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Detroit and Silicon Valley: When cultures collide

What would Gavin Belson do?

Automakers are getting closer to Silicon Valley, both in the products thay make and the companies they work with. But the people are from different worlds.

Another startup promises self-driving taxis 'soon'

Industry newcomer Voyage is growing out of Udacity's self-driving car program.

Test rides with real passengers could start within the next few months.

New York driver groups push for a ban on autonomous cars

One outfit is even calling for a 50-year moratorium.

Yes, there's a real chance you wouldn't even be alive to see the day when driverless rides hit New York roads.

Lyft's monthly passes lower the cost of your carpooling

The experiment is more affordable than paying for rides one at a time.

Make sure to read the fine print.

Tesla may have disabled the Model X's door safety sensors

They were buggy from the start.

One step forward, one step back?

There's more money in on-demand taxis than going to Mars

Didi, the Chinese ride-hailing service, is worth more than 1.5 times the 2015 NASA budget.

The Google autonomous car has learned how to honk

The Google car team has recently been teaching the car's AI when and how to honk the horn and give the human drivers on the road a helpful heads up.

Toyota Land Cruisers provide emergency signal in Outback

Companies are using balloons, planes and other high-tech apparatuses to provide WiFi in underserved areas. In Australia, they're using Land Cruisers.

Open data reveals dodgy NYPD parking ticket practices

One reporter used New York City's open data and Google Maps to determine that the NYPD was issuing thousands of tickets on streets where parking is legal.

Jet-powered hoverboard shatters world record

The "Flyboard Air" from inventor Franky Zapata is real, spectacular and just set a world record for the longest hoverboard flight of all time.

Uber affirms tipping drivers 'is not expected or required'

Uber clarified that tipping isn't expected or required, citing a hassle-free experience as to why it doesn't give riders the option to add a tip to their fares.

Uber rival promises a nicer ride through happier drivers

Juno has a simple solution for improving the ride-sharing experience: better drivers.

Toyota's data-focused company aims to make cars smarter

The automaker plans to develop "predictive, contextual, and intuitive services" that aim to making the technology you use while driving less intrusive.

Uber is testing a way to pay drivers instantly

The new program will help drivers avoid high-fee payday lenders.

A new partnership with Gobank will let Uber pay its drivers right after each ride, instead of once a week.

Explore Google Maps with Link from 'The Legend of Zelda'

Open up Google Maps in the browser and you'll notice that the yellow Pegman now looks like Link.

Trickle-down effect: GM Foundation slashes arts and cultural funding

With an artistic industry driven by business, as enterprise goes, so goes art -- so when a prime mover goes down, it takes prime art with it. The reduction in General Motor's fortunes also means that Detroit's cultural institutions can collectively expect to lose more than $1 million in annual funding. In 2007, GM's worldwide giving amounted to $31.4 million dollars, with Michigan institutions alone receiving $12 million of that.

Peak oil is the newest boogeyman in popular media

A culture's fears always finds its way into that culture's media. The best example is probably the allegories of McCarthyism in the film Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Peak Oil and climate change have seen their share of movie dramatizations, but Mad Max and The Day After Tomorrow were more cartoon-ish than terrifying.

VIDEO: Paris Hilton driving in a Land Rover ... with a shaman

Update: While Mrs. Hilton did buy a hybrid, Pop Fiction actually provided her with a Land Rover to pull the pranks.