Inside Cruise’s Fully Autonomous Vehicle

With similar measurements as most SUVs, a new vehicle by Cruise (a subsidiary of GM) requires passengers to forfeit all control of the car. Without a steering wheel or pedals, the interior design references subway cars, rather than buses or vans. Officially named Origin, the first model is most obviously different from competitors’ autonomous rides in the absence of the option to take control should …

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The first-ever photo of a black hole, artwork-adorned Japanese currency, inspiration from Milan Design week and more

First-Ever Photo of a Supermassive Black Hole Truly a quantum leap, astronomers have “seen the unseeable” and captured an image of a supermassive black hole—a “smoke ring framing a one-way portal to eternity,” Dennis Overbye writes for the New York Times. A planet-sized network of eight radio telescopes—called the Event Horizon Telescope—peered through interstellar dust and gas to reveal the black hole, located in a …

Another Self-Driving Car: Jaguar’s I-PACE

Joining forces, Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover have announced they’re going to design and build “the world’s first premium electric fully self-driving vehicle” called the I-PACE. Planning to add some 20,000 I-PACEs to the fleet over the next few years, the partnership’s aim is to make transport more accessible for everybody—focusing on passengers—and also creating safer roads. Further, by focusing on passengers’ different needs, the …