An Ohio man using the autopilot feature on his Tesla Model S died after an accident in early May. This was the first death reported with the autopilot feature.
Joshua Brown was driving in Williston, Florida on May 7 when the car didn't detect a tractor trailer making a right turn in front of him. The preliminary investigation concluded that the driver and the car couldn't tell the difference between the white side of the car and the bright light of the sun.
"Had the Model S impacted the front or rear of the trailer, even at high speed, its advanced crash safety system would likely have prevented serious injury as it has in numerous other similar incidents," the Tesla Blog wrote.
Tesla also said that the feature is still in beta mode but is constantly improving and requires the driver to go keep both hands on the wheel at all times and "maintain control and responsibility" for the car while on the road.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defects is currently investigating to see if the accident was because of a defect on Tesla's part.
BMW announced today that they are working on a self-driving car that should be ready for mass production in 2021. Self-driving cars are supposed to bring a major improvement since human error is responsible for 94 percent of crashes, according to PBS. Discuss
The robotics company Boston Dynamics, who seems increasingly intent on ushering in the end of humanity at the hands of soulless mechanical death creatures, has released a look at their newest creation “SpotMini.”
Sure, it looks fun and cute at first, but if you glimpse into its blank, dead eyes, you realize it’s actually a four-legged robot hell-beast. One minute it’s loading the dishwasher, the next it’s leading a revolt against mankind.
Warning, you may want to have some tissues handy before watching this video. The clip shows two brothers—who both suffer from colorblindness—seeing color for the first time in their lives. As the clip shows, the experience is completely overwhelming, and totally heartwarming.
Finally, a way to read the Word without all of those pesky words. A translation called “Bible Emoji” has been released, using a emoji icons, text-message-style language and social media slang in the place of traditional verses. It’s basically every hermeneutics professor’s nightmare. The “Bible 4 Millienials,” as it is being marketed, was the brainchild of a Twitter user who goes by an emoji (the smiley face wearing Ray Bans) instead of, you know, a name. Read More
Could cellphones cause cancer? The National Toxicology Program, which is funded by the federal government, has released the findings of a new $25 million study, and it’s pretty scary. The peer-reviewed research looked at years of experiments on lab rats, finding an increase occurrence of tumors among those exposed to radiation like the kind emitted by phones.
Fortunately, the increased risk was relatively small, but considering that the tumors formed in the heart and the brain, it’s still concerning. In a statement, the group said,
Given the widespread global usage of mobile communications among users of all ages, even a very small increase in the incidence of disease resulting from exposure to [radio-frequency radiation] could have broad implications for public health.
Further research, and possible new safety guidelines for cellphone usage, will be released sometime next year. Discuss