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A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash

A federal watchdog panel ripped into Tesla and the federal agency that regulates it on Tuesday after concluding an investigation into a fatal 2018 crash involving the carmaker’s driving assistance feature, Autopilot. The investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board found that Tesla hasn’t done enough to prevent drivers’ misuse of Autopilot, which Tesla says can “drive” on highways in some situations but must always be monitored by those behind the wheel. The probe also concluded that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s hands-off, voluntary approach to regulating new vehicle…

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Snow and Ice Pose a Vexing Obstacle for Self-Driving Cars

In late 2018, Steven Waslander, a professor at the University of Toronto, compiled a data set of images from snowy and rainy Canadian roads. It includes footage of foggy camera views, blizzard conditions, and cars sliding around, captured over two winters. The individual frames are annotated so that a machine can interpret what the scene conveys. Autonomous driving systems typically use annotated images to inform algorithms that track a car's position and plan its route. The Canadian data should help researchers develop and test algorithms against challenging conditions. But the…

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