A Tesla engineer has informed California regulators that the electric vehicle company might not have a fully self-driving vehicle ready for this year. The information comes from documents dated May 6 exchanged between the California Department of Motor Vehicles and several Tesla employees, including CJ Moore, the company's autopilot engineer. The documents were released by the legal transparency group PlainSite, which got them under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In January, Tesla chief Elon Musk said he was "highly confident the car will be able to drive itself with reliability in excess of human this year." "Tesla is at Level 2 currently. The ratio of driver interaction would need to be in the magnitude of 1 or 2 million miles per driver interaction to move into higher levels of automation," California DMV noted in the memo.
NASA's Perseverance Mars rover has achieved yet another first after capturing the sounds of another spacecraft hovering on the red planet. Using the microphone on its rock-zapping SuperCam instrument, the six-wheeled robot listened to the sounds of the Ingenuity helicopter on April 30 and recorded the whirring of its fast-spinning rotors. This marked the first time a spacecraft has recorded audio of another probe on a world beyond Earth. This was the chopper's fourth flight since Perseverance and Ingenuity landed together on Feb. 18 on the floor of Mars' Jezero Crater, NASA said in a statement. A video recently released by NASA combined the footage from Perseverance's Mastcam-Z imager of the solar-powered helicopter with the recorded audio, allowing scientists to know how the robot is performing just by tuning in to the sound it makes.
The popular dating app Tinder and the language-learning website Duolingo have decided to collaborate to give users a chance to find love in another language. Tinder has been allowing users to use its "Passport" feature for free until April 30. This feature lets users set their location to anywhere they want in the entire world, which is how Duolingo will come in handy. "Passport is one of our most popular paid features and since it's been free we've had our busiest day of 2021," said Udi Milo, VP Product, Tinder. "In the first week alone there was a 25% increase in the number of matches made as a result of the feature, so a partnership with Duolingo will help our members spark conversations easily, no translation needed."
Declaring "it's no longer a question of if...but when" autonomous vehicles are used in retail, President and CEO of Walmart (NYSE:WMT) U.S. John Furner announced the retail titan's intention to invest in General Motors' (NYSE:GM) Cruise self-driving car company in a press release today. Furner said the move will "aid our work toward developing a last mile delivery ecosystem that's fast, low-cost and scalable." The Walmart investment brings the total of Cruise's most recent funding round to $2.75 billion, though neither GM nor Cruise provides specifics on how much each individual company contributes to the whole, CNBC reports. Other investors in the subsidiary include GM itself, Microsoft, Honda Motor, and institutional investors. Among other projects, Cruise intends to roll out self-driving taxis in Dubai within the next two years.
Canon confirmed the development of the EOS R3, a full-frame mirrorless camera, on Wednesday. Although the company did not give out any specific release date or price yet, it was confirmed the camera will come to the high-end bracket. Canon Global reported the company announced the camera will feature a 35 mm full-frame, and will be mirrorless. The EOS R3 will also come with a stacked CMOS sensor resulting in a high-speed readout and a DIGIC X image processor for high-speed image processing. The EOS R3 is Canon's effort to come up or go beyond the current pro mirrorless camera competition with Nikon Z9 and Sony A1. Nikon introduced the Z9 in March, its highest-end mirrorless camera to date, The Verge reported. The EOS R3 can go up to 30 frames per second with an electronic shutter that provides AF/AE tracking experience.
The internet is terrified of the New York Police Department's newest "canine" on unit: Digidog, a robo-dog that the Netflix series "Black Mirror" warned of. After a video went viral of Digidog in action, the internet started comparing it to Series 4 Episode 5, "Metalhead," where human society is no longer in existence and has been overrun by robot dogs. Some fear that this new invention could eventually turn into something negative. It was first deployed in February when men were being held hostage in a Bronx apartment and the robot was able to see how safe it was and if it was safe for the police to enter, the New York Times reported. The creators of Digidog, Boston Dynamics, explained that these devices won't be used as a weapon, but a political art collective has shared a few examples of how easy it is for things to go downhill fast, including a handful of Muslim Americans being killed by drones, according to the Guardian.
Apple is reportedly planning to come up with an impressive product that brings together its HomePod speaker, FaceTime camera and Apple TV set-top box. A recent report hinted that Apple is working on combining the HomePod speaker with the AppleTV. The technology will come with the FaceTime camera for video conferencing through a connected TV set, according to Bloomberg. With this ambitious smart-home device, users can enjoy watching videos and playing games like when they are using an Apple TV. They can also play music and use Siri, Apple's smart assistant, and have an experience that's similar to what Apple's smart speaker can deliver, sources told Bloomberg.
Cybersecurity experts revealed a few days ago that over half a billion Facebook users' personal information have been leaked. It's a gold mine of data, which includes users' full names, birthdays, locations and phone numbers. Although Facebook claims that the actual hack happened a couple of years ago, it won't hurt if users made sure their account is not part of the breach and if they are, they should take a few preventive measures to ensure future incidents as messy as this one won't affect them. Australian Security Researcher and HaveIBeenPawned Founder Tony Hunt recently added the 533 million phone numbers exposed in the Facebook data leak to his website. Those worried if their mobile numbers were part of the leak can visit the site and check if their number is there.
Everything has smart home features these days, from light bulbs to air fryers. However, what about older devices that still work great, but were made before the smart home revolution? These smart plugs can't grant total smart home access to devices, but can add some great smart features to make life a little easier. EZVIZ sent over two different models of smart plug to review, the T30-10A and the T30-10B. The plugs are almost identical when it comes to use, with the biggest difference being the shape of the plugs.
Tesla's electric car rivals in China are continuing to grow as smartphone maker Xiaomi announced Tuesday that it is jumping into the EV arena. The company said in a regulatory filing that it will invest $10 billion into its electric car business over the next 10 years as it sets up a wholly-owned subsidiary. Its initial investment into the car unit will equal 10 billion yuan, or about $1.52 billion, according to the filing. Xiaomi may invest up to 100 billion yuan into the electric vehicle business over the course of the next three years, taking external financing into account, with 60% contributed by the company and the remaining balance in raised funds, sources told Bloomberg before the company's announcement. At the helm of the smart electric vehicle business will be Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun.