Google Maps’ new ‘glanceable directions’ feature means safer driving with less battery drain

Artie Beaty/ZDNET If you use Google Maps for navigation, a new feature will not only make your driving safer, it’ll make your phone’s battery last longer.  Also: The best rugged phones: Expert tested Starting today, Maps users on both Android and iOS gain access to glanceable directions (or turn-by-turn navigation), updated ETA, and the next … Read more

Backed by Chinese carmaker Great Wall, Haomo raises $14M for autonomous driving tech

After a few years of funding frenzy, autonomous driving companies in China are experiencing a slowdown in investment. Some companies are still hauling in capital, though the era of bankrolling several hundred million dollars in a single round has mostly passed. Haomo.ai, an autonomous driving startup backed by Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor, has raised … Read more

All That Rain Is Driving Up Cases of a Deadly Fungal Disease in California

This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Last week, a long, narrow section of the Earth’s atmosphere funneled trillions of gallons of water eastward from the Pacific tropics and unleashed it on California. This weather event, known as an atmospheric river, broke rainfall records, dumped more than a … Read more

GM is expanding its hands-free driving system to rural highways

GM is expanding access to Super Cruise with plans to let drivers use the hands-free advanced driver assistance system on about 750,000 miles of roads in the United States and Canada. The expansion, which will nearly double the automaker’s Super Cruise network by 2025, will include rural and minor highways that often connect smaller cities … Read more

Haywood Highsmith ticketed for careless driving after crash

Miami Heat forward Haywood Highsmith (24) drives to the basket past New York Knicks forward Julius Randle, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Peter K. Afriyie) MIAMI — The agent for Haywood Highsmith said Thursday night that the Miami Heat forward is … Read more

Apple Quadrupled Its Autonomous Driving Testing Miles Last Year

Apple’s secretive vehicle project doesn’t have much to show for its six years of work, at least publicly. But records submitted by the company to a California agency show that Apple went on an autonomous testing jag last year, almost quadrupling the number of miles it tested on public roads compared to 2022 and jumping … Read more

Taylor Swift AI Porn Is Driving Fans Ballistic

Photo: ako photography / Shutterstock.com (Shutterstock) A series of AI-generated images of Taylor Swift in suggestive and pornographic situations are causing an uproar on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. Though some of the images have been taken down, others remain on the platform. Swift’s army of fans have embarked on a campaign to … Read more

Deputy district attorney faces DUI, reckless driving charges after police clock her at 73 in 35 mph zone

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Clark County deputy district attorney was booked on a DUI charge after she was clocked at 73 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrest report. Kayla Farzaneh-Simmons was driving a white KIA SUV westbound on Sunset Road at about 5 p.m. on … Read more