How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car

How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car

How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car “We thought the kitchen was the most challenging acoustic environment,” says Amazon’s head of Echo products.

Trouble Brews Anew at Tesla, Plus More Car News This Week

Trouble Brews Anew at Tesla, Plus More Car News This Week

The Boston-based IT manager spends his free time salvaging wrecked EVs and says he’s following Elon Musk’s mission: “sustainability and recycling.” In less waterlogged Tesla news, Elon Musk announced that his cars will be able to drive themselves quite capably by the end of this year, including finding their driver in a parking lot and taking them wherever they’re going without human intervention.

Ajit Pai Claims His FCC Improved Broadband Access

Ajit Pai Claims His FCC Improved Broadband Access

Moreover, the majority of those gaining access to such high-speed connections, approximately 5.6 million, live in rural America, where broadband deployment has traditionally lagged." Pai's press release also says that private Internet providers have "responded to FCC reforms by deploying fiber to 5.9 million new homes in 2018, the largest number ever recorded." However, much of that may have come from a multi-year fiber deployment that AT&T began during the Obama administration.

Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least

Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least

Despite ample evidence to the contrary, Republicans said during the hearing that the Obama FCC's net neutrality regime led internet providers to decrease their investment in broadband infrastructure.

The Future of Super Bowl Ads Doesn’t Include TV—or Football

The Future of Super Bowl Ads Doesn’t Include TV—or Football

The Future of Super Bowl Ads Doesn’t Include TV—or Football From press-generating live musicals to viral tweets, brands are figuring out that they can get a lot more than 30 seconds for their money. It’s called Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical .

Sustainable Mobility for All: Changing the mindset, changing policies

Sustainable Mobility for All: Changing the mindset, changing policies

Two years in the works, the 55 Member organizations have agreed on a common vision for sustainable mobility articulated around four simple policy goals: universal access, efficiency, safety, and green mobility.

A Windshield-Mounted Cure for the Common Pothole

A Windshield-Mounted Cure for the Common Pothole

(He balances his craving for hard data by sorting roads into “jolties,” “wavies,” and “smoothies.”) Lots of tech players are looking at potholes, including HERE Technologies, which uses its mapping vehicles to track road quality, among other things.

To Prevent Wildfires, Treat Utilities Like Railroad Barons

To Prevent Wildfires, Treat Utilities Like Railroad Barons

(PG&E declined to comment for this story, pointing instead to a press release that says it will “make investments in system safety as it works with regulators, policymakers and other key stakeholders to consider a range of alternatives to provide for the safe delivery of natural gas and electric service for the long-term in an environment that continues to be challenged by climate change.”) Utilities know full well how to manage their risk.

A New Camera Turns Its Gaze to the Driver—and Everyone Else

A New Camera Turns Its Gaze to the Driver—and Everyone Else

A New Camera Turns Its Gaze to the Driver—and Everyone Else Thanks to some clever machine learning, Guardian's system recognizes when the driver takes their hands off the wheel and whether their head is pointed ahead at the road, or down at a phone, or back at the kids.

YouTube Boomers Show #VanLife Isn’t Just for Millennials

YouTube Boomers Show #VanLife Isn’t Just for Millennials

By August they had moved in, ready to strike out in the new home they’d christened “Forever Lost,” according to Guy, or “Miss Carry Van,” according to Ann. Wells showed the way, and his promises were manifold—by shacking up in a vehicle and committing to a frugal, minimal, and itinerant life, you could drop out of the rat race, make meaningful experiences, and join a tribe of like-minded individuals who’d thrown off the shackles of hollow, middle-class consumerism.

Don’t Ask When Self-Driving Cars Will Arrive—Ask Where

Don’t Ask When Self-Driving Cars Will Arrive—Ask Where

The self-driving company Voyage tests in retirement communities in California and Florida, lands of warm and unfussy weather, well-maintained roads, simple traffic patterns, and slower street speeds.

Moving toward green mobility: three countries, three different paths

Moving toward green mobility: three countries, three different paths

To illustrate this, let’s look at three countries that did take concrete measures to cut carbon emissions from transport but opted for three different options: France, Luxembourg, and Norway.

Self-Driving's Outcast Returns With a Robotruck Scheme

Self-Driving's Outcast Returns With a Robotruck Scheme

Self-Driving's Outcast Returns With a Robotruck SchemeFormer Googler and Uberista Anthony Levandowski is back on the self-driving scene with a robot truck scheme that values camera and machine learning over lidar and detailed maps.picture alliance/Getty ImagesAnthony Levandowski, the engineer whose alleged theft of trade secrets landed him in the middle of a blockbuster self-driving car legal fight, has stepped back into the spotlight with a new company.

Waymo's So-Called Robo-Taxi Launch Reveals a Brutal Truth

Waymo's So-Called Robo-Taxi Launch Reveals a Brutal Truth

“You’ve still got a fully driverless car interacting with the world, all of the other human-driven cars, pedestrians and cyclists and other things that are on the road at the same time.”The drivers are still here.

Jeep Revives the Pickup and More This Week in the Future of Cars

Jeep Revives the Pickup and More This Week in the Future of Cars

In: autonomous and electric vehicles, trucks and SUVs. Out: cars.Also in GM news: President Dan Ammann will move out west, to replace Kyle Vogt as CEO of self-driving subsidiary Cruise.

DIY Internet Access Gets a Reboot From Grassroots Co-Ops

DIY Internet Access Gets a Reboot From Grassroots Co-Ops

Area schools are handing out Chromebooks, doctors are exploring tele­medicine, and people no longer need to hoof it to a library for faster connections.In one sense, this is merely a story about how to end the rural-urban digital divide: Don’t rely on big corporations, and instead help locals band together with the kind of government grants or low-cost loans that helped bring electrification in the 1930s.

Rural Kids Face an Internet 'Homework Gap.' The FCC Could Help

Rural Kids Face an Internet 'Homework Gap.' The FCC Could Help

Rural Kids Face an Internet 'Homework Gap.' The FCC Could HelpReliable broadband is not guaranteed in southern Utah, a region of towering plateaus, sagebrush valleys and steep canyons.john lambing/AlamyBefore and after classes at Panguitch High School, a low-slung brick building nestled in the high desert of southern Utah, students find their way to Shawn Caine’s classroom.

Moving India’s railways into the future

Moving India’s railways into the future

Progress is being made on the largest railway project in India’s modern history that will increase prosperity by helping move people and goods more safely, effectively, and in an environmentally-friendly way.

Typhoon Mangkhut: Storm Slams Philippines on Landfall

Typhoon Mangkhut: Storm Slams Philippines on Landfall

Typhoon Mangkhut struck the Philippines early Saturday after thousands of people evacuated their homes to dodge the 550-mile-wide storm as it roared across the Pacific.The ferocity of the storm — with maximum sustained winds of around 120 miles per hour — in some ways eclipsed Hurricane Florence on the other side of the world, which was pummeling the Mid-Atlantic Coast of the United States with life-threatening rains and flooding.As dawn was breaking in the Philippines, there was no official word on casualties or damage.The eye of Mangkhut, known as Ompong in the Philippines, made landfall on the northeastern portion of Luzon island, the country’s rice- and corn-growing heartland, at about 1:40 a.m.[Catch up on the rest of our storm coverage.]

A road full of bottlenecks: Dutch cycle path is made of plastic waste

A road full of bottlenecks: Dutch cycle path is made of plastic waste

First path entirely made of recycled bottles, cups and packaging opens in Zwolle The world’s first plastic bicycle path made of recycled bottles, cups and packaging has opened in the Netherlands, as part of a pilot that could see similar roads open up across the country.

Bump-Canceling Bunk Beds Promise Supersmooth Bus Rides

Bump-Canceling Bunk Beds Promise Supersmooth Bus Rides

Someday, it could even be more soothing than sleeping in, say, a house.“We can isolate a passenger’s body, and input frequencies that help people relax and fall asleep” in the same way that a hammock or rocking chair can help people chill out, Currier says.Cabin used off-the-shelf components, like a cheap Raspberry Pi computer and the electric motor from a hoverboard scooter, to move the bed up and down quickly enough to cancel out the lumps and thumps in the road.

Here's How Fast That Jumping Tesla Was Traveling

Here's How Fast That Jumping Tesla Was Traveling

Boom.Now for some questions.How fast was the car traveling?Normally when I need to find the velocity of an object in a video, I just use my typical video analysis techniques in which I mark the position of the object in each frame.

From plastic to pavement: Another example of creative waste management

From plastic to pavement: Another example of creative waste management

Maybe it’s a good idea for the international community, and specifically the World Bank, to look into this as part of our work on solid waste management to see if we can help countries manage their waste and its consequences while contributing to their infrastructure development.