Android Auto: Google Takes AI For A Ride With Volvo And More From I/O ’18 (5-9-18)

Google wants to personalize and enhance the driving experience more than ever via its Android Automotive embedded operating system, and a big part of the excitement at its Google I/O 2018 developers’ conference this week is around its plans for the connected car, particularly around AI and voice-powered experiences.

Enhanced Dashboard

Previewing what’s next for Android Auto, Google executives talked up visual templates for car dashboards that feature “a fresh new design [that] enables media apps to make their content more accessible,” as announced at I/O. The goal is to make browsable content visible as soon as an app is opened on the car dashboard.

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Uber Teams With NASA To Make Flying Cars A Reality (5-9-18)

by CNN — May 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Your dream of riding in a flying car may be one step closer to reality.

Uber and NASA announced on Tuesday they’re teaming up to simulate flying taxis in urban areas.

In 2016, Uber unveiled plans to develop electric flying cars to help improve transportation in cities, alleviate congestion and provide affordable transportation. NASA became a partner for the program an hour later by developing air traffic management for a fleet of flying cars.

But now NASA wants to help get the concept off the ground even more. Literally.

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Meet the Nepali-American Uber/Lyft Driver Building A Human Rescue Drone

Drones such as this one could one day be used to rescue humans from the battlefield. (AP Photo/University of Missouri, Zach Garcia, File)

Washington-area resident and Uber/Lyft driver Adhar Chandra Bhatt is driven by an insatiable desire to invent.

The 33-year-old’s specific focus is on designing airborne drones, which he calls his “frones,” or friendly drones, that can rescue those who become injured or isolated in hard-to-reach areas.

Born to a modest family in Nepal, Bhatt now holds dual U.S.-Nepalese citizenship and eloquently describes Nepal as “my mother country for whom I wish to give the sky” (by virtue of his frones that can ferry injured and stranded passengers through the air). America, he says, is “my father country for whom I wish to give the universe.” By this he means his next generation frones that can explore outer space.

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Passport DC Adds Flavors of Brazil, Morocco, Jamaica, More to Lyft Cars

When you call a Lyft in the District from Friday to Sunday, you could choose to ride in a bright, colorful sedan with the name of another country on it.

Lyft designed cars that represent eight countries across the world: Brazil, Ethiopia, Germany, Jamaica, Morocco, Peru, Indonesia and the United States. These internationally-themed cars will be accepting rides during certain hours this weekend, and every car is supposed to be driven by an international driver.

“Each Passport Mode vehicle has been transformed to showcase the famous landscapes, icons, and pastimes from the country it represents,” Lyft said in a statement. “With an international driver as your guide, you’ll get to know the music of their homeland and learn introductory phrases in a new language.”

The cars will be available to ride in Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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