It’s a headline that someone wouldn’t bat an eye at, at this point, if it weren’t for the location that it’s all happening. Out West, autonomous vehicle tests are noteworthy, of course, but they’re nothing new. However, up and down the East Coast, you’d be hard pressed to find any major tech company, or car manufacturer for that matter, testing out driverless cars.
General Motors will change that script starting next year.
Through the company’s Cruise Automation arm, it’ll open up the first robotic car fleet in Manhattan in 2018. In a joint statement last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that GM and Cruise were the first to apply to conduct “sustained testing of self-driving cars in the state,” which recently modified its vehicle regulations to allow for autonomous vehicles. Through its Cuise program, GM will deploy a fleet of self-driving cars within a geo-fenced area of Manhattan.
The New York DMV and State Police will participate in the program to ensure that Cruise and GM meet “relevant safety, vehicle, and insurance requirements.”
"Testing in New York will accelerate the timeline to deploying self-driving cars at scale,” Kyle Vogt, CEO of Cruise Automation, said in the statement. “New York City is one of the most densely populated places in the world and provides new opportunities to expose our software to unusual situations, which means we can improve our software at a much faster rate. We look forward to working with Governor Cuomo as we work toward bringing next-generation transportation solutions to New York."
When you love fidget spinners so much you turn your phone into one pic.twitter.com/sZEPzgHx93
— Mashable (@mashable) October 22, 2017
The fidget spinner no chill. Just when you think the little spinning gadget will fade into fad lore, some new take on the thing brings it back into the attention of tech media and hip teens everywhere.
This time around you can thank Ring Spinner, the company responsible for creating a smartphone accessory that can turn your device into a spinning distraction. And there’s even an app involved to make for some funky spinning screen displays.
What’s cool about the Ring Spinner, though, is that it does serve a legitimate purpose for the smartphone as an accessory. We’ve seen cases with these rings, and what they do is allow the user to hold their phone without having to grip the device, giving your thumb a wider range of access to larger-screened phones. Additionally, the ring folds out to act as a kickstand for handsfree viewing at comfortable angles.
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