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New rules for commercial drone use take effect today in the U.S. @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration put new rules into effect today regulating the commercial use of small, unmanned aircraft systems, or drones. The rules apply to drones that weigh up to 55 pounds and that are being used for business purposes, whether that’s scientific research, education, media, or inspection and surveying of land, traffic, prisons,…

via New rules for commercial drone use take effect today in the U.S. — TechCrunch

Mark Zuckerberg meets Pope Francis, gives him a drone @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

On Monday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan met with Pope Francis, as part of Zuckerberg’s trip of Italy, announced following the devastating earthquake that hit the country last week, killing hundreds. After discussing the importance of connecting people in the world without internet access, Zuckerberg presented the Pope with a drone – but,…

via Mark Zuckerberg meets Pope Francis, gives him a drone — TechCrunch

Google hires Airbnb’s Shaun Stewart to help bring self-driving cars to market @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Google has a new director at its self-driving car unit: Shaun Stewart, former head of Airbnb’s vacation rentals business, and CEO at TripAdvisor prior to that. Stewart’s entire career has essentially been spent in the hospitality industry, which makes him an interesting pick for the role at Google, where his role will be to help…

via Google hires Airbnb’s Shaun Stewart to help bring self-driving cars to market — TechCrunch

2017 Audi A4 driver assistance review @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

The 2017 Audi A4 has an all-new suite of advanced driver assistance systems, joining Volvo, Honda, Ford and others in making semi-autonomous safety features available in cars we can buy today. Activating the adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping systems isn’t intuitive; there’s a second stalk under the turn signal stalk where the driver can control…

via 2017 Audi A4 driver assistance review — TechCrunch

Tesla’s new Model S P100D adds range and cranks Ludicrous Mode up a notch @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Tesla has a new, larger battery option for the Model S and Model X line of electric vehicles, which includes an improved Ludicrous Mode that boasts a 2.5 second 0-60 mph time, which is 0.1 second faster than the Model S’s previous max, and only 0.2 seconds off one of the fastest accelerating production cars…

via Tesla’s new Model S P100D adds range and cranks Ludicrous Mode up a notch — TechCrunch

Amazon’s Prime Now service starts delivering test drives from Hyundai @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Amazon’s same-day delivery service Prime Now, which is today available in more than a couple of dozen U.S. metros, is experimenting with another type of service that goes beyond traditional purchases: it’s offering consumers the ability to test drive cars. Specifically, Amazon has partnered with Hyundai to offer test drives of the 2017 Elantra through a new…

via Amazon’s Prime Now service starts delivering test drives from Hyundai — TechCrunch

The new, scary face of auto insurance @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Self-driving cars may never reach accessible autonomy and might only be an add-on feature. It is very likely that the driver will still be liable for the actions of their vehicles. This means that drivers will still need auto insurance. Driving technology may never replace drivers, but it could help us become less injury prone.…

via The new, scary face of auto insurance — TechCrunch

The business side of the Karma reboot @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

In 2009, I went to what was probably the saddest auto show Detroit has ever seen. It was the January after the economy collapsed and auto makers were teetering on the edge of going bust. But there were a couple of bright spots in the hall filled with smaller car companies, where Tesla and Fisker Automotive…

via The business side of the Karma reboot — TechCrunch

Genesis owners can now start their engines with Amazon Alexa @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Amazon’s Alexa skill set continues to grow, and owners of the Genesis G80 and G90 from Hyundai’s standalone luxury car brand are the latest to benefit. Genesis now uses lets Amazon Echo, Tap, Dot and Fire TV owners use voice commands to remotely start their engine, set climate control, lock and unlock doors and honk…

via Genesis owners can now start their engines with Amazon Alexa — TechCrunch

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