Fatal crash prompts federal investigation of Tesla self-driving cars

All vehicles using the ‘autopilot’ technology that featured in the accident that killed Joshua Brown in May to be reviewed, Nhtsa letter tells company

A letter from the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration says that it is investigating all Tesla vehicles equipped with any version of its “Autopilot Technology Package” in the wake of a crash in May that killed a 40-year-old man.

The accident that killed Joshua Brown appears to have happened because Autopilot – a self-driving mode still in its testing phase – could not distinguish between a white truck and a bright sky in this case, according to Tesla.

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Elizabeth Warren takes on Airbnb, urging scrutiny of large-scale renters

Senator wants the federal government to investigate the extent to which the short-term lodging market actually consists of commercial rental firms

Senator Elizabeth Warren has urged the federal government to investigate Airbnb and other short-term rental companies in a move that experts say marks an unprecedented step in US lawmakers’ formal scrutiny of the “sharing economy”.

The progressive senator from Massachusetts, who has taken on a high-profile role in the presidential race, co-signed a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Wednesday, requesting that the agency “study and quantify” the extent to which the short-term lodging market consists of “persons or firms acting in a commercial manner by renting out entire residences or multiple residences simultaneously”.

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‘Gears of War 4’ gets a special Loot Crate with full game collection, mini-Lancer rifle

Gears of War 4 will likely be the biggest Xbox title of the year, and Loot Crate’s new special bundle should help to drum up even more excitement. The set includes all five games in the franchise, a Lancer replica, a hoodie, and more.

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