Taking a look at the future of next-generation transportation

first_imgThere has been a lot written about the impact of next-generation transportation technologies over the past year. From concerns over driverless trucks during the election to debates over regulation and policies, this booming growth area of technology is becoming unstoppable.We recently sat down with Elliot Katz of DLA Piper, an attorney in the firm’s Connected and Self-Driving Car practice, to talk about the impact of this new technology. Elliot is also a mentor in the new transportation program at Comet Labs, a VC fund and startup lab focused on AI and roboticsReadwrite: How long have you been working in the connected and self-driving car space?Elliot Katz: I’ve been doing this work for about five years now, starting with connected cars. My focus is on privacy, policy, and regulatory issues surrounding connected and autonomous vehicles.RW: The American public has been hit with a lot of headlines about self-driving vehicles recently, and it has become more of a  mainstream topic. From a regulatory perspective, what do you see as being the biggest hurdle here?EK: One of the biggest issues is that we currently have a patchwork of state laws. This is problematic because driving is inherently an interstate activity.  It is possible that Congress will enact autonomous vehicle legislation that will preempt all state laws, as they have the power to regulate interstate commerce, but we will just have to wait and see if that happens in the coming months or years.RW: Once autonomous vehicles are in the wild, what would their habitat look like? Would Level 4 autonomous vehicles be primarily on highways, or will they also be found in downtown areas of cities, such as San Francisco, where we are right now?EK: You mentioned “Level 4,” so I want to make a quick, albeit important point: many people hear public statements about “self-driving cars”, but may not understand that there are different levels of vehicle automation.  Level 4 vehicles can completely take over the driving task, but only in certain conditions, such as at certain speeds, in certain geographic locations or designated roadways, certain weather conditions, etc. Regarding Level 4 vehicles being driven on highways versus in city centers, I believe we may see them in both places.  Relatively speaking, it’s easier to develop a vehicle that can take over the driving task on a freeway, because that vehicle will mostly be going straight at a fairly constant speed, and will not have to deal with pedestrians, stop lights, or construction sites. So, because the highway driving piece of the autonomous vehicle puzzle is somewhat low-hanging fruit, at least relatively speaking, I believe we will see Level 4 autonomous vehicles on freeways.At the same time, some of the autonomous vehicle rollouts scheduled to take place in the next few years involve autonomous vehicle ride-sharing programs, and that is likely to take place more so in city centers.  That said, the vehicles in city centers will likely be driving in certain geo-fenced areas.Elliot Katz, attorney in DLA Piper’s connected and self-driving car practiceRW:  From a technology standpoint, how far along do you think we are here?EK: I would say the technology is about 98 percent there.  That said, that last two percent is a very difficult piece of the puzzle to solve. When we are talking about Level 5 autonomous vehicles – vehicles that can perform the entire driving task, under all conditions that a human driver could perform them – that last two percent of the puzzle may take a number of years to solve. RW: Have any of the issues been sorted out pertaining to when an autonomous vehicle crashes?EK: I would say those issues are more gray right now than anything else. For example: if you have an autonomous vehicle and the OEM sends you an over-the-air update, and all you have to do is press “accept”, but for whatever reason you don’t and then the vehicle gets into an accident because the over-the-air update was not accepted, then who is at fault? Some governments are beginning to give some serious thought to these issues, including the example I just discussed.  For example, the English Parliament is currently considering the insurance coverage implications of various issues in a pending bill pertaining to vehicle technology.  The issues include (1) distinguishing in coverage between various permutations of when a human is driving the vehicle and when an autonomous vehicle is driving itself, and (2) limiting or excluding coverage when an accident results either from the making of unauthorized alterations to the vehicle’s operating system or the failure to install required software updates. RW: Do you believe that the auto industry is making a smart move in pushing forward so vigorously to get self-driving vehicles on our roads? EK: Well, there are upwards of 1.2 million traffic accident fatalities annually worldwide, and in the United States, driver error causes these accidents 94% of the time. And according to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, autonomous vehicles may eliminate as many as 19 out of every 20 traffic accidents from ever taking place.  So, I believe that the auto industry is driving us towards a safe future. Tags:#autonomous vehicles#DLA Piper#driverless cars#featured#Ford#IoT#NHTSA#Self-Driving#Tesla#top IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts Trevor Curwincenter_img Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

10 days agoJuventus coach Sarri planning London return for three-player raid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus coach Sarri planning London return for three-player raidby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Maurizio Sarri is planning a London return for a three-player raid on Chelsea and Tottenham.Ilbianconero says Sarri is keen on poaching N’Golo Kante and Emerson Palmieri from old side Chelsea.And Le 10 Sport says Tottenham contract rebel Christian Eriksen has been lined up for a free transfer to Turin at the end of the season.It’s said that French World Cup winner Kante, 28, is high on Sarri’s shopping list after starring under the Italian last season.Sarri transformed Kante from a defensive midfielder into a complete all-rounder, and the pair could be set for a reunion at the end of the campaign.He is also keen on Chelsea teammate Emerson too, who he thrust into the side ahead of Marcos Alonso at the beginning of 2019.Eriksen, 27, is available on a free transfer next summer after refusing to talks terms with Tottenham.And Juve will look to open negotiations in January, despite reported interest from Real Madrid. last_img read more

Winnipeg police did their best in death of 15yearold Tina Fontaine chief

first_imgWINNIPEG – The chief of police in Winnipeg says the force did its best to investigate the death of a 15-year-old girl whose body was pulled from the Red River.Danny Smyth told the city’s police services board Friday that he was disappointed a jury last week acquitted the man accused of killing Tina Fontaine in 2014.“Frankly, we did our best on this one,” Smyth said.Raymond Cormier was found not guilty of second-degree murder in Tina’s death. Her body was wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down with rocks when it was found in the Red River days after she was reported missing.Smyth told the board he “certainly had hoped for a different outcome” but added that it was clear the jury didn’t find enough evidence to convict.“I wish we could have brought forward additional or more compelling evidence,” he said.Smyth commended the officers who he said worked hard on the case and thanked prosecutors for taking it to trial.“If not anything else, this trial provided transparency,” Smyth said. “The community was able to learn about the investigation. They were able to see evidence and learn about the circumstances that led up to Tina’s death.”He suggested that one positive outcome prompted by Tina’s death is that Manitoba no longer uses hotels to house children in care.Tina was raised by her great-aunt, Thelma Favel, on the Sagkeeng First Nation, 120 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. She left to visit her mother in Winnipeg at the end of June 2014 and became an exploited youth.Favel called Child and Family Services with concerns about Tina, who ran away repeatedly from a youth shelter and hotels where she was placed.She was last seen leaving a downtown hotel, where she told a private contract worker employed by child welfare that she was going to a shopping centre to meet friends.It’s not known how Tina died. A pathologist testified at the trial that the girl’s death was suspicious because of the manner in which her body was found.(CJOB, CTV Winnipeg, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Mike Trout And Bryce Harper Are Baseballs Best Young PositionPlayer Duo Ever

Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, by consensus the most talented young position players in baseball, are facing off this week for the first time in their burgeoning careers. (Trout’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim got the best of Harper’s Washington Nationals on Monday night, 4-2.)Few youngsters arrived in the majors with as much buildup as Harper, who graced the cover of Sports Illustrated at age 16. Luckily for the Nationals, he’s mostly been as good as advertised (and he’s still just 21 years old, a fact that’s often forgotten because he’s been so good). Meanwhile, all Trout did in his first full pair of major-league seasons was turn in two of the 150 or so best position-player seasons in the past 113 years of baseball, making two strong MVP bids in the process.So, yeah, these guys have been really good, really early in their careers.With all the (deserved) hype surrounding Trout and Harper, I was wondering how the duo compares to other concurrent 22-or-under pairs of position players in the history of baseball. To answer that question, I looked at the most productive two non-pitchers age 22 or below in a given season, based on the combined number of wins above replacement they’d generated in the previous two seasons. (We can’t compare Trout/Harper through age 22 because we don’t know what they’ll do in 2014.)By that standard, Trout and Harper are the most productive young duo in baseball history. Here were the seasons featuring the best pairs of budding superstars ever (taking only the best score for duplicate pairs):The majority of those 28.2 combined WAR belong to Trout, author of the aforementioned pair of historically dominant campaigns. Let’s be honest, though: Given Trout’s otherworldly production at such a young age, we could pair him with just about anybody and he’d still be near the top of this list (Trout by himself would rank fifth). But Harper’s numbers to date hardly make him a coattail-rider. As far as No. 2s go, Harper’s 8.6 WAR ranks below only Mel Ott and Eddie Mathews as the third-best second fiddle in the history of promising under-22 duos.If we’re looking to give extra weight to No. 2s, ensuring that both players in a pair have great stats (to safeguard against a situation such as what happened in 1918, when Rogers Hornsby had 97 percent of the WAR in his “duo” with Ross Youngs), perhaps a better way to rank these kinds of pairings is not to sum up all of the WAR generated by a pair, but rather to take the harmonic mean of the two individuals’ WAR totals. If we do that, the following list emerges:By either list, though, Trout-Harper is the best young duo in baseball history. So, savor their matchup this week — you may never again see a pair of position players so good face off at such a young age. read more

Football Ohio State looks to rebound against Army

Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) hands the ball off to freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) during the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorComing off a disappointing 31-16 loss to now-No. 2 Oklahoma, Ohio State will look to rebound against the undefeated Army Black Knights (2-0) Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium.Ohio State offense vs. Army defenseThis has the potential to be the definition of a tune-up game for Ohio State’s offense. Last time out, redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett put up just 183 passing yards and the rest of the team only added 167 yards on the ground, accelerating panic among Buckeye fans over Barrett at quarterback and the offense as a whole.The defense Ohio State will go up against has been solid to this point, ranking 31st in rushing yards allowed (92.5 on average) and 68th in passing yards allowed (216.5 on average). However, Army has played two weaker out-of-conference opponents in Fordham and Buffalo and has yet to face a team from a Power Five conference. Squaring off against a secondary that is somewhat young heading into the year — two starting sophomores, a junior and a senior — Ohio State could have a chance to fix some of the issues in its passing game this season. The team is 57th in the nation with 243.5 passing yards per game and has completed only 55.7 percent of pass attempts this season.Observers have attributed the passing-game struggles thus far to Barrett’s play, but coach Urban Meyer said as the focal point of the offense, Barrett will be the chief recipient of all feedback, positive or negative.“Well, [he’s] the starting quarterback and you lost. We didn’t play very well,” Meyer said. “A lot of it is going to be on him.”One aspect of the team’s game that has not struggled has been the ability to run the football. The Buckeyes are 32nd in rushing offense, averaging 229.5 rush yards per game with four of the team’s seven touchdowns coming on the ground.Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins has been the leading force in the backfield while filling in for injured redshirt sophomore Mike Weber. Dobbins’ 253 rushing yards rank 17th among FBS running backs. He has received high-marks since fall camp from coaches, and so far has lived up to the hype.Army’s defense has been effective this season plugging up the run, as opponents have only averaged 92.5 rushing yards per game (31st in the nation). The Black Knights have allowed only two opposing touchdowns to come on the ground. However, the team has not faced opponents with a running game as potent as Ohio State’s, with Buffalo ranking 112th in rushing yards per game (85) and Towson sitting at 105th among FCS schools (58 yards per game). The Black Knight defense will be tested Saturday going up against one of the best rushing offenses in the nation. Ohio State defense vs. Army offenseArmy’s offense is designed to do one thing and one thing only: run. Like all service academies, the Black Knights are known for the triple-option, an offensive gameplan where the offense deploys a wishbone offensive backfield look rather than the more traditional look of two players behind the line. So far this season, no team has totalled more yards on the ground than the Black Knights, with 835 rushing yards. Their 417.5 rush yards per game is second in the nation, as is their 11 rushing touchdowns. Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said Army’s unique triple-option — run by only a select few teams — poses a threat to Ohio State’s defense, and that instead of looking back at the loss to Oklahoma, the defense has focused almost solely on watching tape of Army.“It’s such a different animal moving forward that we’ll deal more with regular football corrections a week from now on Sunday when we get done with the Army game,” Schiano said. “I think people say, ‘Oh, it’s an option.’ Totally different. It’s not like anything else we see all year.”The rushing attack is led by a somewhat unlikely suspect in senior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw. Ranking sixth in the nation in rushing yards with 324, Bradshaw is tied for the team lead with three rushing touchdowns, and despite having only three more carries than junior running back Darnell Woolfolk, he has 138 more rushing yards this season. Woolfolk’s 186 rushing yards rank 39th in the country. He also has three touchdowns on the season.The one thing Bradshaw does not do is throw the football. So far this season, he has completed just 2-of-10 passes for 17 yards, with all of the completions and passing yards coming in the team’s 21-17 victory over Buffalo last Saturday. Over Bradshaw’s three-year career as the starting quarterback, he has 348 total rushing attempts compared to only 149 passing attempts. The Army offense plays right into the strength of Ohio State’s defense. While Ohio State ranks last in the nation with an average of 403 passing yards allowed per game, its defense has suffocated the run game of the opposition, allowing just 60.5 rushing yards per game and only one touchdown on the ground thus far. Though the Buckeyes have only faced more traditional rushing attacks, the ability to load the box anticipating the triple-option rather than play to defend either a pass or a run could give the Buckeyes an edge.The last time Ohio State faced a team that ran a triple-option was in Barrett’s first career start in a game against Navy on Aug. 30, 2014, when the Buckeyes won 34-17 on the road. Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 49-7Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 42-9 read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State splits weekend series with win against No 8

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team warms up prior to their matchagainst Purdue at St. John Arena on Friday, Oct. 27 in Columbus, Ohio. Purdue won the match 3-0. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (13-12, 6-8 Big Ten) split its weekend road trip by beating No. 8 Wisconsin in five sets after trailing 2-0, but losing to No. 5 Minnesota in three sets.Although the Buckeyes knocked off the Badgers (15-7, 6-7 Big Ten), the Golden Gophers (22-2, 11-2 Big Ten) kept Ohio State from completing a surprising weekend sweep.No. 8 WisconsinThe Buckeyes were able to battle back from a 2-0 deficit as they toppled Wisconsin for the first time since 2015 in a five-set match.The night started off bleak for Ohio State as it quickly fell to Wisconsin in the first and second sets 25-14 and 25-16, respectively. Down two sets, the Buckeyes kicked into high gear in the third set and completely turned the match around.Senior outside hitter Ashley Wenz accounted for six kills and a .600 hitting percentage in the third set, leading the team to success with 18-of-40 error-free swings for a .450 clip. The Badgers called a timeout after falling behind at 22-18, but the Buckeyes maintained the momentum after the break and won the set 25-21.The Buckeyes quickly took the lead once again in the fourth set with three consecutive blocks from Wenz, freshman middle blocker Lauren Witte and freshman outside hitter Ayanna Swan. The Badgers narrowed their deficit to one, 23-22, but an error from Wisconsin and a kill by senior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer helped the Buckeyes win, 25-23.Ohio State kept the game close all throughout the fifth set as both teams played a point-for-point match with eight ties. A kill by Wenz and an attack error by Wisconsin’s senior outside hitter Lauryn Gillis gave Ohio State the last two points it needed for a 15-13 victory.Schirmer achieved her seventh double-double of the season with 14 kills and 10 digs. Junior setter Taylor Hughes was responsible for 43 assists and 10 digs, her ninth double-double this season, while sophomore outside hitter Bia Franklin reached a career-high 15 digs and five assists.No. 5 MinnesotaOhio State could not carry over its momentum from Friday into Saturday night as it lost to the Minnesota Gophers in a 3-0 sweep.The first set was the closest between the two teams as there were nine lead changes and 13 ties. Although Wenz contributed two aces and two kills, Minnesota won with two consecutive kills from its freshman opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy 25-22.Ohio State again battled in a close match in the second set with 18 kills and a .421 hitting percentage along with seven kills by Schirmer, but the Gophers earned the set 25-22 with big kills from Samedy and sophomore outside hitter Alexis Hart.The Buckeyes fell behind in the final set as they committed seven errors on a .146 hitting percentage. Minnesota maintained a pace that Ohio State could not keep up with, and in the end it was the Gophers who took the set 25-19.Wenz and Franklin helped their team with 11 digs each, while Hughes contributed 31 assists. Swan was the most consistent player of the evening with 10 kills on a .500 hitting percentage.The Buckeyes will head to Piscataway, New Jersey, on Wednesday for their second showdown against Rutgers starting at 7 p.m. read more

David Beckham wants to see Theo Walcott in MLS

first_imgAfter some recent claims suggested David Beckham tries to bring Radamel Falcao at his Inter Miami, over the past few hours emerged some shocking news regarding his interest in another major player.According to the British publication Bleacher Report, England national team icon would be glad to see Everton star Theo Walcott swapping the Premier League with the Major League Soccer.Although Inter Miami won’t be competing in MLS until 2020, Beckham is already trying to build a competitive team for the inaugural season.Inter Miami reportedly wants £110k-a-week £20m Everton ace Beckham once called incredible – https://t.co/l9R5JbXvU8 #EvertonFC #EFC pic.twitter.com/zUaqAvMqUiPremier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…— Toffee News (@TOFnews) October 5, 2018The pacey 29-year-old forward joined the Toffies last winter from Arsenal for a reported fee of around £20 million. During his year-long spell at the Goodison Park, the former Southampton man registered a total of 20 appearances, scoring five goals in the process.In case he accepts the transfer, Walcott would follow the footsteps of Gerrard, Lampard, and Beckham, who also performed in the United States. But, it’s also up to Everton to decide whether to renounce his services if they fail to find a suitable replacement.last_img read more

Woman power and art

first_imgArt has decided to take a new leap and head straight in to the world of women empowerment. Aptly called Empowerment, which is a non profit organisation, presents Feminine Mystique – all all woman art exhibition to be held in a city mall from 5 March.Celebrating Woman’s Day, calender marked for 8 March, Feminine Mystique is a celebration of the quintessential woman. The paintings portray the essence of a woman in myriad avatars, in her entirety, her soul, her song, her sensuality, her Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’shakti as also her roop. The journey for the artist is a journey to the core of herself and a cathartic experience as well. A feeling, an expression that goes beyond the words but overflows into each canvas in a unique signature style is the mark of this exhibition. While women artists address global issues, there is a reflection and insight into something more personal. In an Indian society, which has a sensitive but powerful history of gender inequality, women voice their thoughts in various way; one of the most expressive and visual approaches being art. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe participating artists are – Bharti Verma, Gunjan Narain, Him Rajni, Meenakshi Dhiman, Artist Geetha, Sangeeta Murthy, Shweta Zharotia, Simret Jandu, Sonika Agarwal, Sunayana Malhotra, Shuchi Khanna and Maitreyi Kar and the exhibition is curated by Kumar Vikas Saxena. Head over this weekend and have a look.DETAILDates: March 5, 2013 – March 20, 2013Timings: 11am – 7pmVenue: DLF Place Saket, District Centrelast_img read more