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40 injured in Lashkargah suicide attack

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car to the police station, leaving dozens of persons wounded in Lashkargah, the provincial capital of southern Helmand province on Tuesday morning, an eye witness said.

Rehmatullah, an eye witness, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the bomber smashed his car filled with explosive at the back side of the police station.

The attacker wanted to force his way inside the facility but he could not succeeded because the police station was well fortified, he added.

A medic wishing anonymity in the emergency department in Lashkargah hospital told Pajhwok Afghan News that 40 wounded persons had been shifted to the hospital for treatment.

Labeling Tesla’s Autopilot System As ‘Semi-Autonomous' Can Be Dangerous

That became apparent last week when the Associated Press updated its style guide to avoid the term "semi-autonomous" for systems like Tesla's Autopilot, General Motor's Super Cruise, and Nissan's ProPilot Assist.

But a partially automated system like Autopilot puts the onus on the driver to snap to attention when the software doesn't figure out what to do in time.

A General Motor's spokesperson said its Super Cruise system is referred to "as a driver assistance feature."

Nissan's lead tech engineer for Intelligent Transportation Systems said in an email that its ProPILOT Assist system is "fundamentally a driver-assist system" and that by "framing the feature as an assistant, a support feature, or an aid ... an individual doesn’t confuse their role as the driver or think the system/feature is 'driving' the vehicle."

His Amazon-backed company is creating a self-driving system called Aurora Driver that can be used in any vehicle.

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What The: Box Falls Out Of Truck And Blows Back In Twice

This is a short dashcam video from a highway in Taiwan where a box falls out of the back of a truck and magically blows back inside not once but twice.

Was it caused by the truck's draft?

Or was it caused by magic?

Whatever the case, the driver was still fined for not properly bundling and securing the boxes, which I assume is a fanciee way of saying driving with the back door wide open.

Keep going for the whole video, but the gif is the real magic.

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Labeling Tesla’s Autopilot system as ‘semi-autonomous' can be dangerous

That became apparent last week when the Associated Press updated its style guide to avoid the term "semi-autonomous" for systems like Tesla's Autopilot, General Motor's Super Cruise, and Nissan's ProPilot Assist.

But a partially automated system like Autopilot puts the onus on the driver to snap to attention when the software doesn't figure out what to do in time.

A General Motor's spokesperson said its Super Cruise system is referred to "as a driver assistance feature."

Nissan's lead tech engineer for Intelligent Transportation Systems said in an email that its ProPILOT Assist system is "fundamentally a driver-assist system" and that by "framing the feature as an assistant, a support feature, or an aid ... an individual doesn’t confuse their role as the driver or think the system/feature is 'driving' the vehicle."

His Amazon-backed company is creating a self-driving system called Aurora Driver that can be used in any vehicle.

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Image of article 'The Latest: One dead in Indianapolis shootings amid protests'

The Latest: One dead in Indianapolis shootings amid protests

WASHINGTON - The National Guard has been called out in Washington, D.C., as pockets of violence erupted during a second straight night of protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and President Donald Trump’s reaction to it.

LOS ANGELES - Police have arrested nearly 1,400 people in 17 U.S. cities as protests continue over the death of George Floyd.

RICHMOND, Va. - The Richmond, Virginia, police headquarters was the target of protesters for the second night in a row as officers formed a barricade around the building late Saturday night.

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: INDIANAPOLIS - Authorities are investigating “multiple shootings,” including one that left a person dead, in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday amid protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS - Police in Minneapolis are confronting protesters out after curfew on the fifth day of protests over the death of George Floyd.

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Image of article 'Red Carpet’ Crosswalks on Trial in UK to Reduce Pedestrian Accidents'

Red Carpet’ Crosswalks on Trial in UK to Reduce Pedestrian Accidents

In order to reduce such accidents, the cities of Liverpool and Hull in the UK are starting to trial new pedestrian crossings.

These new "red carpet" crossings are designed with data from behavioral insights and are expected to reduce road accidents and deaths.

SEE ALSO: GUY CREATES PEDESTRIAN HORN THAT SAVES LIVES AND TIME IN A BIG CITY The new design comes as a necessity since Liverpool has the highest adult deaths or serious injuries rate in pedestrian collisions in the UK outside London at 99 per 100,000 people.

The council is working with a local behavioral science company So-Mo that has designed the new crosswalks after studying pedestrian behavior.

Such strategic locations such as a central accident hotspot on Hanover Street/Bold Street and a yet-to-be-confirmed high street on the outskirts of the city will be used to test out the new crosswalks.

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Driver arrested in hit-and-run crash that killed bicyclist in Rolando

Police said the bicyclist was killed Tuesday around 7:05 p.m. in front of The Salvation Army Kroc Center when he was struck by the driver of a red Toyota Prius driving west on University Avenue.

The bicyclist was headed west on the sidewalk when he turned in front of the car at Alamo Drive, according to a statement from Sgt. Kevin Gibson.

After the collision, the driver allegedly got out of his car, picked up and moved the victim back into the roadway before getting back in his Prius and driving off.

Shortly before 9:15 p.m., police arrested Abbas Karama Shariff on Central Avenue near Florine Drive in Lemon Grove.

No details about the arrest were released other than the fact the man was contacted on the street, said police spokesman Billy Hernandez.

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Image of article 'UK cities trial ‘red carpet’ crosswalks to reduce pedestrian accidents'

UK cities trial ‘red carpet’ crosswalks to reduce pedestrian accidents

A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council said: “This project will rely on people acting naturally in a particular situation.

[Read: How Lisbon is reshaping its mobility landscape with e-scooters] So-Mo’s crosswalks will be installed at a central accident hotspot on Hanover Street/Bold Street and on a yet-to-be-confirmed high street on the outskirts of the city.

As part of a wider strategy to bring this number down, the council is working with So-Mo, a local behavioral science company that has designed the new crosswalks following a study into pedestrian behavior.

The cities of Liverpool and Hull in the UK will trial new pedestrian crosswalks, informed by behavioral insights, to reduce road accidents and deaths.

A Liverpool spokesperson said: “There is a dearth of up-to-date research nationally and internationally for authorities to use when tackling casualties at pedestrian crosswalks.

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Image of article 'EV safety concerns ratchet up after fiery crash in Shenzhen'

EV safety concerns ratchet up after fiery crash in Shenzhen

A driver was killed during a fiery crash after rear-ending a school bus with his electric van in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Tuesday, ushering in a new wave of EV safety concerns among Chinese consumers.

Why it matters: A rare loss of human life, the incident is one of the several EVs catching fires over the past month in Chinese major cities, a big blow for the market already going through an extended slump.

Details: An electric van hit the back of a school bus at an intersection in the downtown Futian district of Shenzhen on Tuesday early morning and immediately combusted.

The van driver was killed in the incident, Shenzhen traffic police said on Chinese microblogging platform Weibo.

Context: Reports of several electric cars catching fire is once again casting a shadow over struggling Chinese EV.

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Trooper dies of injuries suffered in on-duty death

Baker was the first Louisiana State Police member to die in the line of duty since 2015.

State police said Baker and another trooper were in a roadway removing a tire deflation device that had flattened the tires of the suspects’ car when they were struck by a Hammond police car.

Trooper George Baker, 33, was assisting the Hammond Police Department with the pursuit around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday.

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - A Louisiana state trooper injured last week during a vehicle pursuit died Sunday morning, state police and the governor’s office said.

Baker had been with Louisiana State Police Troop L since 2017.

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Coronavirus is a once in a lifetime chance to rethink how we travel

So how should walk and cycle be encouraged first, followed by bus, rail and other shared transport, and only then the car?

Other options to improve public transport include nationalizing or other more direct lines of public sector control, subsidizing more socially necessary services like rural bus routes, and charging single occupancy cars to access congested areas.

More fundamentally, the pandemic provides a good opportunity for them to look again at the entire idea of public transport, both in terms of business models and how the sector meets the needs of a rapidly changing market place.

At the local level, more car use and less public transport may lead to traffic jams, delays, road accidents, air and noise pollution, and social isolation.

In the medium term at least, all this should mean less air travel and fewer longer-distance rail trips, and more walking, cycling and driver-only car journeys as people become more reluctant to share with others.

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Image of article 'Pedestrian critically injured after being struck by at least two vehicles'

Pedestrian critically injured after being struck by at least two vehicles

A 21-year-old man was critically injured early Saturday after he fell down in the street and was struck by at least two vehicles in the College Area, police said.

A driver, 23, called police about 1:23 a.m. reporting he'd struck a pedestrian on College Avenue near Rose Street, said Officer Tony Martinez said.

Police determined that another vehicle had already struck the pedestrian, who had fallen and was lying in the middle of the street, before the second vehicle hit him.

The first driver did not stop, Martinez said.

The 23-year-old driver had been drinking, but was not arrested, Martinez said.

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Image of article 'Pursuit ends in fiery Ramona crash'

Pursuit ends in fiery Ramona crash

A 26-year-old man being pursued by Escondido police in a stolen truck on Highway 78 was arrested Saturday after a fiery crash, police said.

The incident began at 9:09 a.m. on East Valley Parkway in Escondido when officers saw a 2002 silver Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, with a man driving and a woman passenger, reported stolen out of Riverside County, Leso said.

During a traffic stop the passenger fled the truck and the driver took off, traveling through Escondido with officers in pursuit, he said.

The suspect began driving eastbound on state Route 78 toward Ramona until he lost control of the truck near Indian Oaks Road, Leso said.

Officers discovered the suspect had an active felony warrant, and he was arrested and taken to jail, Leso said.

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Image of article '2 occupants jump from moving dump truck, suffer major injuries near Lakeside'

2 occupants jump from moving dump truck, suffer major injuries near Lakeside

A driver and passenger suffered major injuries Friday afternoon when they jumped out of a moving dump truck on state Route 67 near Lakeside, authorities said.

Investigators do not know why the pair jumped from the truck, according to California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Travis Garrow.

The driver of the 1996 Ford L8000 dump truck was described only as a male, and no details about the passenger were given.

The pair jumped from the truck "for reasons still under investigation," Garrow said.

The truck continued south after it was abandoned, hitting and running along the concrete divider between the north and south lanes until it struck a metal guardrail and overturned in the northbound lanes.

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Image of article 'CHP officers arrest driver after South Bay car chase'

CHP officers arrest driver after South Bay car chase

Officers arrested a 25-year-old Spring Valley man Wednesday morning after he allegedly led them on a high-speed chase on South Bay freeways and surface streets while under the influence of drugs, authorities said.

The driver of the Dodge was previously reported to be driving recklessly on the freeway near Main Street, according to a statement from CHP spokesman Officer Salvador Castro.

When the CHP officer tried to pull over the car, the driver did not stop, instead speeding east on state Route 54 and then south on Interstate 805, Castro said.

The driver abandoned the car on Melrose Avenue in Chula Vista and hid in a nearby yard until CHP and San Diego police officers found and arrested him, Castro said.

Officers detained and released a 22-year-old San Diego man who was a passenger in the car during the pursuit, Castro said.

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Tesla says cars can automatically stop for traffic lights

The NTSB has ruled in three fatal crashes that Tesla’s Autopilot system was partly to blame, and it has expressed frustration with NHTSA for failing to act on the board’s recommendations.

Whenever one of its vehicles using Autopilot is involved in a crash, Tesla points to “legalese” warning drivers that they have to pay attention, Levine said.

In a note sent to a group of Tesla owners who were picked to test the stop light and sign recognition feature, the company said it can be used with the Traffic Aware Cruise Control or Autosteer systems.

But it also runs contrary to recommendations from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board that include limiting where Tesla’s Autopilot driving system can operate because it has failed to spot and react to hazards in at least three fatal crashes.

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said in March that the crash was the third “where a driver’s overreliance on Tesla’s Autopilot and the operational design of Tesla’s Autopilot have led to tragic consequences.”

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Image of article 'Driver dies in fiery crash on I-15 in San Diego'

Driver dies in fiery crash on I-15 in San Diego

A fiery crash on Interstate 15 in San Diego left a 51-year-old woman dead and her passenger badly burned early Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The woman, of San Diego, was driving southbound at a slow speed when a 2016 Kia Optima rear ended her 1999 Lincoln Town Car about 12:15 a.m. near Interstate 8.

The impact caused the Lincoln Town Car to burst into flames, with the woman and her passenger trapped in the wreckage.

Passersby smashed the windows of the car and pulled out the front passenger, but they were unable to free the woman, the CHP said.

An update on the condition of the Lincoln Town Car passenger and the Kia driver was not available.

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Image of article 'Fatal crash reported off SR-67 near San Vicente Reservoir'

Fatal crash reported off SR-67 near San Vicente Reservoir

A 45-year-old man was killed in Lakeside early Tuesday when the SUV he was driving went off state Route 67 near the San Vicente Reservoir.

The man, who lived in Spring Valley, was heading north on state Route 67 south of Foster Truck Trail around 5 a.m. when he lost control of his Ford Explorer and veered off the east side of the roadway, with the SUV heading in a northeasterly direction, said California Highway Patrol Officer Travis Garrow.

The driver died before he could be taken to a hospital.

It is believed the driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, Garrow said.

The investigation is ongoing although investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

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Image of article 'Pedestrian hit, killed on south I-5 near Barrio Logan'

Pedestrian hit, killed on south I-5 near Barrio Logan

A pedestrian died after being hit by several vehicles on south Interstate 5 in Barrio Logan late Sunday night.

The pedestrian was struck around 10:39 p.m. on south I-5 north of Cesar E. Chavez Parkway.

Investigators said after the initial collision the pedestrian was then ran over by several other vehicles, said California Highway Patrol Officer Sal Castro.

Several vehicles stopped after hitting the person.

Southbound I-5 was closed between Cesar Chavez Parkway and Logan Avenue as officers investigated the crash.

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Driver of apparent kit car killed in Mira Mesa crash identified

A 58-year-old driver who died earlier this month when his speeding car slammed into a tree along a road in Mira Mesa has been identified as Saul Sotelo of San Diego.

Sotelo was speeding south on Black Mountain Road near Westview Parkway about 9:20 a.m. March 6 when he lost control control of the car, which appeared to be a roadster kit car, police said.

The car jumped a curb, then struck a tree.

Sotelo, who had suffered major head trauma, died before he could be taken to a hospital.

Police erroneously said the driver was 59 at the time of the crash.

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Three killed in Sorrento Valley after pickup slams into tree

Three young adults died Friday night after the driver of a Chevy pickup lost control and the truck slammed into a pine tree in Sorrento Valley, San Diego police said.

The driver was traveling southbound on Camino Santa Fe near Miratech Drive at a high rate of speed when the pickup began rotating counter-clockwise, jumped the center island and slammed into the tree.

The truck impacted on the passenger side, police said.

The three passengers who died were sitting in the front seat.

Alcohol is not suspected at this time, police said.

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CHP: 85-year-old driver dead in head-on crash on Rincon Reservation

An 85-year-old man driving a pickup died in a head-on crash Tuesday evening after his vehicle drifted into oncoming traffic and struck two vehicles in far North County, authorities said.

The crash happened a few minutes before 7 p.m. on Valley Center Road near Waa'ash Road, near the Rincon Reservation government building.

The 85-year-old had been driving a Ford Ranger headed north on Valley Center Road when the road curved to the left and the pickup drifted into the southbound lanes, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Latulippe.

Latulippe said the pickup sideswiped an oncoming Chevrolet Tahoe, then slammed head-on into Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

As officers investigated and the road was cleared, traffic on Valley Center Road was affected for about three hours.

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Are Tesla's Cameras a Threat To Our Privacy

"I love that my car recorded a hit-and-run on my behalf," writes a technology columnist at the Washington Post.

"Yet I'm scared we're not ready for the ways cameras pointed inside and outside vehicles will change the open road..."Long-time Slashdot reader Strudelkugel shared the Post's report:"Thank You St. Tesla," jokes Slashdot reader DenverTech , linking to a story in which a Tesla owner shared the video it recorded of another car struck in a hit-and-run accident in the parking lot of a Colorado Olive Garden.

"It just makes me really thankful that there are cars out there, that can prove what happened so justice can happen," that car's owner told a local news station -- though the Tesla owner had also already written down the license number of the truck which struck her vehicle.The news station also links to another story in which a man accused of dragging a knife across a parked Tesla "was also captured on the vehicle's built-in camera ."

Car and driver blamed in fatal Tesla crash

Photo: Michael A. Mccoy / New York Times Car and driver blamed in fatal Tesla crash WASHINGTON — Tesla’s Autopilot system and a driver who relied too heavily on it are likely to blame for a 2018 crash in California in which the driver died, a federal safety agency said on Tuesday.

Members of the National Transportation Safety Board review findings on the probable cause of a fatal 2018 crash of a Tesla.

Photo: Michael A. Mccoy / New York Times Photo: Michael A. Mccoy / New York Times Members of the National Transportation Safety Board review findings on the probable cause of a fatal 2018 crash of a Tesla.

Members of the National Transportation Safety Board review findings on the probable cause of a fatal 2018 crash of a Tesla.

Members of the National Transportation Safety Board review findings on the probable cause of a fatal 2018 crash of a Tesla.

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