Transportation

Microsoft’s autonomous gliders seek out thermal updrafts to stay aloft

 Microsoft wants to build autonomous tech for aircraft that require little to no power to fly. It just completed tests in the Nevada desert of gliders equipped with self-guidance systems that help them track regions of rising hot air and predict their movement, with the aim of staying up in the air for as long as possible. These tests showed that Microsoft’s system for riding the wind holds… Read More

Google’s Lunar Xprize competition tweaks victory deadline, adds prizes

 Google’s Lunar Xprize competition, which seeks to reward privately funded missions to the Moon, is adding some incentive for participants, and tweaking the deadline to give teams a bit more time. Eligibility for the top prize now includes only the caveat that they must complete their mission by March 31, 2018 – gone is the requirement that they launch their Moon landing craft… Read More

Google’s Lunar Xprize competition tweaks victory deadline, adds prizes

 Google’s Lunar Xprize competition, which seeks to reward privately funded missions to the Moon, is adding some incentive for participants, and tweaking the deadline to give teams a bit more time. Eligibility for the top prize now includes only the caveat that they must complete their mission by March 31, 2018 – gone is the requirement that they launch their Moon landing craft… Read More

Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye in developing self-driving platform

 The joint effort by Mobileye, Intel and BMW to develop an autonomous driving platform that can be used by other automakers has a new partner: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). FCA and the group signed a memorandum of understanding to work together, which opens the door for FCA to contribute to the progress the team has already made. Already, BMW, Intel and Mobileye (which Intel subsequently… Read More

Uber’s head of developer product leaves citing Kalanick’s ouster

 Without the heavyweight backing for the platform from former CEO Travis Kalanick, Uber’s head of developer product Chris Saad is leaving the company. It’s unclear where the platform will rank in Uber’s revised priorities as it tries to right the ship, and so he tells me he is moving on to a company where working with outside developers is a central focus. Saad stressed… Read More

Uber agrees to 20 years of privacy audits to settle FTC data mishandling probe

 The legacy of Travis Kalanick’s fast and loose management style at Uber continues to serve up fresh embarrassments for the embattled, still CEO-less company. Read More

Uber agrees to 20 years of privacy audits to settle FTC data mishandling probe

 The legacy of Travis Kalanick’s fast and loose management style at Uber continues to serve up fresh embarrassments for the embattled, still CEO-less company. Read More

Uber debuts new Uber for Business with custom travel programs and rules

 Uber is introducing a major revamp of their Uber for Business platform today, the first significant update they’ve done since the enterprise tool’s introduction. The new Uber for Business incorporates a lot of user feedback to provide easy setting of rules to ensure travel policy is followed, as well as group-based access levels and custom program creation. Previously, a lot of… Read More

The new DeLorean is all about flying cars

 The DeLorean name is iconic thanks largely to Back to the Future, in which one of the original automaker’s cars was turned into a time machine by ‘Doc’ Emmett Brown. Now, the original DeLorean founder’s nephew is working on making flying cars a reality, with his own aerospace company. Paul DeLorean’s DeLorean aerospace isn’t actually aiming to exactly… Read More

Watch SpaceX’s CRS-12 Dragon resupply rocket launch live right here

 SpaceX is launching a Dragon spacecraft using a Falcon 9 rocket on Monday, with a launch window set for 12:31 PM EDT (9:31 PM PDT). The mission is CRS-12, the twelfth commercial resupply mission conducted by SpaceX, which is set to deliver a payload of over 6,400 pounds of supplies and experimental support materials to the International Space Station. The launch’s payload includes a… Read More