As promising as 3D printers seem, their usefulness is still questionable. High costs, safety concerns, patents, and design complexity are all contributing to legitimate skepticism.
Even as concerns rise about technology distractions for drivers, automakers are rapidly bringing PC features to the dashboard.
There has been a surge in pedestrian fatalities in the U.S.
L'improvvisa accelerazione nel mercato della stampa 3D ha di fatto posto il mondo del diritto davanti ad alcune sfide giuridiche di non semplice soluzione. Il
When bidding to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro promised the International Olympics Committee that it would eliminate 80 percent of the sewage found in the city's notoriously filthy water, and would fully regenerate the lagoon in which rowing and kayaking events will be held. Now a few months from the start of the games, Rio has given up on keeping those promises.
The evidence that human driving isn't the hottest idea keeps coming. This week, we've got two studies to add to the pile.
2014/10/21: The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.
Google admitted to me that the process it currently uses to make the maps are too inefficient to work in the country as a whole.
To create them, a dedicated vehicle outfitted with a bank of sensors first makes repeated passes scanning the roadway to be mapped. The data is then downloaded, with every square foot of the landscape pored over by both humans and computers to make sure that all-important real-world objects have been captured. This complete map gets loaded into the car’s memory before a journey, and because it knows from the map about the location of many stationary objects, its computer—essentially a generic PC running Ubuntu Linux—can devote more of its energies to tracking moving objects, like other cars.
But the maps have problems, starting with the fact that the car can’t travel a single inch without one. Since maps are one of the engineering foundations of the Google car, before the company’s vision for ubiquitous self-driving cars can be realized, all 4 million miles of U.S. public roads will be need to be mapped, plus driveways, off-road trails, and everywhere else you’d ever want to take the car. So far, only a few thousand miles of road have gotten the treatment, most of them around the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. The company frequently says that its car has driven more than 700,000 miles safely, but those are the same few thousand mapped miles, driven over and over again.
Another problem with maps is that once you make them, you have to keep them up to date, a challenge Google says it hasn’t yet started working on.
Drug dealers are hanging up their dime bags and moving into the food-counterfeiting game.
The USDA's experiment with fewer inspectors worked out well-for meatpackers
With the dangers of geotagging more than obvious for soldiers, the US Army is also warning civilians against tagging their every move.
U.S. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts has asked automakers to provide information on the security and privacy protections in connected vehicles.
From HIV/AIDS to malaria and tuberculosis, poor countries endure more than their share of health crises. Now they are stalked by a new nemesis on course to claim even more lives-highway fatalities.
The average cost to the Australian economy of each quad bike related fatality is $AUD2.3 million, according to fresh research
Auto makers including Daimler and General Motors are working on windshields designed to share with drivers crucial information about their surroundings.
Within two or three decades the difference between automated driving and human driving will be so great you may not be legally allowed to drive your own
Seeking discounts on auto insurance, more drivers are agreeing to install monitors in their cars to record their driving habits.
Police drones circling overhead, ready to help search for lost children, rescue stranded boaters and capture criminals.
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