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Google Patented A Sticky Car Hood That Traps Pedestrians Like Flies To Keep Them Safe

Google loves to brag about how its self-driving cars and their ability to save lives by being really good at not crashing into things. But crashes do still happen, and when they do, Google apparently has a backup plan: human flypaper.

Why We Don't Crash Our Cars While Daydreaming and Driving

Many of us have experienced prolonged stretches of driving where we’re seemingly oblivious to our surroundings, and we’re left dumbfounded that we didn’t get into a serious accident. A new study suggests that a specific brain function protects us from these bouts of absent-minded driving — but that it completely breaks down while texting.

Uber Is Doing Something Halfway Decent For Its New York Drivers

After angry protests and several lawsuits, Uber is finally letting its drivers have representation from a union. Uber’s 35,000 New York City-based drivers will be represented by a special arm of the International Association of Machinists (IAM). But it doesn’t mean they’re unionised, exactly.

Here's How Giant Machines Clear Roads On A Ridiculously Snowy Mountain

Mother Nature always forgets to end winter in places like Norway so it’s up to these giant snow blower tractors to clear the road. You can see how it works in the video below, the monster snow blower blasts through the layers of thick snow and carves out an open path, revealing the mountain road that was buried underneath.

Germany Will Add Self-Driving Cars To Its Railroad Network

Deutsche Bahn, the German government-owned rail system that manages efficient travel throughout the country, is planning to add autonomous vehicles to its transportation options to help passengers experience seamless door-to-door travel.

Uber: You Can Tip Your Driver But You Really Shouldn't

After settling two big lawsuits where drivers claimed Uber did not allow them to accept tips, Uber agreed to not get in the way of the practice any more. There was even speculation that Uber might start encouraging the act. Today, the on-demand ride app has answered that speculation with an unequivocal middle finger to its drivers: “Tips are not included nor are they expected on Uber.”

'Textalyser' Wants To Be A Breathalyser For Your Mobile Phone

Distracted driving is a hazard up there with drinking and driving, but presents a problem for cops: Snapchat scores can’t be determined by smelling someone’s breath. A solution proposed in draft New York legislation would solve that, using a roadside phone analyser.

Toyota's 'Guardian Angel' Would Grab The Steering Wheel From Humans To Prevent A Crash

Self-driving cars, as popularised by the likes of Google and Tesla, are meant to be transportation bubbles that operate free of any human interference. But full autonomy isn’t the only option, and Toyota is investing in a system that would use computers as an aid to human drivers, not a replacement.

Volvo Is Taking Its Self-Driving Cars To China

Volvo has big plans for its fleet of autonomous cars — and it’s about to put them through a rather big test, too. The car manufacturer has announced that it’s taking 100 cars to China, where “local drivers will test autonomous driving cars on public roads in everyday driving conditions.”

Google's Self-Driving Cars Will Explore The Desert Roads Of Arizona

Google has announced that its expanding its self-driving car tests to Phoenix, Arizona, in order to test how the cars handle high temperatures and desert dust.

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