NTSB finds Tesla Autopilot crash due to inattentive driver

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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A Driverless Tesla?

Tesla’s  Driverless Assisted Car

Following a software update that will soon be released, some Tesla owners will gain a co-pilot.

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Although not yet driver-less, the software enhanced Tesla will:

  1. Self-park
  2. Change Lanes
  3. Use assisted steering to maintain speed, and distance from, other cars
  4. Warn the driver against drifting out of the lane

For more on this, and to view the Tesla Model S Auto-Steer test drive click here to continue to TechCrunch

 

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Tesla; the S is for Submersible

Tesla Model S Submarine Easter Egg

 

This week I had an opportunity to ride in a Tesla. The driver commented on how it was the first car to make him feel like an 18 year old behind the wheel. Here's another example of how Tesla is bringing the fun.

Spring is (finally) here and in tribute to the season I present an early Easter egg, courtesy of Tesla.

Disclaimer: The author makes no claim that your model will be watertight, nor that it will be equipped with SONAR, subsurface-to-air missiles or Barbara Bach.

Tesla Model S 007 Easter Egg

  1. Using the Dashboard touchpad, access the Control Menu. The vehicle controls for the Model S will display.
  2. Hold theTESLA t button down for 3 seconds. A Please Enter Access Code prompt will appear.
  3. Enter 007 and tap OK.
  4. Re-access the Controls Menu and tap the Suspension Tab. The Lotus Espirit displays (from the Bond classic The Spy Who Loved Me).

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    Lotus Espirit with Submersible settings displayed

Set Depth option to 20,000 leagues (thanks, Jules Verne) and enjoy.

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Vessyl: It knows what you’ve been drinking

Any idea how much sugar is in that juice drink?

The Vessyl drinking cup can detect and log your fluid intake.

Vessyl Drinking Thermos

(This post originally appeared in LinkedIn)

Worried you’re not sufficiently hydrating during the day?
Any idea how much sugar is in that juice drink?

The Vessyl drinking cup (now accepting pre-orders) can detect and log your fluid intake. How smart is it? In addition to H2O this chalice can apparently identify various beverages by name (e.g., Crush soda, Vitamin Water, Tropicana O.J.) and even varieties of Gatorade flavors. The on-cup display shows beverage amount and components (i.e., sugar, caffeine, etc.) and the data is sent to your activity tracking device.

Although I am not sold on the need for this level of monitoring I do appreciate the science behind it. Among the wave of activity trackers flooding our internet shelves this will certainly appeal to some.

For more on the Vessyl click here.

Column Select

Looking for an easy way to highlight a column that is not in a table? Use COLUMN SELECT

Note: This tip works equally well when editing an email in Outlook.

Looking for an easy way to highlight a column that is not in a table? Use COLUMN SELECT

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Column Select

  1. Click insertion point at begining of text
  2. Press ALT as you CLICK + DRAG to end point.

Once selected the text can be formatted or deleted. The selection collapses after your executed command.

Be smooth:  ALT+CLICK instruction brings up the Thesaurus*, so be don’t click quickly. Column Select (ALT + CLICK + DRAG) works best to when you use a smooth, paint-like motion (more like Pollock than Seurat)

* (a deadly neolithic creature hellbent on correcting ingesting your text and regurgitating its own).

Watch this 1m video for more.

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Comments and questions are always welcome!

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PivotTable Introduction: Step by Step

Concept

PivotTables are one of the most powerful tools in Excel’s data management arsenal. Surprisingly, it is also one of the most overlooked tools. A PivotTable enables the reviewer to statistically analyze data in various flexible formats. By pivoting bits of data into place you are able to create new views of worksheet data in seconds.

Figure 1 PivotTable report example

Preparation:

To create a PivotTable you must start with a database. For Excel’s purposes a database can be defined as:

A table, where the first row contains the column headings (field names), each row contains data, and is devoid of blank rows or columns.

First, review your data and, if necessary cleanup the data. This will include deleting unnecessary blank rows. It may also include inserting blank rows between titles and summaries.

Execution

Click here to open ‘PivotTable Intro.XLS ‘ and follow below instructions.

To insert a PivotTable report

  1. Place cursor on one of the data values of the table.
  2. On the Insert tab, click PivotTable. The Create PivotTable dialog appears.
  3. Confirm the settings and click OK. A new sheet is displayed, and the PivotTable Field List pane appears at right.
  4. Drag the fields in the pane into the appropriate area at bottom.
  • Row: Region, Product
  • Column: Market
  • Value: Quantity

To update the PivotTable

After editing the original database, you must manually update the PivotTable to reflect those editions.

  1. Click on one of the values in the PivotTable.
  2. On the Analyze tab, in the Data group, click Refresh.

Tip Double + Click on a PivotTable value to Quick query the data. Excel will copy the supporting records onto a new sheet for your review. This data is not dynamic. To prevent unintentional editing it is recommended that you delete this sheet, following your review.

Slicers

Slicers, new to version 2010,  enable you to filter select records to display. In earlier versions of Excel, this is accomplished using Filters. 

To Filter the PivotTable report using Slicers

  1. Click on one of the values in the PivotTable, to display the PivotTable Ribbon tools.
  2. On the Analyze tab, in the Filter group, click Insert Slicer. The Insert Slicers dialog appears.
  3. Check the field(s) you wish to create filters for and click OK. The Slicer pane(s) is added to the worksheet.
  4. Click on item(s) in the Slicer pane to display only those records.

Review

  • When generating a PivotTable, the source data must be in a ‘clean’ table.
  • Slicers can be used to enhance the report layout.
  • Double + Click a data point to quickly query the data.

Word: Move Rows in a Table Shortcut

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Here is an old favorite* Word Tip.

Looking for an easy method to move a table row up?

  1. Place cursor on the row.
  2. Press ALT + SHIFT + Up Arrow.

Repeat as necessary until the cursor is elevated to desired position. As you probably guessed, pressing ALT + SHIFT + Down Arrow moves the selected row down.

This trick is not just limited to tables.  It also works with:

  • Bulleted text
  • Numbered lists
  • Outline text
  • Non-numbered paragraphs
  • IQ points

Okay, admittedly that last one was just wishful thinking :).

* Tip applies to Word versions 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013. This tip may be relevant in  earlier Word versions, but to confirm this I would have to pull out my old PC from its resting spot, on a shelf, under a pair of  acid-wash jeans, wedged between an un-seeded Chia Pet and my Commodore VIC 20.

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Comments and questions are always welcome!