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Tesla on autopilot crashes into parked Laguna Beach police car

Tesla on autopilot crashes into parked Laguna Beach police car

It seems that the evidence against self-driving technology are slowly piling up. Coincidentally, the biggest number of them are coming from the car company that isn't actually pushing for self-driving cars that much. Tesla's cars have recently been involved in a few crashes, including a fatal one, that have been attributed to its Autopilot mode. And it seems it's not yet over as another incident has been blamed on the car's Autopilot mode. Almost ironically, the car in question crashed into a police cruiser but, fortunately, the story doesn't have a tragic ending.

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Uber’s new in-app panic button directly dials 911

Uber’s new in-app panic button directly dials 911

Uber has added a panic button to its mobile app for US customers. We've known since the company's April announcement that it was planning to add a new safety feature to the app this summer, one that directly dials emergency services for drivers who fear for their safety. This is one of multiple safety measures the company is taking to address criticism.

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4.8m vehicle Fiat Chrysler recall after cruise control refuses to turn off

4.8m vehicle Fiat Chrysler recall after cruise control refuses to turn off

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is warning owners of 4.8 million vehicles in the US not to use cruise control, after discovering a flaw that could leave drivers unable to deactivate it. A recall is underway for all of the vehicles, which span FCA's Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, and Ram lines, and include sedans, SUVs, and pickups.

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Trust in autonomous cars is falling

Trust in autonomous cars is falling

Trust in autonomous vehicles has faded among American drivers, new research suggests, with recent crashes and other incidents blamed for souring potential riders on the developing technology. While a number of companies have closed trials underway involving driverless cars, the general expectation among automakers and others is that it won't be until 2020 or later before services begin to take off in earnest.

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Fatal autonomous Uber crash report says car wasn’t programmed to brake

Fatal autonomous Uber crash report says car wasn’t programmed to brake

The initial report on the Uber self-driving car crash that saw a pedestrian killed in Arizona has been released, with the NTSB putting the spotlight on the vehicle's emergency braking system. While the preliminary report does not go into analysis of the crash, nor reach any conclusion about who - or what - was at fault, it does reveal more of the circumstances of the incident in March.

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Facebook’s AI now filters out those photos you trusted your ex with

Facebook’s AI now filters out those photos you trusted your ex with

Late last year, we learned of Facebook's plan to combat the spread of revenge porn through its services. The plan was admittedly a little weird, as it involved sending your own naked photos to yourself through Messenger and having a Facebook engineers create a unique hash for those images that would prevent them from being shared across the whole of Facebook. The company has fine-tuned its approach to revenge porn prevention in the months since we first heard about this initiative, and today it's launching this new program in a few regions around the world.

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Mobileye autonomous car runs red light, blames TV cameras

Mobileye autonomous car runs red light, blames TV cameras

Autonomous cars are the future and promise safer roads and fewer accidents, but they are far from perfect right now. Uber's autonomous car killed a pedestrian recently and now an autonomous ride from Mobileye, a company owned by Intel, has run a red light and the driver failed to stop the car. The incident happened while testing in Jerusalem in a Mobileye car that lacks radars and lasers used by other companies.

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Tesla Model 3 brake controversy loses EV a key recommendation

Tesla Model 3 brake controversy loses EV a key recommendation

Tesla's Model 3 may be its most affordable car, but concerns over braking performance has seen the electric sedan miss getting the nod from Consumer Reports. Latest in a series of ongoing tensions between the testing company and the EV-maker, the decision comes as Tesla announced it was almost ready to open the order books on even more expensive versions of the electric car.

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Smart luggage-maker Raden unexpectedly shuts down: Goodbye warranty

Smart luggage-maker Raden unexpectedly shuts down: Goodbye warranty

Another smart luggage company has closed its doors, with startup Raden blaming the change in battery policies for air travel for the decision to shut up shop. The news makes Raden the second bag-maker to cease operations this month, each citing the tougher rules applied by airlines last December.

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Smarter Autopilot attention tracking reportedly vetoed by Tesla execs [Updated]

Smarter Autopilot attention tracking reportedly vetoed by Tesla execs [Updated]

Tesla engineers considered adding a driver attentiveness system to Autopilot to ensure users weren't leaving their electric car to its own devices, but Elon Musk and other executives overruled the suggestion, according to a new report. The leak is likely to bring Autopilot safety back into the spotlight, amid long-standing suggestions that some Tesla owners over-estimate - intentionally or otherwise - just how capable the semiautonomous system actually is.

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Uber’s pedestrian-killing autonomous car reportedly chose not to stop

Uber’s pedestrian-killing autonomous car reportedly chose not to stop

The fatal collision involving Uber's autonomous car in Arizona earlier this year saw the vehicle's systems intentionally avoid swerving, insiders claim, having reportedly been programmed with a higher tolerance for unexpected items in the lane ahead. The crash took place in Tempe, AZ, in March of this year, with a driverless car in self-driving mode colliding with a pedestrian who stepped out unexpectedly into the road.

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I’ve got one big question after Waymo’s autonomous car crash

I’ve got one big question after Waymo’s autonomous car crash

Waymo's computers may not have been at the wheel during the Arizona car crash last Friday, but eventually autonomous car developers will have to figure out just how human they dare let their AI drivers behave. While plenty of attention has been given to the technological barriers to self-driving cars, and a reasonable amount to the insurance and regulatory implications, there's a big black hole in one other key element. That's driverless car ethics.

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