The alarm went off at 6am to kickstart our journey, and I was full of trepidation. Driving 706 km (439 miles) in a car with three other adults and enough luggage for a week’s holiday might already feel like a modern labour of Hercules for some, but this trip had an extra challenge: the car would be all electric. The chariot to take us from the south of London to the middle of France would be a Tesla Model S 90D. Fortunately, unlike most other electric cars, the Model S is not a small car, so fitting everyone and everything in wouldn’t be an issue. But a quoted range of just under 350 miles per charge, though one of the longest available, left me a little worried. Would we really get anything like that much milage, with a fully laden car, and at motorway speeds? Would there be enough chargers along the way? And after the fourth recharging stop, would my passengers mutiny? I put those fears aside as we plugged the destination into the large 17in touchscreen that sits in the … [Read more...] about Chargers, châteaux and the Channel Tunnel: can you really do a driving holiday in a Tesla?
Self driving vs human driving
How to Buy a Wireless Hard Drive or SSD Holding up a tablet at a wedding or party to take snapshots: fair game, or just lame? The etiquette jury's still out on that score, but wherever you fall on the issue, we bet you've used your tablet or smartphone to create photos, videos, data, or files you just can't replace. And, just like any other bundle of bits you may have created on a desktop or laptop, our first question is the age-old one: What are you doing to back it all up? If you're like too many of us, the answer is "nothing." Now, if you have your tablet or smartphone configured to auto-upload your created media to the cloud or share it with your social-media accounts, maybe you don't need to worry. But if you take lots of video or photos with your mobile device, and you would be crushed to lose it all were the device stolen, broken, or dipped in the sea, you need a backup plan. Enter one possibility: a wireless drive. Wireless Drives: The Landscape Note that portable, wireless … [Read more...] about The Best Wireless Hard Drives for 2019
If you happen to live in one of the cities where companies are testing self-driving cars, you’ve probably noticed that your new robot overlords can be occasional nervous drivers. In Arizona, where SUVs operated by Waymo are sometimes ferrying passengers without anyone behind the steering wheel, drivers have complained about the robot cars’ too-timid left turns and slow merges on the highway. Data compiled by the state of California suggests that the most common self-driving fender benders are rear-end crashes, in part because human drivers don’t expect autonomous cars to follow road rules and come to complete, non-rolling stops at stop signs. As for human drivers, some are nervous and scrupulous, others are definitely not. In fact, it’s even more complex: Some drivers are careful in some moments and hard-charging in others. Think: casual Sunday drive to the grocery store versus racing to get the kid before the day care late fees kick in. Robot cars might be … [Read more...] about Teaching Self-Driving Cars to Watch for Unpredictable Humans
In a little over two years, a fleet of driverless cars will make its way from Oxford to London, completing the entire journey from start to finish without human intervention, including on urban streets and motorways. Organisers of the government-backed project, announced on Monday, still expect to have a human in the driving seat. But as the cars communicate, update on hazards, and automatically react, is the time coming when a human driver is not just redundant but an active danger? A driverless transport trial started this month in Greenwich, south-east London, with members of the public invited to climb aboard Harry – a version of the pod vehicles used at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, souped-up with lasers, sensors and £20,000 worth of autonomous technology. Harry was doing a careful 15mph beside the Thames when an oncoming jogger swerved right in front of us, forcing the vehicle to a sudden halt. In other circumstances, road rage might result; the jogger stared in, did a … [Read more...] about Driverless pods plot new course to overtake humans
A year after launching its self-driving ride-hail program, Waymo is offering an iOS version of its app in the App Store, making it easier for iPhone users to catch a robotic ride in the Phoenix suburbs. The announcement from the Alphabet company, born in 2009 as Google’s Project Chauffeur, represents one more small step on the long, perhaps never-ending path to bring autonomous driving to life. Until now, iPhone-carrying, would-be riders have had to sign up through Waymo’s website, which would provide a link to download the app. The company made the Android version of its app available from Google Play in April. Want the latest news on self-driving cars in your inbox? Sign up here! Downloading Waymo’s app doesn’t guarantee you a ride, but a place on its waitlist. Those whom Waymo accepts—locals only, please—will likely be put into the early rider program to start. That’s the service Waymo uses to test new features, like the ability to … [Read more...] about Now iPhone Users Can Tap Waymo’s Self-Driving Ride-Hail App
(Reuters) - The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday started a two-week test transporting mail across three Southwestern states using self-driving trucks, a step forward in the effort to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology for hauling freight. The TuSimple self-driving truck is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters May 20, 2019. TuSimple/Handout via REUTERS San Diego-based startup TuSimple said its self-driving trucks will begin hauling mail between USPS facilities in Phoenix and Dallas to see how the nascent technology might improve delivery times and costs. A safety driver will sit behind the wheel to intervene if necessary and an engineer will ride in the passenger seat. If successful, it would mark an achievement for the autonomous driving industry and a possible solution to the driver shortage and regulatory constraints faced by freight haulers across the country. The pilot program involves five round trips, each totaling more than 2,100 … [Read more...] about Self-driving trucks begin mail delivery test for U.S. Postal Service