Why self-driving cars aren’t safe yet: seven obstacles still in the way

Driverless technology remains a work in progress as the fatal crash of Tesla Model S tragically showed. Here are some flaws that persist in autopilot technology

Last week’s fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S offers a startling reminder that driverless technology is still a work in progress.

As Tesla’s own blogpost on the “tragic loss” points out, the autopilot technology that was controlling Joshua Brown’s car when it ploughed into a truck is in a “public beta phase”. That means the software has been released into the wild to be stress-tested by members of the public so that bugs can be flushed out, and the same approach used to offer early access to new email applications or virtual reality headsets. As Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told the New York Times, “Beta products shouldn’t have such life-and-death consequences”.

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Project Scorpio slightly outperforms Radeon RX 480, but that won’t last long

Microsoft’s Project Scorpio reportedly cranks out 6 TFLOPS of performance, slightly more than the current Radeon RX 480 graphics chip launched by AMD in June. As we’ve seen in the past, though, the console’s dominance will be short-lived.

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BlackBerry to stop making Classic smartphone, killing keyboards for good

Company to stop making device it hoped would entice users who prefer a physical keyboard, a symbolic shift away from handsets and toward software

The smartphone pioneer BlackBerry will stop making its Classic model, the company said on Tuesday, some 18 months after launching the device it had hoped would entice users who prefer a physical, rather than touchscreen, keyboard.

Blackberry’s move is the latest shift away from its money-losing handset business and toward its software. Shares in the Canadian technology company fell more than 3% after an executive confirmed the move in a company blog post.

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Dutch team takes home first prize in Amazon robotics competition

The company is training robots to work in its warehouses, but says they won’t replace humans

Amazon’s progress toward an army of helpful robots is one step closer: a prize for the best warehouse-working “picker” machine has gone to a robot designed by a team from TU Delft Robotics Institute and Delft Robotics, both based in the Netherlands.

The competition was held in conjunction with Germany’s Robocup in Leipzig. Announced on Monday, the winners took home $25,000, while the university of Bonn’s NimbRo won $10,000 for second place and Japanese firm PFN was awarded $5,000 for third.

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