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Poll: Almost half of holiday toy purchases will be made online

Adapted from CivicScience; Chart: Axios Visuals

A recent poll of more than 1,200 adults who plan to buy toys this holiday found that almost half of those purchases will be made at online-only retailers like Amazon.

By the numbers: A little more than 40% of respondents said their shopping will be done inside stores, either at a big box retailer like Target and Walmart or at a specialty toy store.

Waymo's self-driving vans learn the struggles of parking

Waymo van learns how to navigate parking lots. (Photo: Waymo)
A Waymo van learns how to navigate parking lots. Photo: Waymo

Waymo's self-driving vans are learning to share the human driver hatred of shopping mall parking lots.

Why it matters: Parking lots are one of the most difficult environments for a self-driving car to master: unruly vehicles, darting pedestrians and the occasional runaway shopping cart contribute to a Wild West atmosphere.