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California Warns Of Possible Oversight Of Tesla Tests

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California has informed Tesla it is considering stricter regulation of the electric carmaker's driving assistance tools currently being tested on public roads, following videos posted online of disturbing episodes. Several clips on YouTube and Twitter show drivers testing Full Self-Driving beta and suddenly having to regain control of their vehicles to prevent their Tesla from hitting a pole or veering into the oncoming lane. Tesla has noted the tools require active driver supervision, but the California Department of Motor Vehicles said in a letter to the firm on January 5 it is reviewing whether the features meet the definition of an autonomous vehicle. Elon Musk's car company has recruited some motorists for real-conditions tests of FSD beta, which is supposed to be able to drive in the city, stop automatically or make turns. California has warned of possible oversight of Tesla's testing of a new version of its Full Self-Driving feature on public roads Photo: AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI California's DMV wrote in its letter that it is revisiting its "classification decision following recent software updates, videos showing dangerous use of that technology and open investigations" from US regulators.


Tesla's Cameras-only Autonomous System Stirs Controversy

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As it pursues the goal of fully autonomous driving, Tesla has bet entirely on cameras and artificial intelligence, shunning other commonly used tools such as laser detection. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has touted a system built around eight "surround" cameras that feed data into the auto's "deep neural network," according to Tesla's website. But as with so many other things involving Tesla, there is controversy. At the giant Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Luminar Technologies has set up a demonstration of two autos moving at about 30 miles per-hour towards the silhouette of a child. A car utilizing Luminar's lidar, a laser-based system, stops in advance of trouble, while its rival, a Tesla, careens into the mannequin.


Abode Wireless Video Doorbell: Versatile Multi-Function Smart Home Device For Utmost Security

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Our home is the only place in the world where we allow ourselves to be vulnerable because of the familial comfort, security and peace that it brings. While some homes have already installed a security kit, others still look for extra measures for additional layers of protection, this includes installing a video doorbell. Abode introduces a new product called Abode Wireless Video Doorbell, which is perfect for those looking to up their security system a notch higher. Like all other video doorbells available in the market today, the camera of the Abode Wireless Video Doorbell supports Abode Smart Detect. This is an advanced video performance specification that sends notifications to users if it detects a person. Additionally, it features a motion-activated LED ring that captures people's attention as they approach.


Invoxia BioMetric Smart Dog Collar: AI-Based Wearable Monitors Dog's Heath, Well-Being, Whereabouts

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As humans take advantage of innovative technology to monitor their activities, dog owners are now turning to smart wearable technology to keep track of their furbabies' health, well-being and whereabouts. While there are lots of apps that help reveal dogs' locations and monitor their health, we seldom see an app that offers both. Interestingly, the French consumer electronics company Invoxia is set to launch a new product called BioMetric Smart Dog Collar that promises to offer the best of both worlds for your beloved dogs and much more. The Invoxia BioMetric Smart Dog Collar is the first in the smart wearable consumer pet market to use artificial intelligence (AI). It is equipped with accurate accelerometers and cutting-edge miniaturized radar sensors with embedded Depp Neural Network capabilities.


Iran Vows Revenge Unless Trump Tried For Soleimani Killing

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Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi vowed revenge against Donald Trump unless the former US president is tried over the killing of Qassem Soleimani, as Tehran marked two years since the revered commander's death. The Islamic republic and its allies across the Middle East held emotional commemorations for General Soleimani and his Iraqi lieutenant who were assassinated in a US drone strike at Baghdad airport on January 3, 2020. Tehran's arch enemies were targeted on the day of the anniversary in unclaimed drone and cyber attacks -- with two armed unmanned aerial vehicles intercepted by the US-led coalition in Iraq over Baghdad airport, and hackers attacking Israeli media sites. Soleimani headed the Quds Force, the foreign operations arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, with links to armed groups in Iraq, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, Syria and Yemen. Raisi, addressing Tehran's largest prayer hall, said: "The aggressor and the main assassin, the then president of the United States, must face justice and retribution" alongside former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo "and other criminals".


Tesla Delivers Almost 1 Mn Cars Globally

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Tesla said Sunday it delivered nearly one million vehicles in 2021, almost twice as many as in the previous year, results that were better than expected despite global supply challenges. The US electric carmaker delivered more than 936,000 cars of all models in 2021, an increase of 87 percent over the previous year, the company said in a statement. Tesla had announced last January that it was aiming to increase deliveries by 50 percent per year over several years, so Sunday's results far exceeded that goal. The group, which recently moved its headquarters from Palo Alto, California to Austin, Texas, sold 911,208 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles as well as 24,964 vehicles of its luxury S and X models (at a price of $90,000 and $100,000 respectively). In the fourth quarter alone, Tesla delivered 308,600 cars. Tesla has managed to overcome global logistics issues that have plagued the auto industry.


Tesla To Recall Nearly 200,000 Cars In China Over Collision Risk

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Tesla is recalling almost 200,000 vehicles in China over problems with the trunk and front hood that raise the risk of collisions, a state regulator said Friday, hours after a similar recall was announced in the United States. The order is the latest blow to the American self-driving car pioneer, which is hugely popular in China although the firm's reputation has taken a hit this year following a spate of crashes, scandals and data security concerns. China's State Administration for Market Regulation said the defects could affect the vehicles' backup cameras or cause the hoods to open suddenly while driving. The move covers three batches of cars produced between 2015 and 2020. Elon Musk's electric vehicle company will inspect the cars for free and fix the issues, the regulator said in a statement.


2021: A Year Of Space Tourism, Flights On Mars, China's Rise

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From the Mars Ingenuity helicopter's first powered flight on another world to the launch of the James Webb telescope that will peer into the earliest epoch of the Universe, 2021 was a huge year for humanity's space endeavors. Beyond the science milestones, billionaires battled to reach the final frontier first, an all-civilian crew went into orbit, and Star Trek's William Shatner waxed profound about what it meant to see the Earth from the cosmos, as space tourism finally came into its own. Star Trek's William Shatner waxed profound about what it meant to see the Earth from the cosmos, as space tourism finally came into its own Photo: AFP / Patrick T. FALLON NASA's Perseverance Rover survived its "seven minutes of terror," a time when the craft relies on its automated systems for descent and landing, to touch down flawlessly on Mars' Jezero Crater in February. Since then, the car-sized robot has been taking photos and drilling for samples for its mission: determining whether the Red Planet might have hosted ancient microbial life forms. A rock sample return mission is planned for sometime in the 2030s.


2021: A Year Of Space Tourism, Flights On Mars, China's Rise

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From the Mars Ingenuity helicopter's first powered flight on another world to the launch of the James Webb telescope that will peer into the earliest epoch of the Universe, 2021 was a huge year for humanity's space endeavors. Beyond the science milestones, billionaires battled to reach the final frontier first, an all-civilian crew went into orbit, and Star Trek's William Shatner waxed profound about what it meant to see the Earth from the cosmos, as space tourism finally came into its own. Star Trek's William Shatner waxed profound about what it meant to see the Earth from the cosmos, as space tourism finally came into its own Photo: AFP / Patrick T. FALLON NASA's Perseverance Rover survived its "seven minutes of terror," a time when the craft relies on its automated systems for descent and landing, to touch down flawlessly on Mars' Jezero Crater in February. Since then, the car-sized robot has been taking photos and drilling for samples for its mission: determining whether the Red Planet might have hosted ancient microbial life forms. A rock sample return mission is planned for sometime in the 2030s.


Who Is Austin Russell? How 'The Next Elon Musk' Made Billions

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A new young billionaire has taken the mantle as the "world's youngest self-made billionaire" after his self-driving technology company Luminar Technologies Inc. (LAZR) went public in December 2020. Some have taken to calling 26-year-old Austin Russell the "next Elon Musk." Russell has an estimated net worth of $1.7 billion. He was recently featured on Forbes' "40 Under 40" list for 2021 but he really jumped on the tech scene in 2020 due to the success of Luminar. Luminar IPO makes 25-year old Austin Russell one of world's first, and youngest, self-driving billionaires https://t.co/R3fVTTzE2t