AI Comes to Car Repair, and Body Shop Owners Aren’t Happy

AI Comes to Car Repair, and Body Shop Owners Aren’t Happy

From his perspective, appraisers and claims adjusters, paid by insurance companies, generally want to pay less for repairs than he thinks his shop deserves.“I'd say 99.9 percent of the estimates are incorrect,” says Jeff McDowell, who owns Leslie's Auto Body in Fords, New Jersey.

The Rumored Apple Car Is Bad News for Elon

The Rumored Apple Car Is Bad News for Elon

A few years ago, the company reportedly pulled back on an effort to develop an autonomous vehicle, but multiple sources are now reporting that Apple has put the project back in gear.

How Cyberpunk 2077 Sold a Promise—and Rigged the System

How Cyberpunk 2077 Sold a Promise—and Rigged the System

CD Projekt Red is a game developer, but it’s also an expectation machine.8 years of hype to launch what looks like an Early Access game.” It was not the game of the future; playing it on PC made me so nauseous that I had to Google frame rate hotfixes.

Dolly Parton Thinks Her New Album Title Is ‘Corny’

Dolly Parton Thinks Her New Album Title Is ‘Corny’

In the latest WIRED Autocomplete Interview, she took on a few of them, providing insight on everything from her songwriting process to her role as Miley Cyrus' fairy godmother.And, in other Parton news, she thinks the title of her new album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, is a little hokey.

California Plans to Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

California Plans to Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

Here's everything you need to know about what humans can do to stop wrecking the planet.“This is really significant, because it sends a clear signal about where California is going in terms of its vehicle fleet,” says Ethan Elkind, who directs the climate program at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley.

Epic Games' New Unreal Engine 5 Looks Pretty Incredible

Epic Games' New Unreal Engine 5 Looks Pretty Incredible

This week we've got updates on Mafia, Grand Theft Auto V, and the Unreal Engine.Grand Theft Auto V Is Free and It Nearly Broke the Epic Games Store.

Sleeker Lidar Moves Volvo Closer to Selling a Self-Driving Car

Sleeker Lidar Moves Volvo Closer to Selling a Self-Driving Car

Now it’s once again in the vanguard, announcing Wednesday that it will be the first automaker to use a lidar laser vision system to enable what it calls “fully autonomous highway driving” in its cars, starting in 2022.That news is the result of a deal with Luminar , the eight-year-old lidar company helmed by 25-year-old Austin Russell.

As Workers Spread Out to Halt the Virus, Robots Fill the Gaps

As Workers Spread Out to Halt the Virus, Robots Fill the Gaps

Robots at Japan's PalTac pick items from bins to assemble orders.Fetch is working with a large US ecommerce company to reprogram its robots to adapt to staggered shifts with fewer workers to allow for social distancing.

The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Crisis That Robots Were Built For

The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Crisis That Robots Were Built For

Still, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more sensitive interaction between humans than the doctor-patient relationship, and this has remained a thorny problem in hospital robotics.How well a robot can tackle a health worker’s task depends, in some measure, on whether it’s replacing that human interaction, or simply channeling it.

US Coronavirus Prep, a Fatal Tesla Crash Ruling, and More News

US Coronavirus Prep, a Fatal Tesla Crash Ruling, and More News

The NTSB found that the automaker bears some responsibility for the crash and should restrict the use of its Autopilot feature and better detect when drivers are paying attention; however, the agency also criticized the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s hands-off approach to regulating new vehicle technologies like Autopilot, saying that it had overlooked risks of advanced driver-assistance features.

A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash

A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash

The NTSB also asked the NHTSA to work with industry to create performance standards for driver assistance features, which critics say can lure humans into a sense of complacency even though they’re not intended to take over the driving task.

YouTube Gaming's Most-Watched Videos Are Dominated by Scams and Cheats

YouTube Gaming's Most-Watched Videos Are Dominated by Scams and Cheats

A chat box alongside the video displays frustrated messages: “I still haven’t got the money,” or “I did all the steps.” The stream, which often sits atop YouTube Gaming’s directory, remained live last weekend for over 21 hours, during which it was viewed over 1.1 million times.

How to Enable Dark Mode on All Your Apps and Devices

How to Enable Dark Mode on All Your Apps and Devices

As on macOS, there are three options to pick from: You can choose between the Light and Dark options, or turn the Automatic toggle switch on to have the setting shift based on the time of day.

Tesla Has Found a Use for Lasers—Cleaning Glass

Tesla Has Found a Use for Lasers—Cleaning Glass

Sign up here !While windshield wipers may do the job for most people, Tesla’s patent application notes that the process of scrubbing away grime and letting the glass dry results in “unproductive time,” and that the chemicals in wiper fluid could damage a camera’s electronics.

The Failure of Uber's Self-Driving Car, Polestar's Debut, and More Car News This Week

The Failure of Uber's Self-Driving Car, Polestar's Debut, and More Car News This Week

But this week, when the National Transportation Safety Board released more than 40 documents related to the 2018 crash in which a self-driving Uber killed a pedestrian, it quickly became apparent that the term “mistake” might be generous.

Here’s How to Watch the WIRED25 Summit Live

Here’s How to Watch the WIRED25 Summit Live

Today, WIRED25 returns to San Francisco for two days packed with forward-thinking talks and activities by some of the world’s most innovative and influential people .We’ll have climate activists and CEOs, actors and authors, scientists and engineers—plus a guy who can teach you to make the world's best paper airplane.

Andrew Yang Is Not Full of Shit

Andrew Yang Is Not Full of Shit

It’s 7 pm on a Monday night in October , and Andrew Yang, the most idiosyncratic of presidential candidates , is about to storm a stage in Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park.If Yang is the candidate of Silicon Valley, he’s the one driving a Humvee up the wrong side of the 101.

Ford Is Bringing Huge Screens—and Live Updates—to Its Cars

Ford Is Bringing Huge Screens—and Live Updates—to Its Cars

The bigger screens will allow Ford to show multiple applications (like navigation, phone, and radio) simultaneously, and to automatically configure their arrangement based on which the driver uses most frequently.The new screens will run Sync 4 and offer enough real estate to comfortably display multiple applications, configured to the user's liking.

GM's Search for In-Car Tech Lands on Google

GM's Search for In-Car Tech Lands on Google

Sign up here !Android Auto and Apple Carplay, which let drivers project their phone’s interface onto the center screen, are each available in more than 400 car models globally; many offer both systems.

Why American Workers Need to Be Protected From Automation

Why American Workers Need to Be Protected From Automation

Secondly, by taking the revenues created by closing the automation loophole and the “robot tax” and investing them in new programs, it would facilitate the next generation of jobs—good-paying union jobs in green energy, early childhood education, home health care, and the like.

Feds Say Tesla Autopilot Is Partly to Blame for a 2018 Crash

Feds Say Tesla Autopilot Is Partly to Blame for a 2018 Crash

The panel asked automakers to “develop applications to more effectively sense the driver’s level of engagement and alert the driver when engagement is lacking” when using “automated vehicle control systems.” Tesla has changed how Autopilot works, requiring drivers to put pressure on the wheel more frequently while the feature is engaged.

With the Taycan, Porsche Launches Into the Electric Future

With the Taycan, Porsche Launches Into the Electric Future

“It's faster, it's smoother, and the performance is better,” Albers says.The Taycan will feel more nimble and agile than Porsche’s other sports sedan, the Panamera, Albers says.“The torque is there, and it can be distributed within milliseconds,” Albers says.

Trump Lashes Out After Automakers Agree to California's Standards

Trump Lashes Out After Automakers Agree to California's Standards

That deal represents the most clear-cut example of auto industry unease with the Trump administration’s August 2018 proposal to dramatically ease fuel economy and vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards drafted by the Obama administration, which sought to boost average fuel efficiency to roughly 50 miles per gallon by 2025.

A Remote-Start App Exposed Thousands of Cars to Hackers

A Remote-Start App Exposed Thousands of Cars to Hackers

Based on a scan of MyCar's exposed database—and Jmaxxz says he was careful not to access anyone else's private data—he estimates that there were roughly 60,000 cars left open to theft by those security bugs, with enough exposed data for a hacker to even choose the make and model of the car they wanted to steal.

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Or that after breaking up with self-driving developer Aurora earlier this year, Volkswagen on Friday invested $2.6 billion in Argo AI , with plans to use its tech to launch an autonomous service (likely meaning robo-taxis or trucking, somewhere, sometime).

Ford and VW Hitch Their Self-Driving Efforts Together

Ford and VW Hitch Their Self-Driving Efforts Together

Volkswagen is investing $2.6 billion in Argo AI, the self-driving-car developer leading Ford’s effort to deploy an autonomous taxi service. Along with boosting VW’s robotic efforts, the deal extends the automakers’ nascent alliance, which includes jointly developing conventional vehicles, to the coming world of self-driving cars.

Audi Recalls Some E-Tron SUVs Over a Battery Issue

Audi Recalls Some E-Tron SUVs Over a Battery Issue

Audi has voluntarily recalled some of its first electric vehicles, over battery issues that could cause fires, though none have yet been reported. The E-tron system monitors the battery for moisture, and Audi says a yellow battery warning light should appear if the vehicle’s sensors find something has gone wrong inside.

Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One

Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One

Across the field from the human workers distributing packages to the drives, a prototype robotic arm, named Robin, sits at the end of a conveyor belt. Amazon runs simulations to figure out how to keep their human workers comfortable when loading robots with packages.

Don’t Overestimate the ‘Semi’ in Semiautonomous Cars

Don’t Overestimate the ‘Semi’ in Semiautonomous Cars

Features like Tesla Autopilot count as Level 2 (out of five) on SAE’s scale of automation features, meaning the car works the steering wheel and pedals, but the driver must actively monitor the system and remain ready to retake control.

Another Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash and More Car News This Week

Another Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash and More Car News This Week

In March, on a Florida highway, the 50-year-old driver of a Tesla Model 3 turned on his car’s Autopilot feature and then took his hands off the wheel for eight seconds, according to an NTSB report released this week .