company has inked a deal to buy ‘thousands’ more minivans from Fiat Chrysler, which it plans to run across several cities in the US without a human driver at the wheel.<p>It …

Ford expands its mobility empire with a couple of acquisitions

Autonomic and TransLoc will help Ford broaden its microtransit and cloud-based services<p>Ford Motor Company announced today that it was acquiring two transportation software companies, Autonomic and TransLoc. It also announced it would be reorganizing its mobility subsidiary in a bid to accelerate …

Ford Motor Company

Apple 'Accelerating' Efforts to Catch Up With Self-Driving Competition, Expands California Fleet to 27 Vehicles

Apple has expanded its California fleet of self-driving vehicles from three registered last April to 27 as of early 2018, according to a new report posted by <i>Bloomberg</i> today and sourced from emails with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.<p>Following the first three vehicle registrations, from …

UK to set up security unit to combat state disinformation campaigns

The UK government has announced plans to set up a dedicated national security unit to combat state-led disinformation campaigns — raising questions about how broad its ‘fake news’ bullseye will be.<p>Last November UK prime minister Theresa May publicly accused Russia of seeking to meddle in elections …

Fake News

Radinn's second-gen electric wakeboard is faster and cheaper

Nearly three years after we first saw Radinn's prototype electric wakeboard, the Swedish outfit is back with a redesigned version. The G2X will be on display at the Boot Düsseldorf show this week, showing off its capabilities like a swappable battery so owners don't have to wait for a two-hour …

Wakeboarding

The best mobile photo-editing apps

There's no shortage of photo-editing apps for mobile devices. But if you want to graduate beyond Instagram filters, the sheer number of listings on the App Store or Google Play can be overwhelming. We've sifted through dozens to find the ones worth your time (and money, in some cases).<p>A word about …

Ford will boost electric vehicle spending to $11B and offer 40 electrified models by 2022

Ford Motor will boost its investment in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022, said chairman Bill Ford at the Detroit Auto Show today. This is a huge increase from the $4.5 billion by 2020 the automaker announced in December 2015 that it planned to invest.<p>Since then, however, Ford has becoming …

Autos

Tesla is about to suffer the same fate as Ford

About a century ago, give or take a decade, the Ford Motor Company was <i>the</i> American carmaker. Its Model T was the first successful vehicle for everybody, and its founder, Henry Ford, was the greatest businessman in history, warts and all.<p>At the time, General Motors was a disorganized cluster of …

Tesla

Drone trends to watch in 2018: Big data, flying taxis, and home security

Drones are going to see significant new capabilities in 2018. The use of multiple high-functioning cameras as well as upgraded Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) will enhance navigational acumen far beyond that of today’s drone models. This, combined with ultra-fast charging and …

GM wants to ditch the manual controls from its test cars in 2019 | Ars Technica

Regulations say you need a steering wheel airbag, but what if there is no wheel?<p>General Motors is getting ready to ditch the driver for good—at least …

Autonomous Cars

Facebook is testing a new section of the app specifically for local news and events

Facebook is vetting local publishers that appear in this section.<p>Facebook wants to make it easier for people to find local news from vetted sources.<p>The social network is testing a new section inside its app called “Today In,” a feed made up entirely of local news, events and announcements.<p>The test …

Fake News

Byton unveils its first EV with a focus on in-car ‘experience’

As we get closer to a world where the car is doing most of the driving, traditional automakers are trying to figure out what passengers will be doing when they're not driving. Car startup Byton thinks it already knows what people want -- and and unlike most automakers isn't burdened by tradition …

Car Tech

Eco architect William McDonough unveils new language to end the war on carbon

The first way to end the war on carbon, according to the co-author of <i>Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things</i>, is to stop calling it a war. …

Sustainability