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CNBC: 'I hate them': Locals reportedly frustrated with Alphabet's self-driving cars

CNBC: 'I hate them': Locals reportedly frustrated with Alphabet's self-driving cars


Jillian D'Onfro | @jillianiles
Published 8 Hours Ago Updated 1 Hour Ago

Alphabet's self-driving cars are annoying their neighbors in Chandler, Arizona.

More than a dozen locals who work near Waymo's office gave The Information the same unequivocal assessment of the cars, which reportedly struggle to cross a T-intersection there: "I hate them."

One woman said that she almost hit one of the company's minivans because it suddenly stopped while trying to make a right turn, while another man said that he gets so frustrated waiting for the cars to cross the intersection that he has illegally driven around them.

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Waymo and other self-driving car companies will continue to try to work out software kinks and expand their regions of operation, but experts are divided on when self-driving cars will actually become mainstream.

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Jonathan Pie: The President & The Porn Star.

Transition To Autonomous Cars Will Take Longer Than You Think, Waymo CEO Tells Governors

Transition To Autonomous Cars Will Take Longer Than You Think, Waymo CEO Tells Governors


Sam Abuelsamid - Jul 20, 2018,1:07 pm

Speaking in a fireside chat at the National Governors Association meeting Friday, Waymo CEO John Krafcik told the gathering that the “time period will be longer than you think” for automated vehicles to be everywhere. Krafcik spent his conversation with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval emphasizing the need for safety in developing automated driving systems and at the same time tempering some of the expectations caused by the hype around this technology.

Krafcik praised the progress that has been made on safety in recent decades including the installation of 8 to 10 airbags in every new vehicle and the adoption of a range of active safety and driver assist technologies like automatic emergency braking and stability control. He also offered some thoughts on why we actually seem to be going backwards on road safety in the last few years with an increasing number of fatalities.

“There are no autonomous systems available, zero on the road today,” said Krafcik. “Anything you can buy on the road today is a driver assist system, that means the driver is completely responsible for the car and I think there is so much confusion on that.”

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Despite the rapid accumulation of testing miles, Krafcik warned the governors not to end all of their infrastructure investments just yet. Responding to a question about the need for new parking facilities, he responded that there will be a very long period of overlap between personally owned human driven vehicles and shared automated vehicles from Waymo and others. He suggested that it might be possible to slow down on some massive parking structures but was non-committal on timelines.

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Go home, self driving car. You're drunk.

Better call a flatbed for a ride home.

We need to stand FOR things, not simply AGAINST them

I am scared. I am frustrated.

We have a terrifying man residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20050. This man represents my worst fears of who could occupy this powerful post.

He is a bully. He is arrogant, uncouth, illiterate of history and disdainful of the less fortunate.

And he is worshiped by some, and tolerated by many more who are seeing a temporary increase in their financial status. People frightened to look down the road at the long term effects of the "hotshotting" of the economy.

The natural reaction is to oppose him in every way conceivable.

Alas, we are stuck in a quandary. We can protest, we can shun, we can yell in public and throw his enablers out of restaurants. But when we do, for some reason, THEY score the moral victory. THEY successfully portray themselves as the victims and soak up the sympathy that belongs to the genuinely oppressed.

As things stand, we MAY be able to squeak through a slim House majority. I cannot see us recapturing the Senate.

We have to get busy explaining to people what we can do FOR them that is better than the deal we have now. Just running on the negative, on what is wrong with them will NOT restore the Democratic party.
Posted by FrodosNewPet | Tue Jul 3, 2018, 09:27 AM (8 replies)

Why emergency braking systems sometimes hit parked cars and lane dividers

Why emergency braking systems sometimes hit parked cars and lane dividers

Recent Tesla Autopilot crashes hold a lesson for the whole industry.


Timothy B. Lee - 6/8/2018, 11:23 AM

The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday provided new details about a March crash in Mountain View, California, that claimed the life of engineer Walter Huang. The Model X had its Autopilot driver assistance system engaged, and, according to the NTSB, the car "began a left steering movement" seven seconds before the crash that put it on a collision course with a concrete lane divider. Then, in the last three seconds before the crash, "the Tesla’s speed increased from 62mph to 70.8mph, with no precrash braking or evasive steering movement detected."

This isn't the only recent case where Autopilot steered a Tesla vehicle directly into a stationary object—though thankfully the others didn't get anyone killed. Back in January, firefighters in Culver City, California, said that a Tesla with Autopilot engaged had plowed into the back of a fire truck at 65mph. In an eerily similar incident last month, a Tesla Model S with Autopilot active crashed into a fire truck at 60mph in the suburbs of Salt Lake City.

A natural reaction to these incidents is to assume that there must be something seriously wrong with Tesla's Autopilot system. After all, you might expect that avoiding collisions with large, stationary objects like fire engines and concrete lane dividers would be one of the most basic functions of a car's automatic emergency braking technology.

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Superior awareness is not enough. Driver assist and autonomous systems need precise position and path data to understand when stationary objects are and are not a threat. Otherwise, even if they are safer in many situations, they will not be as good as human drivers in situations involving threat recognition and judgement.
Posted by FrodosNewPet | Sat Jun 9, 2018, 06:09 PM (0 replies)

Body camera footage shows police fatally shoot naked man

Body camera footage shows police fatally shoot naked man

(Warning: Disturbing footage)


By Meghan Keneally | May 25, 2018, 5:30 PM ET

Police tased and then fatally shot a naked man after a confrontation on a Virginia highway earlier this month.

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The footage shows police approaching a car that had been driven off a highway, with an officer ordering the driver to stay in the car.

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Moments later, the naked driver, later identified as Marcus-David Peters, runs out of the car towards the highway. He was struck by a car and begins rolling around the highway.

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The approaching officer is seen holding a yellow taser. Peters gets up from the ground and starts walking towards the officer. He is heard saying "back the f--- up... put the taser down or I'll kill you."

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'False positives' pose challenge for autonomous vehicles, says Clyde & Co

‘False positives’ pose challenge for autonomous vehicles, says Clyde & Co


23rd May 2018 - Author: Matt Sheehan

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Nigel Brook, a partner at Clyde & Co, said: “An autonomous vehicle has to interpret its changing surroundings so as to navigate roads while avoiding collisions. But can the AV’s systems rapidly distinguish between a ‘false positive’ such as plastic bags blown by the wind from a real threat?

“If the systems are too ‘neurotic’, the ride will be jerky and uncomfortable; too relaxed, and the car could fail to react to real danger. This is one of the fundamental challenges faced by all AV developers, not just Uber.”

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Commenting on the challenge of interpreting data, Brook added: “There are lots of things humans find very easy and machines find very hard – such as picking one type of object out of a bucket containing multiple objects.

“Through years of experience, our brains develop an impressive ability to process images and work out what is happening without any conscious thought. Machines struggle in this regard – and this is where the real challenge lies.”

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Faux Snooze is not covering Trump's ZTE directive to the Commerce Department

After trashing ZTE over the sanctions and security concerns a couple weeks ago, are they afraid of their core audience suffering fits of confusion?

Uber reportedly thinks its self-driving car killed someone because it 'decided' not to swerve

Uber reportedly thinks its self-driving car killed someone because it ‘decided’ not to swerve

The car’s sensors saw her, but may have flagged the detection as a ‘false positive’


By Sean O'Kane | May 7, 2018, 2:41pm EDT

Uber has discovered the reason why one of the test cars in its fledgling self-driving car fleet struck and killed a pedestrian earlier this year, according to The Information. While the company believes the car’s suite of sensors spotted 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she crossed the road in front of the modified Volvo XC90 on March 18th, two sources tell the publication that the software was tuned in such a way that it “decided” it didn’t need to take evasive action, and possibly flagged the detection as a “false positive.”

The reason a system would do this, according to the report, is because there are a number of situations where the computers that power an autonomous car might see something it thinks is a human or some other obstacle. Uber reportedly set that threshold so low, though, that the system saw a person crossing the road with a bicycle and determined that immediate evasive action wasn’t necessary. While Uber had an operator, or “safety driver,” in the car who was supposed to be able to take control in a failure like this, the employee was seen glancing down in the moments before the crash in footage released by the Tempe Police Department.

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In the wake of the crash, signs have emerged that Uber’s self-driving program was potentially fraught with risk. For one thing, Uber had reduced the number of “safety drivers” in its test cars from two to one, according to a New York Times report. This explained why the driver who was in the car that killed Herzberg was alone.

Then in late March, Reuters discovered that Uber had reduced the number of LIDAR sensors on its test cars. (LIDAR is considered by most to be critical hardware for autonomous driving.) All this was happening in an environment with little oversight from the government in Arizona. Emails obtained by The Guardian in the weeks after the crash detailed a cozy relationship between Uber and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey that may have allowed the company’s test cars to hit the road even earlier than previously thought.

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Posted by FrodosNewPet | Tue May 8, 2018, 03:14 AM (9 replies)
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