California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is altering its rules in order to allow the companies both to test self-driving vehicles as well as to allow the public use these driverless vehicles.
The DMV published a revised form of its regulations and has started a 15-day public comment period which will end on October 25, 2017.
California law requires that the DMV should work on regulations to cover testing and public use of autonomous vehicles. In addition, the regulator told that this is the first step.
California State Secretary, Brian Kelly said in his statement: “We are excited to take the next step in furthering the development of this potentially life-saving technology in California”.
CA DMV highlighted in its announcement that it wasn’t trying to surpass the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has a final confirmation on developing as well as enforcing compliance with FMVSS (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards).
The regulations of California require producers to certify that they comply with the federal safety standards prior their vehicles become street legal.
Producers still have to comply with the state traffic laws written for California.
The DMV said in its statement that the revised versions of regulations are the result of feedback from consumer advocates, automakers, local governments and insurance companies.
Specific changes comprise, specifying local notifications on planned driverless testing, developing a template for how to report when a driver has disengaged autonomous modes and identifying concerns that “would trigger an amended driverless testing or deployment applications to the DMV.”
Written comments can be submitted to LADRegulations@dmv.ca.gov until October 25, 2017. Present regulations are available on the California website under the “trending” section at the DMV homepage.
CALIFORNIA STATE – On Monday, several raging winds – whipped fires forced mass evacuations in California’s famed wine country.
Mandatory evacuations were commanded near Calistoga in Sonoma County, located about 75 miles north of San Francisco.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said there were multiple fires reported around the county, including a “very big fire” that occurred on a freeway and spread into the east side of Santa Rosa.
Officials in Sonoma County said that all Santa Rosa City schools will be closed Monday.
On Sunday, multiple fires broke out the night as strong winds came to the area. Emergency lines were filled with callers reporting smoke in the area, prompting officials to ask that the public “only use 911 if they see actual unattended flames, or are having another emergency.”
The Tubbs Fire between Santa Rosa and Calistoga alone grew from 200 acres to 20,000 acres by Monday morning, CalFire Battalion Chief Jonathan Cox told.
“This fire is explosive,” he said, adding that hundreds, if not thousands of structures were endangered.
Cox said he heard of some people injured while trying to evacuate, but could not be specific.
Patients from Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health hospitals on were evacuated early Monday from Santa Rosa and taken to other nearby hospitals or makeshift hospitals.
Officials were battling a 200-acre fire south of Lake Berryessa, in neighboring Napa County, located about 65 miles west of Sacramento.
Fire officials said the Atlas Fire broke out at around 9:50 p.m. local.
Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean called the conditions “very volatile.”
No immediate information on injuries or fatalities. Community centers, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and other local centers have been opened for evacuees.
The National Weather Service reported a warning of threatening conditions that could lead to fast-spreading wildfires and it will go until early Tuesday.
The girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, Marilou Danley, has returned to the United States, LAX Airport, on Tuesday evening.
When she arrived at the airport, officials said FBI agents met Danley, 62, the AP reported. She “was not placed under arrest and it was not known when, or if, Danley would agree to be interviewed,” according to the LA Times report.
Danley told immigration officials in Los Angeles that she was stressed but gave her word to Las Vegas police that she would return to the U.S., and she kept her promise. She also noted she wants to know what happened.
“We’re happy that she is back here to shed some light and we hope we can eventually discover the reason why he, Paddock, went out doing that very tragic thing,” Adelio Angelito S. Cruz, the Consul General at the Philippines consulate in Los Angeles, told by phone on Wednesday.
Soon after her boyfriend, Stephan Paddock, carried out the deadliest shooting in the United States history, Marilou Danley did not appear to be in a panic, reportedly telling a family member she had a “clean conscience.”
Authorities in the US, Philippines and Australia have been involved in the search for Danley, in the hope, she might be able to shed some light on the motive behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
“No one can put the puzzles together, no one, except Marilou, because Steve is not here to talk anymore. Only Marilou can maybe help,” her sister said.
“She probably was even more shocked than us because she is more closer to him than us. You know, to be able to find out the person you love and live with can do such a thing? And you thought you know the person yourself.”
“If Marilou was there, this maybe did not happen because she will not let it happen.”
Authorities say that before the shooting, Paddock transferred a large amount of money — $100,000 — to someone in the Philippines, possibly his girlfriend. Eric Paddock said he now believes his brother may have been trying to manage for Danley to be abroad before carrying out his massacre.
Investigators are still trying to trace the large wire transfer and are checking reports Paddock had been gambling more than $10,000 per day before the massacre, a U.S. official briefed by law enforcement told the Associated Press.
Paddock killed 59 innocent people and injured more than 520 before taking his own life, moments before the team of police officers stormed his room at the hotel.
Police said Danley was Paddock’s roommate and companion, according to the AP, but they described the mass shooting as a “lone wolf” attack, and it is not clear what Paddock’s motive was for the mass shooting.
LAS VEGAS — A gunman near the Mandalay Bay Casino started a rapid – fire bombardment during a huge outdoor concert festival on Sunday night, killing more than 50 people, injuring hundreds of others, and sending thousands of horrified survivors fleeing for cover, in one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history.
Singer Jason Aldean was performing outside at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, an online video showed. The three – day country music event, stopped when the sound of automatic gunfire had been heard. The music stopped, and as victims fell, bleeding, concertgoers screamed, ducked for cover, or ran.
Video of the shooting showed nine seconds of rapid – fire, continuous bursts, followed by 37 seconds of silence from the weapon amid panicked screaming. The bombardment of gunfire then erupted again in at least two more rounds.
“Get down,” one cried. “Stay down,” screamed another.
Also, video from the shooting showed Mr. Aldean, the final performer of the night, running off the stage as the gunfire erupted.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on Monday morning that currently, the Clark County Fire Department is estimating the injuries to be well over 500.
He said there were about 22,000 people at the concert. One of those killed was an off – duty police officer, the department said.
The first reports of the shooting came at 10:08 p.m. local time. The sheriff identified the gunman to be Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, who had no significant criminal history.
In the first hours after the shooting, the police searched for a woman described as “a companion” of the gunman, Marilou Danley. Later, the sheriff said she had been located out of the country, and apparently was not with Mr. Paddock when he checked into the hotel, but that “he was utilizing some of her identification.”
Before dawn on Monday, Mr. Lombardo said the police were executing a search permit on Mr. Paddock’s home, adding, “We’re going to clear the residence first for any possible explosives, so that will be slow and methodical.”
Eric Paddock, a brother of Stephen Paddock who lives in Orlando, Florida, told The Orlando Sentinel that he had made a statement to the police. “We are completely dumbfounded,” he said. “We can’t understand what happened.”
President Trump issued a statement on Twitter on Monday extending sympathies to the victims and their families and was scheduled to address the nation at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time.
Also, he said he would visit Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, emergency medical workers, and families of victims.
Although the holidays are very close, Walmart is not going to hire new employees for help.
According to an announcement from the company the store is going to meet its needs for additional work during the holiday shopping period by providing existing staff with more hours.
It’s a tradition for Walmart to hire additional workforce during holidays. Target- Walmart’s rival has already released its plans to bring about 2,500 temporary holiday workers in Colorado as well as 100,000 countywide.
However, this move of Walmart is a sign of the stretching labor market which makes it difficult for employers to fill open positions. It is to be noted that there were a “record number of unfilled job openings” countywide in the recent government reading of labor market. More than 600,000 of the open position were from Walmart.
For part-time employees, extra hours could raise total pay more than an increase in hourly pay.
According to Judith McKenna, chief operating officer of Walmart U.S. Walmart used the same strategy of more hours for existing workers during the last year’s holidays and “we heard great feedback from our customers and associates,” Walmart had 1.5 million U.S. employees as of Jan. 31.
Tesla Will Have Its Own A.I. Chip for Self – Driving Cars
Tesla is very close to having its own chip for managing self – driving tasks in its vehicles.
The car manufacturer has received first concepts of the first application for its hardware and is now testing them. The aim of building its own chip is to decrease Tesla’s dependence on other companies. However, Tesla cannot handle its chip development vision alone, therefore it will build on top of AMD academic property. Currently, Tesla is using Nvidia’s processors for its self – driving cars.
AMD shares spiked after CNBC reported that the company is working with Tesla. Parts of the stock ended the day approximately 5% higher and continued to increase after several hours.
Sanjay Jha, CEO of AMD spin – off and chip fabricator GlobalFoundries, said at the company’s conference in Santa Clara, California, mentioned Tesla as an example of companies that were working with fabricators.
In a remark, GlobalFoundries said the company does not comment on customers or potential customers and denied. Jha said that the company was working directly with Tesla.
Tesla’s silicon project is bounding ahead under the leadership of longtime chip architect Jim Keller. He is the head of Autopilot hardware and software since the departure of Apple veteran, Chris Lattner in June. Keller joined Tesla in early 2016 following two duties at AMD and one at Apple.
Built chip by Tesla could help to get closer to delivering totally autonomous driving. Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised this year that capability will be available to consumers in 2019.
AMD declined to comment. Tesla said it would not leave a comment on rumors.
Long ago, Tesla was using chips from Mobileye, but the two companies parted ways last year after an accident involving a Mobileye – powered Tesla. Currently, Tesla vehicles use Nvidia graphics processing units as part of the Autopilot self – driving hardware. Earlier this year Intel acquired Mobileye for more than $15 billion.
Particularly, Tesla is not working with Intel, which had worked with Alphabet’s Waymo car manufacturing group.
As a rule, GPUs from the likes of Nvidia, which is widely used today for various types of AI workloads, can do many things but are not designed with just a few computing jobs in mind, hence the custom chip development. Plus, Tesla would be less impacted by pricing dictated by Nvidia if it switches to in-house hardware.
Microsoft is working on its own A.I. chip for the HoloLens. And Apple has incorporated an AI chip into its top – of – the – line iPhone X. Alphabet has already built two generations of an AI chip that can work as a GPU alternative.
Yesterday, at a ceremony in New York City Daimler Trucks revealed its electric Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter after many years in development. The first trucks have been delivered to UPS.
The eCanter is a series-produced all-electric light-duty truck. Daimler supposes to make 500 of the vehicles for U.S. as well as European and Japan customers. Since 2009 the company is going to make a large-scale production over the next 2 years.
President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia Marc Llistosella, said: “In times when everybody is talking about electric trucks, we are the first to actually commercialize a series produced all-electric truck. Having a long history in alternative drivetrains, we are proud to step into this new era. Our Fuso eCanter comes with years of customer testing, and the assurance of parts, services, and warranty through our global Fuso dealership network.”
Llistosella also added “Our new Fuso eCanter now addresses the increasing global demand for products to meet and exceed high CO2 emission standards. It offers an attractive and cost-effective alternative to combustion engines and makes electric trucks key to the future of inner-city distribution.”
The e-Canter is a zero-emission truck intended for local delivery. It has a range of about 62 miles on a single charge and load capacity of about 7,000 pounds. The vehicle´s electric powertrain encompasses six high-power lithium-ion battery packs with 420 V and 13.8 kWh respectively.
“At UPS, we constantly evaluate and deploy advanced technologies that enable sustainable, innovative solutions for our fleet. Electric trucks make our fleet both cleaner and quieter, adding to our already more than 8,500 alternative drivetrain vehicles in service today. We have a long-standing global relationship with Daimler, and we welcome the opportunity to trial the Fuso eCanter as UPS continues to realize the benefits of electric trucks.”
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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) has announced Carlos Alberto Garcia Virginia-licensed trucker to be an imminent threat to public safety and has ordered him not to drive any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.
Carlos Garcia was driving a large commercial truck along Interstate 495 outside of Washington, D.C., on June 24, 2017. He drove into a caution-striped, paved median area hitting two persons who had stopped their vehicle to re-secure a boat to a trailer they were pulling. One of the individuals was killed, the other was extremely injured.
Virginia State Police investigation found that Garcia had been in strict violation of federal hours-of-service regulations intended to prevent exhausted driving. It is to be noted that at the time of the accident, Garcia had been on-duty and driving more than 103 hours during the previous eight days-with only a single 10-hour break period taken.
On June 23, 2017, about 19 hours earlier at approximately 9:30 p.m., Garcia crashed a diverse large commercial truck he was driving into the back of a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) bus that resulted in damages.
Garcia’s continued driving of a commercial motor vehicle “… substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to you and the motoring public if not discontinued immediately” states FMCSA’s imminent hazard out-of-service order.
“Failure to obey the requirements of a federal imminent hazard out-of-service order may result in action by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for equitable relief and punitive damages”. Civil penalties of up to $1,811 may be measured for each violation of driving a commercial motor vehicle in violation of the order. Knowing and/or purposive violation of the order will also result in criminal penalties.
Garcia may be subject to a civil penalty execution proceeding brought by FMCSA for violating of the safety regulations of the agency.
Two truckers are running for the governor positions in their states. One of them is a newcomer in the field of politics, while the other candidate is an evangelical minister.
One of the truckers who run for the governor position is 28-year-old Bryan Messenger. He is running for governor of Kentucky as a Republican. The other trucker is Jason Childs who is 46. He participates in elections as a Democrat. In addition, he runs for Alabama governorship.
Before becoming a truck driver three years ago, Bryan Messenger held a number of dead-end jobs. Messenger has more time for gaining public support for the Kentucky governor’s position. The election will not take place sooner than November 2019.
The Kentucky resident grown up in Florida told that the stimuli for entering a political arena about two years ago were the same as it was when he decided to become a truck driver. He just wanted to provide a better lifestyle for his children rather than he had.
Messenger’s political platform includes the following goals:
• To develop the level of economy in the state
• Larger support for the state’s justice system (instead of sending drug criminals to jail, send them to residential rehabilitation )
• Improve the level of the public education system- this infers greater support for teachers, as according to him teachers are overworked and poorly paid. He also aims to raise the level of education in public colleges by making the quality of education as good as it in the Ivy League
• Abolition of sanctuary cities and the deportation of illegal immigrants
• Improvement of the business and health care fields are considered to be very important by Messenger
After being forced out of his first job, Childs became a truck driver. At the age of 18, he became a Southern Baptist minister. However, the denomination required Childs to leave the pulpit after he and wife got divorced.
Thus, Childs got his CDL and started his career as trucker since 2006. Childs called his experience of trucking “an amazing experience.” Currently, he drives a 623-mile from northeast Alabama to Canton, Mississippi.
In 2010 Child’s political awakening launched. It was when the daughter of a friend told that she doesn’t want to go high school prom with her girlfriend. This girl’s case was successfully argued by Childs. It fosters him to create the Center for Progress in Alabama. He calls the center a progressive advocacy and public policy organization.
Child’s platform includes the following goals:
• Increasing the minimum pay to $10 per hour, eliminate the state tax on grocery items as well as increase state social service for people who live in bad social conditions
• Creating a state lottery and a casino zone along the gulf coast to make money to improve the education system of the state
• Increasing funding for law execution agencies
• Supporting the rights of the state’s LGBT residents
The general election is going to take place in November 2018.
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