California’s Department of Motor Vehicles established new rules announced Monday that will allow tech companies and others working on driverless vehicle systems to begin trialling their cars without a safety driver at the wheel. The new rules go into effect starting April 2.
This doesn’t mean test vehicles will be out there on the roads without any kind of human intervention backup – the DMV will require that those testing autonomous cars without a driver present have a dedicated communications channel that ties the car to a remote operator, who can take over if needed. The cars will also need to be hardened against cyber attacks and be able to provide their owner and operator info to any other parties in the event of an accident.
Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly, who has been campaigning for the change, said: "I'm very pleased that after years of discussions at Committee level in the European Parliament, of which I'm the only Irish member, that out proposal was debated and voted on today in Parliament, and that Parliament accepted our proposal to ask the European Commission to come forward with a recommendation that we would end the bi-annual clock change."
The PostgreSQL Global Development Group is pleased to announce the launch of the official community Twitter handle: https://twitter.com/postgresql
@postgresql will contain a mix of automatic and manually curated postings from a group of volunteers that feature various aspects of PostgreSQL and the community-at-large. Content will contain a mix of news, advice, and highlights around PostgreSQL, and enable the PostgreSQL Global Development Group to further engage with the community. If you would like for @postgresql to highlight PostgreSQL-oriented content, we encourage you to reach out to @postgresql via Twitter’s direct message feature.
This is an animation of traffic flows simulated on 30 different kinds of four-way junctions, from two roads intersecting with no traffic lights or signs to complex stacked interchanges that feature very few interactions between individual cars. It was recorded in a game called Cities: Skylines, a more realistic take on SimCity.