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Google employees against the company selling to police

Over 1,600 Google workers have signed an open letter demanding the company stop selling its technology to police. Addressed to CEO Sundar Pichai, the petition references ongoing protests against racism and police brutality sparked by George Floyd's death, and calls Google out as "profiting off...racist systems. We want Google to take real steps to help dismantle racism," says the letter, which has been circulating at Google since Wednesday. "We as a society have moved past the point where saying Black Lives Matter is enough, we need to show it in our thinking, in our words and in our actions that Black lives do matter to us." Stating that workers are "incredibly disappointed" in Google's response to the protests, the petition calls Google out not only for selling its products to police, but proudly advertising it.

Ford to debut a self-driving system

Ford is taking on Tesla with its own advanced driving system that'll debut with its first all-electric vehicle. Ford's Co-Pilot360 includes a hands-free driving experience called Active Drive Assist for more than 100,000 miles of highway throughout the U.S. and Canada. It was announced Thursday as the Autopilot equivalent for Ford's upcoming Tesla Model Y competitor, the all-electric Mustang Mach-E. Other than a special first edition coming by the end of this year, the Mach-E is slated to arrive in 2021. Other new Ford vehicles will also offer the updated Co-Pilot360 driving system. The new driving feature is similar to General Motors' Super Cruise already in new Cadillacs in that it tracks the driver's eye and head position. You have to pay attention, even when the car is driving itself. An infrared driver-facing camera tracks your eye gaze and head position and alerts you if you need to pay attention or take over driving.