Buckingham councillor Warren Whyte, the man in charge of the county’s failing children’s services has come under fire for “flaunting” his Tesla car worth tens of thousands of pounds on social media. In May, councillor Whyte set up a Twitter account dedicated to the leased vehicle and has since posted more than 100 times about the car’s day-to-day-ventures – including trips to Silverstone racing circuit in Northamptonshire.He appears to tweet pretending to be the car under the handle @RedTesla75 writing: “My human is getting excited…the delivery date has been brought forward to Friday 22 June” and boasting he named the vehicle Whiplash – “thanks to its rapid acceleration”.Environmentally-friendly Tesla – owned by controversial business mogul Elon Musk – specialises in electric vehicles which start at a price of £66,000.However questions have been raised over whether the councillor tasked with … [Read more...] about Buckingham councillor under fire for ‘flaunting’ his expensive Tesla car on social media
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Christian Wolmar 7 July 2018 9:00 AM 7 July 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp I was worried that going to the autonomous vehicle exhibition in Stuttgart would be tantamount to an atheist walking into St Peter’s while the Pope was conducting a mass. There is something religious about the fervour with which adherents to the driverless credo practise their faith and promise us a new kingdom. Their proselytising has indeed convinced many. Politicians are making outlandish statements, such as Jesse Norman’s two weeks ago, that ‘Our entire use of roads is to be revolutionised by autonomous vehicles’, and pouring large sums — a promised £180 million so far — into bizarre research projects such as the development of strange robot cars slower than a Reliant Robin and allowed only on pavements in Milton Keynes. The public, too, has been won over. Ask the average Joe in your local or even Basil in his … [Read more...] about The dream of driverless cars is dying
The Tesla Inc. Model X that crashed in California earlier this year while being guided by its semi-autonomous driving system sped up to 71 miles an hour in the seconds before the vehicle slammed into a highway barrier, investigators said Thursday.U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued a preliminary report on the March 23 crash showing that the driver’s hands were detected on the steering wheel only 34 seconds during the last minute before impact.The investigation is the latest to shine a spotlight into potential flaws in emerging autonomous driving technology. Another NTSB probe of a self-driving Uber Technologies Inc. car that killed a pedestrian March 18 in Arizona found that the car’s sensors picked up the victim, but the vehicle wasn’t programmed to brake for obstructions.Walter Huang, a 38-year-old engineer who worked at Apple Inc., died in Mountain View, California, in the March 23 crash when his Model X struck the barrier as he was using the … [Read more...] about Tesla Model X in California Crash Sped Up Prior to Impact
CLOSE Google Duplex will call salons, restaurants, and pretend to be your personal human. USA TODAY Google will one day be able to drive a car for you. It can help you compose your e-mails and finish your thoughts now, automatically. And now, in a spooky view of the future, it can even make phone calls on your behalf. Google's display of artificial intelligence and what computers are now capable of this week at its I/O developer's conference was both the most exciting breakthrough in tech of the year, and the scariest. Via a program it calls Duplex, it showed how a smartphone app could replicate a human voice, down to the "umms" and "ahhs" in pauses. The bot sounded more real than the person it was calling. (Listen to my Talking Tech podcast here for audio examples.) While the idea is a practical one — saving us the hassle of making phone calls to set up reservations at restaurants and hair salons — Google's breakthrough has the potential … [Read more...] about Should you be worried that Google wants to do all your chores?
A man who switched on his Tesla's autopilot and sat in the passenger seat while trabvelling along a busy motorway has been banned from driving for 18 months. Bhavesh Patel, 39, was driving his Tesla S 60 on the M1 at 7.40pm on May 21 last year when he switched on the supercar’s autopilot function. He then moved across to the passenger seat, leaving the steering wheel and foot controls completely unmanned. A witness noticed Patel, who had owned the car for a maximum of five months at the time of the incident, and filmed the reckless behaviour. Read more Tesla faces labour investigation after allegation of injury undercount Tesla car involved in fatal California crash 'was on autopilot' Tesla car that was sent to Mars has missed its target No one could be seen in the driver’s seat and Patel appeared to have his hands behind his head. The witness, who was a passenger in another car, filmed Patel as the car drove past. Witness accounts stated that traffic was heavy due to … [Read more...] about Tesla driver caught turning on autopilot and leaving driver’s seat on motorway