If you call for an Uber in the city of Pittsburgh next few weeks, the car that shows up may not have a “driver.” The ride-sharing company is rolling out a fleet of self-driving Volvo SUVs, and will test the new program in Pittsburgh. For now though, riders won’t be alone in the vehicles. There will be people both in the driver’s seat and one in the passenger seat to monitor the rides and take notes on the program.
Also, riders won’t have a choice when calling for their ride. But, if one of the self-driving cars shows up, their ride will be free. Uber’s director of engineering explained to Bloomberg that it will be a different kind of experience: “The goal is to wean us off of having drivers in the car, so we don’t want the public talking to our safety drivers.”
It’s not clear when truly driverless taxis will be a reality. Even in the new Ubers, human drivers will take over when crossing bridges. Discuss
Online harassment is still a major issue. According to new data compiled by Rad Campaign Craigconnects and Lincoln Strategies, the number of people who report being harassed online is down slightly from 2014, but, still, this year “22% of American adults have been bullied, harassed, or threatened online or know someone who has.” When it comes to millennials though, that number jumps to 47%.
Across the board, the biggest jump in harassment comes in the area of politics, which is now nearly twice as common as it was two years ago.
The good news is that some categories of harassment have fallen in recent years: Though political harassment is up dramatically, and there have been small upticks in reports of racial, professional character and classist harassment, categories including sexual, homophobic and religious harassment rates have actually fallen.
And, according to the numbers, this isn’t simply random trolling or interactions with strangers: 72% of millennial knew their harasser personally. Discuss
The upcoming version of Apple's iOS 10 operating system will include a replacement for one of the most controversial emojis: The handgun. Apple will be replacing the handgun icon with a playful-looking bright green water pistol with an orange tip this fall.
As Time notes the handgun icon is not only controversial, but has led to legal troubles for some users, after their messages that used the icon were perceived as actual threats of violence. The new iOS update is also overhauling some other familiar emojis, and will feature more gender diversity in emojis that represent different professions. Discuss