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ICE mined driver’s license photos for facial recognition

ICE mined driver’s license photos for facial recognition

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are using facial recognition software to trawl through millions of driver’s license photos provided by 21 states to search and find suspects. News broke over the weekend that the FBI and immigration officials access images — often without obtaining a search warrant or court order — in order to identify…
Drivers may overestimate Tesla Autopilot because of its name, study suggests

Drivers may overestimate Tesla Autopilot because of its name, study suggests

IIHS asked 2,000 drivers to answer questions about Autopilot (Tesla), Traffic Jam Assist (Audi and Acura), Super Cruise (Cadillac), Driving Assistant Plus (BMW) and ProPilot Assist (Nissan). They found that 48 percent of the participants thought it would be fine to take their hands off the wheel in a Tesla, whereas only 33 percent thought…
City Observatory – Why are US drivers killing so many pedestrians?

City Observatory – Why are US drivers killing so many pedestrians?

US drivers are killing 50 percent more pedestrians, European drivers are killing a third fewer If anything else–a disease, terrorists, gun-wielding crazies–killed as many Americans as cars do, we’d regard it as a national emergency. Especially if the death rat had grown by 50 percent in less than a decade.  But as new data from…
Uber argues its drivers aren’t ‘core’ to its business

Uber argues its drivers aren’t ‘core’ to its business

Uber won’t be reclassifying its drivers from independent contractors to employees in light of a new bill that passed in California, largely because the bill doesn’t specifically require them to do so, the company’s chief legal official argued Tuesday. “Contrary to some of the rhetoric we’ve heard, AB5 does not automatically reclassify any ride-share drivers…
Uber has surveyed some drivers on small loans, suggesting financial products are coming

Uber has surveyed some drivers on small loans, suggesting financial products are coming

Back in June Uber went on a hiring spree in New York, hiring at least 100 fintech-oriented tech workers to ostensibly look at creating products to increase loyalty and engagement among users and drivers, including things like banking. Cue a flurry of speculation. It now looks like Uber is taking baby-steps towards building such a…
Uber’s AB 5 defense that its drivers aren’t core to its business is “preposterous,” experts say

Uber’s AB 5 defense that its drivers aren’t core to its business is “preposterous,”...

Last week, California lawmakers passed AB 5, a bill that’s expected to upend the business models of gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft that depend on the cheap, relatively unregulated labor of a contractor workforce. Experts predict that the law could cost Uber an additional $500 million in annual operating costs alone if it…
Drivers are killing pedestrians at the highest rate in almost 30 years

Drivers are killing pedestrians at the highest rate in almost 30 years

Photo by Frederic J. Brown / AFP via Getty Images Pedestrian and cyclist death rates are increasing, as overall traffic fatalities plummet Nearly 36,600 people died on US roadways last year, a decrease of 2.4 percent from 2017, according to recently released figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The fatality rate per 100…
When both drivers are in error, people blame the computerized one more

When both drivers are in error, people blame the computerized one more

Blame game — When shared-control drivers both make a mistake, humans take the fall. Cathleen O'Grady - Oct 31, 2019 5:35 pm UTC Enlarge / A two-car crash may now involve as many as four drivers, not all of them human.MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images Tonight, drivers in the US will kill more…
How Many Uber and Lyft Drivers Are in Recalled Cars?

How Many Uber and Lyft Drivers Are in Recalled Cars?

The average car includes some 30,000 parts, and that leaves a lot of room for things to go wrong. Seatbacks that fold unexpectedly in 20 BMWs. Overpromising fuel gauges on 21,915 Alfa Romeos. Possible loss of steering in 595 Toyota minivans. And that’s just from this week’s batch of recalls issued by the National Highway…

What To Do If Your Antivirus Apps or Wifi Drivers Are Blocking Window 10...

Microsoft is preventing certain PCs running older versions of AVG and Avast antivirus software and outdated Qualcomm WiFi drivers from installing Windows 10 versions 1809, 1903, and 1909. Here’s why: Microsoft no longer allows Windows 10 to automatically update on any and all systems due to potential bugs and incompatibility issues.These specific blocks go a…

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2019 iPhones Said to Have Improved Shatter Resistance, Multi-Angle Face ID...

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu have shared expectations for Apple's fall product lineup and beyond, revealing new details plus existing rumors about upcoming iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, HomePod, and AirPods models. Starting with the iPhone, the report claims the widely rumored triple-lens rear camera system on the higher-end models will enable a larger…
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