Alexandria Sage

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14 Feb 2019 | 12:13 PM

Apple ramps up self-driving programme as Waymo says its tech improves

Apple Inc has sharply increased its efforts to test self-driving cars on public roads but lags far behind market leader Waymo on a key safety metric, according to data released on Feb 13 by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Waymo led the industry with 11,017 miles between disengagements in 2018, a 50% improvement from 5,595 miles the year before. Waymo said the improvement came despite driving 1.2 million miles in California, where roads are much busier than other areas where it is testing vehicles, such as suburban Arizona. — Reuters
10 Jan 2019 | 12:57 PM

CES 2019: Vehicle screens go super-sized as tech catches up

Take a glance at the vehicle displays shown at CES and you could be forgiven for thinking you are at the movies.

A 48in (1.22m) dashboard video screen is displayed in a Byton M-Byte electric vehicle during the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. — Reuters
9 Jan 2019 | 12:19 PM

CES 2019: Move aside, backseat driver! New tech at gadget show monitors you inside car

As vehicles get smarter, your car will be keeping eyes on you.

Occupants, inside a car, on a monitor using technology by Silicon Valley company Eyeris, which uses cameras and AI to track drivers and passengers for safety benefits. Data from the cameras is analysed with image recognition software to determine whether a driver is looking at his cellphone or the dashboard, turned away, or getting sleepy, to cite a few examples. — Reuters
6 Dec 2018 | 6:21 PM

Waymo unveils self-driving taxi service in Arizona for paying customers

Alphabet's Waymo on Dec 5 launched a significant development in its costly, decade-long quest for autonomous transportation: self-driving taxis that actually generate fares.

28 Aug 2018 | 12:17 PM

Tesla, Elon Musk win dismissal of lawsuit over Model 3 production

A federal judge in San Francisco dismissed a securities fraud lawsuit in which Tesla Inc shareholders accused the electric car company and chief executive Elon Musk of misleading them about the progress of production of its Model 3 vehicle.

Breyer said that while shareholders claimed that Tesla fell short of its production goals, "federal securities laws do not punish companies for failing to achieve their targets". — Reuters
29 Jul 2018 | 11:48 AM

Six people killed as California wildfire spreads

REDDING, Calif. (Reuters) - A 70-year-old woman and her two great-grandchildren were among six people killed when a wildfire engulfed entire communities in northern California, officials and family members said.

25 Jul 2018 | 3:54 AM

Pompeo says North Korea test site reports consistent with commitments

STANFORD, California (Reuters) - Reports that North Korea has started dismantling facilities at a rocket test site are consistent with a commitment Pyongyang made at a summit last month, but it must go further and fully denuclearize, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday.

3 Jul 2018 | 9:00 AM

Tesla hits Model 3 manufacturing milestone, hours after deadline

Tesla Inc nearly produced 5,000 Model 3 electric sedans in the last week of its second quarter, with the final car rolling off the assembly line on Sunday morning, several hours after the midnight goal set by Chief Executive Elon Musk.

A Tesla Model 3 sedan, its first car aimed at the mass market, is displayed during its launch in Hawthorne, California in 2016. — Reuters
24 May 2018 | 11:50 AM

Consumer groups ask US agency to probe Tesla ‘Autopilot’ ads

Two US consumer advocacy groups urged the Federal Trade Commission on May 23 to investigate what they called Tesla Inc's "deceptive and misleading" use of the name Autopilot for its assisted-driving technology.

The groups said that a series of ads and press releases from Tesla as well as statements by Musk "mislead and deceive customers into believing that Autopilot is safer and more capable than it is known to be". — Reuters
28 Mar 2018 | 12:32 PM

Nvidia halts self-driving tests in wake of Uber accident

Chipmaker Nvidia Corp said on Tuesday it has suspended self-driving tests across the globe, a week after an Uber Technologies Inc autonomous vehicle struck and killed a woman crossing a street in Arizona.

"Nvidia has no choice but to take steps in the context of the fear, uncertainty and outrage likely to be stimulated by a robot car killing a human being," said Lanctot. — Reuters