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The top 100 new technology innovations of 2022


On a cloudy Christmas morning last year, a rocket carrying the most powerful space telescope ever built blasted off from a launchpad in French Guiana. After reaching its destination in space about a month later, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) began sending back sparkling presents to humanity--jaw-dropping images that are revealing our universe in stunning new ways. Every year since 1988, Popular Science has highlighted the innovations that make living on Earth even a tiny bit better. And this year--our 35th--has been remarkable, thanks to the successful deployment of the JWST, which earned our highest honor as the Innovation of the Year. But it's just one item out of the 100 stellar technological accomplishments our editors have selected to recognize. The list below represents months of research, testing, discussion, and debate. It celebrates exciting inventions that are improving our lives in ways both big and small. These technologies and discoveries are teaching us about the ...

Investors Are Losing Patience With Driverless Cars' Slow Pace WSJD - Technology

After years of ambitious targets and bold promises, investors are growing impatient with the pace of driverless-car development, applying pressure on an industry that had become accustomed to latitude and piles of cash from investors. Auto makers in recent weeks scaled back plans for the technology amid new pressure to curb expenses during an economic slowdown. An influential hedge fund also has questioned Google-parent Alphabet Inc.'s yearslong effort to advance self-driving technology, an endeavor that has proven thornier than many experts predicted just a few years ago. Activist investor TCI Fund Management this month sent a letter to Alphabet questioning the company's continued spending on its self-driving unit, Waymo. "Waymo has not justified its excessive investments, and its losses should be reduced dramatically," Christopher Hohn, TCI managing director, wrote in the letter.

What is the future of artificial intelligence?


If you are reading this article then chances are that some part of your life is affected by technology. In 2019, there were a number of technological advancements that changed our lives and brought us closer than ever. From smartphones to computers, these innovations have had a big impact on us all but they also had a major effect on humans as well. Artificial Intelligence is one such innovation, which has made people think about how we can make machines able to learn as we do with animals. So, if AI gets smarter, it means that humans are getting more intelligent too; making them a bit less human and more machinery.

An AI that lets cars communicate might reduce traffic jams


Did you know there's a specific term for the times when you encounter sudden, inexplicable vehicle congestion on the interstate despite no discernible culprit such as rubbernecking or an accident? It's called a "phantom traffic jam," and was first identified around 12 years ago by researchers in Japan conducting a simple experiment. Despite telling 20 human drivers to all drive at a constant speed around a circular track, even the briefest instances of individuals' pressing their brake pedals compounded on one another, resulting in those recognizable traffic fits and starts. This automotive variation on the "butterfly effect" has been carefully studied ever since, and a research group is now approaching the finish line on a potential solution devoid of any sort of half-baked "self-driving" system. As Associated Press recounts, a recent experiment has shown instances of phantom traffic jams can be reduced by linking cars' into a single communication network via utilizing newer vehicles' adaptive cruise control systems.

Volkswagen's New CEO Puts Self-Driving Car Plans Under Review WSJD - Technology

BERLIN--Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Oliver Blume has put plans for a self-driving vehicle under review in the first sign since his appointment two months ago that he is walking back some of his predecessor's most ambitious technology ventures. Mr. Blume is likely to delay the Trinty self-driving electric car project and could cancel plans to build a new factory for the vehicle near its headquarters, people familiar with the matter said. In a message Thursday that was seen by The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Blume and VW brand CEO Thomas Schäfer told employees, "We are using this opportunity to review all projects and investments and determine whether they are viable." The move shows how Mr. Blume, who took the helm in September after the board ousted Herbert Diess, is beginning to reorder VW's most ambitious--and fraught--endeavors to focus on near-term implementation of key software and technology for coming models. A personal, guided tour to the best scoops and stories every day in The Wall Street Journal.

Manslaughter trial for California Tesla driver who allegedly killed 2 delayed

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on California prosecutors have asked a court to delay a trial for a Tesla Model S driver who faces manslaughter charges over a 2019 crash that left two people dead, according to court documents. The trial, originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday in the Los Angeles area, marks the first criminal case against a driver who was using partially automated driving technology at the time of the crash. Prosecutors want to push back the trial to late February or later, saying two police officers assigned to the case would be on medical leave and vacation.

Landmark trial involving Tesla autopilot weighs if 'man or machine' at fault

The Guardian

Tesla will play a major role in a manslaughter trial this week over a fatal crash caused by a vehicle operating on autopilot, in what could be a defining case for the self-driving car industry. At the trial's heart is the question of who is legally responsible for a vehicle that can drive – or partially drive – itself. Kevin George Aziz Riad is on trial for his role in a 2019 crash. Police say Riad exited a freeway in southern California in a Tesla Model S, ran a red light and crashed into a Honda Civic, killing Gilberto Lopez and Maria Guadalupe Nieves-Lopez. Tesla's autopilot system, which can control speed, braking and steering, was engaged at the time of the crash that killed the couple, who were on their first date.

Waymo's driverless robotaxis can now be hailed by ANYONE in downtown Phoenix in major expansion

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Waymo has opened up its fully driverless ride-hail service in downtown Phoenix to all members of the general public in a significant expansion of the technology in a major city. The news comes a day after Waymo secured its driverless deployment permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, which allows Waymo to charge for autonomous services, such as delivery, in San Francisco -- and it's a step toward full driverless taxi deployment in the Golden State. The company, a subsidiary of Google's parent Alphabet, had previously been operating the driverless service in downtown Phoenix only for people in its'trusted tester' program. Trusted testers were prohibited from sharing their experiences on social media or with journalists and had to sign a nondisclosure agreement. Waymo's offering in downtown Phoenix will allow anyone who downloads the app and hails a ride in Waymo's service area to pay for what the company calls a'rider-only' experience in one of its fleet of Jaguar I-Pace EVs.

Full-page ad in New York Times claims Tesla poses 'life-threatening danger to children'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

As if Elon Musk did not have enough on his plate with Twitter, Tesla is now under fire in a full-page advertisement in the New York Times that warns its'Full Self-Driving presents a life-threatening danger to child pedestrians.' The ad, which cost about $150,000, is from software maker The Dawn Project and claims to highlight safety testing conducted by the firm in October. A video of the experiment suggests the system does not register or stop for small mannequins crossing a road, according to the group. The testing involved a man driving in a Tesla on a back road and running over child-size mannequins in his path. Using the Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta, which is the latest version of the system, the vehicle collided with a 29-inch mannequin at speeds as low as 15 miles per hour and it ran over a four-foot-tall one at 20 miles per hour.

Waymo now offers robotaxi rides to Phoenix airport


Waymo today started giving robotaxi rides, with an autonomous specialist in the driver's seat, to and from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport today. Members of the company's Trusted Tester Program can now hail one of its all-electric Jaguar I-PACE equipped with a fifth-generation Waymo Driver 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for rides between downtown Phoenix and Phoenix Sky Harbor. The company is working with Phoenix Sky Harbor to offer pickups and dropoffs from the 44th Street Sky Train station. While the rides will have autonomous specialists in them for now, Waymo plans to take them out of the robotaxis and provide rider-only rides in the coming weeks. The company is also working with local leaders and community groups to ensure its meeting their needs.