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Tesla admits its autopilot feature was on in a car that crashed recently

Tesla admits its autopilot feature was on in a car that crashed recently

In a crash that happened on Sunday involving Tesla car, the company has admitted that its autopilot feature was activated at that time. But the carmaker has mentioned that autopilot feature was not being used correctly at the time of the accident.

In the accident, the motorist survived. But in another accident, a Tesla car owner died when the driver-assist function failed to find another vehicle in the way. These incidents do not make Chief executive Elon Musk to look out for option to disable autopilot.

CARB rejects Volkswagen recall proposal to settle 3-liter diesel-powered vehicles issue

CARB rejects Volkswagen recall proposal to settle 3-liter diesel-powered vehicles issue

Volkswagen has earlier proposed to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) that it can announce a recall action to settle the concerns with regard to 3-liter diesel-powered vehicles. But now, the board has rejected the proposal.

The plan submitted with the board was supposed to include details how its 3-liter diesel-powered vehicles, which includes Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and Audi A8, has cheated US emission tests. But the documents did not contain sufficient information owing to which the board has rejected the proposal.

Robot ‘DURUS’ can move like a human

Robot ‘DURUS’ can move like a human

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered that a flat footed robot could be made to walk like human, but for mimicking human movement, improvements are required in existing robotic technology. They have created a robot, called DURUS, which can walk and wear shoes like humans do.

Robot makers have so far created robots that could do simple and repetitive tasks, but now, robotics is moving toward creation of more useful robots that could interact with humans and do certain complex tasks, such as housekeeping.

Drones to be used to drop vaccine to tackle plague epidemic to save endangered ferrets

Drones to be used to drop vaccine to tackle plague epidemic to save endangered ferrets

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is planning to use drones that will fire vaccine covered M&Ms with an aim to save the endangered black-footed ferret, which has been facing a plague epidemic in America’s Great Plains.

The vaccine coated M&Ms will be shot in three directions simultaneously through drones in Montana. The vaccines will be targeted at the prairie dog population in the UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge in the north-eastern Montana.

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Google Fiber to Launch New Product Range for Small Businesses

Google Fiber to Launch New Product Range for Small Businesses

City manager at Google Fiber for Charlotte, Mary Ellen Player, revealed that the company is launching an array of high-speed products, particularly for small business owners, as Google Fiber announces the availability of the service in Charlotte. The highly projected proclamation was made on July 12, 2016 at the new location of the company, close to the 7th Street Public Market uptown.

Delaying launch of Touch controller seems not to be smart move for Oculus

Delaying launch of Touch controller seems not to be smart move for Oculus

The Oculus Rift did not receive the launch as it was expected. It is now being speculated that launching Rift without Touch controllers was not a smart move. Now, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe has announced that the controllers will be available in fourth quarter.

Iribe said that the Oculus team was quite occupied with the pre-orders. Experts said that the Touch release has been delayed to the second half of 2016, but people continue to wait for the Touch controllers.

Google hires Kifi’s team to work on Google Spaces Project

Google hires Kifi’s team to work on Google Spaces Project

Kifi is going to join Google’s Spaces Team. Consider it the search engine giant’s latest effort to make a mark in social apps. Google has hired Kifi’s team, which will work on Space, Google’s group chat app.

Kifi is a startup that was into building extensions to collect and search links shared in social apps and even provided recommendations for further links. Google’s app has been launched earlier this year and has not able to get a very good response in the market.

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