The Morning After: Ford and Tesla sign EV-charging pact


Ford has become the first major automaker to leap into bed with Tesla after the US government pushed to make EV charging more widely accessible. The carmaker has signed a deal, starting spring 2024, so selected Ford EVs can slurp down power at some Tesla Supercharger stations. As part of the pact, Ford said, from the 2025 model year, it'll switch to Tesla's open-source North American Charging Standard (NACS) on its vehicles. Meanwhile, existing models that still use the (more or less) global standard Combined Charging System (CCS) will be able to pick up a Tesla-designed adapter to bridge the gap. The deal is surprising, especially given the relative power, size and prestige of the two companies involved. Ford, one of the world's biggest car makers, is ceding control of its charger future to a relative minnow, albeit one that built a sizable own-brand charging network.

Uber teams up with Google's Waymo on self-driving cars

Washington Post - Technology News

The two companies were previously fierce rivals, with financial analysts predicting that Uber would eventually have to get rid of human drivers in order to be highly profitable and justify its massive valuation. The company began investing heavily in artificial intelligence, and then it even hired away a top Google self-driving engineer, Anthony Levandowski. Google later sued Uber in 2017, accusing Levandowski of stealing trade secrets, and the two companies eventually settled.

How Russia is able to track, censor, and control its citizens, now more than ever

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on When Yekaterina Maksimova can't afford to be late, the journalist and activist avoids taking the Moscow subway, even though it's probably the most efficient route. That's because she's been detained five times in the past year, thanks to the system's pervasive security cameras with facial recognition. She says police would tell her the cameras "reacted" to her -- although they often seemed not to understand why, and would let her go after a few hours.

Uber will offer Waymo robotaxi rides and deliveries in Phoenix starting later this year


Beginning later this year, Phoenix area residents and visitors will be able to hail Waymo taxis through Uber, thanks to a new "multi-year" partnership the two companies announced on Tuesday. The pact will see a "set number" of Waymo vehicles made available to Uber users for rides and deliveries. The announcement comes after Waymo recently doubled its Phoneix service area to 180 square miles. Waymo spokesperson Katherine Barna told The Verge the robotaxis the company is making available to Uber users wouldn't be exclusive to the platform. Phoenix residents can continue to turn to the Waymo One if they want an autonomous ride somewhere.

Enjoy hands-free phone calls with this $69 car adapter


TL;DR: As of May 23, get this wireless car adapter(opens in a new tab) for only $68.99 -- that's 19% off the regular sale price of $85.99. Have a love-hate relationship with your car? You might love the way it looks and drives, but hate how difficult it is to connect your phone to its entertainment system. This adapter allows you to wirelessly connect your iPhone to your car's Apple CarPlay screen(opens in a new tab). You may spend quite a bit of time in your car, whether it's for commutes to work, meeting up with friends, or road trips.

Politicians Need to Learn How AI Works--Fast


This week, US senators heard alarming testimony suggesting that unchecked AI could steal jobs, spread misinformation, and generally "go quite wrong," in the words of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman (whatever that means). He and several lawmakers agreed that the US may now need a new federal agency to oversee the development of the technology. But the hearing also saw agreement that no one wants to kneecap a technology that could potentially increase productivity and give the US a lead in a new technological revolution. Worried senators might consider talking to Missy Cummings, a onetime fighter pilot and engineering and robotics professor at George Mason University. She studies use of AI and automation in safety critical systems including cars and aircraft, and earlier this year returned to academia after a stint at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees automotive technology, including Tesla's Autopilot and self-driving cars.

SoftBank unit bringing Estonian self-driving buses to Japan

The Japan Times

A SoftBank Group affiliate has teamed up with an Estonian startup in a bid to accelerate Japan's efforts to mobilize self-driving buses in 50 locations by 2025. Tokyo-based Boldly plans to have self-driving buses operating in eight new areas in Japan this fiscal year to cater to rapidly aging communities. The diminutive, eight-seater driverless transporters will be manufactured by Estonia-based Auve Tech, Boldly said in a statement. The SoftBank-owned startup is also in discussion with government officials on potential rule changes and a budget hike for next-generation public transportation systems in the country with the world's oldest population, according to Boldly CEO Yuki Saji. The first of Auve's buses, branded MiCa, is expected to start commercial services this summer after seeking regulatory approval.

BMW debuts a zero-emission YACHT at Cannes with voice-controls and Hans Zimmer soundtrack

Daily Mail - Science & tech

But Cannes has now been taken up a notch, with BMW debuting its luxurious new yacht at the 76th annual film festival. The new'Icon' boat took the French coast by storm today as it showcased a lavish yet emission-free form of travel. Beyond its slick glass exterior lies 360 rotating seats, a voice-controlled touchscreen and numerous other high-tech features fit for royalty. Even its sound system screams movie star glamour with an exclusive soundtrack by the Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer stowed inside. BMW debuted its zero-emission'Icon' yacht at the glamorous 76th Cannes Film Festival Amid its debut, the German car firm stressed that its prism-shaped boat'encapsulates a future-facing form of luxury', with designers across Los Angeles, Munich and Shanghai having worked on it.

Man allegedly stole entire source code of Apple's self-driving project


A former Apple engineer has been charged with stealing trade secrets, specifically concerning the company's work to develop self-driving cars. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California announced(opens in a new tab) on Tuesday that software engineer Weibao Wang has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Though the case was only made public this Tuesday, the investigation into Wang began back in 2018. According to the allegations, Wang began working as a software engineer at Apple in Mar. Over two years later in Nov. 2017, he signed an employment agreement with another company that was also allegedly developing self-driving cars.