Self driving cars will never be able to drive in the very worst conditions, the head of Waymo has claimed. He also says that while driverless cars are 'truly here', it will be decades before they are widespread. 'Autonomy always will have some constraints,' John Krafcik, head of the self-driving car unit of Google parent company Alphabet, told CNET. Scroll down for video Police in Arizona have recorded 21 incidents in the past two years concerning vigilante citizens who have cast rocks, pointed guns at and slashed the tires of Waymo's autonomous vans 'It's really, really hard,' Krafcik said. 'You don't know what you don't know until you're actually in there and trying to do things.' While self driving cars may not become widespread soon, Krafcik said trucking is one area where self-driving vehicles could appear, due to a shortage of drivers. 'The trucking shortage is now,' Krafcik said. 'Moving goods on freeways to hub to hub is … [Read more...] about Self driving cars will NEVER be able to drive in all conditions, the head of Google’s Waymo autonomous vehicle unit admits
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The Romanian health service is facing a crisis as thousands of highly skilled doctors leave to work in the UK and other European countries, according to the president of the Romanian College of Physicians. In Britain, the debate for the past 18 months has focused on the predicted influx of "beggars and benefits cheats" that has so far failed to materialise following the lifting of working restrictions for Romanians and Bulgarians on 1 January. But Professor Vasile Astarastoae says it is Romania that is facing the real crisis, because the number of doctors going to work abroad has rocketed since 2007. "There is a major crisis in Romania when it comes to having enough doctors. In 2011 there were 21,400 doctors working in Romanian hospitals. On 1 November 2013 there were only 14,400," he said. Earlier this month new figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) showed that 26% of NHS doctors were foreign nationals. And according to the latest General Medical Council … [Read more...] about Romanian health service in crisis as doctors leave for UK and other states
Donald Trump's draconian stance on immigration has been causing chaos and upset both constitutionally , and on a personal level for those affected. US Homeland Security is well-known for its rigorousness, and with tensions running high in the States, many travellers are preparing themselves for a bumpy ride. On a recent trip to New York, Australian software engineer David Thornton duly braced himself for some cross-examination . What he was not expecting was the bizarre turn his interview took. Having been studying in Europe, David, 24, was on his way back home via a holiday in the US. Things had already been strained in the immigration queue at Newark airport, with one man admitting he'd previously been refused entry to the United States. David explained, "It was taking longer than usual, but I expected that. When I rocked up and it was my turn to talk to the Customs and Border Protection officer he asked all the regular questions. It was nothing out of the ordinary." Speaking to … [Read more...] about Man’s interview at US airport takes sinister turn with bizarre line of questioning
In the latest round of proposed tit-for-tat import barriers amid the current US-China trade row, Beijing has among other things threatened to double its duties on car imports from the United States. This would lead to a 50-percent tariff on inbound car shipments from the US. The United States has about two months to officially comment on China's proposed tariffs as Beijing is waiting for US action before implementing any retaliatory measures. But should China eventually slap higher import duties on cars, it would have no small impact as US factories export around 270,000 cars to China annually, with the Asian nation sending relatively few cars in the opposite direction. Watch video 01:35 Share China threatens to match US import taxes Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/2vVFw China threatens to match US import taxes It would definitely be a blow to US … [Read more...] about German carmakers among the biggest losers in US-China trade row?
The attack on Saudi Arabia's largest petroleum-processing facility over the weekend struck at the heart of one of the most important oil-producing regions in the world: the Middle East.As the former US ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Barbara A Leaf wrote on Twitter in the wake of the attack: "The US has an abiding interest in energy market stability. No true energy independence exists for any of us. All are linked. So an attack on Abqaiq and more than halving of Saudi production affects us all."Which region is the biggest producer?At the heart of this world oil trade web is the Middle East, from which around 40% of all oil produced flows to the rest of the world, largely by sea.Saudi Arabia's main customers include Japan, South Korea, and China. India and Pakistan are also large importers of Middle Eastern oil.Almost three quarters of state energy giant Saudi Aramco's oil goes to Asia - meaning the region has the most to lose from any potential disruption to supply stemming from … [Read more...] about Where does the world’s oil come from and what’s the impact of an attack in the Middle East?