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GM's Maven lets you rent cars for up to 28 days

Engadget

Maven is General Motors' Zipcar-style vehicle rental service, letting you pay an hourly rate to temporarily borrow a ride. But the company is now targeting folks who want to get around for longer periods at a time with Maven Reserve. The offering enables people to reserve a car for up to 28 days at a time, including a dedicated parking space, insurance and $100 of gas in the tank. In addition, users will apparently receive a "personalized walk-through of the vehicle," as they take delivery of their fancy-schmancy rental car. Maven Reserve will only be available in LA and San Fransisco to begin with, although GM has plans to broaden it out later.


Google reportedly won't renew controversial drone imaging program

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It looks like the drama surrounding Google's controversial involvement in Project Maven is coming to an end. Yet another report from Gizmodo on the subject says that Google won't be renewing the project once its current contract runs out. Project Maven is an initiative from the Department of Defense, which aims to "accelerate DoD's integration of big data and machine learning." The DoD has millions of hours of drone footage that pour in from around the world, and having humans comb through it for "objects of interest" isn't a scalable proposition. So Maven recruited several tech firms for image recognition technology that could be used to identify objects of interest in the footage.


GM's car sharing brand Maven expands to Boston, Chicago, D.C.

Mashable

Having driven over a million miles in fewer than four months, General Motors' car sharing brand Maven is expanding to Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. GM announced Thursday morning that it will be expanding Maven into three major U.S. cities, having already driven a million miles in its two test markets New York City and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Maven is more than car sharing, starting at 8 per hour -- including insurance and fuel. In Chicago, for example, Maven includes 99/week Chevy Equinox rentals, which allows Chicagoans who don't own a car to drive for GM partner Lyft. Specifically at the Aqua luxury high-rise in the city's Lakeshore East neighborhood, residents can also utilize Maven for on-demand car sharing from their building. While it's currently very limited, even with the newly added cities, over the coming years, Maven has the potential to wholly alter -- if not end -- car ownership as we know it.


NASA forced to move Maven craft to avoid hitting Phobos

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A NASA science satellite orbiting Mars was forced to make a rare evasive manoeuvre to avoid a collision next week with one of the planet's two small moons, the U.S. space agency said on Thursday. Flight controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, commanded the MAVEN spacecraft, which is studying Mars' vanishing atmosphere, to fire up its engine on Tuesday to boost its speed by about 1.3 feet per second (0.4 meters per second). While the shift may seem small, it's enough to ensure that Maven avoids crashing into Phobos by about 2.5 minutes. A NASA science satellite orbiting Mars was forced to make a rare evasive manoeuvre to avoid a collision next week with one of the planet's two small moons, the U.S. space agency said on Thursday This is the first time Maven has needed to move out of the way to avoid a collision with the lumpy, crater-filled moon, according to NASA. The acceleration was necessary to slightly shift MAVEN's orbit and steer the satellite clear of the Martian moon Phobos, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a statement.


Wow: Check out these 'unprecedented' ultraviolet views of Mars

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

An image of rapid cloud formation on Mars, taken on July 9-10, 2016. The ultraviolet colors of the planet have been rendered in false color, to show what we would see with ultraviolet-sensitive eyes. The red and white splotches are volcanoes. More out-of-this-world images of Mars were unveiled Monday. NASA's Maven spacecraft, now in orbit around the Mars, released images that "show the ultraviolet glow from the Martian atmosphere in unprecedented detail, revealing dynamic, previously invisible behavior," NASA said.