Stories by Joann Muller

A robot parking app will hold your spot this Black Friday

Robot parking
Screenshot via "MyPark in 30 seconds" demo video on YouTube

Here's a potential timesaver this Black Friday: a smartphone app that will deploy a robot to hold a parking space for you at the mall.

Details: MyPark is a Miami-based parking reservation service that, per Forbes, deploys mobile space blockers to hold spots for customers willing to pay a few dollars for the convenience.

Regulating the humans behind the wheels of autonomous vehicles

Photo: Christoph Soeder/picture alliance via Getty Images

The job of autonomous vehicle safety driver seems pretty easy: Get paid for sitting there while the car does all the work. But it's a challenging assignment and self-regulated by the companies testing AVs, so the rules are only beginning to emerge.

The big picture: Safety drivers are researchers' eyes and ears, chronicling every roadway encounter to make the technology better. But requiring drivers — even specially trained ones — to pay attention without actually driving is difficult, which is why many companies argue that full autonomy is the safest way to go.

Nissan chairman arrested for alleged financial misconduct

 Carlos Ghosn
Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn. Photo: Vincent Isore/IP3 via Getty Images

Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn has been arrested on allegations of under-reporting his income to the Tokyo Stock Exchange "over many years" and utilizing company assets for personal use. The company's board will meet Thursday to seek his removal.

The big picture: For most of his career, Ghosn had this superhero mystique — a turnaround expert and automotive visionary who favored corporate alliances, not mergers, for global success. But Ghosn never came close to achieving his vision of an all-electric world, and his edicts for 10% U.S. market share led Nissan to engage in unprofitable discounting and corner-cutting that led to quality problems.

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