TECHNOLOGY

WITH EMOJI AND APPS, DRIVERLESS CARS COULD BECOME THE NEXT SMARTPHONES

Many people’s first experience with a driverless car is as a bystander. So part of our mission is transparency: making sure our vehicles can communicate intention to pedestrians. A roof-mounted LED, a screen on the grille, or projecting laser onto the ground would allow that communication through words or even emoji.

HERE'S HOW 'STAYING THE NIGHT' HAS EVOLVED THROUGH HUMAN HISTORY

It’s dark and you’re far from home. Where do you stay? Back in the day, you had to know somebody. Nowadays your smartphone does. When night falls, every vagabond—old or new—requires a roof over their head and a bed under their bottom.

AUGMENTED REALITY APPS THAT HELP YOU EXPLORE THE WORLD

Last summer you may have bumped into the reverent heads-down multitude clogging streets. They were playing Pokemon Go, the app version of the ’90s video game. A cool 45 million players downloaded it and wandered off on a global scavenger hunt. The goal: catch the game’s 151 monsters while learning facts about local landmarks as you go. Free + In-App Purchases, iOS and Android

THE BEST CAMERA AND PHOTO GEAR OF THE YEAR

Throughout the year Popular Photography examines, evaluates, and tests a ton of equipment, then makes careful note of the products that can help make your photography better and more fun. It all culminates at the end of the year, with the POP Awards for Photography’s Outstanding Products. Onward for 2016's picks