John Maddox is senior director of autonomous safety and compliance at Lyft. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. When President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act in 1956, he predicted that the connected highway system would change the face of America. And it did exactly that - reshaping the way we move, and creating tremendous economic value. But it also created new challenges for our communities. Now, we stand to witness the next transportation revolution with the advent of self-driving cars. Self-driving vehicles have the potential to improve safety and reshape cities to transport people more efficiently. But to reach that future, we have work to do. Public and private stakeholders, including rideshare companies, public transit operators and local, state and federal governments must work together to create consistent industry regulations and streamline the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. Rideshare's role … [Read more...] about For a self-driving future, it’s not just the tech we need to get right
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Washington, DC (CNN Business)For most people building self-driving cars, lidar is viewed as a godsend. In recent years, enthusiasm for the technology has sparked shortages of the depth-measuring sensor, acquisitions of startups developing it and more than a billion dollars of investments. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says they're all wasting their time. "Lidar is a fool's errand," Musk said in April at a Tesla event. "Anyone relying on lidar is doomed. Doomed." Lidar, which stands for light detection and ranging, sends out pulses that bounce off objects and return to the sensor, telling it how far away things are. This point cloud shows where lidar pulses reflected off nearby objects, helping a car to understand its surroundings. Companies with the most experience developing self-driving cars — including Alphabet's Waymo, Ford (F), and Amazon-backed Aurora — believe lidar is critical for safety. Lidar startups have raised $1.2 billion in the past five years, according to CB … [Read more...] about Most self-driving companies say this tech is crucial. Elon Musk disagrees.
If you see an electric scooter tootling along the street by itself in the not-too-distant future, do not be alarmed. It’s probably on its way to a charging station. Segway-Ninebot, currently the largest scooter supplier for smartphone-based services such as Bird and Lime, has unveiled a semi-autonomous scooter that can make its way to a charging station when its battery runs low. The KickScooter T60 will begin road testing in September 2019, and is slated to become available to scootersharing services in the first quarter of 2020. Scootersharing companies currently pay teams of people to gather up the scooters for recharging at the end of each day. While not exactly good news for those collectors who rather like the idea of holding onto their job, a scooter that can pretty much make its own way to a charging station will certainly be of interest to scootersharing companies as they look to streamline their operations. The KickScooter T60 could also help restore order to particular … [Read more...] about You could soon see electric scooters driving themselves to charging stations
It is set to make Tesla's ludicrous mode look positively pedestrian. A Canadian firm has unveiled the C5-Blast Ultimate, which is says will be capable of reaching 60 mph (98 km/h) in just 1.5 seconds. The electric engine is helped along by fans, providing both a forward thrust and helping lift the kart up, reducing its weight. Scroll down for video The $60,000 C5-Blast Ultimate, will be capable of reaching 60 mph (98 km/h) in just 1.5 seconds thanks to boost fans HOW IT WORKS The C5-Blast's power comes from a 10-kW brushless electric motor fed by a 2,400-Wh lithium-ion battery, but that isn't the only thing helping it leap off the line. The driver is also flanked by four Electric Ducted Fan (EDF) motors that provide 60 kg (132 lb) of forward thrust, while eight more are mounted in the bodywork providing 96 kg (212 lb) of upwards thrust. 'Who needs one? No one. Who wants one? Everybody,' the firm claims on its website. 'The EDF motors help reduce the … [Read more...] about The world’s fastest go-kart: $60,000 fan powered vehicle can go from 0-60mph in just 1.5 seconds
London-based Laureti Automotive Corporation plans to drive in an electric SUV, DionX, in India in 2021 as part of its plans to provide clean mobility solutions in the country. The company is also in the process of investing USD 370 million (around Rs 2,577 crore) to set up a manufacturing facility at Puducherry with an initial capacity of 10,000 vehicles per annum which could be scaled up to 20,000 units by 2023. The DionX and its components will be manufactured and assembled at the facility. "This facility is scheduled to commence operations in the third quarter of 2021," Laureti Automotive Corporation CEO Marcus Paleti told PTI. The model, which company claims to have a range of 540 km on a single charge, would be launched simultaneously in European and Indian markets in 2021, he added. "The state government (Puducherry) has been proactively assisting us over the past 14 months to set up the facility, that ensues an investment of USD 370 million," Paleti said. When asked about … [Read more...] about Laureti to drive in electric-SUV DionX in India in 2021
Shocking footage shows a man believed to be a corrections officer driving into a group of anti-ICE protesters who were sitting outside a detention facility in Rhode Island. The protesters were sitting on the pavement to block staff from parking at Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility, which works with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), when a black pickup truck barreled towards them. At around 10 pm on Wednesday night, a black pickup truck drove slowly up to a group of roughly 40-50 protesters blocking the entrance to the location's parking lot. Shocking footage shows a man believed to be a correctional officer driving into a group of anti-ICE protesters who were sitting outside a detention facility in Rhode Island The driver then went straight through crowd as people scream in the background and jump onto the back of the vehicle in an attempt to stop it. Corrections officers subsequently came running outside and asked people to back away from the vehicle. They then began … [Read more...] about Shocking moment ‘corrections officer’ at ICE detention center drives his truck through crowd of peaceful protesters before officials pepper spray them