It’s Tuesday, December 22nd 2015, I’m Caleb Denison for Digital Trends and unless you’ve been avoiding the Internet for the last couple of years, you know that Google has been hard at work developing driverless cars and paving the way for legal use on California roadways. But have you ever wondered who would actually make the cars? Well, if the rumor mill turns out to be right on this one, it’s going to be Ford.
Yahoo Autos cites three sources suggesting that Google and Ford have been in talks, and the official announcement will be made at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show to be held in Las Vegas this January. Google makes the self-driving system, but it doesn’t own a car factory … at least not yet. It needs an established motor company to turn its dreams into a reality right now, and clearly feels Ford is the best fit.
Both Google and Ford are declining to comment, but we’re only two weeks away from the official announcement. We may even see a functioning Google/Ford prototype tooting around the Las Vegas strip, and if we do, you can be sure Digital Trends will bring it to you.
Folks, in case you missed it, history was made last night. After a 24-hour launch delay, Space X successfully launched a rocket, deployed 11 satellites into low-earth orbit, then returned to earth for a perfect landing. Space X’s previous attempts at sticking a landing this year have resulted in unfortunate failures, and the private aeronautics company even lost a rocket last June when it exploded on its way to the International Space Station.
But after company founder Elon Musk sent scientists back to the drawing board, they returned to some seriously well-deserved fanfare, as everything about the launch and landing was textbook-perfection. Just the way we like it.
Finally, I’m going to get up on my editorial soap box for a second here and ask a question not enough journalists are asking right now: What the hell hackers? Have you no code? No honor?
If all you normal, ethical folks are wondering why I’m outraged, it’s because news has emerged that the unscrupulous a-holes that exposed Hello Kitty fan site SanrioTown.com’s security flaws have in effect created a data breach that exposes 3.3 million users’ personal info, including that of an undisclosed amount of children aged between 13 and 15. Kids, you guys. Kids. On what planet is this ok?
Worse, this comes on the heels of kids tech toy-maker VTech’s huge hack, which exposed a bunch of parent and child account data.
Where’s Anonoymous in all of this? How about some hacker self-policing, huh, guys? It’s anarchy out there, I guess, but it goes to prove that parents need to be as diligent about managing their kids’ security online as well as offline.
Ok, end of rant. Thanks for watching DT Daily, you can always learn more about these and all the latest tech stories at Digital Trends.com We’ll see you again tomorrow.