The Next Web: Larry Page’s new startup promises to bring flying cars by the end of 2017. “The future of flying cars has never looked so real. Silicon Valley startup Kitty Hawk, backed by Alphabet CEO and Google co-founder Larry Page, has finally launched today – and it promises its electric flying cars will be available to the masses by the end of the year.” How do you do this stuff and run one of the largest companies in the world at the same time? Must need a lot less sleep than I do.
Marketwired: Baidu Announces Project Apollo, Opening Up its Autonomous Driving Platform (PRESS RELEASE). “Baidu has today announced a new project named ‘Apollo’ which will provide an open, complete and reliable software platform for its partners in the automotive and autonomous driving industry to develop their own autonomous driving systems with reference vehicles and hardware platform.”
Current E: New Motorsport Image Archive Launched by Spacesuit. “Current E’s photographic partner Spacesuit Media has launched a new image archive today. Thousands of photos are available initially, with editorial use offered free of charge…. Historic material from the Spacesuit Media archives will be added to Spacesuit Collections in the near future, including photographs from every single race in the FIA Formula E series since the sport’s inception, the VBB3 electric land speed world record and the past two Le Mans 24-hour races.”
ZDNet: Google Maps now lets you pinpoint where you parked plus what’s left on the meter. “Do you ever park in a lot and return hours later only to find that you have no idea where in the labyrinth you left your vehicle? One easy solution is to use your smartphone to help remember where you parked and snap one of the signs in a lot marking the area you’re in. But it would be even easier to use a map app to mark where you’ve parked.”
CBC: Google Street View data can predict how you vote, researchers say. “Google Street View can be incredibly useful for finding your way around a new city. But a new project out of Stanford University shows that Google Street View is full of surprisingly useful demographic information, too. It may even be able to predict who you’ll vote for.”
Recode: Alphabet’s Waymo is suing Otto and Uber for allegedly stealing the design of a key self-driving system. “Waymo, formerly Google’s self-driving car unit, is suing Otto — the self-driving trucking company co-founded by former Waymo employee Anthony Levandowski and quickly acquired by Uber — for allegedly stealing the company’s proprietary design for its laser-based radar system.”
WIRED: Android Phone Hacks Could Unlock Millions of Cars. “IN THE ERA of the connected car, automakers and third-party developers compete to turn smartphones into vehicular remote controls, allowing drivers to locate, lock, and unlock their rides with a screen tap. Some apps even summon cars and trucks in Knight Rider fashion. But phones can be hacked. And when they are, those car-connected features can fall into the hands of hackers, too.”