Google’s self-driving car now understands cyclist’s arm gestures, will slow down for construction zones
By now, Google’s self-driving car is a whiz at navigating through light traffic on open highways, but it’s new trick is even more useful in the real world— navigating the complex world of city traffic. The cars can now understand cyclist’s arm gestures, will slow down for construction zones and is aware of pedestrians in front as well as behind the car. Fancy.
Most car recalls are for straightforward mechanical issues, but if you’ve got a Mazda 6 and you’ve been wondering why your car is infected with spiders, it’s not where you park— there’a slight defect in some Mazdas that allows a certain type of gasoline loving spider into the car so they can get their little rocks off huffing your fuel and jamming up your lines.
Last year, Apple announced iOS for cars, and this week, they unveiled more details on the system, now called CarPlay. It’s a highly simplified version of iOS with things like Messages, Maps and music controlled in large part by Siri. The OS doesn’t completely take over a car’s info screen, but works in tandem with auto manyfacturer’s own information system. Have your texts or emails read aloud, find music, get directions and navigate through third party apps like Spotify with your voice.
The small flying camera emerges out of the roof and, in automatic mode, hovers above the car offering a bird’s-eye-view of your surroundings, while displaying the images on the all-electric CUV’s touchscreen. In manual mode, Renault claims you can control the drone from within the car, making it perfect for checking out hot girls jogging without having to crane your neck around.
Smart communication between cars isn’t just a novel concept that may or may not happen sometimes in the next decade— if the US Department of Transportation gets their way, requiring cars to talk to each other will be law by 2017. The idea is that by requiring all cars to be able to communicate with each other, it will prevent accidents and save lives by having your car be an extra set of eyes to see hazards you might miss.
These days, your choice of new American muscle cars is pretty much limited to the companies like Ford and Chevy that have been doing it forever. But Equus, based out of suburban Detroit, thought they could do better, by bringing modern technology and European-style hand crafted beauty to muscle cars with the Equus Bass770, a 640hp fastback that’s every inch an homage to late 60s and 70s American muscle car beauty. And sexy bitch will only set you back a quarter of a million dollars.
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