New York - A Tesla owner is blaming the car´s autopilot feature for "suddenly accelerated" and flipping his vehicle, injuring him and four others. The crash occurred west of the Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota when David Clark engaged the semi-autonomous driving feature in his Tesla electric car on a country road. According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff´s office, Mr Clark´s Tesla was found overturned in a marsh but the injuries were "minor". The "cruise control" option in Teslas use cameras, radars, and an on-board computers to detect lanes, other vehicles, and objects in the road, steering as needed.
Comments: The injuries were minor, but the lawsuit will be major.
Every feature added to cars is just another point of failure at some time in the future. If the sensors in my car can fail (say an O2 sensor) so that the car will not function why would you trust your life to a computer and it´s sensors? Toyota had a drive by wire acceleration settlement a few years ago, that simple failure caused a lot of death and injury. Power windows are great until they won´t go up and down anymore because a switch failed. Keep it simple stupid.
President Donald Trump has clearly invested a vast amount of time and effort convincing Americans that as their chief executive he is clearly on top of properly managing the government response to Hurricane Harvey’s desolation. By all reports from the scene this impression has accurately reflected reality there. And, no offense to print journalists, that is largely attributed to the optics, photos and video. Strangely though, this probably won’t do much of anything to improve his historically low job approval ratings. What it will do, however, is eliminate a major opportunity for critics to unload on his alleged incompetence.
North Korea claimed that a nuclear blast on Sunday was a big advance from its previous five tests because it had successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb. But some experts suspect the North may have tested a “boosted” atomic bomb. How are a hydrogen bomb and a regular atomic bomb different? And why would that matter to the United States and its allies? Here’s what the experts say. How do nuclear weapons work? Nuclear weapons trigger an explosive reaction that shears off destructive energy locked inside the bomb’s atomic materials. The first atomic weapons, like those dropped by the United States on the Japanese cities of
The Royal Navy has been testing its new air missile defence system on a boat headed for Japan as tensions with North Korea continue to escalate. Images and footage show the Sea Ceptor missiles being fired from HMS Argyll, a Type 23 frigate, off the coast of Scotland. The tests have been carried out after Kim Jong-un recently test-fired two Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), in addition to the purported hydrogen bomb test which caused a major earthquake at the weekend. The missile has an estimated range of more than 10,000 km (6,210 miles), putting London within striking distance and New York and
North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, “is begging for war,” Nikki R. Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, told the Security Council on Monday. Her remark came a day after the North’s most powerful nuclear test, and hours after South Korean officials told lawmakers that North Korea might be preparing to launch another ballistic missile to mark the anniversary this coming weekend of the founding of the North’s government. “We have kicked the can down the road long enough,” Ms. Haley told the Council in an emergency meeting. “There is no more road left.” Ms. Haley did not threaten unilateral military action
The device that shook the mountains over the Punggye-ri test site on Sunday represented a quantum leap for North Korea’s nuclear capability, producing an explosion at least five times greater than the country’s previous tests and easily powerful enough to devastate a large city. (Snip) The feat instantly erased lingering skepticism about Pyongyang’s technical capabilities and brought the prospect of nuclear-tipped North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles a step closer to reality, U.S. analysts and weapons experts said. Many predicted that a miniaturized version of the presumed thermonuclear bomb would soon be in North Korea’s
Turkey’s president denounced what he called the “scandalous” American judicial system on Friday, responding to new indictments of his bodyguards over a brawl during his visit to Washington in May. (Snip) Members of Mr. Erdogan’s armed security detail were captured on video punching, kicking and choking pro-Kurdish protesters, including American citizens, outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington on May 16. Video clips also showed that Mr. Erdogan, who was in Washington to meet with President Trump, witnessed the brawl. Washington police officers intervened to halt the fighting,
Beijing - It was supposed to be Xi Jinping’s moment to bask in global prestige, as the Chinese president hosted the leaders of some of the world’s most dynamic economies at a summit meeting just weeks before a Communist Party leadership conference. But just hours before Mr. Xi was set to address the carefully choreographed summit on Sunday, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, detonated his sixth nuclear bomb. Mr. Kim has timed his nuclear tests and missile launches with exquisite precision, apparently trying to create maximum embarrassment for China. And on Sunday, gathering in southeast China of leaders
Hours after North Korea claimed a "perfect success" for its most powerful nuclear test so far, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said that any threat to the U.S. "will be met with a massive military response." "Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam or our allies, will be met with a massive military response. A response both effective and overwhelming," Mattis said in a statement delivered from the White House Sunday afternoon. "Kim Jong Un should take heed the United Nation´s Security Council´s unified voice," he said, referring to North Korea´s leader. Mattis also said that all U.N. Security
Seoul - The top diplomats of South Korea and the United States agreed on Sunday to push for the most powerful sanctions on North Korea during their phone discussion following its sixth nuclear test, Seoul´s foreign ministry here said. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had 25-minute talks to discuss countermeasures after North Korea earlier in the day conducted what it called a successful test of a hydrogen bomb that can be mounted onto an intercontinental ballistic missile. Kang told Tillerson of the importance of using maximum sanctions and pressure to induce North Korea to change its
Test ´scary´ for nearby Chinese: People in Yanbian, the Chinese region next to north-eastern North Korea, have been reacting to the nuclear test today on social media. On the most popular site, microblogging platform Sina Weibo, many say they felt the quake strongly, which is "scary". Some want to know if such tests have any impact on the environment, with some wondering if they might trigger a volcanic eruption inside Changbai mountain. Others complained that the Chinese government doesn´t care about them as they don´t seem to be taking strong action against North Korea. Away from Yanbian, some Chinese commenters
A brush fire in the Verdugo Mountains north of downtown Los Angeles has burned more than 5,000 acres, making it one of the largest fires in the city’s history and one that officials warn could grow larger if erratic weather conditions continue. Hundreds of firefighters battled the blaze overnight and into the morning, and at one point, the flames were spreading in four directions amid intense heat and wild winds. Three homes have burned, but no injuries have been reported, officials said Saturday. Firefighters faced another day of triple-digit temperatures in some inland areas of Southern California as a heat wave that
The U.S. Justice Department has no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s statement in March that phones in Trump Tower were wiretapped at the order of his predecessor, Barack Obama, before last year’s election, according to a court filing Friday. The assertion came in a motion filed in a Freedom of Information request from a government transparency watchdog, American Oversight, which sought information about any surveillance involving Trump, (Snip) “Both FBI and NSD confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017 tweets,” the Justice Department filing said.
Former President Barack Obama plans to speak out if President Donald Trump declares his intention to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to a person close to Obama. Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday that in six months, he will terminate the Obama-era DACA initiative, which grants two-year work permits to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and stayed out of trouble. POLITICO first reported the news. Obama used executive actions to launch the program in June 2012, providing assurances before his re-election that he would protect the so-called "Dreamers." Trump had suggested
A Democrat congressman is threatening to subpoena the White House over a draft of a letter President Donald Trump wrote regarding firing former FBI director James Comey. Adam Schiff, the ranking representative of the minority members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said he believes there could be evidence to support that the president attempted to obstruct justice in his reasoning for Comey´s ousting. Schiff, who represents California, told CNN host Dana Bash: ´It´s probably far past time for our committee to subpoena the White House to make sure we get all relevant documents.´ The House Intelligence Committee has requested notes,
For over a year conservative Americans and Trump supporters have been assaulted, spit on, beaten, cold-cocked, egged, chased, tackled and bloodied for attending Trump rallies and conservative events. The violence against Conservatives has escalated -Just last month members of a Patriot Prayer group canceled their rally but a few supporters turned out anyway. That’s when hundreds of alt-left Antifa protesters rioted. (Photo) An army of violent left-wing Antifa terrorists wearing all black, covering their faces with masks terrorized Trump supporters and chased them while trying to steal their phones and cameras. Police did not step in to stop the violence.
A Burning Man attendee died after he plunged into a famous flaming effigy during the annual gathering at the Nevada desert Saturday night. Pershing County Sheriff Jerry Allen confirmed the death of the man, identified as 41 year-old Aaron Joel Mitchell, at the UC Davis hospital burn center in California, Sunday. The Burning Man festival earlier confirmed the incident in a statement. Organizers said the man broke through a safety perimeter at approximately 10.30pm Saturday evening and ran into a fire. According to the statement, Black Rock City fire department personnel rescued the man from the fire. He was treated at the
HOUSTON—Magdalena and her family made it through Hurricane Harvey intact, but the fierce storm continues to devastate her family’s already meager finances. Before the storm, Magdalena — who asked to only be identified by her first name because she is an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador living in the U.S. illegally— and her household of seven were barely subsisting on the poverty-level wages her sister and brother-in-law bring home from their jobs at a factory and meatpacking plant. Then Harvey lashed the Texas coast and flooded one of the rooms in their squat two-bedroom apartment in southeast Houston. Even worse
Autumn, which is bearing down upon us like a menacing linebacker, is, as John Keats said, a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Actually, Keats, a romantic, did not mention that last part. He died before the birth of the subject of a waning American romance, football. This sport will never die, but it will never again be, as it was until recently, the subject of uncomplicated national enthusiasm. CTE is a degenerative brain disease confirmable
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said Donald Trump should preserve a program giving legal cover to young undocumented immigrants, potentially creating a rift between the president and Republican leadership. An Obama-era initiative known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), allows unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the country as children and have clean legal records to get work permits and avoid deportation. Mr Trump has sent mixed signals on his intention for Daca but a threat by Republican attorneys general to sue if Mr Trump does not suspend the program is forcing a decision.
Just past the Wildwood boardwalk — with its deep-fried Oreos and chocolate-covered bacon, t-shirts deifying The Donald and putting Disney princesses in mugshots, amusement rides and redemption games — is the beach and then the Atlantic Ocean, the literal end of the road. We’re half a block away, sharing with another family a four-bedroom house that would be a mansion in the city. I’m not complaining, but it’s running about as much to rent at the end of the summer as our home south of Prospect Park, by no means a mansion, would go for any time. My wife asked our waitress
Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker has died at home aged 67, according to the legendary bands official website. Becker along with fellow bandmate Donald Fagen wrote some of the 1970s biggest hits, including ´Rikki Don´t Lose that Number´, ´Do It Again´ and ´Reelin´ in the Years´. No cause of death has been announced, but Becker underwent surgery last month and missed Steely Dan´s Classic East and West concerts in July as he recovered from the unspecified ailment. (Snip) According to Rolling Stone, Becker´s doctor had advised him not to leave his Malibu home during his post-operative period.
North Korea´s latest nuclear weapons test has renewed fears of a devastating electro-magnetic pulse, or EMP, attack that could wipe out electrical grids across the US. For the first time, North Korea specifically mentioned the possibility of an EMP attack on the US following Sunday´s test of a 100-kiloton weapon, which the regime claims is a thermonuclear bomb. The weapon could wipe out much of a city, but the pulse from a high-altitude blast could sow chaos and destruction far wider. North Korea´s state news agency warned that the weapon ´is a multifunctional thermonuclear nuke with great destructive power which can be detonated
President Trump has made the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a six-month delay, Politico reported on Sunday. Trump, who has been weighing whether or not to end the Obama-era program, discussed how to end DACA with top White House aides on Sunday, according to Politico. [ad] The program temporarily blocked the deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as minors and sought work permits. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called on the president not to end the program, with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) telling a
I’m not a Texan. I don’t adore the Lone Star State. I’m a transplant who’s lived in Austin for the last four years. I can’t name the state fish, I don’t understand the thing with mums at Homecoming, and I think chicken fried steak sucks. I don’t care about Friday Night Lights. But I married into a Texas family. A Texas family with crazy deep roots. My wife is a direct descendant from the Texas Revolution. Through my marriage, I get a front row seat to all things that filter through the Texas lens