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The Weekly Authority: 💲 Pixel-perfect Black Friday deals

Pixel Black Friday deals, Game Awards nominees, bad news for WoW players in China, Waymo's robotaxi, and more top tech news.

Published onNovember 19, 2022

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⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 221st edition here, with Google’s Black Friday deals, all the ongoing Twitter drama, bad news for Blizzard gamers in China, and more.

🛒 This weekend, I can’t wait to relax before the madness of Black Friday hits! I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about online privacy, following the news that Google will pay $392 million in a record-breaking privacy settlement. It got me wondering, how many sites hold our data, and just how safe is that data really? We shouldn’t lose sleep over that, though, not when services like Incogni exist. On that note…

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Weekly Wonder

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It’s been a year since Waymo announced its custom robotaxi for its ride-hailing service, and this week we finally got a peek at the vehicle.

  • The robotaxi is the result of an OEM collaboration with Geely, specifically Zeekr, and “designed in Sweden.”
  • “Waymo Driver” tech is integrated into every facet of the vehicle, from the sides and corners to the roof.
  • Most notably, the steering wheel is totally absent; instead, there’s simply a screen between the two front seats.
  • This will display self-driving status, music controls, and progress maps.
  • There are further screens in the second row, behind the driver and front passenger seat.
  • You can check out the robotaxi for yourself in this video.

Facing the future

Instead of the seats being reversed, like in most self-driving vehicles, the seats here face the road. Waymo said this is to “aid with awareness and prevent car sickness.”

  • The company’s testing revealed people want to see what’s going on in front of them, even if they’re not driving themselves. We’re in agreement there.
  • The vehicle also has sliding doors both front and back, which should make for easy entry and exit, plus tons of cargo space.

Don’t expect to be picked up by this robotaxi just yet, though. While it will eventually be part of the US Waymo One fleet, it could be a while before it takes to roads near you, with the vehicle’s availability set for “in the years to come.”

If you’d rather drive yourself than hail a robotaxi, we’ve got some good news: More spots opened up for the Android Auto beta program this week. We’ve got a breakdown of the new Android Auto UI, too.

Tech Calendar

  • November 22: Evil West releases on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC
  • November 25-28: Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) sales
  • November 28-December 2: Amazon Reinvent
  • December 2: The Callisto Protocol launches on PS4, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC (not in Japan)
  • January 5-8, 2023: CES 2023 (Las Vegas)

Tech Tweet of the Week

I think many people would disagree with you, Elon…

Twitter feels increasingly alive
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 13, 2022

Something extra: We all need a bit of cuteness in our lives, so check out Marowlyn Monroe:

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving for next week,

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.

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