By Staff, Relaxnews
The Google self-driving car maneuvers through the streets of in Washington DC on May 14, 2012. (AFP PHOTO/Karen Bleier)
Self-driving cabs could be used on demand by consumers while simultaneously showcasing Google's autonomous car technology to a wider audience.
While self-driving and fully autonomous car technology is nothing new, Google's efforts in the field have been capturing headlines and the public imagination in equal measure. So much so that the technology company that started off as nothing more than an internet search engine has managed to get the laws changes in three US states to allow its autonomous cars on the highway.
However, that is just the start. According to tech blogger Jessica Lessin, Google is not only planning to develop software that carmakers can use in their next generation vehicles to aide autonomy, it also plans to take matters into its own hands and build a Google self-driving car, starting with an automated taxi fleet.
According to Lessin's sources, the decision to go it alone is a result of car makers so far being uninterested with Google's technological offerings. Not a single automaker wants to partner with Google.show more
By Jeremy Binckes, Digital First Media
One day is in the books at the U.S. Open, and already there's a strong contender for the shot of the tournament.
Witness this overhead curve that somehow bounced in for a point in Rafael Nadal's first-round win over Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.
Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Ryan Harrison during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, in New York. ((AP Photo/David Goldman))
By Krissah Thompson, The Washington Post
ANNAPOLIS, MD - AUGUST 3: Berl Bernhard, former Staff Director for the United States Commission on Civil RIghts, at his home on Aug 3, 2013 in Annapolis, MD. The Bernhard and the Commission worked with President Kennedy to pass the voting rights act and helped to promote the 1963 "March on Washington" (Photo by Michel du Cille/The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON - Eric Kulberg was an 18-year-old intern in the summer of 1963 when he asked his boss for the day off so he could attend the March on Washington.
"What are you, a n-- lover or something?" Kulberg's superior at the Department of Interior asked.
"Uh-huh. I guess so," Kulberg blurted out.
The exchange between Kulberg and his boss, who was also white, didn't sway the young man's resolve to march. After the boss told him, "Go ahead - you'll have a job when you get back," Kulberg took his Argus C3 camera and Kodachrome film to the roof of the Interior building to take photographs of the buses rolling in. Then he joined the crowd walking around the Tidal Basin toward the Lincoln Memorial, one of between 75,000 and 95,000 white people who joined the swelling, predominantly black crowd.
"Seeing everybody drinking from the same water fountain, that hit me," Kulberg recalls. "I'd never seen Jim Crow, but still it hit me at the time."
In the sweep of the day, the presence of the tens of thousands of white people joining the mass of African-Americans was mostly a passing mention, but they were essential to the strategy behind the march.
"The idea really was to say to those people in the middle, white folks in the middle, 'You have to come and support this movement. You can't sit on the fence anymore,' " remembers Rachelle Horowitz, who coordinated transportation for the March on Washington as an aide to lead organizer Bayard Rustin.
To reach those "white folks in the middle," March organizers had to ensure that their movement not be seen as solely a "Negro thing."show more