U.S. drivers still aren t quite as excited about self-driving vehicles as tech and car companies are, according to a new study released Monday.Nearly half of respondents to an April survey by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute said their preferred level of automation was no self-driving.Overall public opinion has been remarkably consistent over the two years that this survey has been conducted, said the study s authors, Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak.The general patterns of responses have not changed over the course of these two surveys, despite the increased media coverage of self-driving vehicles.When asked about riding in vehicles that were either completely self-driving or partially self-driving, 37.2 percent of respondents were very concerned about the completely self-driving cars, compared with 17 percent who were very concerned about the partially self-driving vehicles.In addition, 94.5 percent of respondents would prefer that completely self-driving vehicles still have a steering wheel and gas and brake pedals so human drivers can take over a vehicle if needed.The study, which received 618 surveys completed online using SurveyMonkey, report results that are in line with a study released by AAA in March, which in January found that 3 out of 4 U.S. drivers were afraid to ride in a self-driving car.Speaking of being afraid, a report last month by the Rand Corporation doesn t help: It found that self-driving cars may not be proven safe for decades — because they just haven t been driven enough.On the other side, proponents of self-driving cars argue that they are safer than cars driven by humans.Photo: A Google self-driving car travels eastbound on San Antonio Road Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 22, 2015 in Mountain View, Calif. Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group  Tags: autonomous, cars, safety, self-driving, survey, vehicles
A new regulatory framework for self-driving cars is coming from the federal government next month.But what good will it be?States will still be allowed to implement their own rules, according to Mark Rosekind, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief.We will have no say in what that states want to do, Rosekind said Wednesday at a conference in Detroit, according to the Wall Street Journal.That means companies working on autonomous vehicles will probably still have to contend with proposed rules such as requiring drivers behind the wheel of supposedly driverless cars California , or special licenses New Jersey .In his March testimony before a Senate committee, Chris Urmson, director of Google s self-driving car effort, said:A Google spokesman said the company had no additional comment this morning.Rosekind of the NHTSA said the guidelines that will be unveiled in July will offer different approaches to oversight of driverless vehicles.He also stressed the need for the government to be nimble when it comes to this rapidly advancing technology.The autonomous vehicle industry is on version 238.32 by the time we get regulations out, Rosekind said, according to Reuters.Photo: A Google self-driving car travels eastbound on San Antonio Road Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 22, 2015 in Mountain View, Calif. Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group Tags: autonomous, cars, Google, laws, NHTSA, robot, rules, self-driving
Reuters – A digital video disc player was found in the Tesla car that was on autopilot when its driver was killed in a May 7 collision with a truck, Florida Highway Patrol officials said on Friday.Whether the portable DVD player was operating at the time of the crash has not been determined, however, and witnesses who came upon the wreckage of the 2015 Model S sedan gave differing accounts on Friday about whether the player was showing a movie.Questions of why the car did not stop for a turning truck, and whether the victim, Joshua Brown, was watching the road are critical for Tesla.The Palo Alto luxury electric car maker is facing a preliminary inquiry by federal regulators over the safety of the Model S Autopilot system that was engaged at the time of the crash in Williston, Florida.It could be weeks if not months before officials make a final determination of the cause of the crash, the first known fatality of a Model S driver while using Autopilot.Meanwhile, the accident is stoking the debate on whether drivers are being lulled into a false sense of security by suchtechnology.A man who lives on the property where Brown s car came to rest some 900 feet from the intersection where the crash occurred said when he approached the wreckage 15 minutes after the crash, he could hear the DVD player.An FHP trooper on the scene told the property owner, Robert VanKavelaar, that a Harry Potter movie was showing on the DVD player, VanKavelaar told Reuters on Friday.Another witness, Terence Mulligan, said he arrived at the scene before the first Florida state trooper and found there was no movie playing.He was a Tesla enthusiast and a former Navy SEAL who ran atechnology company, according to his family and his company s website.Mulligan said he was driving in the same westbound direction as the truck before it attempted to make a left turn across the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 27 Alternate when he spotted the Tesla traveling east.Mulligan said the Tesla did not appear to be speeding on the road, which has a speed limit of 65 miles per hour, according to the FHP.But the car never slowed down, and the remainder of the car, without a roof, kept the same speed after going under the trailer, Mulligan said.Lawyers for Brown s family released a statement Friday saying the family is cooperating with the investigations and hopes that information learned from this tragedy will trigger further innovation which enhances the safety of everyone on the roadways.
A second Tesla has crashed in Autopilot mode, though there were no fatalities this time.The accident took place about 100 miles east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.The police report notes that a Model X was traveling east with two passengers on board when it crashed into a guard rail on the right side of the road.The force of the impact caused it to collide with the concrete median, and sent it across the eastbound lanes.It then rolled, and came to a stop on its roof in the middle of the road.Luckily, the two passengers walked away without major injuries.
Image caption There have now been two widely-publicised crashes involving TeslasA second crash involving a Tesla car - which includes a self-driving feature known as Autopilot - is being investigated by the US authorities.The accident in Pennsylvania left the driver and his passenger injured.The carmaker said that there was "no evidence" that Autopilot was responsible.It follows an investigation into a fatal accident in Florida where the focus is on the apparent failure of Tesla's technology.In the incident in Pennsylvania, the Model X car hit a guard rail and veered into the eastbound lane, ending up on its roof.
Last month, we got our first look at Eastbound & Down star Danny McBride on the set of Ridley Scott s sci-fi thriller Alien: Covenant, and now we have a few more details about his role in the film, straight from the actor himself.Along with revealing the nature of the part he plays in the sequel to Prometheus and, reportedly, the prequel to Alien , McBride also shared some thoughts on the practical effects used in the film.With production still ongoing, the actor had a lot to say about what franchise fans can expect to see in the 2017 film.I m the pilot of the spaceship Covenant, McBride told Rolling Stone.It s a colonization ship, searching for a planet where we might start life anew.The film reportedly follows the crew of the aforementioned colonization ship as they discover a planet that initially seems like a paradise, only to discover that it holds a dark, deadly secret.
The series, which ran on HBO for four seasons, was one of those shows that seemed perpetually on the brink of cancellation—though not for lack of comedic power.Created by McBride, Jody Hill, and Ben Best who created The Foot Fist Way , and produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay who brought The Foot Fist Way to audiences , Eastbound & Down follows former pro baseball pitcher Kenny Powers McBride through his post-MLB life.WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: Halt and Catch FireWIRED Binge-Watching Guide: Peaky BlindersBut whereas other similarly themed movies and TV series have attempted to depict what happens next to former celebrities, Eastbound & Down is unique in that Powers very public crash and burn is only the beginning of his downward spiral.Yet it says something about his character that, at his lowest points, he still manages to return home to the people who know him best and have the least amount of tolerance for his antics, like his brother Dustin Hawkes , sometime-girlfriend April Katy Mixon , and devoted sidekick Stevie Steve Little .
California is relaxing some rules for testing of self-driving vehicles on its roads, including one that requires a licensed driver to be behind the wheel.The state s new draft rules, released Friday, come a couple of weeks after the release of federal guidelines on autonomous vehicles, and after months of pressure from tech and other groups that say the California Department of Motor Vehicles rules were too strict.In addition, California Gov.Jerry Brown last week signed a bill that would allow for truly driverless car testing, but only for a couple of pilot projects at a testing facility in Concord and a business park in San Ramon.Last December, California released self-driving car rules that disappointed industry players such as Google, which said that requiring drivers behind the wheel defeated the purpose of autonomous vehicles for groups that might benefit from them most, such as the disabled.The revised rules say manufacturers can test autonomous vehicles without a driver behind the wheel as long as they meet requirements that include a two-way communication link between the car s passengers and a remote operator, and the vehicle meets federal standards.The federal standards include a 15-point safety assessment.Google said it has no comment about the revised rules at this time.Another revision prohibits the advertisement of lower level automated technology from being advertised as autonomous or self-driving if a human is responsible for controlling the vehicle.For example, Tesla s Autopilot technology has been criticized for promising too much, with Consumer Reports and others calling on the Silicon Valley automaker to rename the feature in the wake of at least one fatal crash that involved Autopilot.The DMV is soliciting public comment on the revised draft rules at a workshop at the state capitol in Sacramento on Oct. 19.Photo: A Google self-driving car travels eastbound on San Antonio Road on Oct. 22, 2015 in Mountain View.
Call Of Duty pro gamer Phillip 'Phizzurp' Klemenov has died in a car accident, team H2K confirmedProfessional Call of Duty player Phillip 'Phizzurp' Klemenov has died from injuries sustained in a car accident on Sunday morning 2 October .His girlfriend Adrianna Lemus, who was in the car with him in Aurora, Colorado, announced his death in an emotional statement on Twitter.Rest in peace my angel."Wearing a sling on her arm, she said Klemenov lost control of the car and hit a light pole and multiple trees."The preliminary investigation shows a black Infinity was eastbound on Florida when it lost control and rolled several times ending up on the sidewalk to the north of East Florida Avenue," local police said in a statement.
Commercial sales of Google s self-driving cars may take place incrementally, but the company won t be going the incremental route with autonomous technology, a high-profile executive said.Astro Teller, head of the Google parent firm Alphabet s  X experimental moonshot unit, said at a conference this week that the self-driving car project is now going through the corporate and legal hoops to stand as a separate company.Financial operations for the car unit were taken out of X on Jan. 1, Teller said.Mr. Teller said Alphabet will likely roll out its self-driving cars incrementally over the next several years as they improve with more time on the road, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.For example, the company  could choose to launch the cars commercially in just a handful of cities with favorable roads and weather, before expanding to more challenging roadways and climates, he said.While many other firms including Tesla have been moving toward fully autonomous vehicles via an incremental approach with features such as lane-keeping and emergency braking, Alphabet remains committed to putting out cars that permit no human intervention.At the WSJ.D Live conference, Teller reaffirmed that approach, saying,  You press a button and tell the car where you want to go.Not everyone is as convinced as Teller that fully autonomous cars will be ready for the roads within the next several years.Prominent researcher Raj Rajkumar, co-director of the General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab, believes the technology won t be sufficiently developed for at least 10 years.Teller declined to describe the company s business model for autonomous cars, saying such vehicles would be sold for individual use and for car-sharing, but which one Alphabet does, we have our thinking on it, according to the Journal.Photo: A Google self-driving car travels eastbound on San Antonio Road in 2015 in Mountain View.
The Google self-driving car unit, now a standalone company called Waymo, has entered into formal talks with Honda to integrate Waymo s technology into Honda vehicles, the Japanese auto firm announced Tuesday.Honda indicated that it would embrace Google s long-stated intent to put onto public roads completely autonomous vehicles, which don t need human backup.Honda noted that it had said earlier it planned to put vehicles with some automated-driving capabilities onto highways around 2020.But then it added that this technical collaboration with Waymo could allow Honda R to explore a different technological approach to bring fully self-driving technology to market.Honda s announcement described the Waymo gear to be installed into Hondas as fully self-driving sensors, software and computing platform.The autonomous Hondas would join Waymo s fleet, which includes the bubble-shaped prototypes, Lexus SUVs and the recently added Chrysler Pacifica minivans.If the firms reach a deal, Waymo engineers in Mountain View and Novi, Michigan where Google opened an autonomous-vehicle development center earlier this year would work closely with Silicon Valley-based Honda engineers, according to Honda.Waymo, which Google spun off as a separate business Dec. 13, remains under the umbrella of Alphabet, Google s parent company.Photo: A Google now Waymo self-driving car travels eastbound on San Antonio Road in October 2015 in Mountain View Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group Tags: Alphabet, autonomous vehicles, Chrysler, Google, Honda, Lexus, Pacifica, robot, self-driving cars, Silicon Valley, Waymo
ljubaphoto via Getty Images A smartphone app helped find a missing man whose car crashed.Authorities in Northern California say the body of a missing man was found inside a wrecked vehicle after his wife used a smartphone app to locate his cellphone.It was in an area surrounded by a fence, trees and bushes that was not visible from the street or thruway, Officer Art Montiel, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol s Redwood City division, told The Huffington Post.Jayesh Patel, of Pacifica, was last seen alive on Friday, Dec. 16, around 10 p.m.When the 49-year-old failed to come home, his wife contacted police and reported him missing.The following day, Patel s wife decided to utilize a smartphone app to ping her husband s cellphone.
p The actor Danny McBride looked around the Jekyll & Hyde Club, in the West Village, and said, “This is where the New York bankers do all the big deals, huh?” It was shortly after noon, and the putatively scary horror-themed restaurant—skeletons in top hats, chattering mummies—was empty.“I worked in places like this in Los Angeles,” the actor continued, “and I recognize that disgusting stale-beer stink.”A waiter dropped by and delivered a rapid spiel: “There’s-going-to-be-a-crazy-guy-walking-around-don’t-make-too-much-eye-contact-and-you-should-be-fine.” Unconcerned, McBride ordered a Caesar salad with chicken, then suggested that the menu was a missed opportunity: “The names should be more horror-infused, more ‘The Creature from the Black Lagoon’ Wings.” He snickered genially.In Ridley Scott’s new film, “Alien: Covenant,” the latest installment of the actually scary horror franchise about aliens who burst from the bellies of spaceship crew members, McBride plays a jaunty Southerner named Tennessee.The forty-year-old actor, who grew up in Virginia, is known for his gallery of overconfident Southern men-children.Beginning with his irrepressibly cocky Kenny Powers, in the HBO series “Eastbound & Down,” which he co-created with Jody Hill and Ben Best, McBride wanted, he said, “to make fun of a South where you could learn an ancient martial art like Tae Kwon Do in a shopping center next to a tanning salon.” However, he added, “After ‘Eastbound,’ every script I would get was, like, ‘You’re an asshole.’ I’d fallen down the asshole well.”
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Error loading player: No playable sources foundFlights from London to New York take longer than the other way around and it could be down to climate change according to Paul Williams, a Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading.He spoke with Business Insider UK about how climate change is affecting the jet stream, particularly on flights across the Atlantic.Read the full transcript below:"As the jet stream across the Atlantic speeds up in response to climate change, I think we will see eastbound flights speeding up and westbound flights slowing down."We have evidence that the wind patterns between 30,000 and 40,000 feet where planes cruise are changing because of climate change.
NTSB did not have any major new findings beyond those we reported in June, nor did its findings differ from a National Traffic Highway Safety Administration investigation into the event.At this point the facts are clear: Joshua Brown was overly reliant on Tesla's Autopilot function and interacted with the car only seven times in 37 minutes—while traveling at 74mph.The crash occurred on May 7, 2016, on US Highway 27A near Williston, Florida.The road in question is a four-lane highway with the eastbound and westbound lanes separated by a grass median, but it's important to note that it is not a controlled access or divided highway.The Tesla hit the trailer roughly in its middle, a collision that sheared the roof from the electric vehicle, which continued another 300 feet (91m) down the road before slamming into a utility pole and coming to rest a further 50 feet (15m) in someone's front yard.As NHTSA found, the Automatic Emergency Braking feature on the Tesla—in common with just about every other AEB fitted to other makes of cars—was not designed in such a way that it could have saved Brown's life.
A teenage boy has died in hospital after being found unconscious on the hard shoulder of a motorway.The 14-year-old was discovered on the side of the M67 eastbound at junction 3, Hyde, Greater Manchester, during Friday afternoon rush hour, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.Officers found the boy in a critical condition and he was taken to hospital where he died early on Saturday following what police called “unsurvivable” injuries.Police believe he was hit by a car.Police said in a statement: “It has been established that a grey convertible BMW was driving eastbound when it was involved in a collision with the teenager who was in the carriageway.”The motorway was closed for several hours while officers carried out forensic and reconstruction work.
When Elon Musk posted photos of two Tesla Semis leaving Gigafactory 1 on Wednesday morning, the first thing we thought about was him chasing the two trucks, wearing a white cowboy hat in a Tesla Roadster, blasting "Eastbound and Down" by Jerry Reed (aka the "Smokey and the Bandit" theme), and it made us happy.What actually happened though is only mildly less exciting -- this is the first loaded, long-range test of the Tesla Semi that we're aware of and it's hauling real stuff, aka batteries (probably), all the way from Reno, Nevada to Fremont, California, a distance of around 269 miles.First production cargo trip of the Tesla Semi heavy duty truck, carrying battery packs from the Gigafactory in the Nevada mountains to the car factory in CaliforniaA post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Mar 7, 2018 at 11:23am PSTIn the past, Musk has said that the cost of transporting batteries from the Gigafactory to the production line in Fremont would be gigantic and has posited that a Hyperloop would be the best solution.The Tesla Semi seems like it will function as a pretty solid stop-gap until that eye-wateringly expensive tunnel gets dug and the technology for the Hyperloop is fully fleshed out.
Commercial sailing ships had long taken three, sometimes four weeks to make the eastbound crossing of the Atlantic; the westbound route, against the wind, usually took six weeks.The first steamship made the eastward crossing only in 1833, when the Quebec-built SS Royal William went to England, after stopping to take on coal in Nova Scotia.It was only in April 1838—180 years ago this month—that steamships pioneered the westward route.Meanwhile, the British and American Steam Navigation Company tried to steal a march by chartering the SS Sirius, a small wooden paddle-wheel vessel built for the Irish (London–Cork) service.The Sirius left Cobh, Ireland, on 4 April 1838, its boilers operating under 34 kilopascals (4.9 pounds per square inch), for a peak engine power of 370 kilowatts.Even with its four-day head start, the Sirius (averaging 14.87 km/h) barely beat the larger and faster ship, arriving in New York on 22 April 1838 after 18 days, 14 hours, and 22 minutes.
A Waymo self-driving vehicle was involved in a serious accident in Chandler, Arizona earlier this afternoon.Local police have said that there were minor injuries from the incident after a sedan swerved into the Waymo van to avoid another collision, ABC 15 reported.I’ve contacted the Chandler police department for more information.Although Waymo has said it will be testing vehicles without safety drivers in Arizona, this was not one of them.An operator was in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash, though the car was in autonomous mode, police said.Aerial footage and images posted online by onlookers show that this was no fender-bender.