The Car Is The One Place Where Google And Apple Need Blackberry

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:30 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 3/27/14 9:35am 3/27/14 9:35am

This Google Doodle Is A Salute To Ayrton Senna

Tomorrow, March 21, should be a somber occasion for anyone who loves motorsports: it would by the late Ayrton Senna's 54th birthday had he not been tragically killed at Imola in 1994. My hat is off to Google for recognizing this with a nice Google Doodle salute. » 3/20/14 9:00am 3/20/14 9:00am

How a Hacker Intercepted FBI and Secret Service Calls With Google Maps

Earlier this week, Bryan Seely, a network engineer and one-time Marine, played me recordings of two phone calls (embedded below.) The calls were placed by unwitting citizens to the FBI office in San Francisco and to the Secret Service in Washington, D.C. Neither the callers nor the FBI or Secret Service personnel who… » 2/27/14 7:36pm 2/27/14 7:36pm

SF to Google: Get Your Dang Mystery Barge Off Our Lawn

Google's mystery barge that's been floating in San Francisco Bay since last fall? Yeah, it's gotta go because Google never secured any permits for it to be there in the first place. » 2/03/14 9:46pm 2/03/14 9:46pm

Google Is Taking Android to the Car With Audi, GM, Honda and Hyundai

Google has just announced that it's joining forces with Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia to create the Open Automotive Alliance. In other words, it's planning to take Android to the automobile. » 1/06/14 9:10am 1/06/14 9:10am

WSJ: Google and Audi Are Working on In-Car Android

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google has been working with Audi to develop in-car entertainment and information systems based on Android—and the pair plan to make an announcement at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. » 12/30/13 4:30pm 12/30/13 4:30pm

DARPA Tried to Build Skynet in the 1980s

From 1983 to 1993 DARPA spent over $1 billion on a program called the Strategic Computing Initiative. The agency's goal was to push the boundaries of computers, artificial intelligence, and robotics to build something that, in hindsight, looks strikingly similar to the dystopian future of the Terminator movies. They… » 12/18/13 3:58pm 12/18/13 3:58pm

A Closer Look at Google's New Robot Army

We learned Saturday that Google has purchased Boston Dynamics, the lab of mad scientists behind some of the most awesomely scary robots ever seen. What exactly did Google get out of the deal? An army of jaw-droppingly capable robots that can walk, run, and climb through seemingly any terrain. Let's meet the team. » 12/14/13 1:18pm 12/14/13 1:18pm

Google's Cars Now Drive Better Than You Do

Though there may be plenty of hurdles when it comes to getting self-driving cars on the road in large numbers, Google has gotten one step closer to its goal of replacing every human on Earth with machines (I think that's what "Don't Be Evil" meant). Through an analysis of reams of data, they've proven that their… » 10/26/13 11:15am 10/26/13 11:15am

Google Wants To Patent Driving Gesture Controls That Aren't Vulgar

One of the best driving gestures right now is prominently flashing your middle finger at that jackass that just cut you off. Now Google wants to patent gesture-based car controls that are actually useful and probably not vulgar. » 10/04/13 4:20pm 10/04/13 4:20pm

Google Street View Driver Rams 2 Buses, 1 Truck in Failed Hit-and-Run

It's not a good year to be a Google Street View driver—or rather, in this case, to be anywhere in the vicinity of one. In Bogor, Indonesia, one ill-fated Google Street View car got itself into a bit of trouble when the driver's failed attempt at a hit-and-run involved him ramming into two large public busses and a… » 9/13/13 11:10am 9/13/13 11:10am