View photosMoreCruise bolt hiresBlink and you might miss it, San Franciscans.Recent General Motors acquisition Cruise Automation, an autonomous tech startup, revealed Thursday morning that it is already testing a self-driving Bolt in San Francisco.In that time, Cruise has managed to outfit a Bolt with its unique autonomous driving tech and sent it out onto the streets of San Fran, apparently.Intriguingly, around the same time this photo was released, Uber showed a teaser of its first self-driving car — a Ford Fusion Hybrid — undergoing testing in Pittsburgh.Clearly, the two transportation companies are playing a game of oneupmanship.Mashable has reached out to GM and Cruise for further information about the testing.
REUTERS/Aly SongWASHINGTON Reuters - Google has no plans to expand its partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV to create a self-driving car, the program chief at the Alphabet Inc unit said on Thursday, affirming that the technology company was still in talks with other potential partners.Earlier this month, Google and Fiat Chrysler agreed to work together to build a fleet of 100 self-driving minivans in the most advanced collaboration to date between Silicon Valley and a traditional carmaker."This is just FCA and Google building 100 cars together," Google self-driving car Chief Executive John Krafcik said in an interview on the sidelines of an energy conference in Washington.Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said after the partnership was announced that what had been agreed with Google was limited, but he suggested that the alliance could evolve."We have a responsibility to get this out there as soon as we can and really as soon as we have data that says we're better than the current system of flawed human drivers," Krafcik said, citing 33,000 annual traffic deaths and more than 2.3 million injuries.General Motors Co earlier this month closed its acquisition of self-driving car technology startup Cruise Automation.
Self-driving car startup Cruise has settled a lawsuit against its former cofounder Jeremy Guillory.The lawsuit came about after General Motors announced that it was buying the self-driving car company for a reported $1 billion earlier this year.The settlement of the suit comes almost a week after GM completed the Cruise acquisition.As part of the settlement, the parties have both agreed to dismiss their lawsuits.According to the original Cruise filing, the startup argues that Guillory never had equity, wrote code, nor invested in the company, although he was listed on the application to Y Combinator.Cruise requested a declaration that no part of the company belongs so the merger can move ahead "because Defendant frustrated Cruise's acquisition by GM".In that suit, Cruise claimed that Guillory "emerged from the shadows with his hand out within days" of the GM acquisition news."This case is about whether a founders agreement means anything in today s Silicon Valley start-up culture, or if naked ambition, a desire to take all the credit, conceit, and greed for the very last dollar now rule the day," the cross-complaint read.General Motors closed the acquisition of the company on May 13, although the final price or other terms won't be revealed until GM reports its second-quarter financial results this summer.NOW WATCH: This guy drove up the side of a bridge on a motorcycleLoading video...
General Motors is currently testing an autonomous version of their Chevy Bolt on public roads.Now, they could do that anywhere, really, but they chose a very particular location instead.GM s running this Bolt EV done, as they claim, thanks to their recent acquisition of startup Cruise Automation around San Francisco, right where all of the Google Cars and Teslas of the world can see.Subtle, GM.Real subtle.
Reuters – Google has no plans to expand its partnership with Fiat Chrysler to create a self-driving car, the program chief at the Alphabet unit said on Thursday, affirming that the technology company was still in talks with other potential partners.Earlier this month, Google and Fiat Chrysler agreed to work together to build a fleet of 100 self-driving minivans in the most advanced collaboration to date between Silicon Valley and a traditional carmaker.This is just FCA and Google building 100 cars together, Google self-driving car Chief Executive John Krafcik said in an interview on the sidelines of an energy conference in Washington.Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said after the partnership was announced that what had been agreed with Google was limited, but he suggested that the alliance could evolve.Google has no timetable for making self-driving vehicles available to the public and has logged about 1.5 million miles of test driving, Krafcik said on a panel at the conference.We have a responsibility to get this out there as soon as we can and really as soon as we have data that says we re better than the current system of flawed human drivers, Krafcik said, citing 33,000 annual traffic deaths and more than 2.3 million injuries.Rival technology and auto companies are accelerating their efforts to master the complex hardware and artificial intelligence systems required to allow vehicles to pilot themselves.On Thursday, ride hailing company Uber released photographs of a Ford Fusion it had outfitted with sensors to enable autonomous driving.The car is being tested in Pittsburgh, Uber said in a blog post.General Motors Co earlier this month closed its acquisition of self-driving car technology startup Cruise Automation.Another San Francisco startup company, Otto, said earlier this week it was developing systems for self-driving commercial trucks.
The gesture-tracking technology used by Tom Cruise s precrime-fighting police officer in Minority Report, the sci-fi movie set in 2054, has arrived a few years early.Tiny radar chips by Infineon Technologies AG paired with algorithms by Alphabet Inc. s Google help devices detect the finest gestures from several meters away, the German chipmaker says.The first gadgets to use the so-called Soli technology, presented at Google I/O event Friday, are prototypes of an LG Electronics Inc. smartwatch and a Harman Kardon loudspeaker.While coarser gesture detection has been around for a bit, for example in gaming consoles such as Wii, the new chips are more precise.Since mankind started using tools 2.4 million years ago, this is the first time tools adapt to the user instead of the other way around.Infineon, which is teaming with Google to sell its chips paired with the U.S. company s software from mid-2017, expects the technology to provide new user experiences and inspire new devices, like the iPhone did with touchscreen technology.Paired with the right software, Infineon s radar chips are able to recognize individuals when they enter a room, detect finger and hand movements up to 15 feet away, and help workers steer machines and tools as industries digitize their factories, Urschitz says.Beyond the wow factor, Infineon also expects the Soli technology to boost sales.Already this year, it estimates the addressable market for the technology is 80 million wireless audio units and 60 million smartwatches.
An estimated 200 million people are affected by natural disasters or humanitarian crises each year, so it s vital that communications reach everyone.FireChat Alerts will be used by governmental organizations, media, and other emergency-related groups to broadcast alerts to mobile devices within a specific geographical area.It s perfect for underground transportation and cruise ships, and now with the launch of FireChat Alerts, it s the perfect app to receive these emergency messages.It s already in beta on iOS for select organizations and it s coming soon to Android.One thing to keep in mind is that the FireChat app Android, iOS must be installed on your phone in order to ensure that you receive emergency alerts.It s unclear when FireChat Alerts will go live, but it s better to go ahead and download the FireChat app now, rather than forget about it later.
It didn t take long for GM and Cruise Automation to put the results of their alliance on the road.The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV won the Digital Trends Best of Show Award at CES 2016 in January.The Bolt EV is expected to have a 200-mile range and to cost approximately $30,000 after incentives.Their driving patterns and lifestyle allow for a 200-mile EV range to fit in, or they may have a second or third vehicle for extra trips, Chevrolet s Darin Gesse, the Product Marketing Manager for the Bolt EV and Volt plug-in hybrid told Digital Trends in March 2016.Don t expect a driverless version that soon, but if you re walking on the streets of San Francisco you might just see one drive by.And sometime in the next few years, as soon as driverless technologies and local, state, and federal regulations allow, it appears that when you call Lyft, you might get picked up by a pink-mustached, driverless Bolt EV.
Image Source: Eco AbrolhosAlthough drones can be a bit of a nuisance in the wrong hands, there s no question that they have allowed us to see the world from fascinating new perspectives.For example, over the weekend, the Eco Abrolhos cruise line out of Australia was able to capture footage of a tiger shark feeding frenzy on a whale in Australia s Shark Bay.HUGE LEAK: This is probably our first look at a real iPhone 7 Passengers on our 14 day Geraldton to Broome and everywhere in between were treated to an unexpected phenomena whilst cruising inside Dirk Hartog Island, Eco Abrolhos explains on its Facebook page.Jay Cox, a tour operator for the company, set the scene for the BBC: We went around the corner.We come across this splashing in the water, we were so close to them, they were going under the boat, all around the boat, bumping into us.Cox says that six or eight of the sharks would move in at a time, tearing a piece free from the dead whale and then swimming back out for others to take a turn.
Tiger shark.NOAA A stunning video posted by the Eco Abrolhos tour company in western Australia shows a gruesome sight: a plethora of tiger sharks feeding on, and swimming around, a whale carcass.The video shows the clear turquoise waters filled with sharks, blood from the dead whale, and two tour boats with passengers.Striking aerial footage shows the surrounding water teeming with tiger sharks.Related: Watch the world's biggest plane land in AustraliaTour company Eco Abrolhos explained that the footage was shot near Dirk Hartog Island during the course of a 14-day cruise; that island is part of the Shark Bay World Heritage Site, which is home to seagrass beds, sea cows, and other marine life— including, of course, sharks.According to the IUCN, tiger sharks can grow to be over 18 feet long and have a conservation status of "near threatened."
Today, Peugeot Motor shows new 3008 which comes with a host of driver aids and permanent connection. The latest generation of in-cockpit must be designed for a safer, more instinctive and natural driving experience. New in-cockpit compatible with the voice-activated navigation system in 3D with traffic information in real time, voice commands in several functions such as send and read out text messages, active driver assistance systems, and the reflection of your mobile phone via Apple CarPlayTM, Mirror Link and Android Auto-technologies. Another innovation is the driver functions according to the manufacturer must activate all our senses and which is activated by pressing a button: - Vision - by changing miljöbelysningens color and intensity in the cockpit - Hearing - by FOCAL sound system and program the music for your own taste - Sensation - by eight different massageval in the ergonomic seats. Materials and buttons are of the highest quality and pleasant to touch. Among active driver aids we find several good and sensible features: - Active Safety Brake and Distance Warning - Filhållningsassistent - Fatigue Warning - Automatic switch to high beam - Sense of speed - Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-function automatic transmissions - Dead Angle Warning - Visio 360 Park and Parking Assistant for safe city driving New 3008 certainly seems interesting and we're excited to see and drive it shortly, and is not it nice!
Reuters – U.S. consumers still resist the notion of self-driving cars, according to a University of Michigan study released on Monday, the latest sign that investors and automakers may be rushing into a business where demand is limited at best.General Motors recent acquisition of Silicon Valley startup Cruise Automation for a reported $1 billion has accelerated a stampede by other automakers, suppliers and venture capital firms looking to invest in or acquire new companies developing self-driving technology.Consumers, meanwhile, remain concerned about aspects of self-driving technology and overwhelmingly still want the ability to manually control a self-driving vehicle, the study said.The most frequent preference for vehicle automation continues to be for no self-driving capability, said the study s authors, Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak.The survey results are consistent with those in a similar survey that the university conducted a year ago and generally mirror the findings in a study that the American Automobile Association released in March.The AAA report found that three out of four respondents were afraid to ride in a self-driving car.The latest University of Michigan survey found 46 percent of respondents preferred no self-driving, followed by partial self-driving 39 percent and complete self-driving 15 percent .Nearly 95 percent of respondents said they wanted to have a steering wheel plus gas and brake pedals so they could take control of a self-driving vehicle when desired, the study found.Traditional automakers and suppliers have embarked on a gradual phase-in of self-driving technologies, from automatically regulating speed and braking to keeping the vehicle from drifting out of its traffic lane.Electric car maker Tesla has gone a step further with its Autopilot system, which gives owners the option of limited self-driving on the highway.Technology companies led by Alphabet Inc s Google favor an all-in approach, with its latest prototypes designed to drive automatically without steering wheel or pedals.Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn
Meanwhile, MIT spinoff NuTonomy is on track to actually put self-driving taxis on the streets of Singapore in two years, according to TechCrunch.NuTonomy has been in business since 2013 and is currently testing driverless cars in Michigan and in the U.K. with Jaguar Land Rover.The company s headquarters is close to its academic roots in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but the firm also has an office in Singapore.NuTonomy has been in Singapore for a while, and in 2014 tested self-driving golf carts there that could be summoned with a smartphone app.Singapore only recently started the process of approving ride-hailing taxi services, and NuTonomy is now testing a fleet of self-driving cabs it expects to be able to deploy commercially in the city by 2018.NuTonomy focuses on retrofitting existing vehicles rather than building driverless cars from the ground up.
LG certainly has, so it gave a champion climber two of its CordZero vacuum cleaners, and pointed her in the direction of a suitable building — the idea being the suction created by the cleaners through special cups would be enough to see her scale the outside.To make sure there was no actual doom-plunging going on, the stunt was carefully orchestrated by LG, as a way to show the power of its cordless CordZero Cyking vacuum cleaners, and the amazing ability of pro rock climber Sierra Blair-Coyle.The cleaners aren t exactly like the ones you ll buy from the shops, having been modified to make them suitable for use during the climb, including the addition of those all-important suction cups.She then had to lug all that to the top of a 33-story building located in Songdo, Incheon, in South Korea, using only her upper body strength and any grip she could get from her climbing shoes.Amazingly, she completed the mission in just half an hour, and that includes a stop to grab a pair of fully charged CordZero packs.There are echoes of the famous scene from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, where Tom Cruise scaled the outside of the Burj Khalifa hotel in Dubai, but arguably Blair-Coyle s achievement is somewhat more impressive.
Automaker Toyota today announced that it s investing an unspecified amount of money in app-enabled alternative cab service Uber — through Toyota Financial Services and Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership — and also partnering with the startup around ridesharing.The companies have entered into a memorandum of understanding MOU to explore collaboration, starting with trials, in the world of ridesharing in countries where ridesharing is expanding, taking various factors into account such as regulations, business conditions, and customer needs, Toyota said in a statement.According to the statement, there will be new ways to lease Toyotas and then earn money to cover their monthly payments by driving for Uber, and Uber will buy new Toyotas and Lexuses.But also, the two companies will be sharing knowledge and accelerating their respective research efforts.The two companies are very different but have some overlap.Uber, which currently relies on human drivers to take passengers around, is working on an autonomous vehicle, while Toyota has begun artificial intelligence AI research in collaboration with MIT and Stanford University for helping humans drive more safely.Elsewhere, earlier this month Google said it s working with Fiat Chrysler to deliver self-driving minivans.Tesla, meanwhile, is reported to be working with South Korean company to Mando to extend its self-driving capability.GM has acquired the technology and assets of onetime Uber competitor Sidecar, and it has also acquired Cruise Automation.And most important of all, GM has sunk $500 million into Lyft.Earlier today it was announced that VW has invested $300 million in smaller Uber competitor Gett.We are proud to partner with Toyota in a variety of ways, including the expansion of our vehicle financing program, an Uber spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email.San Francisco-based Uber is believed to be the most valuable privately held company in the world.
It comes just weeks after GM s $1 billion acquisition of Cruise Automation, a self-driving startup based in the testing city.On top of the acquisition, it also invested $500 million into ride-sharing app Lyft to build an autonomous taxi fleet.Bolt soon to be roll out as Lyft and Uber options?Lyft and Uber are both looking at the future five years as building blocks for self-driving taxis, but unlike Uber, Lyft has decided to work with a major automaker to expand the platform.We don t know the specifics of the partnership, but from the outside it looks like Lyft will receive autonomous cars from General Motors for free or at small cost in return for a share of the profits.In Europe, automakers may flock to the U.K., after the Queen s Speech called for the legalization of autonomous cars.
Tesla first rolled out Autopilot with its 7.0 over-the-air software update in October 2015.Drivers of the Model S and X have logged over 100 million miles with Autopilot since then, far outpacing the 1.5 million miles driven by Google's autonomous vehicles.Tesla's Autopilot can change lanes, autonomously cruise through traffic, park itself and even automatically steer.While Google's vehicles are fully autonomous, Tesla's Autopilot feature requires human interaction."Autopilot should be used with a driver fully engaged, fully in the loop, using their cognitive abilities as they normally would," said Sterling Anderson, Tesla's director of the AutoPilot program.Of course, no matter the warnings and safety systems, some owners still manage to smash their cars while Autopilot is engaged.
Volvo takes new strides in self-driving cars - and the opportunity to give Google a boot. It is about a research project where a partner to the Volvo mining industry will use the self-driving trucks to transport ore between different parts of the mine. The vehicles will not be placed on the public roads, but will stay within the mining company's private area. When all is self-propelled, it means we can optimize traffic flow and increase productivity while reducing emissions, says Torbjörn Holmström. Self-driving cars is a broad term that includes everything from cruise control to cars without drivers. By showing this, we also want to show that they are not doing anything unique.
The driving dynamics were noticeably better, for one, and it featured new safety technologies like a pre-collision system, lane departure alert, and full speed dynamic radar cruise control.Fuel economy is the name of the game in the Prius world, though, and in that sense, the new model knocks it completely out of the park.The hybrid hatchback averaged 52 mpg combined 43 mpg city, 59 mpg highway in Consumer Reports trials, besting the previous Prius figure of 44 mpg and topping the original gas-sipping king by 1 mpg.Turns out it was the original Honda Insight, which set a lofty benchmark of 51 mpg way back in 2000.The new body s drag coefficient of 0.24 is one of the lowest of any mass-production vehicle on the market, and the gasoline engine is physically smaller, lighter, and overall much better at managing thermal energy than its precursor.A new plug-in version called the Prius Prime is headed for showrooms in late fall, and is expected to return an MPGe rating of 120 or above.
Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and sits on Facebook s board of directors, allegedly provided millions of dollars for Hogan s lawsuit and is apparently funding other cases.The Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin noted that Thiel declined to reveal what other cases he supported.It s less about revenge and more about specific deterrence, Thiel told the Times in his first interview since the rumors that he funded the lawsuit reached a tipping point on Tuesday.Neither the jury nor the public knew of Thiel s involvement in the case.Thiel told The Times he has been planning for years to secretly fund lawsuits against Gawker in an effort to shut the company down.Gawker founder Nick Denton denounced Thiel's involvement in the lawsuit in a statement to The Times: Just because Peter Thiel is a Silicon Valley billionaire, his opinion does not trump our millions of readers who know us for routinely driving big news stories including Hillary Clinton s secret email account, Bill Cosby s history with women, the mayor of Toronto as a crack smoker, Tom Cruise s role within Scientology, the N.F.L.cover-up of domestic abuse by players and just this month the hidden power of Facebook to determine the news you see.Read the full report from The New York TimesGawker is the high-brow gossip sheet covering media, entertainment, politics and technology.NOW WATCH: Billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel explains precisely how Mark Zuckerberg changed the worldLoading video...
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