excerpted from: TechCrunch article
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a meeting this week to discuss the results of its investigation into a 2016 crash in which a Tesla Model S with Autopilot engaged collided with a transport truck, resulting in the death of the Tesla’s driver Joshua Brown.
The NTSB report follows a finding earlier this year from NHTSA that found no evidence that Tesla’s Autopilot software didn’t work as intended. The NTSB similarly found that the system operated as intended – but also cited the driver’s inattentiveness, a result of his excess reliance on the Autopilot tech, was a cause in the death.
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Brown delivers..by air!
Traffic, road work and accidents all complicate the UPS delivery schedule, but none of these land-based impediments should deter a drone, right?
UPS announced today that it has successfully delivered a package in Florida using an autonomous drone that launched from one of its delivery trucks. The test is the first step in what the company hopes could one day become a more routine use of drones for package delivery.
UPS is betting the driver-drone pairing will double their efficiency. The driver can complete one delivery and dispatch the drone to another, later rendezvousing at some point along the return route.
yeah, but how will the drone look in brown shorts?
Honda’s displayed its concept Riding Assist motorcycle model at CES, today. It can help motorcycles maintain balance while traveling at low speed, something particularly tricky for even experienced drivers. These motorcycles will leverage Honda’s Asimo Articulated Movement Intelligence, the same programming that makes a bot walk, dance, kick; even strut like Tony Manero.
For more on this concept bike and Asimo click here for the TechCrunch post.
“I want to go to there.”
The self-driving movement is coming to Amsterdam’s canals. Researchers are planning to launch “roboats” to traverse the Dutch capital’s canals next year, part of a five-year project to test the self-driving vessels’ ability to transport people and goods in a city whose area is about one-quarter water.
For more, follow this link to Quartz article.