Google Street View Driver

Google Street View driver crashes after having an Apple Maps moment

By on August 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Google Street View driver crashes after having an Apple Maps moment

Everyone seems to be fascinated by the idea of seeing a Google Street View car in person, but what if the car was hurtling straight toward you on a one-way street? According to The Smoking Gun, that’s exactly what happened in Little Rock, Arkansas. A Street View driver caused a T-bone collision when he realized he had turned in the wrong direction and made a U-turn going the wrong way on a one-way street. More →

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Google Self-Driving Cars Security Risks

FBI: Google’s self-driving cars may become ‘game-changing lethal weapons’

By on July 16, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

FBI: Google’s self-driving cars may become ‘game-changing lethal weapons’

Self-driving cars, such as Google’s experimental vehicles, will be available to buyers in coming years, but the FBI is not particularly thrilled about their arrival, The Guardian has learned from a restricted report obtained under a public records requests. More →

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Apple CarPlay 24 Million Cars

Apple is about to invade our cars in a big way

By on July 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

Apple is about to invade our cars in a big way

A technological revolution is about to take place within the automotive industry and Apple could be leading the charge. ABI Research published a report on Wednesday predicting that over 24 million cars will be fitted with Apple’s CarPlay by 2019. When Apple launched CarPlay earlier this year, only select Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo models were compatible with the software, but dozens of other manufacturers have signed on to include CarPlay functionality in the future, including Ford, BMW, Audi, Toyota and Nissan. More →

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Uber Vs. Lyft New York

Uber and Lyft appear poised to destroy New York’s iconic taxi industry

By on July 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

Uber and Lyft appear poised to destroy New York’s iconic taxi industry

Are there more empty taxis than usual rolling around Manhattan today? It seems that way — and it would be no wonder, because the New York transportation system is going through its biggest upheaval since 1900. And as you may have guessed, one of the world’s hottest mobile apps is the new omen of turmoil in 2014. More →

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Madrid Smart Parking Meters

People who drive SUVs are going to absolutely hate these new smart parking meters

By on July 1, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

People who drive SUVs are going to absolutely hate these new smart parking meters

Are you still driving a ridiculously large Humvee that gets somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 miles per gallon? If so then you’re going to absolutely hate the new smart parking meters that have been unveiled in Madrid that charge you more money if you drive a big gas guzzler.  More →

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Android Auto

Google reveals plans to bring Android to your car with Android Auto

By on June 25, 2014 at 1:19 PM.

Google reveals plans to bring Android to your car with Android Auto

Google’s 2014 I/O keynote has been packed full of action so far, and the fun continued as Google revealed plans to bring Android software and the related experiences to your car with its new “Android Auto” initiative. The software will focus on music, navigation and other applications that users need while driving. It is also fully voice enabled, so drivers never have to divert their attention from the road. More →

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Cruise Automation Driverless Car

Startup takes on Google with $10,000 accessory that could turn your car into a driverless car

By on June 24, 2014 at 5:10 PM.

Startup takes on Google with $10,000 accessory that could turn your car into a driverless car

News of Google’s work on driverless cars certainly finds its way into the media more often than news covering other companies in the space, but that hardly means Google is the only company making exciting progress. While Google is hard at work producing its own autonomous vehicles, San Francisco-based startup Cruise Automation is taking a different approach to tackling the same market. Instead of developing its own vehicles, the company has created a $10,000 accessory that may someday be able to be retrofitted to any car to turn it into a driverless car. More →

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Tesla Electic Car Technology

Tesla wants carmakers to shamelessly copy its electric cars

By on June 13, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Tesla wants carmakers to shamelessly copy its electric cars

Unlike other tech giants who spend plenty of money and cash in courts on patent-related lawsuits, Tesla wants others to copy its technology to make electric cars, as the carmaker has announced that all its tech discoveries will be available to competitors free of charge, and lawsuit-free. More →

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Google Self-Driving Cars and Tickets

What happens when your self-driving Google car gets a ticket?

By on May 20, 2014 at 11:30 PM.

What happens when your self-driving Google car gets a ticket?

Google’s self-driving car project may still be in its infancy, but one day the system it proposes will be available to consumers at large, who’ll be able to have their cars driven for them instead of having to actually do the deed themselves. While Google is further developing its driverless car, legislation also needs to be adapted to address potential legal problems of the future, such as when police give tickets to self-driving vehicles. More →

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Toyota Car Factory Robots

Here’s one place where humans are coming to steal robots’ jobs

By on May 7, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

Here’s one place where humans are coming to steal robots’ jobs

Man bites dog, human steals robot’s job? That’s sort of the story in Japan, where SingularityHub reports that Toyota is temporarily replacing robots with human workers so they can figure out what the robots can do better and thus build more efficient robots. Essentially, Toyota has found that you can’t rely entirely on robots to do all the work for you if you hope to keep boosting their productivity — rather, you need humans who have knowledge of the production process teach them better ways to build cars. More →

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Google self-driving car update

Video: Google’s self-driving car is closer than ever to becoming a reality

By on April 28, 2014 at 1:51 PM.

Video: Google’s self-driving car is closer than ever to becoming a reality

The last time Google’s self-driving car team checked in with us over a year ago, when it announced Google’s cars had driven more 300,000 accident-free miles. Today, the team announced in a blog post that the cars have now driven over 700,000 miles. The team has been focused on improving the self-driving cars in cities rather than on freeways, mostly testing this in Google’s hometown of Mountain View, California, and this focus on city driving has produced some impressive results. More →

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Glow in the Dark Roads

Never miss a turn again with glow-in-the-dark roads

By on April 14, 2014 at 4:48 PM.

Never miss a turn again with glow-in-the-dark roads

Dan Roosegaarde is tired of our stagnant pavement. Our roads have remained unchanged for decades, which inspired Roosegaarde and his team at Studio Roosegaarde to innovate in the form of glow-in-the-dark road markings. Wired.co.uk has drawn our attention to these fluorescent markings, which have replaced the prototypical street lights over a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands, providing a cost-efficient alternative that doesn’t require electricity and looks pretty amazing to boot. More →

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