Consumer Reports blasts Teslas automatic lane changing as less competent than humans

first_img 12 Tesla Tags Share your voice More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance 50 Photos More From Roadshow Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode Enlarge ImageIt’s a weird situation to be in, expecting a driver to be as vigilant as they would when in full command of the vehicle, despite the system’s whole intent being to reduce the tedium of driving by taking on some of the work. Tesla Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot system adds even more functionality to the automaker’s lane-holding system, including automatic lane changes and navigating on- and off-ramps. While it worked fine for us on a very brief drive shortly after release, Consumer Reports put it under the microscope and, well, the outlet didn’t exactly like what it found.Consumer Reports did not have kind things to say about Navigate on Autopilot and its optional automatic lane-changing after a thorough test of its capabilities. “The system’s role should be to help the driver, but the way this technology is deployed, it’s the other way around,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at CR, as part of its report. “It’s incredibly nearsighted. It doesn’t appear to react to brake lights or turn signals, it can’t anticipate what other drivers will do, and as a result, you constantly have to be one step ahead of it.”Earlier in May, Consumer Reports’ own Model 3 (that it purchased for testing purposes) received the software update that enabled Navigate on Autopilot. After taking several highway trips in its home state of Connecticut, CR found issue with the automatic lane-changing system in particular, saying the car was taking a few too many risks and changing lanes too closely to other cars. It also made passes on the right, which is illegal in certain states. In addition, Fisher and his team found that the system was “reluctant to merge in heavy traffic,” and when it did, it would occasionally apply the brakes immediately after merging to put some space between it and the car ahead, which can be surprising to drivers behind the Tesla. “[Automatic lane changing] isn’t a convenience at all,” Fisher said. “Monitoring the system is much harder than just changing lanes yourself.” It’s worth noting that the system is optional, so people who don’t like it can turn it off and make lane changes like normal.Tesla did not immediately return a request for comment, but it did provide some statements to Consumer Reports. The statements mostly revolved around how its data shows that people are enjoying the system and then, when used “properly,” Navigate on Autopilot can “offer comparable levels of safety” both with and without automatic lane changes enabled. The automaker also stressed that all final decisions are still in the drivers’ hands, leaving them as the final bastions of responsibility when the system is active.Originally published May 22. Update, May 24: Clarifies the optional nature of Navigate on Autopilot’s automatic lane-changing. Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better Auto Tech Electric Cars Comments Tesla Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Review • Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Preview • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: The future, quickerlast_img read more



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UN urges Myanmar to hold proper probe into atrocities against Rohingya

first_imgA group of Rohingya refugee people walk in the water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. Reuters file photoMyanmar must hold a “proper investigation” into alleged atrocities against the Rohingya, a UN Security Council envoy said Tuesday, after the highest-level diplomatic visit to an area from which 700,000 members of the Muslim minority have been driven out.Refugees and rights groups say Myanmar’s army and vigilantes systematically raped and murdered civilians and torched villages during “clearance operations” in Rakhine state ostensibly targeting Rohingya militants.That campaign launched last August in the mainly Buddhist nation sparked the exodus of Rohingya into Bangladesh.During the two-day trip to Myanmar, UN delegates travelled to Rakhine and also met both civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who heads an army accused by the UN of “ethnic cleansing”.”In order to have accountability there must be a proper investigation,” Britain’s UN ambassador Karen Pierce told reporters, after envoys had visited the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and also Rakhine.There were two ways to establish a full probe, “one is an ICC (International Criminal Court) referral”, she said. The other was for Myanmar’s government to hold its own comprehensive inquiry.Last month the chief prosecutor for the ICC asked judges to consider whether the court’s jurisdiction extends to Myanmar, which is not a member of the panel.Suu Kyi, pilloried outside her country for failing to speak up for the Rohingya, promised to “undertake a proper investigation” where evidence of atrocities was found, Pierce said.”It doesn’t matter whether it (a probe) is international or domestic, as long as it’s credible,” she added.During his meeting late Monday with the UN envoys, Myanmar’s army chief denied his forces had committed rape and other sexual abuses during the crackdown which he ordered.”The Tatmadaw (army) is always disciplined… and takes action against anyone who breaks the law,” he told the delegates, according to a posting late Monday on his official Facebook page.Rohingya women and girls in Bangladesh have provided consistent accounts of sexual violence — reports verified by conflict monitors — but Min Aung Hlaing said his forces have “no such history of sexual abuse.””It is unacceptable according to the culture and religion of our country,” he said, adding anyone found guilty of crimes would be punished.- Speed up returns -Min Aung Hlaing also repeated the official line that Myanmar was ready to take back those refugees who could be verified as residents, as per a repatriation deal with Bangladesh.Several months after the deal was signed, no refugees have returned. They demand guarantees of safety, the right to return to their original villages and the granting of citizenship.Another UN diplomat warned it would take “two or three years” for the refugees to be repatriated as the current timeframe to implement the deal continues to slip.”There is a need to speed up the process,” said Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi, the Kuwaiti ambassador to the UN, adding conditions must be “safe and dignified” for return.Bangladeshi accuses Myanmar of buying time by pretending to cooperate over repatriation for the benefit of the international community.Myanmar says its neighbour has only handed back 8,000 repatriation forms so far, many of them incomplete, delaying the return process.Myanmar denies the Rohingya citizenship and accompanying rights.Since 2012 it has driven out two-thirds of its roughly 1.5 million Rohingya population.last_img read more



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AL seeks to make allies parliamentary opposition

first_imgObaidul Quader. File PhotoAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader says it will be a positive development for the government and ruling Awami League’s 14-party allies if the partners play the role as a parliamentary opposition.The policy statement came from the AL leader on Thursday in the wake of main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s decision not to join parliament at all after it alleged massive rigging in 30 December elections won by the AL.”Many of the Awami League allies have already decided to stay in the opposition bench in parliament. It’s good for us as well as for them,” said Quader told newsmen after inspecting preparations for the AL’s victory rally to be held at Suhrawardi Udyan on Saturday.After the one-sided election of 2014, the AL’s ally Jatiya Party of HM Ershad that had representation in the cabinet, was made official opposition party in parliament.However, this time around, the AL’s ally Workers Party’s president Rashed Khan Menon said there will be no unity with the AL if they go to the opposition.Menon and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president Hasanul Haq Inu, who had been in the previous cabinet, were ignored when prime minister Sheikh Hasina formed the government for the third consecutive time.About Menon’s statement, Quader said, “We’ve been discussing about the matter [of seeing the partners as opposition].”Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said the government can learn from criticism from the opposition. “If there is an opposition, the government will be able to rectify itself,” he added.The AL leader, according to UNB, claimed that there is neither any conflict nor tension in the AL-led grand alliance.”The grand alliance is a unity forged to participate in elections while the 14-party is a political alliance which will prevail and there’s no chance of collapse,” said the minister.”There is no infighting, tension and disturbance in the alliance, said the senior AL leader adding, “If there’s any misunderstanding, we’ll solve it through discussions.”last_img read more



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Harvey Worsens Overcrowding At Harris County Jail

first_img Share KUTOvercrowding at Harris County jail has been exacerbated in part by a loss of beds and a court backlog in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.The Houston Chronicle reports that the jail is over capacity by more than 200 inmates and 280 have already been sent to other counties. Harvey rendered more than 1,000 jail beds and the county’s criminal courthouse unusable, which has led to bloated dockets and disorderly trial schedules.But some say overcrowding was a chronic problem before Harvey, attributed to judges’ reluctance to issue personal release bonds and prosecutor’s charging decisions.The sheriff’s office is preparing a formal request for nearly 200 portable jail beds. But the jail could see more relief soon as more than 140 beds and some courtrooms are reopening in coming weeks.last_img read more



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Miscreants try to loot ATM bid foiled

first_imgKolkata: Unidentified miscreants attempted to decamp with money by breaking an ATM machine that is situated inside Suri Sub-divisional Hospital.The incident took place in the wee hours of Tuesday and it came to the notice of the people on Wednesday morning.The matter was informed to the police who have initiated a probe. After the preliminary investigation, a police officer said they are suspecting that there was more than one person behind the crime. The miscreants first damaged the CCTV cameras installed at the ATM counter and then continued damaging the ATM machine. The ATM counter is of a nationalised bank. The police also spoke to the officials of the nationalised bank. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBut despite their attempt, they failed to take out the money from the machine. Finally, they attempted to take away the machine, but they failed in this attempt as well.Locals and a doctor noticed it this morning when they went out to take a morning walk. The police spoke to the people who spotted it first and are suspecting that someone from the locality is behind the incident.The police are also suspecting that this could be the first time when the miscreants have attempted to steal money from an ATM machine as they were unaware of the tactics. A police officer said steps have been taken to arrest other miscreants. Police have intensified the vigil to ensure that such incident do not take place anymore in the area again.last_img read more



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Blood test may predict preterm birth

first_imgA simple blood test may soon be able to predict whether a pregnant woman is at risk of delivering her baby preterm, say scientists, an advance that may help better manage related birth complications. Pregnancy can be a time of uncertainty for expecting mothers and their clinical care teams. Nearly 10 per cent of births are preterm, taking place before 37 weeks gestation. Preterm birth can result from several conditions, including preterm labor, preterm rupture of the placental membrane, or preeclampsia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMothers who have previously had preterm deliveries are considered at increased risk, but predicting spontaneous preterm birth is challenging, particularly in the cases of first-time mothers, which account for about one-third of the nearly four million births nationally each year. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US have been developing a blood test to help predict who may be at increased risk and who may be at lower-than-average risk for spontaneous preterm delivery. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn a study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, showed that five circulating microparticle proteins found in first-trimester blood samples may provide important clues about risk of spontaneous preterm birth. “A lot of the issues in pregnancy that result in spontaneous preterm birth begin at the end of the first trimester when the placenta becomes vascularised,” said Thomas McElrath, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Researchers have found that proteins contained in circulating microparticles in the blood may hold important clues about spontaneous preterm birth.last_img read more



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A Simple Bracelet Can Turn Your Arm Into an Interactive Smartphone Display

first_img Smartphone addicts will want to pay close attention to this.Say, for example, you’re taking a shower or relaxing in a hot bath. Your smartphone is nowhere near your wet, soapy hands. Just then an important email comes in. You either have to ignore the message until you’re done or prematurely have to jump out and dry off. Not fun. Not convenient.The inventors of something called Cicret (pronounced “secret”) want to change that. With the simple flick of your wrist, the Cicret bracelet can project your smartphone’s display onto your forearm. Your arm essentially becomes a fully interactive display — a swipeable, touch-sensitive, full-color one that allows you to read and send emails, get directions, you name it.Related: A Watch That Shoots Lasers? Yes, Please.And it’s apparently water-proof, too.Sound too good to be true? Check out the video to get a look for yourself:See? With Cicret on your wrist, you’d never lose touch with your precious smartphone again. Your phone fix would be skin deep.Related: Want a New Smartwatch? Hold On. Why Not a Smart Ring Instead? Basically, Cicret lets you do everything you do on your phone on your forearm, palm up or palm down, depending on which way you wear it. Per Cicret’s website, you can rock it to “Read your emails, play your favorite games, answer your calls, check the weather, find your way…Do whatever you want on your arm.”How it works isn’t, well, much of a Cicret, er, secret. The promo video explains that the snap-on device works its magic using an embedded system that includes one mini projector, one microprocessor and eight long-range proximity sensors. It’s also packed with lots of other geeky goodies like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, “vibrator,” micro USB port, battery, LED light components. Oh, and it comes in either 16-GB or 32-GB, and in 10 fun colors.  Also in the promo clip, the bracelet appears to be activated in a quick flick of the wrist. The smooth move instantly lights up a projection of a nearby Bluetooth-paired smartphone (notably an Android), illuminating several inches along the user’s wrist. Pretty bright idea, eh?Related: Gold? Silver? Pffft. This Necklace Is Pure Illumination.The one thing you can’t do unfortunately is get one right now. Cicret is still only in prototype mode. Soul crushing as that is, you can’t even pre-order one yet, either.Cicret’s Paris-based developers say they still need to raise about $1.2 million dollars to make the project a reality. They’re opting for their own PayPal fundraising campaign, forgoing trendy crowdfunding on Kickstarter and on Indiegogo. They recently failed to fund an ephemeral, Snapchat-like messaging app on the latter, ponying up a mere $15 of their $50,000 goal. Let’s hope it’s not a bad omen for their brilliant wearable offering.A beta version of the free app, simply called Cicret, is, however, available on Google Play. We’re guessing they want you to use it on their wristlet, you know, when you’re not busy taking a call in tub. Two questions remain: Does it work under water? And how much will one cost?Related: A Wearable Women Want to Wear? Behind Intel’s New Smart Bracelet. December 8, 2014 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more



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