GamesRead : Google removes the humans from self-driving cars in Austin

Google started testing its self-driving cars near the company’s Mountain View campus in 2010. The project has since expanded to other areas including Austin, Texas. It is here that the driverless car project is taking its next big step by becoming truly driverless. Google has reportedly stopped having humans ride along with the cars — they’re fully autonomous now.

Even though Google’s self-driving cars have always been able to handle themselves, a human has been behind the wheel in case something went wrong. Google has repeatedly said that the human safety drivers almost never have to get involved and the cars are actually safer than a human driver. Now is the time to prove that once and for all.

Google’s self-driving cars are mostly retrofitted Lexus RX450h SUVs. They’re easily recognizable not only because of the stickers proclaiming them to be self-driving, but also because of the giant sensor package on top of the roof. The car makes use of technologies like machine vision and laser range finders to map out its surroundings and stay on the road. Google has also shown off a prototype two-seat car with no steering wheel, but all the real world testing is being done in the Lexus and other modified vehicles.

Austin is an ideal place for Google to go out on a limb. It’s a tech-friendly city with well-maintained transportation infrastructure and good driving weather (self-driving cars still aren’t great in the rain). Google will be limiting the driverless cars to a mere 25 miles per hour, so any mishaps will be limited in scale.

GamesRead : Notch opens up about life after Mojang, and Minecraft Story Mode has new details

It’s been a hot second since we’ve heard anything from Telltale about their Minecraft: Story Mode game, but some news dropped at PAX Prime that reminded us all that this is something still in the works!

It looks like you’ll be able to choose the look and feel of your protagonist in Story Mode. Which is cool, because this will be a first for Telltale, but given there isn’t a whole lot to the plot of the game it’s based off of, it probably wasn’t hard to work in. You’ll play as Jesse — a nice gender neutral name — and you can pick if you’re a boy or a girl, and a varying degrees of colors for your skin. Of course, since the default outfit is a pair of overalls, the only thing differentiating between the sexes is a hair cut.


The cool thing about this is the cast! They’ve hired Patton Oswalt to voice boy Jesse, and Catherine Taber as the female lead option. Telltale revealed a slew of other talent that will be joining the game: Corey Feldman, Dave Fennoy, Ashley Johnson, Martha Plimpton, Scott Porter, Brian Posehn, Paul Reubens, and Billy West.

Last September, Microsoft purchased Minecraft, and the game’s parent company Mojang for $2.5 billion. The buyout did send Minecraft’s creator, Markus Persson (known around the ‘net as Notch), packing. Which, it seems, fame and fortune hasn’t been sitting well with the developer. Over the weekend he released a series of tweets commenting on his life post buyout:

There were more, where Notch opened up about his love life, more precisely trying to start one with his newfound acclaim, and how he felt with all of his friends going to work and having jobs and how he just hangs around “watching [his] reflection in the monitor.” It has to be tough, that sort of instant success. And now with his property out in the world and out of his control, it has to be surreal to see all the new properties being developed from it.



As for Minecraft: Story Mode, it’s supposed to come out sometime this fall. If Telltale sticks to its previous strategies, we’ll probably get a day or two warning before it’s released. As for the platform? Look for it on all your devices. Seriously, the game is set to come out on Windows, Mac, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, iOS, and Android.