Move over, Google. Audi just became the second company to be licensed to run autonomous vehicles in Nevada. As we saw at an exhibition of the tech from its Electronic Research Laboratory, its cars are already well on their way to ditching the driver.
Supermarkets using customers' Facebook accounts as simultaneous discount/surveillance platforms? Vending machines where you can pay by iPhone? Ordering luxury cars and private jets via iPad-like interfaces and sidestepping the salesman? They're all here.
More than 250 brand partners from Audi to ESPN have signed on for StumbleUpon's redesign, in part inspired by the service's 800% growth in mobile. With the addition of brand channels, StumbleUpon hopes to drive more user engagement and attract more advertising partners.
Sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic is one of life’s supreme drags, eating up hours that could be spent doing anything else besides inching forward while cars on the side of the barricade whiz by in the other opposite direction. It was just such a scenario that gave birth to the EV A2, Audi’s new concept car, which takes over in congested traffic and frees you up to do other things--like using the built-in Wi-Fi to complain on Facebook about how it’s taken you three hours to move less than a mile.