Tesla Sells ‘Full Self-Driving,’ but What Is It Really?

As the company deals with government scrutiny of its driver-assistance technology, an add-on kit sold for up to $10,000 is also getting more attention.

#driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #musk-elon, #sensors, #tesla-motors-inc, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Books That Cover Two Human Constants: Time and Motion

A review of Tom Standage’s “A Brief History of Motion” and David Rooney’s “About Time” delves into our concern with moving faster and checking our clocks.

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Inside a Fatal Tesla Autopilot Accident: ‘It Happened So Fast’

A 2019 crash in Florida highlights how gaps in Tesla’s driver-assistance system and distractions can have tragic consequences.

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Why Tesla’s ‘Beta Testing’ Puts the Public at Risk

We’re all Tesla’s guinea pigs.

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Tesla Says Autopilot Makes Its Cars Safer. Crash Victims Say It Kills.

A California family that lost a 15-year-old boy when a Tesla hit its pickup truck is suing the company, claiming its Autopilot system was partly responsible.

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Crashes involving Tesla Autopilot and other driver-assistance systems get new scrutiny.

Federal safety regulators told automakers to provide more information about accidents involving cars and trucks with automation technology.

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Flying Car Makers Want to Build ‘Uber Meets Tesla in the Air’

Inside Silicon Valley’s 10-year quest to make soaring above a crowded city street as easy as calling an Uber.

#automobiles, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #federal-aviation-administration, #flying-cars, #joby-aero-inc-joby-aviation, #page-larry, #thrun-sebastian, #waymo, #wisk-aero-llc

When It’s OK to Be a Guinea Pig

It can be fun to try out new products, but only if we know what we’re signing up for.

#computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #snap-inc, #tesla-motors-inc

The Costly Pursuit of Self-Driving Cars Continues On. And On. And On.

Many in Silicon Valley promised that self-driving cars would be a common sight by 2021. Now the industry is resetting expectations and settling in for years of more work.

#accidents-and-safety, #aurora-innovation-inc, #automobiles, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #google-inc, #musk-elon, #trucks-and-trucking, #uber-technologies-inc, #urmson-chris-p-1976, #waymo

Man Riding in Driverless Tesla Is Arrested in California

Param Sharma, 25, was arrested on charges of reckless driving. “I’m about to go in the back seat right now,” he said after being released from jail.

#driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #drunken-and-reckless-driving, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #sharma-param, #tesla-motors-inc

These Materials Could Make Science Fiction a Reality

Metamaterials, which could improve smartphones and change how we use other technology, allow scientists to control light waves in new ways.

#computer-chips, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #robots-and-robotics, #sensors, #smartphones

Texas Police Investigate Fatal Tesla Crash Near Houston

Two people died in the crash, and officials said no one had been behind the wheel. Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, said recovered data showed “Autopilot was not enabled” in the vehicle.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #harris-county-tex, #musk-elon, #national-transportation-safety-board, #tesla-motors-inc, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

2 Killed in Driverless Tesla Car Crash, Officials Say

“No one was driving the vehicle” when the car crashed and burst into flames, killing two men, a constable said.

#deaths-fatalities, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #harris-county-tex, #musk-elon, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #tesla-motors-inc, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #woodlands-the-tex

Apple’s C.E.O. Is Making Very Different Choices From Mark Zuckerberg

Tim Cook views privacy as ‘one of the top issues of the 21st century.’ Other tech leaders don’t seem to agree.

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Apple’s C.E.O. Is Making Very Different Choices than Mark Zuckerberg

Tim Cook views privacy as ‘one of the top issues of the 21st century.’ Other tech leaders don’t seem to agree.

#advertising-and-marketing, #apple-inc, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #facebook-inc, #mobile-applications, #parler-llc, #social-media

Is Apple’s Privacy Push Facebook’s Existential Threat?

Tim Cook says no.

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Tesla’s Autopilot Technology Faces Fresh Scrutiny

Federal regulators are investigating 23 recent accidents in which drivers were, or may have been, using the automatic steering and braking system.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #center-for-auto-safety, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #roads-and-traffic, #tesla-motors-inc, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

The Coming Technology Boom

Politics is grim but science is working.

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G.M.’s Profits From Trucks and S.U.V.s Fuel Its Electric Quest

The automaker earned more than $6 billion last year — money that it will plow into the development of electric and autonomous vehicles.

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G.M. Wants to Make Electric Cars. China Dominates the Market.

With government support and lavish subsidies, Chinese companies have come to dominate the market for batteries, motors and other essentials Detroit may need for its new fleets.

#automobiles, #batteries, #china, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #foxconn-technology, #general-motors, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lithium-metal, #politics-and-government

German Automakers Are Charged Up and Ready to Take on Tesla

As Tesla completes a factory in Berlin, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are introducing electric cars in bids to defend their dominance of the luxury market.

#audi-division-of-volkswagen-ag, #batteries, #bayerische-motorenwerke-ag, #berlin-germany, #daimler-ag, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #mercedes-benz, #musk-elon, #renault-sa, #springer-axel-verlag-ag, #tesla-motors-inc, #tuscaloosa-ala, #volkswagen-ag

Trump Threatens to Reject $900 Billion Stimulus

The president threatened to upend a hard-fought compromise, but he may not get what he wants.

#apple-inc, #cook-timothy-d, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #musk-elon, #opioids-and-opiates, #stimulus-economic, #tesla-motors-inc, #trump-donald-j, #vetoes-us, #walmart-stores-inc

Autonomous Vehicles Take Another Big Leap

The Amazon-owned Zoox is unveiling an electric self-driving vehicle. But are we ready for driverless cars?

#amazon-com-inc, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #urmson-chris-p-1976, #zoox-inc

Uber Jettisons Flying Car Project

A day after handing its autonomous car project to a Silicon Valley start-up, Uber is ridding itself of another expensive operation.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #joby-aero-inc-joby-aviation, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #start-ups, #uber-elevate, #uber-technologies-inc

California, Vaccines, Georgia: Your Monday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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Uber Giving Self-Driving Car Project to a Start-Up

Company executives once said having cars that can drive on their own would be a salvation for their business. But the effort turned into a legal and financial headache.

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Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves

In one Southern California city, flying drones with artificial intelligence are aiding investigations while presenting new civil rights questions.

#chula-vista-calif, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #drones-pilotless-planes, #federal-aviation-administration, #police, #privacy, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Driverless Cars Go Humble to Get Real

Recent developments point to promise for driverless car technology, if we stay realistic.

#driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #spam-electronic, #text-messaging, #voyage-auto-inc

When Start-Ups Go Into the Garage (or Sometimes the Living Room)

Labs closed in the pandemic, but innovation doesn’t stop. So while some workers have the home office, engineers have the garage.

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Driver Charged in Uber’s Fatal 2018 Autonomous Car Crash

Investigators said the woman had been watching a video on her phone when the vehicle killed a pedestrian in Arizona.

#driver-distraction-and-fatigue, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #herzberg-elaine-1968-2018, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #uber-technologies-inc

Kamala Harris’s Big Tech Connections

Silicon Valley has enthusiastically backed Ms. Harris since she first ran for state attorney general in California a decade ago.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #harris-kamala-d, #presidential-election-of-2020, #privacy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Star Technologist Who Crossed Google Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

Anthony Levandowski, a onetime star Silicon Valley engineer of self-driving cars, had pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets.

#automobiles, #computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #google-inc, #industrial-espionage, #intellectual-property, #levandowski-anthony, #uber-technologies-inc, #waymo

Disabled Do-It-Yourselfers Lead Way to Technology Gains

So long to overhyped innovations. Hello to tech that embeds accessibility into everyday devices.

#americans-with-disabilities-act, #blindness, #computers-and-the-internet, #disabilities, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #dyslexia, #innovation, #mobile-applications, #prostheses, #race-and-ethnicity, #smartphones, #voice-and-speech, #wheelchairs

This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream

Perfecting the technology has taken longer than expected. The coronavirus pandemic has made it even more difficult.

#argo-ai, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cruise-llc, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #robots-and-robotics, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #waymo

Australia’s Fire Season Ends, and Researchers Look to the Next One

With its otherworldly conditions, Australia has become a testing ground for fire-prediction technology.

#australia, #commonwealth-scientific-and-industrial-research-organization-australia, #computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #fires-and-firefighters, #flowers-and-plants, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #jet-propulsion-laboratory, #new-south-wales-australia, #space-and-astronomy, #wildfires, #your-feed-science