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.”

Ubergizmo: Microsoft And Baidu Are Working On Self-Driving Cars

Ubergizmo: Microsoft And Baidu Are Working On Self-Driving Cars. “Baidu, often referred to as the Google of China, has been working on its own self-driving car technology and it has now teamed up with one of the biggest tech companies on the planet to further advance the futuristic technology. While Microsoft has long worked with car manufacturers on software for connected cars, this appears to be the first instance of the company venturing into the self-driving car turf.”

New-to-Me: A Digital Archive of “Micro Machines” Toy Cars

New-to-me: a digital archive of Micro Machines toy cars. “Micro Machines collector Tim Smith has turned his obsession with the 80s miniature toy cars into an online showroom for the enjoyment of other fans and collectors. The labour of love, called Micro But Many, is based on Smith’s own collection of some 1,000-plus Micro Machines toys, with each one lovingly photographed to show off their intricate detailing.”

Formula One Teaming Up With Snapchat

Formula One racing and Snapchat are teaming up. “Formula 1 continues to develop its social media network, announcing a new global partnership with video-sharing platform Snapchat. The deal will debut at this weekend’s British Grand Prix and will result in coverage on Snapchat’s breaking news and curated platform Discover, using the ‘Our Stories’ content type.”