Ex-Freedom Caucus member: Some in the group ‘would vote no against the Ten Commandments’
One of the founding members of the House Freedom Caucus has resigned in protest of the hard-line conservative group’s opposition to the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, said that both President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan reached out to the caucus and made changes to the GOP health care proposal several times. “No matter what changes were made, the goalposts kept getting moved,” Poe said on “Fox & Friends” on Monday.
03/27/2017 - 11:34 AM
Jeb Bush: Trump is ‘a distraction in and of himself’
Jeb Bush says President Trump’s evidence-free claims are kneecapping his first 100 days in the White House. “He should stop saying things that aren’t true, that are distractions from the task at hand,” Bush said in an interview that aired Sunday on Miami’s WFOR-TV. During the bruising campaign, Bush was a prominent critic of Trump — who in turn relentlessly mocked the former Florida governor.
03/27/2017 - 09:27 AM
Slain Oklahoma officer was new recruit, aspiring canine cop
TECUMSEH, Okla. (AP) — A 22-year-old officer and new recruit died Monday after a shootout with a man who fled a traffic stop in central Oklahoma, police said.
03/27/2017 - 07:47 PM
United Airlines bars teenage girls in leggings from flight
"The passengers this morning were United pass riders who were not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel," the airline said on Twitter as the incident Thanwent viral on social media. In another tweet made in response to a question from a social media user, the airline said: "Casual attire for ticketed passengers is fine. United pass travelers are company employees or family members of employees.
03/26/2017 - 06:30 PM
Man Gets 'Pantsed' by Fence While Trying to Escape During Alleged Burglary
The suspect has since been arrested, according to reports.
03/27/2017 - 03:29 PM
Ahmed Kathrada, anti-apartheid activist and Mandela prison mate
South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada, who was jailed alongside Nelson Mandela, was feted as a humble liberation hero who shunned the power and glory that came with freedom. Unlike many struggle veterans, Kathrada, who was imprisoned on Robben Island, never held public political office after the fall of apartheid and Mandela's election as president in 1994. When Mandela left office in 1999, after serving a single four-year term, Kathrada also stepped away from politics -- immersing himself in activism through his Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.
03/28/2017 - 02:50 AM
'Dreamer' immigrant in Oregon detained by US authorities
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 25-year-old man who had been allowed to stay in the U.S. because he was brought illegally into the country as a child was detained Sunday by immigration agents, activists said.
03/26/2017 - 10:44 PM
Protests nationwide bring thousands to Russia's streets
Russia’s opposition, often written off by critics as a small and irrelevant coterie of privileged urbanites, put on an impressive nationwide show of strength Sunday with scores of protest rallies spanning the vast country. Hundreds were arrested, including Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic.
03/26/2017 - 04:08 PM
Infowars apologizes for spreading 'Pizzagate' theory. What does that mean for fake news?
Infowars owner and long-time conspiracy theorist Alex Jones admitted that his site falsely reported and commented on the debunked “Pizzagate” controversy, a theory that alleged that Comet Ping Pong, a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant, had played a role in a child-sex-trafficking ring that also involved Hillary Clinton. Apologizing to the restaurant’s owner, James Alefantis, Mr. Jones issued a statement Friday. “I want our viewers and listeners to know that we regret any negative impact our commentaries may have had on Mr. Alefantis, Comet Ping Pong, or its employees,” he said.
03/26/2017 - 11:44 AM
This Week Fast Forward 03.26.2017
Speed through the highlights from the latest "This Week."
03/26/2017 - 12:36 PM
Biden regrets not being president, but stands behind decision not to run
Former Vice President Joe Biden admits that when he looks at the White House, he can’t help but wonder what could have been.
03/26/2017 - 03:05 PM
As U.S. Airstrikes Rise, So Do Allegations of Civilian Deaths
A massive bombing in Mosul that may have killed as many as 200 people tops a growing list of sites where the U.S. is accused of bombing civilians.
03/27/2017 - 03:59 PM
Northeast Australia braces for cyclone, thousands flee to higher ground
By Tom Westbrook SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thousands of Australians fled their homes on Monday as a powerful cyclone bore down on coastal towns in Queensland, where authorities urged 30,000 people to evacuate low lying areas most at risk from tidal surges and winds of up to 300 km per hour (185 mph). Cyclone Debbie is expected to gather strength before making landfall in the northeast state early on Tuesday, with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a category four storm, just one rung below the most dangerous wind speed level. The growing alarm persuaded the state government on Monday to warn some 25,000 people living in parts of Mackay, a city 950 kilometers (590 miles) north of the state capital Brisbane, to head south to higher ground.
03/27/2017 - 04:06 AM
Woman Once Victimized by Teacher Weighs In on Missing Student Case: 'She Has Been Taken Advantage Of'
Jenny Kutner had a sexual relationship with her history teacher when she was just 14.
03/27/2017 - 05:13 PM
Seven students, one teacher killed in Japan avalanche
An avalanche Monday killed seven Japanese high school students and a teacher on a mountain-climbing outing, and injured 40 more. More than 100 troops were deployed in a major rescue mission after the avalanche hit ski slopes in Tochigi prefecture north of Tokyo. A total of 52 students and 11 teachers from seven high schools were on a three-day mountaineering expedition when disaster struck.
03/27/2017 - 07:04 AM
'Still one of us': 92-year-old gets Purple Heart from WWII
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A 92-year-old North Carolina man has finally received the Purple Heart he earned more than 70 years ago while fighting in Belgium during World War II.
03/26/2017 - 05:34 PM
3 kidnapped Malaysians rescued in southern Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines military said Monday they have rescued three more Malaysian tugboat crewmen held hostage by Muslim militants for eight months in the south of the country.
03/27/2017 - 12:12 AM
There’s a compelling new reason to buy your iPhone from T-Mobile
Choosing where to buy a new iPhone isn't as simple as it might seem. Third-party stores or carriers might give you a better monetary deal than buying an iPhone from the Apple Store, but you're also going to have to deal with yearly contracts, bill credits, or the hassle of unlocking the device if you switch networks.
But all the details aside, T-Mobile is hoping that its latest offering can make the decision much simpler. As of right now, if you buy an iPhone on T-Mobile and opt for extra device insurance, you'll also get AppleCare included in the price.
The AppleCare isn't free with all new iPhones from T-Mobile, but rather it's an additional service you get with T-Mobile's Premium Device Protection. That's just an insurance program that T-Mobile offers on devices. It runs $12 per month, and offers theft and loss protection on your phone. It's a good option if you're prone to losing your device altogether, but the deductibles are high, and it doesn't offer much help with common problems like a cracked screen or water damage (thanks to those high deductibles).
So T-Mobile's new offering bundles the normal insurance, offered by Assurant, with the Apple-provided AppleCare that you know and love. Assurant keeps covering theft and loss, while AppleCare gets you different benefits like live support, cheap screens, and battery repairs.
For anyone who was already on T-Mobile's insurance, or thinking about buying a phone protected by it, this is obviously good news. You're getting more coverage for the same amount of money, and knowing it's Apple-provided coverage means you're not going to have to spend weeks arguing with a weird third-party insurance company.
03/27/2017 - 06:22 PM
BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) Finds Life After Smartphones
What is BlackBerry Ltd (ticker: BBRY)? This was an easy question around the turn of the decade when BlackBerry was a leader in smartphone operating system market share. This was an easy question even when the Apple ( AAPL) iPhone started to eat that share, but BlackBerry still stood out as the businessman's smartphone.
03/27/2017 - 09:41 AM
Trump decides yes, he can stay mad at Freedom Caucus for health care defeat
President Trump did not blame House Republicans for failing to pass the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare after it was abruptly pulled. “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!” Trump tweeted early Sunday. Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!
03/26/2017 - 10:26 AM
Pakistan says starts fencing Afghanistan border in 'high-threat zones'
Pakistan has begun building a fence on its disputed 2,500 km (1,500 mile) border with Afghanistan to prevent incursions by militants, Pakistan's army chief said, in a move likely to further strain relations between the two countries. Pakistan has blamed Pakistani Taliban militants it says are based on Afghan soil for a spate of attacks at home in recent months, urging Kabul to eradicate "sanctuaries" for militants. Citing the attacks, Islamabad earlier this month temporarily shut the main crossing points along the colonial-era Durand Line border, drawn up in 1893 and rejected by Afghanistan.
03/27/2017 - 03:00 AM
The Gross Reason You Need to Deep Clean Your Dishwasher Once a Year
Spring cleaning season is here!
03/27/2017 - 12:04 PM
Gunfire in crowded Ohio nightclub kills one, wounds 15
By Joe Wessels CINCINNATI (Reuters) - Gunfire erupted inside a packed nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio, early Sunday morning, killing one person and injuring 15 others, as an apparent argument that may have started earlier in the day turned violent, authorities said. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said there was no evidence of "a terrorist attack," as with last year's Pulse nightclub slaughter in Orlando, Florida that killed 49 people in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. "However to the victims, what difference does it make?" Cranley said.
03/26/2017 - 12:51 PM
Le Pen plan to jettison euro spooks French business
The euro -- and her fervent wish to withdraw from it -- is a central theme of every stump speech by French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, topping her list of 144 election pledges. Le Pen calls the single European currency a "a knife that you stick in a country's ribs to force it to do what its people don't want to do". The leader of the National Front (FN) blames the euro for driving up prices, hurting exports and adding to France's already colossal trade deficit.
03/26/2017 - 02:15 PM
Powerful winds, large hail take aim at Southern Plains
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Golf ball-sized hail and powerful winds are expected to roll through parts of the Southern Plains late Sunday, marking the latest round of turbulent weather across the Midwest and South, forecasters said.
03/26/2017 - 07:47 PM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
A 6,800-ton South Korean ferry was hoisted to the surface last week nearly three years after it capsized and sank in violent seas off the country's southwestern coast, an emotional moment for the nation as it searches for closure to one of its deadliest disasters. More than 300 people — most of whom were students on a high school trip — died when the Sewol sank on April 16, 2014, touching off an outpouring of national grief and soul searching about long-ignored public safety and regulatory failures.
03/27/2017 - 12:52 AM
13 Places the Royals Like to Vacation
From a castle in Scotland to the coast of Greece, here are thirteen places the royals like to vacation.
03/27/2017 - 06:13 PM
What if Apple already told us what it’s going to call the iPhone 8?
Apple will release three new iPhones this year, including the iPhone 7s, the iPhone 7s Plus, and the iPhone 8. The last one will be the iPhone everybody wants, thanks to a fresh new design and a bunch of features never seen before in an iPhone. There are various leaks that seem to be in agreement on what the iPhone 8 will have to offer, but not all of them agree on the product’s commercial name. iPhone 8 is the most popular moniker people use, but we’ve also seen a bunch of additional names including iPhone X, iPhone Pro, and iPhone Edition.
Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter what the most anticipated smartphone of the year is called. But a new report suggests Apple may have already told us the iPhone 8’s real name.
A recent Forbes piece suggests that the iPhone 8’s name may be already be known, assuming you can interpret Apple’s recent actions.
Currently, Apple is in the process of rebranding several product lines. There’s MacBook Pro and MacBook for laptops, with the MacBook Air line having been discontinued. The iPad Air was killed too, so you can currently shop for iPad or iPad Pro — though an iPad mini continues to exist in the Apple store.
Using the same logic, Forbes argues that Apple might begin killing off iPhone numbers this year. The iPhone 8 may simply be known as iPhone alongside the iPhone 7s series. Or Apple could use the "iPhone Pro" moniker to define the iPhone 8, and then simply refer to every other iPhone it’ll sell as iPhone. We would have iPhone SE, iPhone, iPhone Plus, and iPhone Pro.
Ignoring the iPhone SE and iPad mini, Apple would have iPhone, iPad, and MacBook selling right alongside iPhone Pro, iPad Pro, and MacBook Pro.
While this makes sense in some ways and the iPhone’s name might be better off without the numbering scheme, there are several gaping holes in this logic. For example, Apple would still have to find a way to differentiate older iPhone models. Every year, Apple continues to sell the previous year's iPhone models right alongside the brand new ones.
Also, "Plus" doesn't really fit into this proposed naming scheme. Right now, Apple sells two different sized iPad Pro models that it calls "9.7‑inch iPad Pro" and "12.9‑inch iPad Pro." With that in mind, why would Apple differentiate between the 4.7-inch iPhone and the 5.5-inch iPhone by adding a "Plus" to the name? Wouldn't it just be "4.7-inch iPhone" and "5.5-inch iPhone" if Apple goes this route?
03/26/2017 - 12:24 PM
5 Easy Ways to Make Fast Cash
For aluminum cans, you'll generally get 40 cents per pound, and maybe 50 cents a pound if you bring in 100 pounds or more. If you have old computer equipment, you could also recycle that for money -- not much, though.
03/27/2017 - 09:00 AM
Hamas shuts Gaza crossing, blames Israel for assassination
Hamas shut the crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel on Sunday after blaming the Jewish state for the assassination of one of its officials in the Palestinian enclave. The interior ministry in Gaza, run by Islamist movement Hamas, said it was shutting the Erez crossing for an indefinite period as it investigates Friday's murder. Hamas security forces were deployed along the Gazan borders and exits by sea were also banned, officials said.
03/26/2017 - 06:40 AM
Photos of the day - March 26, 2017
A man waves traditional daggers, or jambiyas, as he attends with supporters of the Houthi movement and Yemen’s former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, a rally to mark the two-year anniversary since the military intervention by a Saudi-led coalition, in Sanaa, Yemen; police officers detain an opposition supporter during a rally in Vladivostok, Russia; Balinese people carry giant effigies in the form of the devil, whose local name is “Ogoh-ogoh,” during a parade before Nyepi Day, the Balinese Day of Silence, marking the Balinese Hindu New Year in Gianyar, a regency in Bali, Indonesia. ...
03/26/2017 - 05:00 PM
Singapore jails couple for starving Filipino domestic helper
A Singapore court jailed a couple on Monday for starving their Filipino domestic helper, a case that highlighted what rights groups say is a common complaint in the wealthy city-state. Thelma Oyasan Gawidan, 40, weighed just 29.4 kg (65 lb) in April 2014 after being given too little to eat for about 15 months, prosecutors said. Lim Choon Hong was jailed for three weeks and fined S$10,000 ($7,200), while his wife, Chong Sui Foon, got three months with no fine.
03/27/2017 - 11:38 AM
Venezuela seeks to stymie OAS meeting, vows 'severe' response
By Diego Oré and Lesley Wroughton CARACAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Venezuela called on Monday for the suspension of an Organization of American States meeting intended to air regional concerns over the OPEC nation's economic crisis and democratic standards. The Washington-based OAS is due to debate Venezuela on Tuesday after its secretary-general, Luis Almagro, said the country should be suspended from the regional bloc if it does not hold elections. Last week, 14 nations urged elections and freedom of jailed opponents of President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government, turning up the pressure after authorities thwarted a referendum on him last year and postponed local polls.
03/27/2017 - 04:24 PM
EPA chief: Trump to undo Obama plan to curb global warming
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump in the coming days will sign a new executive order that unravels his predecessor's sweeping plan to curb global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday.
03/26/2017 - 02:02 PM
Massive gold coin worth millions stolen from German museum
BERLIN (AP) — Thieves broke into the German capital's Bode Museum before dawn Monday and made off with a massive 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions of dollars, police said.
03/27/2017 - 10:54 AM
April The Giraffe's Fetus Shows Increased Activity
The pregnant giraffe's fetus was “extremely quiet” on Sunday morning but its activity increased later in the day, according to the zoo that houses April.
03/27/2017 - 04:38 AM
Five months later, Samsung is finally about to kill every remaining Note 7 phone
When it was released last fall, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 was the hottest Android phone the world had ever seen. Unfortunately though, the Galaxy Note 7 was literally the hottest Android phone the world had ever seen. A poor battery design caused dozens of phones to explode while being charged — and in some cases, while unplugged and in use — causing property damage and even injuring some users in the process. As a result, Samsung was forced to issue an unprecedented global recall, asking everyone around the world who purchased the phone to return or exchange it as soon as possible.
Most of the potentially destructive smartphones have been collected by now. Since the phone was so impressive, however, a small percentage of holdouts have refused to give up their precious Note 7 handsets. We're not sure why Samsung waited as long as it did, but the company is finally taking its final step in ensuring that the Note 7 cannot do anymore damage.
According to South Korean news site Yonhap News, Samsung will take steps next week to completely disable any remaining Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that may still be in use. The company said some time ago that 97% of all Note 7 phones have been reclaimed by the company. With more than 1 million handsets sold before Samsung discontinued the phone, however, that leaves tens of thousands of Note 7 handsets still in users' hands.
According to the report, Samsung plans to issue a mandatory software update that will completely prevent any remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices from holding a charge. As a result, the phones will no longer be able to power on unless they are plugged in. Samsung and its carrier partners issued a similar software update in the US late last year and in early 2017, and now any remaining markets where the Note 7 might still be in use will get the update.
Diehard Samsung fans who were holding onto their Note 7 phones won't have to wait very long before their soon-to-be crippled Note 7 phones are replaced. Samsung will unveil its new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship phones on Wednesday, and they'll be released about a month later.
03/26/2017 - 11:19 AM
Shrine Over Jesus' Tomb in Danger of 'Catastrophic' Collapse
A shrine built over a cave that is revered as the tomb of Jesus is in danger of "catastrophic" collapse, according to a report by National Geographic. The shrine (or the "Edicule," as it is often called) is located within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. According to legend, Helena, the mother of emperor Constantine the Great (A.D. 272-337) visited Jerusalem in the fourth century and discovered the cave where Jesus was buried after being crucified.
03/27/2017 - 11:40 AM
Turkey summons Swiss envoy over Kurdish rally
Turkey summoned the Swiss ambassador on Sunday to protest at a Kurdish rally in Bern which Ankara dubbed a "terrorist gathering", a diplomatic source said. "Walter Haffner has been summoned to our (foreign) ministry where he has been made aware of our displeasure... The ambassador has been told those responsable must face justice," the source said. Several thousand people attended Saturday's rally called by Kurdish associations and Swiss political parties in Bern.
03/26/2017 - 01:08 PM
2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Achieves Best-in-Class Fuel Economy
The Chevrolet Malibu delivers much substance beyond its shapely styling, from the quiet cabin and generous backseat to the comfortable ride and undaunting controls. And with the hybrid version, t...
03/27/2017 - 06:00 AM
Native Americans to meet Norway's wealth fund watchdog over pipeline
By Gwladys Fouche OSLO (Reuters) - Standing Rock Sioux tribe representatives will meet the ethics watchdog for Norway's $915 billion sovereign wealth fund on Monday over a U.S. oil pipeline, a watchdog official said on Monday. On Sunday, Norway's largest bank DNB sold its share of loans funding the Dakota Access oil pipeline, ending its involvement in a project that has faced strong opposition from Native Americans and environmental groups. Norway's soverign wealth fund holds $248 million in bonds of Energy Transfer Partners LP, which is leading the pipeline project.
03/27/2017 - 05:43 AM
White Hosue Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds the daily press briefing on March 27, 2017
On Monday, March 27, 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds the daily press briefing with the White House press corp.
03/27/2017 - 03:11 PM
Iran strikes back at US with 'reciprocal' sanctions
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Sunday sanctioned what it described as 15 American companies, alleging they support terrorism, repression and Israel's occupation of land Palestinians want for a future state, likely in retaliation for sanctions earlier announced by the U.S.
03/26/2017 - 01:14 PM
The Latest: Club operator calls shooting 'senseless'
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on the nightclub shooting in Cincinnati (all times local):
03/26/2017 - 10:25 PM
2018 Subaru Ascent: Return of the Seven-Seat Subie
Among its portfolio of family-friendly hatchbacks and wagons, Subaru adds a seven-passenger crossover.
03/27/2017 - 12:39 PM
Washington's cherry blossoms bloom despite cold snap
A mild winter followed by a spate of cold weather in Washington, made its mark on the city’s cherry blossoms, but the annual festival delighted first-time visitors on Sunday. The cherry blossom trees were a gift from Japan to the United States in 1912. The cherry blossom trees currently grow in three National Park Service locations, including the Tidal Basin, Hains Point and on the Washington Monument grounds.
03/27/2017 - 11:57 AM
Nokia 6, 5 And 3 Releasing In US, HMD Global Confirms
HMD Global has confirmed that its trio of new Android smartphones will come to the U.S. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet if the 3310 reboot will be heading to the country.
03/26/2017 - 07:24 PM
Boko Haram raids stoke fear of fresh attacks
Boko Haram Islamists raided a village in northeast Nigeria, in the latest rampage to steal food and medical supplies, as fears grew of more attacks, locals and security personnel said on Sunday. Scores of fighters loyal to the faction headed by Abu Musab Al-Barnawi stormed Sabon Garin Kimba, some 140 kilometres (88 miles) southwest of the Borno state capital Maiduguri. The Islamic State group last year announced Barnawi was in charge of Boko Haram instead of its long-time leader Abubakar Shekau.
03/26/2017 - 01:40 PM
Meet the company behind the world’s most stunning self-driving electric race car
With its swooping lines, the wing-like arches over the wheels, and its overall low, sleek design, the Robocar unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress looks striking enough that it might seem just as suitable for a sci-fi movie set as it does a race track.
Which is understandable, given that the designer of the self-driving electric racing car from the company Roborace is Daniel Simon, an automotive futurist who’s worked on hit sci-fi flicks like Tron: Legacy and Oblivion. Simon has also worked at Volkswagen, as a senior designer at Bugatti and during his career has designed everything from drones to motorcycles, spaceships and Le Mans cars.
And then there’s his Robocar, which is -- to say the least -- something else entirely.
This is a car designed without the constraints of human safety and with a focus on beauty. It can hit a top speed of 199 mph. It’s also kitted out with features like four motors, a 540 kilowatt battery and is made mostly of carbon fiber.
The tech under the hood includes 5 LiDAR sensors, two radars, 18 ultrasonic sensors, two optical speed sensors, and is among other things powered by Nvidia’s Drive PX2 brain, capable of a whopping 24 trillion AI operations per second. The car, according to the company, also relies on deep learning for 360-degree situational awareness around the car as it figures out an efficient, safe driving trajectory.
The Robocar, to be sure, still has a way to go. There won’t be any full Robo-races taking place anytime soon. But Roborace CTO Bryn Balcombe tells BGR progress is continuing. For starters? “The car will appear on Formula E tracks during the remainder of the season taking part in demonstrations that showcase the capabilities of the technology. The Robocar will be the standard vehicle that all teams use to ensure that the hardware is standardised and that the focus for development is on the software.”
Taking a step back -- what’s the point of all this? Why a self-driving race car? Why bring in a designer with Hollywood chops?
Balcombe spoke with BGR about the company’s motivations, where it sees this technology headed, why it gave Simon what Balcombe described as a “blank canvas” creatively -- and what the future holds, both for the company and its signature vehicle, as well as for self-driving technology itself.
For starters, the idea here is bigger than development of an autonomous racing car alone. “Denis Sverdlov, Roborace CEO and Alejandro Agag, Formula E CEO, realized that there was an opportunity to progress the development of driverless technology in a competitive and extreme environment,” Balcombe said. “The series is in existence to progress the technology at a faster rate and give the general public a chance to see the technology in action so that they feel more comfortable with the idea of having it on our roads in the near future.”
So it’s as much about making a statement as it is about helping self-driving tech progress and reach mass acceptance. If Roborace can help show how self-driving technology can react well under extreme circumstances and high speeds, in other words, the public will have more confidence in the tech working at slower speeds away from a race track, on, say, normal city streets.
The Robocar design was revealed in March 2016. That’s also around the time Roborace announced its work with Simon.
At the time, Simon enthused that his work with Roborace combined all his big passions into one job -- motor racing, design and advanced technologies. And he's been working with racing engineers and aerodynamicists from the start.
The other piece of this is Roborace’s creation of its DevBot, which is a kind of testing car with all the same tech as the Robocar, including the same drivetrain, sensors, computing systems and communications technology. Teams will use the DevBot cars to develop their own algorithms to control the Robocars they’ll apply to drive in Roborace competitions.
The whole thing, in other words, is fun, futuristic -- and a kind of Trojan Horse through which to improve self-driving tech and give it more of a sheen of acceptance. Balcombe acknowledges as much, at any rate:
“We believe in a future that is electric, connected and driverless,” he says. “Having these technologies on the roads will improve our cities by reducing pollution, traffic and the number of accidents. Our aim is to provide companies with an environment that will make this a reality much sooner.”
03/27/2017 - 12:24 PM
Bulgarian center-right GERB wins most votes in election
By Tsvetelia Tsolova and Angel Krasimirov SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria's center-right GERB party narrowly won a parliamentary election on Sunday, giving it a chance to form another government after leader Boiko Borisov resigned as prime minister in November, triggering the snap poll. The GERB party won 33 percent of the vote, the Balkan country's third in just 4 years, with the leftist Socialists trailing on 27.2 percent, partial official results with 26 percent of the ballots counted showed. "The result of the vote shows that GERB is obliged to form a government," said Borisov.
03/26/2017 - 07:02 PM
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