GM’s Cruise pursuing permit to test its custom-built ‘Origin’ robotaxi in San Francisco

Cruise, GM’s self-driving technology subsidiary, has started the long and winding regulatory process to test its next-generation ‘Origin’ robotaxi on public roads in San Francisco. The company has applied for a permit with the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test its custom-built driverless vehicle on public roads. The news first reported by the Wall… Continue reading GM’s Cruise pursuing permit to test its custom-built ‘Origin’ robotaxi in San Francisco

Tesla secures large EV fleet order from Caltrans

Tesla has secured a large fleet order from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), which is trying to electrify its vehicle fleet. Caltrans, like other government agencies in California, is trying to electrify its entire vehicle fleet of about 1,200 vehicles by 2030. They already have 54 Toyota RAV4 Primes (PHEV), 15 Chevy Bolts, 11 Nissan Leafs, and… Continue reading Tesla secures large EV fleet order from Caltrans

Tesla senior director of engineering returns to Volvo

Tesla is losing Anders Bell, senior director of engineering in charge of vehicle interior, who will return to Volvo, which has been following Tesla’s interior design direction. Electrek first reported Tesla poaching Anders Bell from Volvo back in 2016. He was a big hire for Tesla in 2016, when the automaker wasn’t as well established;… Continue reading Tesla senior director of engineering returns to Volvo

Tesla starts selling its chargers at Best Buy amid move to make its connector standard

Tesla has started selling its charging stations at Best Buy in the US amid trying to make its charge connector the new standard in North America. Earlier this month, Tesla surprised many by announcing that it is opening its EV charge connector with the aim of making it the new standard in North America. The automaker is… Continue reading Tesla starts selling its chargers at Best Buy amid move to make its connector standard

Wednesday’s top tech news: it’s-a-me, another Mario trailer

Mario and Luigi in the new Mario movie trailer.Screenshot: The Super Mario Bros. Movie Look, I know a lot of people aren’t a fan of Chris Pratt and the Mario voice he’s doing in the upcoming Super Mario Bros. Movie, but with each new trailer, I find myself getting more interested, if not downright hopeful,… Continue reading Wednesday’s top tech news: it’s-a-me, another Mario trailer

Apple’s latest iOS 16 update includes optimizations for car crash detection

/ Some users have reported inadvertent activations while riding on rollercoasters, so maybe the updates in iOS 16.1.2 will fix those. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max both have Apple’s Crash Detection feature.Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Apple has just released iOS 16.1.2, and the company is calling out two key… Continue reading Apple’s latest iOS 16 update includes optimizations for car crash detection

Leaked Messages Show FTX Insiders Begging SBF to Step Down as Crisis Deepened

In the early days of the FTX collapse, wunderkind founder Sam Bankman-Fried was so stuck in the mud about saving the exchange that people near him were spinning their wheels trying to get him to do the right thing and step down as CEO. As the New York Times reports, a trove of leaked internal messages… Continue reading Leaked Messages Show FTX Insiders Begging SBF to Step Down as Crisis Deepened

San Francisco Cops Now Allowed to Use Robots to Kill People

“This is opening up a Pandora’s box that could change our society in a significant way.” San Francisco police have been granted permission by city supervisors to kill civilians using robots. Yes, that’s a real thing that just happened — though it sounds like an episode of “Black Mirror,” it’s an actual turn of events… Continue reading San Francisco Cops Now Allowed to Use Robots to Kill People

The World Cup Is So High Tech That They Have to Charge the Balls

Dodgy offside calls will be a thing of the past… as long as someone keeps the balls charged. Serious Balls Officiating World Cup games comes with extraordinary pressure, and over the years FIFA has been introducing new technology like video assisted refereeing (VAR) and goal-line observation tech to give referees a helping hand. Now, the… Continue reading The World Cup Is So High Tech That They Have to Charge the Balls

SBF Says His Lawyers Can “Go F*ck Themselves”

That’s one way to handle your lawyers. Four Letters In spite of — or perhaps because of — being raised by lawyers, Sam Bankman-Fried of the collapsed FTX crypto exchange seems to have a very adversarial relationship to those representing him. In a newly-released interview with vlogger Tiffany Fong, recorded on November 16 just after… Continue reading SBF Says His Lawyers Can “Go F*ck Themselves”