Nests Get Tweak; Mustang Mach-E; Facebook Deletes Boogaloo Accounts; Waymo Hits InterstatesPosted: July 1, 2020
Google is now bringing Seasonal Savings to all Nest Thermostat owners this summer in the US and Canada. 9to5google.com says the feature makes small schedule tweaks to conserve energy and ultimately lower your bill. It was previously only available to utility customers that were Nest energy partners. By adjusting your schedule just a fraction of a degree each day, users save energy while staying comfortable. These little changes can really add up—the average customer sees 3 to 5 percent in energy savings on their home’s heating and cooling systems. The goal is to not “compromise your comfort.”
Ford’s upcoming 2021 Mustang Mach-E is one step closer to making its way to consumers. On Tuesday, the automaker said anyone who has already reserved the EV in the US can convert their reservation into an order starting today. According to engadget.com, Ford also confirmed the leaked specs that came out in April. All four versions of the EV will feature more power and torque than initially expected. The standard range RWD model will output the equivalent of 266 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. Pricing for the Mach-E starts at $43,895.
Under mounting pressure and an ad boycott to clean up its act, Facebook has removed a network of anti-government accounts associated with the fringe “boogaloo” movement after designating the group as a dangerous organization, the company said. Theverge.com says the company removed: 220 Facebook accounts, 95 Instagram accounts, 28 Facebook pages, and 106 Facebook groups. In addition, Facebook removed more than 400 other groups and 100 other pages that were “hosting similar content as the violent network but were maintained by accounts outside of it.”
Waymo says it will soon expand testing of its self-driving vehicles including big rigs on roads in New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas along the I-10 corridor between Phoenix and Tuscon. Venturebeat.com reports that this year Waymo mapped routes between Phoenix, El Paso, Dallas, and Houston and ramped up testing in Mountain View, but the focus in 2020 will be on the American Southwest. Tests will be primarily along Interstates 10, 20, and 45 and through metropolitan areas like El Paso, Dallas, and Houston.