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.

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

“Snow ‘scavenges’ the particles in the air and brings them down,” says marine ecologist Melanie Bergmann of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, lead author of a new paper in Science Advances .

Huawei’s Latest Earnings Mask Its Trouble Outside China

Huawei’s Latest Earnings Mask Its Trouble Outside China

The second-quarter slowdown in international sales was “to be expected, because if the most powerful country in the world declares war on you, your company is going to be affected,” said Elliott Zaagman, a China tech watcher who recently visited Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters, in an interview.

How It Feels to Drive—and Crash—the First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette

How It Feels to Drive—and Crash—the First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette

I’m sitting in one of General Motors’ fanciest new toys and most helpful new tools, the high-fidelity simulator the automaker’s engineers used to create the Chevy that the motoring world has talked about for decades and that I just crashed: the first mid-engine Corvette.

A New Approach to Treat Mental Illness: Electrical Engineering

A New Approach to Treat Mental Illness: Electrical Engineering

Over the first half of the BRAIN initiative, scientists and engineers have developed technologies to discover and catalog the unique electrical properties of brain cells and to begin to reveal how they work together to generate sensations and movements.

The Most Delicious Foods Will Fall Victim to Climate Change

The Most Delicious Foods Will Fall Victim to Climate Change

She recently sat down with me at Betaworks to discuss lab-grown meat, GMOs, and why we need to really think through how technology can save our coffee from the climate crisis.

Are Facebook Ads Discriminatory? It’s Complicated

Are Facebook Ads Discriminatory? It’s Complicated

The Facebook optimization team could come up with a best guess as to the gender, race, and ethnicity of every user, and make sure that the delivery of ads within certain categories like housing and employment are unbiased.

GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul

GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul

It’s the infrastructure that will let GM compete in an industry increasingly ruled by software—and give its customers all the high-tech goodies they’ve come to expect, from high-res screens to booty-shaking safety features .Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.“It’s the brain and nervous system of the vehicle,” says Al Adams, GM’s director of electrical components and subsystems, who led its development.

How can Bhutan better prepare for earthquakes?

How can Bhutan better prepare for earthquakes?

To that end, Bhutan embarked on the $1.29 million Improving Resilience to Seismic Risk project funded by the Japan Policy and Human Resources Development (PHRD) Technical Assistance Program to Support Disaster Reduction and Recovery.

The Weather Channel Flooded Charleston to Make You Give a Damn

The Weather Channel Flooded Charleston to Make You Give a Damn

“We’re always trying to figure out a way to tell climate change in a way that resonates with people, and it’s extremely difficult,” says Nick Weinmiller, Weather Channel creative art director.

So Long, Inbox! Try These Email Apps Instead

So Long, Inbox! Try These Email Apps Instead

Its standout feature is a so-called Focused inbox that prioritizes emails it identifies as the most urgent, but it also offers little touches, like quick calendar access, a persistent response bar, and swipe gestures to dispatch with scheduling, deleting, and archiving.

3 ways to follow World Bank Group activities at the 2019 Spring Meetings

3 ways to follow World Bank Group activities at the 2019 Spring Meetings

The Spring Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an event that brings together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organizations and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.

Manufacturing Advocacy Group Says Green New Deal Could Cost Consumers $244 Billion in Replacement Costs

Manufacturing Advocacy Group Says Green New Deal Could Cost Consumers $244 Billion in Replacement Costs

On Feb. 14, its president, David Holt, issued the following statement: The Green New Deal is not a practical solution for American consumers. This segment of the population lacks the financial resources to replace the most essential appliances the Green New Deal would require.

Watching Our Weight Could Be Killing Us

Watching Our Weight Could Be Killing Us

The work of the antidiet crowd asks anyone touched by diet culture to entertain the possibility that body weight doesn’t, in itself, cause health issues.

California Could Soon Have Its Own Version of the Internet

California Could Soon Have Its Own Version of the Internet

Meanwhile, search results within the European Union can differ from those elsewhere due to its right to be forgotten law, and web publishers around the world are still grappling with the effect of the sweeping EU privacy regulations that took effect this year.A series of laws passed in California this year raise a new possibility: that individual US states will splinter off into their own versions of the internet.

Farewell, Chevy Volt: An Oral History of the Plug-In Hybrid

Farewell, Chevy Volt: An Oral History of the Plug-In Hybrid

To take a look back at the story and legacy of the Volt, we spoke with people who knew it intimately: Tony Posawatz, the high-level GM exec pulled out of the trucks division to shepherd the Volt into existence; Chelsea Sexton, who worked on the EV1 program, then started a career advocating for electric cars; John Voelcker, the journalist running Green Car Reports at the time; and Jeff U’Ren, who has had four Volts to date, and runs a Facebook group for his fellow owners.

50 Years Later, We Still Don't Grasp the Mother of All Demos

50 Years Later, We Still Don't Grasp the Mother of All Demos

He, Rulifson, and fellow Augmented Research Center engineer Bill Paxton demonstrated how the team used the hypertext system to collaborate."What we’re saying, we need a research subject group to give them these tools, put them to work with them, study them and improve them," Engelbart said during the demo.

GM's President Is Leaving Detroit to Run Its Robo-Car Biz

GM's President Is Leaving Detroit to Run Its Robo-Car Biz

That’ll be a continuous and ongoing investment.” New hires, he says, are still mostly engineers, and will be “for the foreseeable future.”Still, it’s time to think about the next phase of the business, one that benefits from a different sort of leadership, and Ammann has played a central role in GM’s revival over the past decade.

GM's Job Cuts Are Another Sign of a Future With Fewer Cars

GM's Job Cuts Are Another Sign of a Future With Fewer Cars

The automaker showed off a crossover EV, the Buick Velite 6, at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, and said it plans to start selling the vehicle in China next year.

GM Breaks with Trump Administration in Call for National Electric Car Mandate

GM Breaks with Trump Administration in Call for National Electric Car Mandate

(IW 500/4) plans to propose that federal regulators embrace a nationwide electric-car sales program starting in 2021, patterned on California’s so-called zero emission vehicle sales mandate that requires manufacturers to sell more EVs each year.