Lyft launches self-driving cars on the Las Vegas strip

May 4, 2018 by  
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For the first time ever, after you’re done partying on the strip, you’ll be able to hail an autonomous ride with Lyft. The ride sharing company is bringing thirty self-driving cars to the streets of Las Vegas in partnership with developer Aptiv . The new initiative will offer the public the option of hailing a self-driving car using Lyft’s app. For those concerned about the interaction between robot and human drivers, trials show that the Aptiv-designed vehicles are more than capable of maneuvering the often chaotic traffic of Las Vegas. This move follows Lyft’s test run of its self-driving cars at the Computer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year, which was limited to a relatively small number of people. Lyft’s Vegas self-driving fleet will most likely consist of Aptiv-augmented BMWs that use nine LiDARs , 10 radars, a trifocal camera, vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, and advanced GPS to safely navigate the roads. However, the vehicles will be limited to specific routes on which they may drive, at least initially. Each vehicle will also be operated by highly-trained safety drivers. More testing and data collection is needed before Lyft, or any other company, can operate a fully functional self-driving vehicle system on public roads. Related: Waymo adds 20,000 Jaguar electric SUVs to its self-driving car service Aptiv and Lyft have agreed to a multiyear collaboration, which both companies agree is a major step forward for their businesses. “With Aptiv’s autonomous driving technology deployed throughout Las Vegas and broadly accessible through the Lyft app, a wide range of consumers will be able to share the experience of autonomous vehicles in a complex urban environment,” said Aptiv president and CEO Kevin Clark in a statement . “More importantly, the resulting knowledge and data will allow us to further refine our autonomous driving capabilities and strengthen our portfolio of industry-leading active safety solutions.” Via Engadget Images via Lyft and John F. Martin /Aptiv

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This breathtaking Tulum art gallery was created by Peggy Guggenheim’s great-grandson

May 4, 2018 by  
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Much like the Guggenheim Museums around the world, a new art gallery founded by the great-grandson of Peggy Guggenheim is a true architectural showstopper. Santiago Rumney Guggenheim commissioned designer Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel to create IK LAB , a stunning arts gallery that opened late last month in Tulum, Mexico. Topped with a curved timber canopy, the nature-inspired space is located within the eco-friendly Azulik resort. Upon entering, visitors are asked to slip off their shoes and “to interact with the floor as a living organism,” made from woven jungle vines that seamlessly flow into walls and ceilings made with smooth curved concrete and locally sourced wood. No trees were cut in the process of building and the organic structure is lifted off the ground to minimize site impact. Natural light filters into the building through spaced-out timber elements and large openings in the walls reinforced by transparent fiberglass . In addition to framed views of the jungle outside, plants grow inside the art gallery as well. Related: World’s first porcelain courtyard opens at London’s V&A Museum “This majestic space redefines the traditional white-cube, gallery-visiting experience, instead fortifying the organic relationship between art and its physical surroundings,” IK LAB said in a statement. The inaugural exhibition, curated by Santiago R. Guggenheim, is titled “Alignments.” It features works by Tatiana Trouvé, Artur Lescher and Margo Trushina. + IK LAB Via Dezeen Images by Fernando Artigas

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Ford’s self-driving Fusion Hybrid to hit the streets of California next year

December 16, 2015 by  
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Last week Ford announced plans to pour billions of dollars into electric vehicles by the year 2020, and yesterday the automaker revealed its vision for driverless cars . During a press event at Ford’s Silicon Valley Research & Innovation Center , CEO Mark Fields pinned a California license plate on the company’s self-driving Fusion Hybrid and announced that trials for the vehicle will begin next year. Read the rest of Ford’s self-driving Fusion Hybrid to hit the streets of California next year

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Beautiful ergonomic stools feature a bike saddle-inspired seat

December 16, 2015 by  
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Turin-based design firm Bibi studio designed the Sella / Sellino, a beautiful and minimalist stool crafted from birch plywood . Winner of a 2015 A’design Award , the lightweight stool features a flat seat in the shape of a bike saddle. The structure uses interlocking elements for easy assembly. + Bibi studio The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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The MOVA Cube solar-powered globe brings the Earth into your home

December 16, 2015 by  
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For all you Earth lovers out there, you can bring the serenity of the planet into your home with the MOVA Cube. The newest addition to MOVA International’s line of solar-powered decor products, the MOVA Cube uses their proven motion technology to recreate the motion of the Earth in space. The MOVA Cube contains a globe rotating on its own while floating perfectly centered inside a cube. Advanced solar cells hidden inside the globe and the Earth’s magnetic field provide torque for the globe to turn continuously and silently on its own, while a mixture of optical fluids create the mesmerizing floating effect. Built to last, the sustainable design requires no batteries or wires. Simply place the cube in ambient light and it comes to life to add a soothing kinetic ambiance to any room. The MOVA Cube represents a future of eco-friendly homes where things can act without any apparent force and people can enjoy home decor without energy and product waste. Its eco-conscious design and innovative twist on home decor make it stand out from any other item on the market. + MOVA The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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The Tesla Model S can now drive, park and brake without relying on a human driver

October 15, 2015 by  
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Tesla is finally rolling out the long-awaited “self-driving” update for the Model S software today (15 October), giving the electric vehicles the ability to drive, park, and brake without relying on a human driver. It’ll probably be best if you don’t hop into the backseat just yet, though, since Tesla’s self-driving feature is still intended to assist the driver, rather than take over the car’s operations completely. CEO Elon Musk  promises this is just the first of many self-driving updates that will give Tesla cars expanded capabilities in the coming months and years. Read the rest of The Tesla Model S can now drive, park and brake without relying on a human driver

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Can Ford’s new Palo Alto research center make self-driving cars accessible to everyone?

January 26, 2015 by  
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It looks like  Ford is making a big leap into the autonomous vehicle game, as the automaker recently announced the opening of its new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California. The center will employ a total of 125 researchers, engineers, and scientists, all of whom will be working to help Ford accelerate its development of technologies and experiments in connectivity, mobility and autonomous vehicles. Ford’s goal? To make autonomous cars accessible to everyone – not just luxury vehicle owners. Read the rest of Can Ford’s new Palo Alto research center make self-driving cars accessible to everyone? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous car , ford , Ford autonomous vehicle , ford fusion , Ford self-driving car , green car , green transportation , palo alto , Research and Innovation Center , San Francisco , self driving vehicle , self-driving car , silicon valley , stanford

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Chinese cities ban bacon smoking due to smog concerns

January 26, 2015 by  
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In the Chinese province of Sichuan, government officials have unveiled “ the criminal culprit ” responsible for increasingly severe air pollution in the area: bacon. Smoked pork is a key component in of Sichuan cuisine, but local residents have been banned from home-smoking pork this year as smog worsens in the region. Those who decide to stick with the traditional cooking method will face a fine equivalent to $800. Read the rest of Chinese cities ban bacon smoking due to smog concerns Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , Air quality , bacon , barbecue , barbeque , china , chinese , chinese new year , dazhou , food , illness , lunar new year , New Year , Pollution , pork , Sichuan , smoked pork , unhealthy

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Are You Ready to Share the Road with Driverless Trucks?

September 25, 2014 by  
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Self-driving vehicles are expected to arrive within the next decade, but one type of driver desperately needs the technology now. Truck drivers spend countless hours on the road transporting goods, and accidents with their giant, heavy vehicles are often ugly. Mercedes-Benz hopes to make it easier and safer for them with its Future Truck 2025 , an autonomous truck that should be available within the next ten years. Read the rest of Are You Ready to Share the Road with Driverless Trucks? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous truck , autonomous vehicle , Future Truck 2025 , green transportation , Mercedes-Benz , Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 , self driving vehicle , self-driving truck , truck safety , vehicle safety

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