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The End of Car Ownership

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And startups will spring up to develop services that this new ownership model demands--perhaps even create whole new industries around self-driving cars and ride sharing. A study by Deloitte Consulting, for example, estimates that the cost of personal car ownership is on average 97 cents a mile today but could drop by two-thirds in a world of shared, self-driving vehicles--a tipping point that could usher the technology into daily life for many people. As a result of both driverless cars and fleets of robot taxis, sales of conventionally purchased automobiles may likely drop. Zoox, a startup valued at more than $1.5 billion, is working on designing a robot taxi that takes the entire riding experience into consideratio


Google Parent Retires 'Firefly' Self-Driving Prototype

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Google parent Alphabet Inc. retired its self-driving prototype dubbed the "Firefly," a tiny test car with no steering wheel or pedals, to focus on building its self-driving technology into mass-produced vehicles. The vehicle, built in collaboration with Detroit-based auto supplier Roush Industries, started hitting roads in a testing capacity in 2014, with a capped speed of 25 miles an hour. It became iconic as autonomous-car...




Apple Hosts Annual Developers Conference

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RBC Capital expects Apple to announce an improved iPad Pro with faster processors and other enhancements. Analysts also expect the company to announce faster processors for the MacBook Pro. Last year, Apple updated the device with a Siri-controlled remote. This year, industry observers anticipate Apple will announce the device has been updated to handle high-resolution 4K video.


A Hardware Update for the Human Brain

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Today, thanks to a combination of her implant, surgery and medication, Borghard, 27, experiences an average of just two seizures a month. Neural implants like Emily Borghard's can stimulate and record from just a handful of neurons. Implant accommodation is the goal of Longeviti Neuro Solutions, a startup founded by Chad Gordon, a plastic surgeon at Johns Hopkins, and Jesse Christopher, a veteran of medical-device companies. In an experiment conducted at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, scientists used an implant to create a wireless connection between a monkey's brain and a battery-powered stimulator in its paralyzed leg, allowing the monkey to walk again.



Google Goes to China, Making Play for Talent and Attention

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A friendly game of Go in the picturesque city of Wuzhen this week has given Google an opening to return to China's good graces, seven years after it left the country over government censorship of its namesake search engine and hacks of its Gmail service. Few companies can match Google for its global reach, with billions of people hooked on its products. Yet China manages without it, leaving a gaping hole in the global map for the Silicon Valley giant and its parent, Alphabet Inc., as they expand into driverless cars,...


China's Great Firewall Leaves Google With Dry Stream at Man-vs.-Machine Battle

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Lack of a local live-stream of rematch between Google's AI player AlphaGo, China's human champ undermines potential to raise tech titan's profile in the country