Britain’s first self-driving shuttle bus hits the streets, but scares passengers away

It’s ugly and terrifying

Last Thursday, Britain‘s first autonomous shuttle was launched in Cambridge, where it drove around the university campus as part of its first testing, METRO reports.

Although you’d expect that its autonomous function would be in the spotlight, there’s another feature which undoubtedly steals the show: its extremely ugly appearance.

Doesn’t it remind you of one of those insects with exoskeletons that are so terrifying to look at? Or maybe of a destructive and angry Transformer that could easily be named “Shuttle-tron”? And the British flag paint job doesn’t really help, does it?

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Dehydration melting at the top of the lower mantle

Cycling water through the transition zone
The water cycle involves more than just the water that circulates between the atmosphere, oceans, and surface waters. It extends deep into Earth’s interior as the oceanic crust subducts, or slides, under adjoining plates of crust and sinks into the mantle, carrying water with it. Schmandt et al. combined seismological observations beneath North America with geodynamical modeling and high-pressure and -temperature melting experiments. They conclude that the mantle transition zone—410 to 660 km below Earth’s surface—acts as a large reservoir of water.

The high water storage capacity of minerals in Earth’s mantle transition zone (410- to 660-kilometer depth) implies the possibility of a deep H2O reservoir, which could cause dehydration melting of vertically flowing mantle. We examined the effects of downwelling from the transition zone into the lower mantle with high-pressure laboratory experiments, numerical modeling, and seismic P-to-S conversions recorded by a dense seismic array in North America. In experiments, the transition of hydrous ringwoodite to perovskite and (Mg,Fe)O produces intergranular melt. Detections of abrupt decreases in seismic velocity where downwelling mantle is inferred are consistent with partial melt below 660 kilometers. These results suggest hydration of a large region of the transition zone and that dehydration melting may act to trap H2O in the transition zone.

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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。

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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.

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Fitbit preparing snore and noise detection, and ‘Your sleep animal’

The latest update to the Fitbit app contains the beginnings of nighttime snoring and noise detection, along with a cute way to think about your sleeping habits.

About APK Insight: In this “APK Insight” post, we’ve decompiled the latest version of an application that Google uploaded to the Play Store. When we decompile these files (called APKs, in the case of Android apps), we’re able to see various lines of code within that hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect. We’ll try to enable those that are closer to being finished, however, to show you how they’ll look in case that they do ship. With that in mind, read on.

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