California Testing Digital License Plates

You might soon be able to buy digital license plates, but these digital displays don’t come cheap.

California is testing new digital license plates on vehicles. Although it opens up new possibilities, it also raises new privacy concerns.

Five years ago, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation authorizing digital license plates to be tested in his state. The displays are finally hitting the streets in California.

According to Fortune.

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Tesla Says Autopilot Feature Not Engaged in Brussels Car Crash

Tesla denied Autopilot is to blame for the crash in Brussels. The driver was in control without using Autopilot when the accident took place.

 A Model S crashed into parked cars in the Brussels borough of Saint-Gilles on Tuesday and the driver reportedly said he was outside the car, with the engine running.

However, Tesla Inc. denied reports made earlier this week that its Model S vehicle started up on its own and crashed into several cars this week while in Autopilot mode, as the driver in the incident was operating his car himself. Continue reading

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Tesla Bursts into Flames after Fatal Crash in Switzerland

Swiss firefighters have indicated the impact of a fatal crash involving a Tesla car may have set off a fire in the vehicle’s battery, causing the vehicle to go up in flames.

A 48-year-German driver died when on Thursday his car hit a barrier on a motorway in the southern Swiss canton of Ticino, turned over and burst into flames.

The car burst into flames and was attended to by Bellinzona firefighters, who say the blaze may have been caused by the Tesla battery.

The crash is one of several accidents to affect Tesla vehicles in recent days, and one of several crashes in recent years involving fires.

According to The Reuters.

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Waymo Releases Video from Autonomous Car Just Before Crash

Waymo has released a video of the moments before the crash.

Another self-driving car has been involved in a crash and it is the second incident in less than two months.

The accident happened in Chandler at Chandler Boulevard and Los Feliz Drive, east of McClintock Drive. On Friday night, Waymo released a video of the moments leading up to the crash. The video is taken from front-facing camera sensors mounted in the car.
According to Chandler Police, the incident took place Continue reading

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Buick’s Stunning Semi-Autonomous Electric Concept Boasts Massive Range

Buick Enspire 2018 SUV uses Cadillac’s Super Cruise system.

Buick pulled the wraps off its new Enspire 2018 concept SUV. The electric concept car made its debut at Auto China in Beijing. It has semi-autonomous features, enviable range and is quicker than ever.

Buick shared the first images of its new SUV concept just ahead of the auto show. First of all, the concept is incredibly good looking and full of advanced technology promises. Sleek design and smooth uninterrupted curves are giving the SUV elegance and also meant to improve its aerodynamic performance. Continue reading

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Mustang and Focus Hatch Will Be Only Ford Cars Sold in U.S. in 2020

Ford drops all but two models from its North American dealerships.
It seems it is the end of the lineup for the Fiesta, Fusion and the compact Focus crossover. The models will disappear in the region. Ford Motor Co. announced Wednesday, dropping most of its North American car lineup is part of company’s broad plan to save money and make the company more competitive in a fast-changing marketplace. Continue reading

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Global Race to Develop Autonomous Ships

Global race to develop crewless ships leaves U.S. behind.

While U.S. was about to become a major player in the global race to develop self-navigating ships, other competitors in the field are trying to leave it behind.

Last year, chemical experts Yara and aerospace company Kongsberg announced that they joined forces to develop the world’s first autonomous, zero-emissions container ship. Continue reading

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Watch How AI Creates a 3D Model of a Person

Watch artificial intelligence create a 3D model of a person for just a few seconds.

A minute-and-a-half long video shows how artificial intelligence is able to transform the image of a human body into a 3D character after they turn around themselves. The system requires special camera equipment to detect depth or to view someone from multiple angles. A new algorithm creates 3D models using standard video footage from one angle.

Watch the video here.

Source ScienceMag.

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Alibaba And Ford Opened China’s First Car Vending Machine

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group and US carmaker Ford open a car vending machine in China’s southern city of Guangzhou.
The five-story building offers up to 42 cars of various models, including the Ford Explorer SUV and the Mustang. The potential buyers are able to see, test drive and purchase the vehicles via Alibaba’s online shopping platform T-Mall.

It will be the first car vending machine in China and will be open to the public from April 23. All customers will be given a three-day test drive before they commit to any purchase.

After months of planning, Alibaba in partnership with Ford opened the country’s first car vending machine in the city of Guangzhou. The company is already planning a second vending machine to be opened in Beijing, and a third one in Hangzhou. Continue reading

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The New Subaru Will Warn if You Are Sleepy or Distracted

The new Subaru Forester will use facial recognition technology to detect driver’s fatigue.

Subaru announced at the New York International Auto Show that it will equip the next generation Forester with an interesting safety feature that is totally new to the automaker’s lineup and uses facial recognition.

The Japanese company has become the first car maker to install facial recognition inside a vehicle for the purpose of detecting driver’s fatigue or distraction.
The feature, named DriverFocus, is part of the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology Continue reading

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