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Google's self-driving cars are getting smarter
Two years ago, Google wowed us with a video showing its self-driving car in action. The team is now working to make the automated vehicles safer in the city.
Google has been testing the cars around its Silicon Valley headquarters in suburban Mountain View, California. A new YouTube video posted Monday explains how engineers have been fine-tuning the software to handle the complexities of stop-and-go driving in more populated areas.
The tech can detect cars, construction, cyclists, pedestrians and more.
Since 2011, when self-driving vehicles became street-legal in Nevada, Google has logged nearly 700,000 miles with the cars, mostly on highways. The only reported accidents have happened when one of the cars was being driven by a person, or they were the fault of another driver.
Autonomous cars are also now legal in California, Florida and Michigan, although all states still require a human driver behind the wheel.
Woman mistakes Richard Gere for homeless man
A French tourist in New York City spotted a man digging through trash near Grand Central Station, and offered him some pizza. He accepted. She later found out it was actually "Pretty Woman" heartthrob Richard Gere.
Gere is currently filming "Time Out of Mind," in which he plays a down-on-his-luck guy named George. According to the New York Post, he was in character wearing grimy clothes, beer in a paper bag and eating a burger from trash can when Karine Gombeau of Paris saw him and decided to help.
She told the New York Post that she and her family had ordered an "enormous" pizza earlier, and offered him their leftovers.
"I said, 'Je suis désolée (i am sorry), but the pizza is cold,' " she told the paper.
The movie's crew was filming from across the street. Gombeau was with her husband and son and said the family didn't even realize they were on a set.
"She was a complete stranger who just happened to see him acting," Gere's publicist said.
FOX19's hacker hijacks baby monitor story goes national
About a week ago, FOX19's investigative reporter Amy Wagner showed you how cameras often used as baby monitors can be hacked giving people access into your home. It happened to local parents, Adam and Heather Schreck.
Heather said around midnight she heard what sounded like a man's voice. Disoriented and confused, Heather picked up her cell phone to check the camera in her 10-month-old daughter Emma's room. The camera was moving, but she wasn't moving it.
"About the time I saw it moving, I also heard a voice again start screaming at my daughter," she told FOX19. "He was screaming, 'Wake up baby. Wake up baby.' Then just screaming at her trying to wake her up."
The story will send chills up your spine, but it's certainly something to be aware of nonetheless. The story has since been picked up by DailyMail, Huffington Post, New York Daily News, CNN and FOX News.
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