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Why driverless cars will be safer than human drivers

Automakers and tech companies are racing to get the first self-driving car on the road.  

Ford, GM, Tesla, Lyft, Google, and more all have plans to have some form of autonomous car ready for commercial use within the next five years. In fact, it's estimated that by 2030 driverless cars could make up as much as 60% of US auto sales, according to Goldman Sachs.

While companies all have their own reasons for investing in this technology, they all agree that one of the biggest benefits of autonomous cars will be improved safety.

How, might you ask, is a car with no human driver, no steering wheel, and no brake pedal safer than the cars we currently drive?

Well, it all comes down to the tech used to enable autonomous vehicles.

The sensors

10 things in tech you need to know today
Posted November 17, 2016 0:26 AM
10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know this Thursday.

1. Apple has a secret team working to make the iPhone's camera a portal to augmented reality. The effort involves teams from several startups the company has acquired.

2. SpaceX has asked for permission to launch 4,425 satellites. That's more than the total number of satellites that currently orbit Earth.

3. The NSA chief said a nation-state made a "conscious effort" to sway the US presidential election. Director Michael Rogers said there "shouldn't be any doubt in anybody's mind."

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The 10 most important things in the world right now
Posted November 17, 2016 0:26 AM
The 10 most important things in the world right now

Hello! Here's what you need to know on Thursday.

1. The leader of the US National Security Agency says there shouldn't be "any doubt in anybody's mind" that there was "a conscious effort by a nation-state" to sway the result of the 2016 presidential election. Adm. Michael Rogers leads both the NSA and US Cyber Command.

2. US President Barack Obama is about to pass the torch on a visit to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, widely seen as the new standard bearer of liberal democracy since the election of Donald Trump.

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Uber drivers reveal their horror stories and the worst passengers they've ever had

Hell is other people — and few people know this better than Uber drivers.

The ride-hailing transportation company has transformed global taxi markets, and made it possible to get around with just the tap of a button. But that ease and simplicity comes with a cost — for its drivers.

Uber drivers will often see people at their very worst: Drunk, angry, late, and entitled. We asked Uber drivers to tell us about some of the worst passengers they've ever experienced, from intoxicated carnage to sexual harassment.

These are their stories.

SEE ALSO: People are gaming UberEats to get hundreds of pounds in free food

"I'd rather drive 4 drunk college kids than 1 drunk middle-aged man any day."

The 39 most creative people in UK tech
Posted November 17, 2016 0:26 AM
The 39 most creative people in UK tech

The UK's technology scene is filled with some seriously creative people. Whether designers who have come up with innovative branding, inventors behind new hardware, or markets, we've collected them all together.

Scroll down to see our ranking of the most creative people in UK tech, sorted by just how innovative they are:

39. Claire Cockerton of Plexal

Claire Cockerton is the CEO and chairwoman of technology consultancy firm Entiq.

Having previously led the Level39 startup accelerator in Canary Wharf, Cockerton is now heading up a new project in London's Olympic Park.

The project involves turning the former press centre into what she claims will be Europe's largest innovation centre.

38. Sagi Shorrer of Peak

Former Googler Sagi Shorrer cofounded brain training app Peak in 2012 with ex-employees of Amazon and EA Games.


Mark Zuckerberg says the idea that fake news on Facebook swung the election is 'pretty crazy' (FB)

Since Donald Trump's stunning election victory, some people have been very quick to blame Facebook — specifically, the proliferation of fake news on the social network that President Obama called a "dust cloud of nonsense" — for swinging the vote against Hillary Clinton.

Mark Zuckerberg thinks otherwise.

"Personally, I think the idea that fake news on Facebook, it's a very small amount of the content, influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea," Zuckerberg says speaking on stage at the Techonomy conference.


Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel is reportedly joining the Trump transition team

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel plans to join Trump transition team, according to a report from ex-Fortune reporter Dan Primack

The Huffington Post first reported on Thursday that Thiel could even be a candidate to lead the team, replacing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the post if he were to step down. Primack's report confirms that he will at least be on the team. A representative for Thiel could not be reached for comment.

While Thiel was once seen as the outlier in the tech industry for supporting Trump, he's become the most powerful representative of it overnight.


GrubHub CEO tells employees that Donald Trump's comments would have gotten him fired (GRUB)

In an email to his employees following the presidential election, GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney revealed that he doesn't think much of President-Elect Trump's attitude: 

"While demeaning, insulting and ridiculing minorities, immigrants and the physically/mentally disabled worked for Mr. Trump, I want to be clear that this behavior - and these views, have no place at Grubhub. Had he worked here, many of his comments would have resulted in his immediate termination."

Maloney goes on to say that "I absolutely reject the nationalist, anti-immigrant and hateful politics of Donald Trump and will work to shield our community from this movement as best as I can," and that "if you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here."

That last part is getting Maloney into hot water: Fox News, which


This 21-year-old is turning down $100,000 because Peter Thiel's support helped Trump win the election

Peter Thiel's support and backing of Donald Trump hadn't been sitting well with Cosmo Scharf for awhile. 

The 21-year-old had a unique tie to the venture capitalist: Scharf was a Thiel Fellow, one of the 20 or so kids a year given $100,000 to drop out of school and chase their entrepreneurial dreams. 

Scharf, who received the money for his work in the virtual reality community in LA, was concerned about Thiel's backing of Trump from the beginning. He'd been uneasy about it, but realized when he was in the shower the morning after Trump won that he just couldn't be a part of the program because Thiel had helped him win


Self-driving car chipmaker Nvidia's shares surge on big earnings beat (NVDA)

Shares of graphics chipmaker Nvidia surged roughly 15% after hours on Thursday after the company boosted its dividend and reported a strong sales forecast

Nvidia said it expects Q4 revenue of $2.1 billion, well above the $1.69 billion expected by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.

The strong results, reported after Thursday's close of market, followed a rough day for tech stocks. Investors sold off shares of Apple, Google, Facebook and just about every other tech company on Thursday on jitters about how President-elect Donald Trump's policies will affect the sector