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Tesla's New Model 3, Lime's New Scooter, and More This Week in the Future of Cars

WIRED

It's been a week since we cracked open the champagne to celebrate our 25th birthday, along with our memory banks to take a look at our history of predicting the future. Now that we're back in the present and once again looking forward, it seems like we're not the only outfit reconsidering the road ahead. Chinese automaker NIO thinks it can make battery swapping work this time. Elon Musk reveals yet another Model 3 that costs more than $35,000. Uber and Lyft are defending against claims they make traffic worse--again--and we have yet more confirmation that systems like Tesla's Autopilot are confusing people.


Audi A8: An evolution in luxury and tech

Engadget

Driving the Audi A8 along the gorgeous Northern California coastline near Big Sur is a joy. But no matter how wonderful the car may be, it had the opportunity to be better. Instead, Audi originally announced that Traffic Jam Pilot, its level-three autonomous feature, was coming to the luxury sedan. Alas, the company had to scrap those plans. The world wasn't ready for a car that drives itself for a short period of time in select situations.


How Microsoft (MSFT) Is Making Inroads Into The Connected Car Space

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The shift of focus from'under the hood' to the'car console' has opened doors for advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data and machine learning into the automobile world. These technologies are instrumental in bridging the gap between fiction and reality when we talk about connected and autonomous vehicles. Here's a how Microsoft (MSFT) has made inroads into the connected car space. Cognizant defines the connected car as, "a vehicle using mechatronics, telematics and artificial intelligence technologies to interact with the environment to provide greater safety, comfort, entertainment and, importantly, a'connected-life' experience." The connected car is deemed to save considerable time and resources, while making mobility more efficient, safer and enjoyable.


Shaken by hype, self-driving leaders adopt new strategy: Shutting up

Washington Post

Three former executives at Google, Tesla and Uber who once raced to be the first to develop self-driving cars have adopted a new strategy: Slow down. At their new company Aurora Innovation, which is developing self-driving technology for carmakers including Volkswagen and Hyundai, the rules are simple: No flashy launches, mind-blowing timelines or hyper-choreographed performances on closed tracks. "No demo candy," said Chris Urmson, a co-founder and former head of Google's self-driving car team. Aurora's long-game technique reflects a new phase for the hyped promise of computer-piloted supercars: a more subdued, more pragmatic way of addressing the tough realities of the most complicated robotic system ever built. In the wake of several high-profile crashes that dented public enthusiasm in autonomous cars, Aurora's executives are urging their own industry to face a reality check, saying lofty promises risk confusing passengers and dooming the technology before it can truly take off.


Tumblr finds major security bug that could have leaked people's most personal information

The Independent

Tumblr has found a major security bug in its platform that could have leaked people's most personal information, it has said. A problem with the innocent looking "recommended blogs" screen could have given up people's email addresses, passwords, old accounts, and where they were. The issue has now been fixed and there is no evidence that it was actually used, Tumblr said. Users don't need to do anything to keep their account secure. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.


Facebook builds 'war room' to try and stop people interfering in elections

The Independent

Facebook has built a "war room" in its California headquarters ahead of upcoming elections. The social network is fighting to stop its platform being used to interfere in elections and promote fake news, after a run of scandals that saw it blamed for promoting false stories and helping boost particular candidates. Now it has built a physical room inside of its Menlo Park campus which will host different experts in election interference and allow them to work together. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


Drivers Wildly Overestimate What 'Semi-Autonomous' Cars Can Do

WIRED

Cars are getting smarter and more capable. They're even starting to drive themselves, a little. They're all for putting better tech on the road, but automakers are selling systems like Tesla's Autopilot, or Nissan's Pro Pilot Assist, with the implied promise that they'll make driving easier and safer, and a new study is the latest to say that may not always be the case. More worryingly, drivers think these systems are far more capable than they really are. Euro NCAP, an independent European car safety assessment group (similar to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the US,) has just released the results of its first round of tests of 10 new cars with driver assistance technologies.


The Faster, Cheaper, Better Way to Charge Electric Vehicles

WIRED

Chinese carmaker NIO, the world's newest electric vehicle unicorn, has a big idea: battery swapping. In theory, the process is quicker and more convenient than a fast charge. A driver rolls into a battery swap station, and a robot replaces the drained battery with a fully charged spare. But even though NIO's battery swapping stations are already deployed in major cities across China, retail investors don't seem to be taking NIO's swap network seriously. Levi Tillemann is the author of The Great Race: The Global Quest for the Car of the Future.


Sharing More Than Just Rides in Car-Maker Alliances

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GM GM -1.27% said this month it would partner with Honda Motor Co. HMC -0.45% to develop a fully automated car. As part of the deal, Honda committed to investing $2.75 billion in GM's self-driving-car unit GM Cruise LLC over the next 12 years. The investment comes on top of a commitment to Cruise of more than $2 billion from SoftBank Group Corp.'s Vision Fund in May. GM bought Cruise in 2016 and also invested in ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. that year. Toyota TM -0.26% is investing $500 million in Uber Technologies Inc. as part of an agreement to collaborate on self-driving-car technology.


Apple launches new website devoted to privacy, showing off features of iPhones and Macs

The Independent

Apple has launched an entire website devoted to privacy as it attempts to tout the security features of its iPhones. The new site includes the option for anyone to see all of the information that their iPhones, iPads and Macs have collected about them and sent to Apple. The company had already given access to that feature to users in the European Union, in keeping with the GDPR legislation that requires all technology companies to allow people to see data collected about themselves. The feature comes as Apple totes its divergence away from the business strategy espoused by companies like Facebook and Google, which rely on collecting data about their users and making it available to advertisers. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.