FROM Alex Davies
Traffic bringing you down? Consider Uber's flying cars The company that revolutionized the taxi world and introduced self-driving cars in Pittsburgh now wants to introduce flying cars within a decade. Is it possible?
Federal government unveils self-driving car guidelines You may not see self-driving cars in your neighborhood -- unless you're in Pittsburgh. But federal regulators are already developing guidelines for a revolutionary technology. They aren't yet common on American streets and highways, but they're on their way to becoming major factors in our national transportation system. Jeffrey Zeintz, Director of the National Economic Council, joined Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to unveil the new guidelines. "Self-driving cars will give new mobility to millions who lack it today, including elderly and disabled Americans and importantly will help prevent the 94% of car crashes caused by human error." Alex Davies, Transportation Editor at Wired , has more on the fed's latest move.
First Fatal Collision for Tesla's Autopilot Feature Some 30 thousand people die in car collisions each year in the U.S. But a single fatal collision this May is suddenly getting special attention. It was the first time that a driver using the Tesla Model S “Auto-pilot” feature died on the road. In other words it was the first fatal crash involving a car using semi-autonomous technology that is still being tested. It didn’t come as a complete surprise to industry watchers who’ve warned for months that Tesla drivers were abusing the autopilot feature. Alex Davies was part of that chorus, he’s the editor of WIRED’s transportation section. Photo: Tesla Model S (Wikicommons)
The First Self-Driving Semi-Truck Revs Up The spotlight on self-driving vehicles has been focused on Google and other companies that are automating four-door sedans. That's because "trucks aren't sexy." But they're critical to the economy. Alex Davies, associate editor of Wired magazine, rode along on a test drive of the world's first self-driving 18-wheeler on Interstate roads in Nevada.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?