Police later said the safety driver wasn’t watching the road, but was instead streaming The Voice on her phone at the time of the crash. After a lengthy investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board split the blame between Uber, the safety driver, the victim, and the state of Arizona in a blistering official report that also took the federal government to task for failing to properly regulate the industry. The company was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing by local authorities. Uber settled a lawsuit with Herzberg’s family for an undisclosed sum. … [Read more...] about Uber is bringing its self-driving cars to Washington, DC
Uber Technologies Inc will put self-driving vehicles on Washington, D.C. roads Friday with human drivers in control, the ride share company said on Thursday, as it seeks to collect data for future deployment of fully self-driving vehicles. Uber is collecting similar road data to support development of self-driving in Dallas, San Francisco and Toronto with human drivers in control. The goal is for computers to operate the vehicles eventually. The company said it hopes "this first round of manually driven data collection will lay the foundation for testing our vehicles in self-driving mode in Washington, DC." Uber is operating self-driving cars in autonomous mode in Pittsburgh with safety drivers behind the wheel but only during daylight hours. Uber has taken a more cautious approach to testing since one of its self-driving vehicles killed a pedestrian in March 2018 in Tempe, Arizona, the first death involving an autonomous vehicle. In the aftermath of the crash, Uber suspended all … [Read more...] about Uber self-driving cars, with humans in control, to cruise Washington, D.C.
Here are some of their guesses so far: There were signals from a wind farm under the balloon's flight path, crashing ocean waves, wind turbulence, gravity waves, clear air turbulence, and vibrations caused by the balloon cable. The scientists have another payload planned for the 2015 HASP balloon launch, which could help reveal more about strange infrasound sources. … [Read more...] about Eerie ‘X-Files’ Sounds Recorded from the Edge of Space
Doe’s attorneys are spread across two activist organizations, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and the ACLU of New Mexico. The team previously won a $1.1M settlement on her behalf to settle related claims filed against the University Medical Center of El Paso. Under the terms of the new settlement with the feds, the two ACLU organizations will send advisory letters to hospitals from San Diego to Houston, notifying them of their rights and responsibilities. In addition, hundreds of CBP agents will have to undergo retraining. … [Read more...] about Feds will pay $475,000 to settle “illegal body cavity search” case
Arturo Casadevall of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in The Bronx, New York, says he expected to be replaced, but not so abruptly. The real surprise, he says, “is that all the members who have been through the H5N1 debates have been replaced at the same time” and that the news came on a Sunday evening “right after a week of all these headlines.” He adds that some of the remaining members “are very experienced.” … [Read more...] about Updated: U.S. biosafety panel to come out of hibernation with new members