Technology & Entrepreneurship

Lennon Maldonado

A Lincoln MKZ glides easily through a tight figure eight of cones on Southwest Research Institute's San Antonio Campus.

Researcher Mark Alban isn't driving, though behind the wheel, as the car completes its route.

"We can pretty much drive anywhere the computer can plot a path" says engineer Kris Kozak. 

Kozak uses a mounted tablet to select where the car should go and  the car accelerates towards the cones once again.

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In Cattleman's Square, across from VIA Metropolitan Transit headquarters, buses flow in and out by the minute. A constant chirp let's passengers know a VIA bus is lowering it's ramp for a person in a wheelchair.  

VIA buses carried passengers 163 million miles in 2015 according to U.S. Department of Transportation numbers, but for the physically challenged, the final leg between the bus stop and their final destination is often the most difficult.

VIA VP of Information Technology Steve Young says in San Antonio and across the country those areas can be inaccessible.

Mavis, a Chihuahua mix, yelps with her tiny dog tags constantly tinkling together as she moves frenetically. She is sort of a mascot for owner Charlotte Jorgensen's Airbnb rental. 

"A lot of people love that she is here," says Jorgensen snapping at her dog to get off their guest. 

Jorgensen's small, stone cottage in Olmos Park Terrace was built in the 1940s, and she and her husband rent the apartment above their detached, converted garage.

On-site laundry is in the bottom portion of the former garage. Jorgensen says the machines are running often. 

Courtesy of NASA

Tuesday Morning, a little after 1 a.m., NASA's Cassini mission begins its third dive between Saturn and the planet's rings. As the long-operating probe continues its so-called Grand Finale, San Antonio scientists will be poring over the data.

Courtesy of Rackspace

Taylor Rhodes' resignation comes 6 months after Rackspace went private. He says his decision to leave after nearly 3 years as CEO crystallized when the company was bought by Apollo Global Management. 

"I was then faced with the simple reality, which is, do I view myself as being able to give Rackspace my very best, my all, for the next five plus years," Rhodes explains.