Self-driving cars nearly collide in California, raising questions about the technology


A near collision between two self-driving cars is now raising concerns over the technology. On Tuesday, two driverless prototypes, one operated by Google and the other by Delphi Automotive, nearly collided in Palo Alto, California.

Despite the obvious benefits of driverless cars and airplanes — namely safety and reduced emissions — “people have understandable concerns about the rapid pace of technological change, and about the role which robots could play in our future society,” the study found.

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Self-driving cars to be tested on Northern Virginia highways

Self-driving cars

Self-driving cars soon will be cruising along more than 70 miles of Northern Virginia highways that include some of the country’s most congested roads as part of an automated vehicle testing initiative.

The research will be overseen by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute on portions of Interstates 95, 495 and 66 as well as on U.S. 29 and U.S. 50 that are being dubbed Virginia Automated Corridors.

Myra Blanco, director of the program, said Virginia will set itself apart from other states by making it easier for manufacturers to test their technologies. The program will be launched without public input.

Ms. Blanco gave no indication this is a joke.

Read the full story at Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Saudi: Jinn converts to Islam on Twitter

Jinn Travolta

Jinn Habibi, who has a Twitter account, has reportedly been converted to Islam by a self-proclaimed spiritual healer through a series of tweets. The healer published the conversation, which some say is fabricated. In it, Habibi proclaims “my conversion to Islam at the hands of the sheikh. I testify that there is only one God and Muhammad is the messenger of God.” Habibi’s previous beliefs are unknown.

According to Islamic belief, jinn are non-corporeal – created from “smokeless fire” by God – and can choose to be Muslim, Christian, atheist or even Scientologist.

Read the whole story at MENA FN.