Waymo is rolling out amenities to entice riders to use its self-driving taxis, creating a potential route to profitability in a money-losing industry. The Alphabet Inc subsidiary is testing complimentary Wi-Fi in its robotaxis in greater Phoenix, where hundreds of the company's identical, driverless minivans have been carrying paying riders since December. In late April, Waymo launched ad-free music streaming for passengers through Google Play Music, its parent company's answer to Spotify and Apple Music. Waymo also has appealed to families with non-tech perks: It has installed a child car seat in every minivan and ensures vehicles arrive cooled to a precise 72 degrees in Arizona's desert heat. The aim is persuading passengers that the company's ride service, dubbed Waymo One, is less stressful than driving their own cars or riding with its rivals. Scroll down for video The Alphabet Inc subsidiary is testing complimentary Wi-Fi in its robotaxis in greater Phoenix, … [Read more...] about Waymo adds Wi-Fi to its driverless taxis in Phoenix months after rolling out ad-free streaming for riders in bid against Uber and Lyft
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UBER is planning to start recording your chats in its cabs as a way to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers. The feature is launching in December in Mexico and Brazil with plans to bring it to the United States at a later date. It will allow riders to opt in to record all or select Uber trips to help protect people against violent or aggressive conduct. The move comes in the wake of several high-profile incidents that have seen Uber passengers and drivers allegedly attacked during rides. Uber's plans were first reported by the Washington Post based on leaked emails and later confirmed by Uber itself. It's not clear if the project will make its way to the UK. Uber generally tests features in the US before shifting them across the Atlantic.Recordings will be stored on the rider or drivers phone and encrypted to protect privacy, and users will not be able to listen to them. They can later share a recording with Uber, which will have an encryption key, if they want to report a … [Read more...] about Uber will start recording your conversations in taxi journeys
Driverless trucks will be safer and cheaper than their human-controlled counterparts, but that doesn’t mean America’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers are giving up to the machines without a fight. Across the US, truckers collectively haul more than 10bn tons of freight each year, but it’s a tough job – the hours are long and lonely, the pay is low and the lifestyle is sedentary. In many ways it’s a job ripe for disruption; robots v truckers. “Picture the taxi drivers around the world acting in response to Uber,” says Andy Stern, the former former president of the Service Employees International Union, referring to protests and violence that erupted in many cities as the $62.5bn Silicon Valley on-demand ride-hailing firm challenged conventional, regulated taxis. “Truck drivers will follow a similar pattern,” says Stern. “There will be disruption in different places. You can imagine people ringing state capitals with … [Read more...] about Self-driving trucks: what’s the future for America’s 3.5 million truckers?
Huawei is navigating towards the release of a self-driving car within two years, according to the firm's head strategist. To be developed in collaboration with car manufacturers Audi and Toyota, the plans bring Huawei up against Google and Uber in the emerging self-driving market. The Chinese technology firm is providing the car makers and two other Chinese firms, Beijing New Energy Automobile and Changan Automobile, with AI software. Should all go to plan, the cars will be released in China in the first instance, with an international roll-out to follow at a later date. Scroll down for video Chinese technology firm Huawei is navigating towards the release of a self-driving car within two years, according to the firm's head strategist. To be developed in collaboration with car manufacturers Audi and Toyota According to the Financial Times, Huawei has plans to launch a self-driving car as soon as 2021. The technology firm is collaborating with both Audi and Toyota to … [Read more...] about Huawei is developing a self-driving car to launch as early as 2021 with car manufacturers Audi and Toyota in a move away from smartphones
The year 2016 was supposed to be when the tech bubble finally burst. Instead the world blew up. Amid Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and the increasingly catastrophic consequences of climate change, the dominance of a handful of technology companies over society became increasingly obvious – from Facebook’s troubling impact on democracy to Elon Musk’s plan to colonize a new planet before we destroy this one. Still, if there’s one thing we can learn from this year in technology, it’s that no matter how bad things get, someone in Silicon Valley will make money off it. Here’s our list of tech’s biggest winners and losers of 2016: Winners Facebook There’s no arguing with world domination. The social network continued its relentless campaign to swallow the internet whole, racking up almost $6bn in profit in the first three quarters of the year and soaring to 1.79 billion monthly active users. With its “walled garden” … [Read more...] about The tech winners and losers of 2016 (hint: Facebook – and Facebook)