Waymo wants Driver to be usable in any sort of vehicle, Zoox says its vehicle is “truly revolutionary”…like the iPhone.

The hype surrounding self-driving cars plateaued in 2020, as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic halted most public driverless testing. The dour mood gave way to almost everyone apart from Tesla retreating from the ambitious projections of 2015, with several projects delayed and Uber abandoning ship.

Google’s self-driving car division, Waymo, has also made a few adjustments to its aims over the past few years. What originally appeared to be Google going for the full-stack — hardware, software and services — has now narrowed to simply the software, or the Driver, as Waymo calls it.

Waymo has signed deals with…

All three banks have established a foothold in the UK, but none have ever recorded a profit. Once the funding dries up, which will survive?

All three banks share a lot of similarities: they generate revenue mostly from interchange, focus on app over web, have no physical branches and do not offer first-party mortgages, credit or extensive insurance programs.

However, the differences between them are starting to emerge, as each attempts to find new revenue models and users.

For Revolut, the last few years have been about expansion into new types of finance, like investment and cryptocurrency. …

The self-driving vehicle holds a commanding lead on its rivals—but perhaps not for long.

Waymo is ahead of the self-driving pack in almost every metric. Its autonomous driving system is the most sophisticated and valuable, and it has led the industry ever since it started in 2009.

So, is it possible Waymo will not be the Facebook/Amazon/Uber of its category?

The self-driving market is still emerging, in the sense that nobody is able to buy these vehicles and hardly anyone is able to ride in them. To most people, the thought of being in a driverless vehicle scares them; they wouldn’t take a ride even if it was free.

That minuscule deployment, with an…

Alphabet’s self-driving division was the first out of the gate in 2010 and has retained pole position ever since.

If there’s one statement the entire self-driving industry can agree on (save perhaps Elon Musk), it’s that Waymo is leading the race.

Alphabet’s subsidiary, which began life as one of Google X’s first secretive projects, has always held a commanding lead over rivals.

In the days before automotive interest, Google’s advantage stemmed from being the only major company working on an autonomous vehicle. Before Google, almost all funding and projects were provided by the U.S. military.

Google scooped up a few of the engineers who had worked on projects for the military, specifically those involved in DARPA’s 2005 Grand Challenge

What’s more likely, transhumanism or light-speed travel?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, the crew finds three people from the 21st century cryogenically frozen, and brings them back to life. Picard and Data recall that cryogenics were a fad of the time, and that people in the 24th century no longer have any desire to live longer or forever.

Although the episode attempts to show how advanced the human race has become, it also makes little to no sense. …

The launch of new TV streaming services will not lead to higher levels of media consumption, regardless of the aspirations of these newly formed platforms.

Technology executives seem to be under the impression that because we spend a lot of time watching TV, we’ll be more than happy to subscribe to another platform to consume even more.

However, I would consider most people’s thoughts on more streaming options to be far less enthusiastic. The fragmentation we’re beginning to see, with the launch of HBO Max, Peacock, Britbox (in the UK) and Discovery/BBC (in the US), is leading people to question why they’re paying for channels they barely watch…sound familiar?

At least with the aforementioned services, they have a large catalog to entice people in. I’m…

Blizzard has been the king of online PC gaming for years, but thanks to largely self-imposed wounds, it could be unseated by Riot Games

Ever since Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft established themselves as leaders in their respective genres, Blizzard Entertainment has held a captive audience of millions, who devote endless hours to their titles.

World of Warcraft, with its many, many expansions, is one of the highest grossing PC games of all time. Starcraft and Starcraft 2 were, for a time, the most popular esports.

Blizzard isn’t the quickest studio when it comes to releasing new games, preferring instead to add expansions to older titles. …

In 2015, companies said self-driving cars would be “road ready” by 2020. Clearly, we are still a few years away, and we haven’t even settled on how these cars should operate.

A Medium post by Stefan Seltz-Axmacher, the founder of self-driving truck startup Starsky Robotics, provided yet another nail in the temporary coffin for autonomous vehicles. In it, Axmacher documented various issues that led to him to close Starsky in March and said we are still another decade away from a real-world self-driving car.

Axmacher is certainly on trend — we’ve seen a substantial decrease in self-driving investment over the past two years — but there are still reasons to be optimistic.

There are two major hurdles to surpass:

  1. AI sophistication: In Axmacher’s post, he said artificial intelligence self-driving vehicles use…

  1. Permanent Flash: Flash is used by 95 percent of all champions. It is, for many, the only spell that cannot be subbed. If flash were available to everyone (similar to recall), it would create more summoner variables.
  2. Trinket upgrades: Players should be able to upgrade their warding tool at Level 9. This could include more slots for yellow wards, lower cooldown for red scanner, and further range for blue trinket.
  3. Alcove monster camp: A monster camp set inside the alcove would provide Top and Bottom laners with a neutral to fight over.
  4. Health-well: If a player is being shoved or…

The failure of the Toronto Quayside project makes you wonder if Alphabet is the right vessel for urban city improvements.

The announcement by Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff that it will no longer pursue the Toronto Quayside project ends a three-year battle by Alphabet’s urban innovation subsidiary against the citizens of Toronto.

In the goodbye post, Doctoroff keenly avoids mentioning any tension between residents and Sidewalk, placing the blame firmly on the coronavirus pandemic and Toronto’s real estate market.

However, as several reporters have mentioned, Sidewalk’s flagship project had essentially come to a standstill. …


Analyst at Business of Apps. Previously RT Insights, Digital Trends, ReadWrite. Studied journalism at Lincoln uni, currently pursuing a Masters at Leeds uni.

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