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Driver Says His Tesla Self-Driving Car Got Confused, Crashed On New Jersey Highway

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A Tesla self-driving vehicle crashes in New Jersey and the driver says it happened because of a problem with the car’s autopilot feature.

Police are taking his word for it, but the futuristic car company is disputing the claim.

A missing side-view mirror and traffic signs knocked to the ground mark the accident site in North Brunswick.

The crash happened on Sunday around 6:30 p.m. when the driver’s Tesla Model X was traveling in the right lane of Route 1 North.

The driver told police the vehicle’s autopilot sensor mistook a set of diagonal white lines on the roadway for a new lane.

“He wanted to stay on Route 1 North. He said at that point he believes the vehicle got confused,” Captain Brian Hoiberg of the North Brunswick Police Department said.

Authorities say the vehicle went onto the grass on the left side of the Adams Lane exit ramp – traveling across the road, jumping the curb, hitting signs, and winding up in the grass.
The driver said the steering wheel locked on him even though his hands were on it the whole time.

“The driver was shaken up. He was panicked by the accident,” Capt. Hoiberg added. “Just the feeling of not having any control.”

Hoiberg says the police do not have the technology to confirm whether the driver was in autopilot and does not plan to issue any summonses.

Jay Laposa’s company towed the Tesla.

“Its just weird it was on an offramp not on a major highway,” Laposa said.

Tesla claims that since launching autopilot in 2015 it’s not aware of a single instance in which autopilot refused to disengage.

The company added that a driver can easily override autopilot by lightly touching the steering wheel or brakes. CBS2’s Lisa Rozner spoke to the 32-year-old driver by phone.

Although he didn’t want to be recorded, he said he is not faulting the company. The driver added that autopilot has problems and accidents like this one will only help the company improve the product.

Source: https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/02/11/telsa-self-driving-car-crashed-nj/

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9-year-old genius to graduate university

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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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New award to honor arts and activism named after Lena Horne

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

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Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

Source nydailynews.com/

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