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Tesla Motor’s Autopilot Takes Patient To Hospital In Time

Tesla Autopilot Test-DriveAfter plenty of controversy around the Autopilot feature in Tesla Motors’ new vehicles, there is a breath of hope for the company as the feature has ended up possibly saving a life. Joshua Neally would testify to this.

The 37-year-old was driving his brand new Tesla Model X from his office in Springfield, Missouri, when he felt sudden biting pains in his chest due to a blocked artery in his lungs. Distraught with the pain, Neally decided to rely on the car’s autopilot feature to take him to the hospital.

“It was the most excruciating pain I’ve ever had,” he told local KY3 news. “It was kinda getting scary. I called my wife and just said, ‘Something’s wrong.’”

“I just knew I had to get there, to the ER,” he said.

The autopilot feature requires the driver to touch the wheel every few minutes, which Neally was able to keep up for 20 miles on the highway. He said he had to keep trusting the software, otherwise the car would have either crashed, or stopped to the side of the road.

After being carried to near a hospital, Neally mustered his strength and took control of the car, drove off the highway exit ramp and then the rest of the way to the hospital. He has now recovered and continues to receive treatment.

This incident is a stark contrast to the previous accidents that were caused, at least in part, due to the autopilot feature in the vehicles. So far, there have been three accidents involving the Model S and Model X, of which the Model S accident was fatal.

Tesla Motors have refused to give a statement after this incident.

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SpaceX Launches New Style Space Station Docking Port

A new style space station docking port has been launched by SpaceX, en route to the ISS (International Space Station).

An unmanned Falcon rocket was launched from Florida early on Monday, carrying 5,000lbs (2,267kg ) of supplies in the Dragon space capsule in addition to the new docking port.

SpaceX Launches New Style Space Station Docking PortThe Dragon successfully made it into orbit, according to NASA, and is expected to arrive at the ISS on Wednesday.

This was SpaceX’s second attempt at launching a new-style docking port, and the first successful launch. The first launch was a rocket accident casualty, and blew apart over the Atlantic Ocean last year.

SpaceX has also managed to bring back the used first-stage booster to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for a vertical landing – only the second ever land landing for an orbital mission and the ultimate in recycling.

NASA requires this new docking ring to be set up on the space station so that American citizens can fly up in crew capsules next year.

The metal docking ring, built by Boeing, is 2.4m (7.8ft ) in diameter. After its attachment to a berthing port on the station, it will serve as a parking space for commercial spaceships under development by SpaceX and Boeing. The manned crafts are scheduled to begin test flights next year.

SpaceX intends to launch one of its recovered rockets as early as autumn of this year, Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of SpaceX for mission assurance said.

Landing the rocket is a secondary goal. The main mission is placing the Dragon capsule into orbit and sending it on a two-day trip to the station.

 

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Consumer Reports Magazine Asks Tesla To Rebrand The Autopilot Feature In Light of Recent Accidents

tesla model 3Popular magazine Consumer Reports urged automobile innovator Tesla Motors to disable the automatic steering function in their electric powered vehicles, and to change the name of the Autopilot driving assist system, pointing out that the name can create false presumptions about the actual working.

The autopilot system is currently under investigation, after a failed test resulted in the death of a driver last month.

Consumer Reports, a magazine with a wide subscription and influence on consumers’ decisions to buy vehicles, stated that the name ‘autopilot’ creates an image of a self-driving car in the minds of potential buyers, which is a very “dangerous assumption”.

Tesla Motors, meanwhile, have maintained that the name is appropriate to the function it performs, stating that it works just like the autopilot feature in airplanes that pilots use in clear conditions, also saying that “the driver is still responsible for, and ultimately in control of, the car”.

The feature in its development phase has already caused three accidents since May, with one accident fatal to the driver. The vehicle in this incident was the Model S. Model X has also had accidents, although not fatal to the driver or the passenger.

“By marketing their feature as ‘autopilot’, Tesla gives consumers a false sense of security,” said Laura MacCleery, vice-president of consumer policy and mobilization, Consumer Reports.

“We’re deeply concerned that consumers are being sold a pile of promises about unproven technology. ‘autopilot’ can’t actually drive the car, yet it allows consumers to have their hands off the steering wheel for minutes at a time.”

Tesla said that the company would make its decisions “on the basis of real-world data, not speculation by media”, while it appreciated ‘well-meaning advice’ from Consumer Reports.

In the last accident with Model X, Tesla said that data just before the crash indicated the driver did not have his hands on the steering.

The incidents, however, have had little effect on the company’s shares in the market, which on Thursday traded at $222.90.

 

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Tesla Autopilot Car Involved In Yet Another Accident

Tesla Autopilot Test-DriveIn a slightly worrying turn of events, yet another incident of a malfunctioning autopilot system in Tesla Model X has been reported, as the vehicle swerved off the road and hit a post.

Early this Sunday, on a highway near Whitehall, a Tesla drifted out of control on the road and slammed into a wooden guardrail, thereby stopping the car before it went completely off the road, in a report by the Detroit Free Press.

Fortunately, neither the driver nor the passenger were injured.

Tesla reported on Tuesday that the driver was not in control of the steering at the time of the accident, and the driver informed likewise to the highway patrol officer.

“No force was detected on the steering wheel for over two minutes after autosteer was engaged,” Tesla added, and also asserted that it was contrary to the system’s terms of use.

This is the third accident involving the Tesla autopilot feature. A similar accident occurred earlier this month, when a Model X driven by art dealer Albert Scaglione hit a guardrail on a highway in Pennsylvania and flipped on to its roof after crossing several lanes. He and his son were injured, and Scaglione was later charged with reckless driving.

“A lot of people don’t understand what it is and how you turn it on,” Elon Musk told the Journal in an interview. He also made it clear that Tesla has no plans to remove the autopilot feature after the fatal accident with a Model S car.

The company has come under regulator’s scrutiny, after the accident on May 7th that involved the death of a driver.

 

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BMW To Launch iNext Autonomous Vehicle By 2021

iNextAfter the recent tragic accident faced by Tesla Motors during one of its driverless vehicle tests, you would expect other companies to take a cautious stand in the field. However, BMW have decided to not waste any time to become a part of this renaissance in the automobile sector, and have announced the launch of iNext, their self driving car by the year 2021.

The Bavarian company will combine with Intel and Mobileye in the design and production of this next generation vehicle, which is expected to hit production in the year 2021.

BMW will work towards the development of innovative sensor technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) software with the help of Intel and Mobileye. The public announcement was made by BMW AG Chairman Harald Krüger at the company’s 96th Annual General Meeting (AGM), and was not surprising to many. With every company right from Tesla Motors to software giant Google raring to bring their driverless cars into the market, it was a matter of time before the German company stepped into the fray. According to the official statement, the iNEXT will “set the basis for fleets of fully autonomous vehicles, not only on highways but also in an urban environment.”

Last year, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW penned a deal worth €2.8 billion for the Nokia HERE mapping, location and navigation services. In addition to playing an important role in the development of the autonomous vehicle algorithm, this deal also secured the interests of these companies against tech giants and rivals like Google and Apple who are entering the automobile market with vehicles of their own.

Interestingly, BMW claims the vehicle will still offer “sheer driving pleasure”, even though there won’t be any driving involved. The impetus will be on improving road safety and easier mobility, although details have not been revealed yet.

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Toyota Joins Hands with Segway Maker Inventor Dean Kamen to Revive iBot

Toyota Joins Hands with Segway Maker Inventor Dean Kamen to Revive iBotThe Toyota, a Japanese Carmaker, has announced that they’ve teamed up with the man, who invented the Segway. The Dean Kamen, who invented Segway vehicles has been tied up with Toyota to develop the new generation version of iBot.

The Dean Kamen’s DEKA Research and Development team will help Toyota to bring the new version of iBot. The DEKA Research and Development team will revive the famous transportation medium of the 90’s, which is iBot. The iBot is not associated with Apple in any mean, but the invention of Kamen. The iBot is an electronic wheelchair, which was designed by Kamen and was able to ride the Steep stairways, navigate on rough terrain and many other things. The Project iBot from Kamen was not much successful, but it came in the limelight of the media. Now, the Toyota has decided to revive the iBot with the help of its inventor and make it available to public again.

The Toyota seems to be interested a lot in these iBots and may license the Balancing technology from the company. The Balancing technology is used in the iBots and the Segway vehicles to maintain the balance of the cars. The Toyota is said to use the technology in Medical equipment for patients who cannot ride properly.

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Fiat Chrysler Recalling 1.1 Million Vehicles to Repair the Fault

Fiat Chrysler RecallingThe Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is calling back almost 1.1 million SUVs and cars worldwide. The cars called back are having the problem of rolling away when the driver exits the car. The Cars and SUVs are linked to nearly 41 injuries to the driver by the same incident of the car moving away without a driver.

The company is recalling 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans and 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Sports Utility Vehicle. The cars being recalling counted as 811,000 in the United States, 52,000 in Canada, 17,000 in Mexico and 250,000 vehicles outside America. The United States Highway Traffic Safety Administration found out the issue in the cars made by Fiat Chrysler. The Administration said that there are more than a hundred crashes, and nearly 41 reported injuries to drivers recorded due to the issue in vehicles. The Administration ordered Fiat Chrysler to recall faulty vehicles and make them safe for drivers.

Now, after the order from US NHTSA, Fiat Chrysler is recalling the vehicles, and will update the vehicle not to move when it is parked. The Electronic Gear system of these cars is not intuitive and provides poor feedback for drivers, making it move while parked. There were more than 314 complaints received by authorities, in which some cars stiked buildings, apartments, other cars and fencing of the house causing the damage.

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Tesla Model S to get Interior and Exterior Upgrades : Price Surge Expected

The Tesla is going to increase the price of Model S cars. The Tesla Motors just experienced the wildly successful launch campaign of the Model 3 car. The company received more than 320,000 per-bookings of the Model 3 cars, which are going to ship to the customers in 2017. According to the insider sources, Cnet has come to know that the Tesla is going to update the interior and exterior of the Model S cars and ultimately price increase after this update of Interiors and exteriors.

The exterior design of the Model S cars will include the new LED headlights, Restyling of the nose part to make it look like the Model X cars. The nose styling would be more angular and curvy rather than the current round share. The Tesla Model S cars will come with various color choices. In the interior upgrade, the front seats will replace with the seats from Model X sedan from the company. Also, there will be more storage space than its current space.

The upgrade in the interior and exterior of the Model S cars is a good decision from the company, because, with upgrades, the Model S cars can sustain in the market for a long time. Also, it appeals the Premium customers, so when the car gets upgrades, the customers will bring in their old Model S car to replace it with updated model. The company hasn’t announced the updates and price change, but it is expected to announce in next week.

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Ford Motors Announced $1.5 Billion Campus Redevelopment plan

Ford Motors Announced $1.5 Billion Campus Redevelopment planThe Ford Motors announced about their redevelopment plans of Dearborn campus. The campus hosts dozens of buildings, which have almost 30,000 employees. The redevelopment project which was announced yesterday will transform the Dearborn campus of the company in next ten years. The project has the total cost of nearly $1.5 billion which is intended to provide Ford Employees better infrastructure and technology to develop cars in the future.

The Massive redevelopment project was in planning for last three years, which is announced today and will complete in next decade. In addition to this project, redevelopment plans Motors will interconnect the 70 buildings in their Michigan Avenue based headquarters. The Ford CEO said about the interconnection plan of these 70 buildings in the campus.

The Ford CEO Mark Fields stated that the Ford World Headquarters was built in 1956, and the 60% of the buildings in the office are more than 50 years old. This is the first renovation project for those 60% buildings. The new campus of the company, which will have a circular and modern building. The new campus will generate more energy than it consumes. The Renovation project of For headquarters is governed by the Ford Real Estate management firm, Ford Land and an Architectural firm, SmithGroupJJR.

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Amazon in Talks to Buy a Stake in Online HD Mapping Company, HERE!

Amazon in Talks to Buy a StakeThe Amazon Inc is in the talks with German car maker companies to buy the stake in online Geo-mapping company, HERE. The Amazon initiated the discussions with German auto makers about this matter. Sources said that Amazon could take the stake in High-Definition Geo-Mapping company, HERE as the Cloud Service provider. The company is in need of reliable cloud service provider to manage the servers of the Mapping services and to manage the data came from the sensors fitted on cars of Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

The reason behind Amazon’s stance in buying a stake in HERE could be the Prime-Now, a One-Hour, and Two-hour delivery service. Currently, Amazon is working to introduce the Prime-Now in more cities of the United States. So, they need real-time maps and traffic updates to deliver products within given time. The HERE mapping service is owned by the German car makers, Volkswagen, Daimler, and BMW.

The German car makers recently bought the Nokia’s Mapping business to get help in the project of developing the self-driving car. The German car manufacturers are in talks with HERE with Amazon. The companies will use HERE High-Definition Mapping technology to power up their current businesses.