Cruise can now give passengers rides in driverless cars in California

Cruise, the autonomous vehicle subsidiary of GM that also has backing from SoftBank Vision Fund, Microsoft and Honda, has secured a permit that will allow the company to shuttle passengers in its test vehicles without a human safety operator behind the wheel.

The permit, issued by the California Public Utilities Commission as part of its driverless pilot program, is one of several regulatory requirements autonomous vehicle companies must meet before they can deploy commercially. This permit is important — and Cruise is the first to land this particular one — but it does not allow the company to charge passengers for any rides in test AVs.

“In order to launch a commercial service for passengers here in the state of California, you need both the California DMV and the California PUC to issue deployment permits. Today we are honored to have been the first to receive a driverless autonomous service permit to test transporting passengers from the California PUC,” Prashanthi Raman, Cruise’s director of Government Affairs said in an emailed statement to TechCrunch.

Would you take a pay cut to keep working remotely?

Almost half of people would and nearly two-thirds would forego a promotion, according to the results of a new survey.

The study by automation platform Ivanti finds 63 percent of respondents would rather work remotely than be promoted, and 48 percent say they would take a pay cut in exchange to be able to work from anywhere. Just 12 percent say they want to return to the office full time in future.

The attractions of working remotely include a flexible work schedule (47 percent), less commuting stress (43 percent), saving money (40 percent), and a better work/life balance (35 percent). On the other hand, the biggest concerns have been less physical movement throughout the day (40 percent), lack of interaction with colleagues (39 percent), screen fatigue (31 percent), and not being able to collaborate or communicate effectively (31 percent). But despite this 52 percent say their moral had a positive boost from working away from the office.

「このままでは日本車は本当にヤバい」自動車評論家が決死の覚悟でそう訴えるワケ 日本人が知らないテスラの野望





バーチャルトラベルプラットフォーム「SKY WHALE」の開発・運営を担う「ANA NEO株式会社」を設立 バーチャル空間での新しい旅体験提供へ

 ANAホールディングス株式会社はニューノーマル時代における新しい旅の体験価値の創造に向けてバーチャルトラベルプラットフォーム「SKY WHALE」を開発・運営するANA NEO株式会社(以下「ANA NEO」)を設立しました。スマートフォン、タブレット等各種端末からアクセス可能な旅のプラットフォームとして2022年のサービスローンチを予定しています。
コロナ禍によりデジタル化が加速し、新常態において消費者の価値観が変化する中、ANAグループでは新しいビジネスモデルへの変革に取り組んでいます。ANA NEOは、ANAグループが航空会社としてこれまで培ってきた知見およびマイレージプログラムや普及型アバターロボット「newme注1」で提供している各種サービス等を最大限活用することで、ビジネスモデルのデジタル化を促進してまいります。バーチャル空間における旅行やショッピングなどの消費体験を通じてリアルを超える体験消費ニーズに応えるとともに、「地産外商」による地域創生や、リアルとバーチャルを融合させることにより経済発展と社会的課題の解決を両立するSociety 5.0注2の実現への貢献を目指します。

Tesla starts using cabin cameras to make sure drivers are paying attention

Tesla has started using cabin cameras in some Model 3 and Model Y vehicles to make sure drivers are paying attention to the road when they use driver assistance features, according to release notes obtained by CNBC.

Their Model 3 and Model Y cars already had driver-facing cabin cameras, but the company’s owners manuals said they were not used for driver monitoring. Instead, Tesla’s systems required drivers to “check in” by touching the steering wheel, which is equipped with sensors.

Now, Tesla is telling drivers their cabin cameras have been switched on for driver monitoring in new vehicles that lack radar sensors, according to Kevin Smith, a second-time Tesla buyer in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Smith says he took delivery of a 2021 Tesla Model Y crossover on Thursday.