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.

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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.

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スラド、20周年を迎える

/.Jの試験運用は2001年4月から始まっており、5月9日にはベータ版が始動、5月28日に正式オープンした。朝日新聞やNewsweekでも/.日本上陸が紹介されている。当時のスラド記事は1年後でもアーカイブされず、コメントが投稿できる状態だったようだ。記事がアーカイブされるまでの期間はその後短くなっており、スパム対策でさらに短縮された。
10周年では記念パーティーも開催したが、今回は緊急事態宣言が出ていることもあり、このストーリーを見ながら各自飲むなり、コメントするなりしてほしい。

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Linux Mint 20.2 ‘Uma’ to get beta release by mid-June

Clement Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project, has published a blog post revealing that Linux Mint 20.2 is codenamed ‘Uma’ and is set for a beta release by the middle of June. The new release will still be based upon Ubuntu 20.04 LTS but comes with an upgrade to the Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce desktops and comes with newer hardware enablement stacks that ship with Ubuntu LTS point releases.

Linux Mint 20.2 will feature a new XApp (apps made by the Mint team) called Bulky that allows the users to rename files in bulk on both the Cinnamon and MATE versions of Mint. On Xfce, the Thunar file manager already comes with an embedded bulk renamer so Bulky won’t need to be shipped with the Xfce edition of Mint.

Another change in Linux Mint 20.2 is the inclusion of Nemo 5.0, the file manager on the Cinnamon edition of Linux Mint. With Nemo 5.0, users can now perform a content search in addition to a file’s name. The new content search will look for search terms within documents and return the document to the user if the search finds anything relevant.

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「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

自動車は日本の基幹産業だ。しかし「EV(電気自動車)シフト」で、その勢力図が一変しつつある。モータージャーナリストの五味康隆氏は「これまでEVは『お金持ちのおもちゃ』だったが、急速に価格が下がっている。このままだと海外の高性能な格安EVに、日本車が対抗できなくなる恐れがある」という――。

テスラ新型は序の口にすぎない

最近、僕はテスラの新型車「モデル3」を試乗しました。モデル3、特に上海工場で製造されたモデル3はボディの剛性が高く、動力性能の高さ、高速走行での安定性、操縦性のよさなど、商品として完全に「ものになっている車」です。

充電1回あたりの航続距離は、エントリーグレードの「スタンダードレンジ」でも448km(WLTP)あり、その販売価格は434万円(6月4日時点)。今は「令和2年度第3次補正予算」で補助金が増額され、モデル3であれば80万円の補助金がつくので、実売価格は354万円と、一般の人にも手が届く範囲となっています。

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