Google car gets pulled over, Snapchat charges for filtersEven self-driving cars get stopped by cops, in this case for going too slow. Meanwhile, Snapchat begins charging for silly selfie lens filters.
Google's self driving car can't drive 35. I'm Bridget Carey. This is your Cnet update. Even robot cars have to deal with the police sometimes. Google's self-driving car was pulled over by a police officer for driving too slow. But the humans inside didn't get a ticket. Just a warning. It happened not too far from Google's Mountain View, California offices. This little white pod was driving 24 mph in a 35 mile per hour zone. And it was pulled over when the officer saw it was causing a traffic backup. It is lawful to go slower, 25 in a 35 zone, and Google won't let the car go faster, it's been 25 miles an hour, for safety reasons. But instead of causing drama on the roads, some self-driving cars are taking this test to fake city streets. Ford is the first car maker to test its autonomous vehicles at a testing facility called M City. It's 32 acres of land with roads, traffic lights, and fake stores all around. It's located at the University City of Michigan's north campus research complex. Ford, like other car makers, had been testing self-driving cars in the real world. But a campus like this lets engineers really refine the small stuff by repeating specific tests exactly the same in controlled environments. Ford is putting In $1 million towards the M City. And you know what M City has that you can't get with testing in California? Harsh winter weather. Yeah, that'll be the hardest test yet. Well, back to other things Google is working on, the tech giant is trying to make email more secure for everyone. If you have Gmail and someone sends you an email over an unencrypted connection You'll get a warning that it could be risky to open the message. These warnings will start in the coming months. The hope is that this is going to encourage more email providers to use proper encryption security, and yes, even government agencies that are trying to tap into messages as they travel to you. And for those of you that prefer the disappearing messages of Snapchat, the app just launched something called a lens store. You can pay 99 cents for a funky photo filter and keep it forever. Snapchat started filters recently. You just press on your face when you're taking a selfie and you can choose from seven free ones. They put floating things around you or change your environment. Everyone love the puking rainbow, Snapchat will always have some for free, but they may be just for limited time. So, if you want to keep the one you like forever, you'll have to spend a buck in the Lens store to keep it. Snapchat says these Lens filters are used in 10,000,000 snaps a day. Meanwhile, Facebook continues to try to copy the success of Snapchat, the network is experiencing with messages that self destruct after a set time. But, the tests are just in France, right now. That's it for this Tech News Update, and there's more at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.