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Latest Tesla News Contradicts Musk's Claim; Could Be Bad News For Self-Driving Car Fans

International Business Times

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.


Plus's SPAC Merger Marks Autonomous Trucking Shift to Public Markets

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

Plus plans to merge with Hennessy Capital Investment Corp. V in a transaction that would bring the company, which is based in California and China, about $500 million in gross proceeds and a market capitalization of roughly $3.3 billion. The agreement is expected to close in the third quarter, the companies said Monday. The deal would provide "a significant cash infusion for us to expand our commercialization efforts," Plus Chief Executive and co-founder David Liu said, as the company steps up production and aims to fill thousands of contracted orders and vehicle reservations from Chinese and U.S. fleets. The transaction would include a $150 million private placement of shares with BlackRock Inc., D.E. Top news and in-depth analysis on the world of logistics, from supply chain to transport and technology.


Tesla admits to California DMV that Elon Musk has been exaggerating about 'full self-driving' cars

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Tesla privately admitted to a California regulator that CEO Elon Musk has been exaggerating plans to have fully-autonomous self-driving cars on the road by 2022. The acknowledgment was revealed in a summary of answers to questions put to the company by with the state's Department of Motor Vehicles. They were released by legal transparency group PlainSite, and first reported by The Verge. During an earnings call in January, Musk told investors he was'highly confident the car will be able to drive itself with reliability in excess of human this year,' reported The Verge. That call came five months after Musk told an AI conference in Shanghai that he was'confident' of producing a fully self-driving car by the end of 2020.


Tesla has unleashed Full Self-Driving mode on city streets way too soon

Mashable

From the robots that fail miserably at their jobs to the robots dealing with our literal crap, Mashable's Crappy Robots dives into the complex world of automation -- for better or worse or much, much worse. A video of a Tesla in Full Self-Driving mode published online earlier this year is 13 minutes of terror. It's almost comically bad how terribly the robo-assisted car performs. Tesla's current advanced driver assistance system, Autopilot, has been a standard add-on feature in its electric cars since 2014. It's been filmed in countless home videos, with the computer appearing to perform flawlessly as it keeps the car centered in a lane, slows down, even changes lanes and exits the freeway.


General Motors CEO says autonomous vehicles may be on sale by 2030

FOX News

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is available with the latest version of GM's hands-free Super Cruise highway driving aid. Fox News Autos Editor Gary Gastelu lets it take him for a ride. General Motors is developing autonomous vehicles through its Cruise division, which is already testing the vehicles on the streets of San Francisco without a driver behind the wheel, but you won't be able to buy one. The vehicles are intended for use in a ride-hailing service the company is hoping to launch in select cities soon, including Dubai where it recently signed a deal to become the city's exclusive self-driving taxi service. The Cruise Origin is a fully autonomous electric taxi GM plans to begin producing soon.


Here's what UC says about the chances of being plucked from massive waitlists

Los Angeles Times

Anika Madan, a senior at Sunny Hills High in Fullerton, had a loaded school resume when she applied to six University of California campuses for admission this fall: a 4.6 GPA, 11 college-level courses, student leadership positions and community service building robotic hands for people with disabilities. She was accepted to UC campuses at Irvine, Riverside and Santa Barbara -- but wait-listed at Berkeley, Davis and San Diego. Once again she is on edge -- along with tens of thousands of others -- as yet another nail-biting phase of a record-breaking UC admission season begins this week. Campuses are diving into their massive waitlists, selecting students to fill the seats of those who turned down UC offers by the May 1 college decision day. For the waitlisted, this next round is sparking more anxiety, frustration and even defiance as they try to decide whether to hold out for an offer from a favored campus or just move on.


A Border Town Confronts the Reality of Police Surveillance

WIRED

In 2019, the border town of Chula Vista, about 15 minutes from Tijuana, became California's first " Welcoming City," highlighting the city's financial and educational opportunities for immigrants. It's also one of the nation's most surveilled cities, where the police department uses license plate readers, drones, and body cameras to track residents and has explored facial-recognition technology. Now, those distinctions are clashing, as residents and activists accuse city leaders of "betraying" immigrant residents by permitting federal immigration authorities to access data from license plate readers. That's sparked a citywide movement questioning the city's police department, its surveillance apparatus, and its relationship with residents and immigration enforcement. Since 2015, the Chula Vista Police Department has quietly amassed surveillance tools as part of a smart city approach to policing.


8 Hilarious Mistakes Made by Artificial Intelligence

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Robots are taking over the world. Sure, you've heard that before. You even remember the Twilight Zone episode that warned us about it 60 years ago. One android recently published a novel. At Café X, in San Francisco, robot baristas make and serve coffee, and another California restaurant chain, Caliburger, is trying out a robot that can flip 2,000 burgers a day.


The State Of Data, April 2021

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Data is eating the world and there are numerous indicators of its ubiquitous presence in our lives and how it makes businesses and consumers both anxious and animated. Data dominates our deeds, debates, and dreams. "Covid has only accelerated the digital transformation, and automation is the cornerstone of digital transformation services"--Daniel Dines, co-founder and CEO, UiPath, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) startup whose revenues increased 81% in 2020 and its April 20, 2021, IPO, valued it at $36 billion "…the whole reason [AI] takes so long in the first place is that it's not easy"-- Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab "When the [NFT] bubble bursts, it's not going to wipe out this technology. It's just going to wipe out the junk"--Beeple (artist Mike Winkelmann whose NFT-certified digital mosaic piece sold for $69 million) "Data is now at the center of global trade… Digital technologies trafficking in data now enable, and in some cases have replaced, traditional trade in goods and services… The global economy has become a perpetual motion machine of data: it consumes it, processes it, and produces ever more quantities of it"--David H. McCormick and Matthew J. Slaughter "We've been talking about home robots coming for a long time, and all we have so far is the vacuum cleaner"--Jeff Burnstein, President, Association for Advancing Automation "As a supply-chain provider, as a logistics provider, we are very much in the data business"--Mario Harik, CIO, XPO Logistics "People are getting confused about the meaning of AI in discussions of technology trends--that there is some kind of intelligent thought in computers that is responsible for the progress and which is competing with humans. We don't have that, but people are talking as if we do"--Michael Jordan, University of California, Berkeley


Future Of Work--The New HR Frontier: These Tech Startups Are Helping Businesses Adapt To A Remote World

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Allan Jones has seen the challenges of running a small business firsthand. When he was 14, his father was sued for wrongful termination by a former employee of his Compton, California mini-market. Without the guidance of a human resources department or the finances to fight the suit, he was forced to hire an attorney and dip into Jones' college savings to pay the fees. This experience stuck with Jones, and in 2016 inspired him to found Bambee, a Los Angeles-based company that pairs HR managers with small and midsize businesses on a monthly basis. "I knew that small businesses did not have HR, and the primary reason was price," says Jones, 34.