Friday, January 1, 2016

We here Ya'll

Self Driving car Biz...

Regulators in California have published draft proposals designed to pave the way for the public to start using self-driving cars on the roads.
However, the cautious recommendations from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will, initially at least, insist on a fully licensed driver being behind the wheel, ready to take over in an emergency or if the technology fails.
California has been the testing ground for most of the development, and so regulations in the state are considered to be precedent-setting.
Prospective users of self-driving cars will need to undergo special training, and manufacturers would be required to monitor the cars' use.
Answering a common query, regulators said any traffic violations or accidents would remain the responsibility of the human driver.

'Potential risks'

Many firms are investing heavily in researching and creating self-driving vehicles, such as Ford, Uber and Tesla.
Google, which leads the research field, has made a self-driving car without any controls such as steering wheels or pedals.
Lexus cars
Image captionThe Lexus cars are able to go on public streets as they have traditional controls that can be used in an emergency
But the DMV's proposals would mean such vehicles would not, for the foreseeable future at least, be made available for consumers.
A statement from the DMV read: "Given the potential risks associated with deployment of such a new technology, DMV believes that manufacturers need to obtain more experience in testing driverless vehicles on public roads prior to making this technology available to the general public."
Instead, any car offering self-driving capability must also be fitted with traditional controls - such as the adapted Lexus Google has been testing on roads already.


This slightly dampens hopes that self-driving technology would enable those who are currently unable to drive - such as people with disabilities - to get on the roads.
However, the DMV said it would reassess the safety of fully-autonomous vehicles in the future.
A public consultation on the draft will take place in the new year.
The draft also adds requirements for manufacturers to ensure that vehicles are protected from cyber attacks.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

We gotta Be better Ya'll.

Tom Cotton has been a United States Senator for just two months and he already went from conservative shooting star with sights set on the White House to absolute embarrassment not just to the GOP, but to America’s image as a whole. You’ve got to admit, even for a politician, that kind of flame-out is pretty spectacular.

Fresh off his error-prone letter to Iran, Cotton sat down with Face the Nation’s Bob Schieffer to defend his actions and managed to make more errors. Unlike many of his colleagues, Cotton, who was the principal author of the letter, claims he feels no remorse for signing it. In his interview, Cotton tries to maintain that he was simply pointing out that he and his party could easily kill any deal Iran makes with the Obama administration, and that he meant no harm by it.

“It was so important we communicated this message straight to Iran,” Cotton said Sunday on CBS News’ Face the Nation, adding that he had “no regrets at all” for his communications with Tehran.

The Arkansas senator, who now serves on the Foreign Relations Committee, stood behind the warnings in the letter, signed by 46 other Republican legislators.

“It’s a simple fact of our constitution that if Congress does not approve that deal, then it may not last,” Cotton stated. He further asked for the executive branch to “call [Iran’s] bluff” in the negotiations.

Given the understandably icy reception the letter has received from the American people, it remains to be seen if doubling down on its intent will do wonders for Cotton’s popularity. However, it’s the comments Cotton made near the end of his interview that will likely raise the most eyebrows.

While explaining why he just had to write the letter, Cotton cited Iran’s quest for regional domination. Specifically, he felt that the fact that Iran already occupies Tehran is proof enough. But then, Iran would occupy Tehran, wouldn’t they, because Tehran is the capital of the country. These remarks come only days after Cotton decided the only way he’d agree to a deal with Iran is if they immediately dismantle their nuclear weapons – which they don’t have.

It’s baffling to see a person so clearly clueless about the Middle East act as the GOP’s spokesperson on the region. One might assume the party wouldn’t be eager to keep putting him in front of cameras and let him give remarks. However, there is good reason to believe many in his party actually secretly agree with him.