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AAA: Partially automated driving systems don’t always work – Fox Business

AAA is recommending companies limit use of self-driving systems after conducting two tests that found such automation isn’t always reliable.

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DETROIT — Two tests by AAA during the past two years show that partially automated driving systems don’t always function properly, so the auto club is recommending that car companies limit their use.
Researchers with AAA recently tested systems from five manufacturers over a distance of 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers), and said they encountered problems every eight miles (13 kilometers).
Most of the issues involved systems designed to keep vehicles in their lane, but the tests discovered that m…

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China Gives Unproven Covid-19 Vaccines to Thousands, With Risks Unknown – The New York Times

Drug company workers, government officials and others have been injected outside the usual testing process. More will be soon, bewildering experts who worry about potential ill effects.

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Raina MacIntyre, who heads the biosecurity program at the Kirby Institute of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, said she would not recommend the emergency use of vaccines before the conclusion of Phase 3 trials. AstraZeneca, the British-Swedish company, halted late-stage testing in the United States on a vaccine candidate this month after one volunteer fell seriously ill for unknown reasons.
Flawed vaccines can cause significant health problems. In 2017, children who were i…

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U.S. Sets Export Controls on China’s Top Chip Maker – The Wall Street Journal

Commerce Department letter says exports to SMIC risk being used for Chinese military activities

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The Commerce Department has told U.S. computer-chip companies that they must obtain licenses before exporting certain technology to Chinas largest manufacturer of semiconductors, a blow to Chinas efforts to compete in advanced technology.The department laid out the requirement in a letter to the computer-chip industry Friday. The letter, a copy of which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, says exports to
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.
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Tesla Model S Plaid may be required to use a parachute when racing in drag strips – Teslarati

The Tesla Model S Plaid was officially launched on Battery Day, and the vehicle is now available for ordering. The specs of the Plaid Model S are no joke, with the vehicle being capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds before maxing out at 200…

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The Tesla Model S Plaid was officially launched on Battery Day, and the vehicle is now available for ordering. The specs of the Plaid Model S are no joke, with the vehicle being capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds before maxing out at 200 mph. So quick is the upcoming flagship sedan that Tesla lists its quarter-mile time as less than 9 seconds, thanks to its three electric motors that produce 1,100 hp. 
With the Plaid variant coming into the picture, the Model S will effect…

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