A pair of $250,000 autonomous buses began driving around an empty San Francisco Bay Area parking lot on Monday, preparing to move onto a local public road in California's first pilot program for a self-driving vehicle without steering wheel or human operator. California and other states are weighing the opportunities of becoming a hub of testing a technology that is seen as the future of transportation and the risks from giving up active control of a large, potentially dangerous vehicle. In most tests of self-driving cars there is still a person seated at the steering wheel, ready to take over, although Alphabet Inc's Waymo tested a car with no steering wheel or pedals in Austin, Texas, as early as 2015. The bus project in San Ramon, at the Bishop Ranch office park complex, involves two 12-passenger shuttle buses from French private company EasyMile. The project is backed by a combination of private companies and public transit and air quality authorities, with the intention of … [Read more...] about Self-driving bus with no back-up driver nears California street
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A long-haul bus driver has been suspended by his company after a video surfaced online of him eating instant noodles while steering the vehicle on the road in south-central Vietnam last week, local media reported. A long-haul bus driver has been suspended by his company after a video surfaced online of him eating instant noodles while steering the vehicle on the road in south-central Vietnam last week, local media reported. Dan Viet (Vietnamese People) newspaper said Sunday that Tai Thang Company Ltd., based on the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, had confirmed the driver in the clip was its employee. The driver has been identified as Ho Thanh Dan, driving the bus from Da Lat, a touristy resort town in Lam Dong, to Hanoi. On Sunday, Internet users in Vietnam began circulating a video, lasting more than one minute, showing Dan taking the wheel and enjoying a bowl of instant noodles with chopsticks at the same time. He was seen downing the noodles using both his hands while … [Read more...] about Dangerous multitasking: Vietnam driver suspended for eating instant noodles while taking wheel
Viet Nam News PHÚ YÊN - Authorities of central PhúYênProvince have warned drivers of nine "black spots" where road accidents could occur along some national highways passing through the province, following recent inspection. They include black spots on national highways 25, 29 and 19C, crossing Sơn Hòa, Đồng Xuân, Phú Hòa and Tây Hòa districts, which have recorded a year-on-year increase of three per cent in the number of traffic accidents over the past eight months. The number of traffic accidents along these highways accounted for 26 per cent of the total figure of the whole province during the period. The province reported 155 traffic accidents since the beginning of the year, killing 72 people and injuring 150 others, according to the provincial Department of Transport. Director of the transport department Nguyễn Thành Trí said these highway sections crossing the province showed signs of deterioration and required urgent upgradation to ensure safety of drivers. The … [Read more...] about Phú Yên warns drivers of traffic black spots
VietNamNet Bridge – Traffic violation images or video provided by private citizens will be used to help police identify and crack down on violators. The new measures take effect next month under a new Government decree on traffic violations. Many people are applauding the rule, saying that collecting evidence to punish traffic violators will no longer be the sole responsibility of law enforcement authorities. Others are concerned about possible invasion of privacy and the implications of citizens doing the job of the police. Vice head of the HCM City Bar Association, lawyer Bui Quang Nghiem, believes collecting evidence of traffic violations should not be the sole domain of the traffic police. “Citizens or organisations should be encouraged to use cameras, recorders or mobile phones to capture traffic violations and then send them to authorised agencies,” he said. The citizens’ reporting would help detect and punish violators in a timely fashion, Nghiem said. … [Read more...] about Are citizen reports of traffic violators good?
A driver for Phuong Trang, a popular Ho Chi Minh City-based bus line, sparked outrage after a video appearing to show the driver neglecting the steering wheel to focus on rolling a rice paper surfaced on Thursday. A driver for Phuong Trang, a popular Ho Chi Minh City-based bus line, sparked outrage after a video appearing to show the driver neglecting the steering wheel to focus on rolling a rice paper surfaced on Thursday. The 39-second footage sent shivers down people’s spines as the driver is seen completely taking his hands off the steering wheel and leisurely wrapping the rice paper while the vehicle was sped down an expressway in Tien Giang Province. The video was first posted on Facebook by one of the passengers, Tran Thanh V., who said he was traveling on the Phuong Trang passenger bus from Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on June 5. V. said the driver’s main priority seemed to be enjoying his meal, rather than the 40-seat bus he was meant to … [Read more...] about Phuong Trang bus driver filmed rolling rice papers while driving in southern Vietnam