NZ Stuff: Scientists can now figure out neighbourhood demographics using Google Street View photos

NZ Stuff: Scientists can now figure out neighbourhood demographics using Google Street View photos. “A team of computer scientists has derived accurate, neighbourhood-level estimates of the racial, economic and political characteristics of 200 US cities using an unlikely data source – Google Street View images of people’s cars. Published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the report details how the scientists extracted 50 million photographs of street scenes captured by Google’s Street View cars in 2013 and 2014.”

The Insider Car News: VW taps Google’s quantum computers to help develop EV batteries

The Insider Car News: VW taps Google’s quantum computers to help develop EV batteries. “Volkswagen AG plans three research projects on a Google quantum computer as part of the German automaker’s push to develop new digital features for cars and broaden its technological heft beyond manufacturing and selling vehicles. The two goliaths plan to focus on three areas of research: traffic optimization, machine learning processes and the development of new materials and structures with an eye toward improved electric auto batteries. Quantum computers can solve certain highly complex tasks considerably faster than conventional supercomputers.”

TechCrunch: Facebook launches Marketplace for cars with dealers and Blue Book pricing

TechCrunch: Facebook launches Marketplace for cars with dealers and Blue Book pricing . “Buy a car through Facebook, and the social network could earn a special place in your heart. So Facebook is creating a special section of Marketplace for vehicles. You’ll now be able to use new search filters to find a ride with a specific type, maker, transmission, color, and more from both people and car dealerships like Edmunds, Cars.com, Auction123, CDK Global, and SocialDealer.”

The Verge: Alphabet’s Waymo launches public campaign to build trust in self-driving cars

The Verge: Alphabet’s Waymo launches public campaign to build trust in self-driving cars. “Waymo, the self-driving car unit spun out of Google last year, is launching a public education campaign today called ‘Let’s Talk Self-Driving’ aimed at addressing the skepticism many people have about autonomous technology. The company is teaming up with a host of safety and disability advocacy groups to promote its self-driving car pilot in Arizona, as well as raise awareness around a technology that remains inaccessible to most people.”

Reuters: China’s Baidu launches $1.5 billion autonomous driving fund

Reuters: China’s Baidu launches $1.5 billion autonomous driving fund. “Chinese search engine Baidu Inc (BIDU.O) announced a 10 billion yuan ($1.52 billion) autonomous driving fund on Thursday as part of a wider plan to speed up its technical development and compete with U.S. rivals. The ‘Apollo Fund’ will invest in 100 autonomous driving projects over the next three years, Baidu said in a statement.”

Autocar India: New SIAM database lets you check if your vehicle was recalled

Autocar India: New SIAM database lets you check if your vehicle was recalled. “The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has unveiled a new database that compiles information on voluntary manufacturer recalls in the country. … Hosted on SIAM’s website, the new database shows records of voluntary vehicle recalls by manufacturers since 2012 and includes details likemanufacturer and model names, and the manufacturing date of the recalled vehicles, along with a brief description of their respective faults.”

Autosport: Motorsport Network acquires Rainer Schlegelmilch photo archive

Autosport: Motorsport Network acquires Rainer Schlegelmilch photo archive. “Legendary German photographer Rainer W. Schlegelmilch’s remarkable photo archive of more than 600,000 historic motorsport images has been acquired by Motorsport Network – the world’s biggest motorsport media organisation. Schlegelmilch’s collection, which dates back to 1962, will be added to the extensive LAT Images archive which became part of Motorsport Network last year.”