ZDNet: Google Maps now lets you pinpoint where you parked plus what’s left on the meter

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

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

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

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.”

Engadget: Google’s self-driving cars are getting better at autonomy

Engadget: Google’s self-driving cars are getting better at autonomy. “Perhaps more than any company (with the possible exception of Tesla), Google’s autonomous driving record has been under close scrutiny. Today the company bears news that while dramatically increasing the number of miles tested, the number of times a human had to grab the wheel because something went wrong — ‘disengagement’ — actually decreased. “

New York Times: At Detroit Show, Minivan Designed by Google Offers Look at a Changing Industry

New York Times: At Detroit Show, Minivan Designed by Google Offers Look at a Changing Industry. “There are shiny new sport utility vehicles, brawny pickups and sleek sedans. But the unlikely star of the annual Detroit auto show is an odd-looking minivan capable of driving itself. The van, designed by Google, grabbed the spotlight on Sunday, the first day of press previews at the show. The vehicle’s introduction highlighted the industry’s fascination with autonomous driving vehicles, as well as the rising sway of the technology industry in the auto business.”

Hyundai and Google are Teaming Up

Hyundai and Google are teaming up. “Hyundai will team with Google to make its cars voice-operable to a limited degree via Assistant, the search giant’s virtual helper. Hyundai is showing off this tech at CES this year, which allows Hyundai vehicle owners to do things like ask Google to start their car, transfer an address to their vehicle or lock the doors.”