Waymo, the autonomous car unit of Google-parent Alphabet, opened its robo-taxi project to the general public in the US city of Phoenix on Thursday, becoming the first widely available driverless ride service.
Now that the project has shifted out of its test phase, anyone signed up through the Waymo One smartphone app can summon autonomous vehicles to travel throughout the Arizona city’s metro area, chief executive John Krafcik said.
“Members of the public service can now take friends and family along on their rides and share their experience with the world,” he added.
“We’ll start with those who are already a part of Waymo One and, over the next several weeks, welcome more people directly into the service through our app.”
The Waymo One app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Waymo started testing a fully driverless ride service in Phoenix some three years ago with self-driving technology built into Chrysler Pacifica vehicles.
Between five and 10 percent of rides through its service so far in 2020 have been taken in fully driverless vehicles by an exclusive group of riders who signed non-disclosure agreements.
“We expect our new fully driverless service to be very popular, and we’re thankful to our riders for their patience as we ramp up availability to serve demand,” Krafcik said.
Waymo plans to bolster the ride service fleet with vehicles that use self-driving technology but also have safety operators behind the wheel.
Waymo early this year raised $2.25 billion in its first external funding round to accelerate its deployment of autonomous cars and trucks.
Born in a Google lab devoted to big-vision new technology, Waymo became
Cody Rasmussen sat in a computer science class a decade ago at Dell Rapids High School. The computer teacher disassembled a computer in front of the entire class, and Rasmussen said he was hooked.
That classroom demonstration was the first time he’d gotten the itch to pursue a career in the computer and gaming industry. Now living on the east side of Sioux Falls, Rasmussen and business partner Calen Kusler have opened Ground Zero Gaming in Brandon. The store is located at 1316 East Cedar Street.
Ironically, the computer industry isn’t one Rasmussen pursued. He went to culinary school, but the gaming bug was too big to ignore.
“It’s just something I picked up, learning how to build my own computer,” he said. “I just decided, ‘Why don’t I do this for other people?'”
The storefront on Cedar Street has only been open since early September, but Ground Zero Gaming has been in business for nearly a year. The duo originally built their own computers when the business opened, but COVID-19 has limited the ability to make new products.
They’re now in the business of purchasing pre-built gaming computers and selling or leasing them at retail price. Gaming computers are essentially high-end computers that work faster than average work desktops with the capability to handle new graphics and demands that all the new games have.
Rasmussen said even though they’ve slowed down the production of gaming computers, they still get them built they’re able to get the appropriate parts. It’s at the core of how they started, producing computers in their basement.
Microsoft released its rebooted Flight Simulator program in August 2020, immediately wowing gamers with its hyper-realistic scenery, digitally distilled from satellite imagery.
The sim gives its users the ability to fly anywhere in the world, with our planet reconstructed with real-time weather conditions using Microsoft Bing mapping technology.
So it’s a little surprising that a huge terrifying abyss has opened up in the middle of Brazil.
Reddit user ReversedWindow appears to have been the first to report the freaky discovery and was brave enough to pilot an airplane down it.
Turns out it gets stranger: There’s a whole airport down there. The above YouTube video by Kwad Damage shows this remarkable journey to the center of the Earth, while the screengrab at the top is from PC Gamer’s Christopher Livingston’s adventure.
The airport in question is Lagoa Nova, which in the real world is a little airstrip in Rio Grande de Norte and not an actual hellmouth.
To get to the chasm in the sim, you just need to set Lagoa Nova as your destination.
PC Gamer magazine speculates that the glitch is most likely due to a typo and that the airfield’s elevation above sea level may be mis-entered in a spreadsheet somewhere.
It’s already been noted that the program has some quirky dimensions.
CNN Travel reported last month that if you chart a route over the North Pole, you can fly beyond the realm of Bing Maps.
“As we flew over the North Pole we were looking at different weird map structures that may have just been glitches or may have been the video game filling in, but we didn’t know where we were,” content creator and streaming host Bruce Greene told CNN.
It’s said that when Alexander the Great
New Retail Space Focuses on Health, Safety and Product Exploration
Comcast announced today that it has opened its Xfinity store in Spokane today after closing for remodeling in July. Located at 4423 North Division St, Spokane, WA 99207, the remodeled retail location has expanded from 3,700 square feet to 5,200 and incorporates social distancing protocols for how store employees interact with customers, while allowing the public to research and explore the latest Xfinity products and services.
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As a part of Comcast’s focus on the health and safety of customers and employees, retail store staff will uphold the highest standards of sanitization and cleanliness, and use methods recommended by public health authorities. All surfaces are wiped down regularly, and the store is equipped with social distancing signs and Plexiglass barriers to support safe interactions between employees and customers. Xfinity retail employees follow Washington state workplace safety guidelines by wearing a mask or face covering while on the job and requiring that all customers wear facial coverings when in stores.
The new Xfinity retail store offers customers a welcoming and modern retail environment that highlights the complete line of Xfinity Home and Comcast Business technology offerings, including Xfinity X1, Xfinity Home, Xfinity Internet, Flex and Xfinity Mobile. Comcast transformed its retail centers across the state and now operates two Xfinity stores in Spokane County aimed at making the experience better and more convenient for local customers. In addition to experiencing Comcast’s industry-leading products and services, customers may receive support, turn in used equipment, pay their bills and more.
Spokane is among 34 major U.S. cities to receive Xfinity Mobile 5G service