Tuesday, October 24, 2023

California's Fleet Of Cruise Driverless Taxis Grounded As Experiment Halted Due To 'Public Safety Concerns'


            Chaos in San Francisco as driverless taxis lose GPS contact and suddenly stop        (picture:       lavanguardia.com )

California, as most people are aware, like to think of itself as the world's capital of  'Woke,' the state's lawmakers, academics and not least it population of showbiz celebrities like to think of themselves as progressive trendsetters leading the world to a technological utopia. So today's news that The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has suspended General Motors' Cruises autonomous vehicle and driverless testing permits across the state thus halting the experiment of having a fleet e driverless taxis patrolling the streets. DMV cited safety concerns and incidents in justification of the move following a series of incidents involving the electric vehicles, some of which resulted in injuries to drivers and pedestrians while others caused huge traffic jams (above).

"When there is an unreasonable risk to public safety, the DMV can immediately suspend or revoke permits," California DMV stated in a press release. 

The decision to suspend Cruise's operation was based on a number of considerations, including "manufacturer's vehicles are not safe for the public's operation" and "manufacturer has misrepresented any information related to the safety of the autonomous technology of its vehicles." 

DMV also cited a clause in its road safety approvals policy: " Any act or omission of the manufacturer or one of its agents, employees, contractors, or designees which the department finds makes the conduct of autonomous vehicle testing on public roads by the manufacturer an unreasonable risk to the public," in suggesting that Cruise had not been entirely honest in their presentations of safety data relating to testing of its autonomous taxis in controlled conditions and that the technology had not been ready for use on public roads.

All in all it has been a bad month for the Electric Vehicle fan club, on top of this story UK authorities are now backtracking on their initial claim by the Chief Fire Officer that he believed that the disastrous fire which destroyed 1500 vehicles in a car park at Luton Airport was started when a diesel powered Range Rover spontaneously combusted. A strong body of evidence has emerged identifying the culprit as a Land Rover Discovery Sport, a hybrid which has a powerful diesel motor as its main engine and a small electric motor and lithum ion battery pack for urban use.

Then there was the case of the £200,000 McLaren sports car which burst into flames a mile from the dealership's showroon as a prospective buyer took it for a test drive (full story: The Metro )  

And another item from today's breaking news reports that Tesla are being investigated by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) for fraudulently misrepresenting performance figures relating to drive rang per charge.

All we can say to Electric Car nerds who insist these self propelled bombs are "100% safe and effective," is, Oh dear. Never mind, fossil fuels will always get you where you want to go. 


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With battery quality Lithium Carbonate regularly trading at above $US70,000 per ton the impact of this soaring cost of the essential material in batteries for electric vehicles is starting to impact the push to abandon fossil fuels . Worse still, analysts are predicting lithium prices will continue to rise as demand for electric cars and goods vehicles grows.

Electric Car Fireworks
The electric car thing will not go away will it, ever since the science tits who work for Big Tech started proposing that electric cars are the future it has been proved many times in many ways that they are not. Cost, extremely limited range and safety are mong the reasons. And here as a Tesla goes up in smoke, is another.

VW Audi Suspends Electric Vehicle Production Due To Battery Shortage
Today in “news that affects all electric vehicle manufacturers”, Audi has announced that it has suspended production of its e-Tron electric SUV effective February 20 and won’t resume untilfurther notice. The suspension has been a resolve of “resolving production issues”, which are mainly attributed to bottlenecks in battery supply, according to Business Insider.

Tesla Stock Hit After German Regulator Warns Self-Driving Cars Are Unsafe

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Google Self Driving Car Can't Drive Itself
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It's The Car Of The Future - And It Runs On Petrol
How long have those research grant phishing, statistics rigging, peer review fiddling sciencyheads been telling us the car of the future would be powered by electricity? This was despite their best efforts after Squillions of Dollars, Pounds, Euros and Yen only having produced a hybrid that required both an electric motor and an internal combusion unit to .

Google Car Driverless Because No Sane Person Would Be Seen Dead In One
A few years ago Google boss Eric Schmidt said the company's aim was to get as close to creepy as they could without crossing the line. Well they had crossed the line long before he said that. The latest Google wirdness is the much hyped driverless car. It looks as if it was designed by a five year old. On the other hand it might be the ideal car for paedophiles who want to go cruising for jailbait.

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A View From Inside The Gaza Prison State


Gaza residents among the wreckae if their devastated homes (picture: fournews

It has always been said that truth is the first casualty in any war. This has certainly been true throughout the ongoing conflict in Ukraine with the Ukrainians ridiculously claiming they are winning while the Russians equally ridiculously claim they are not complete and utter bastards. It is also becoming clear the brewing regional war currently confined to the Gaza strip is heading the same way, with the Palestinian terroist group HAMAS claiming they are not terrorists while Israel claims that in bombing the crap out of innocent civilians it is only taking reasnable steps to defend itself.

Among all these claims we have little idea of what is really going on.

Today however, we can bring you a view from inside Gaza posted by a resident of the Gaza Strip on the situation in the besieged enclave. Nur Alsalibi, a resident of Gaza, on the situation in the city and the Israeli Air Force strikes—especially for the @voenkorKotenok TG channel:

"The situation in the city is very difficult. The intensity of the strikes is growing every day. Rockets can fly anywhere at any time. Even if they don't hit your house, but the neighbouring one, blast fragments will fly into your house. Basically, they bomb the north and the “centre” (“Al Rimal”) [the Al Rimal neighbourhood is 3km from Gaza's city centre –ed.]. Al Karama residential area [in Gaza's north –ed.] has been completely destroyed. In Al Zahraa [in the central Gaza Strip –ed.], 24 residential buildings were destroyed.

Israel says Hamas was there, but that's a lie—they weren't there. Hamas fighters have gone into the tunnels under the city; Israeli missiles cannot even reach them. More than 90% of the dead were civilians. The figure of 4,385 dead is only those who could be found under the rubble. The real death toll is many times higher. A lot of children are dying who don’t know what Hamas and the IDF are.

The humanitarian situation is also getting worse. There has been no electricity for about two weeks. My family uses solar panels, so we have internet and at least some electricity. Most don't have this. People charge their phones in hospitals where there are diesel generators, but there is less and less diesel for them. Pharmacies are closed, medicines are only available in hospitals, but they are also running out.

The water in the taps is provided for two hours a day—it's dirty, but you have to drink it, there is no other water. No food. Large supermarkets closed in the first days of the war, because... people swept away everything that was there, but there were no new products. We mainly eat bread and canned food. Even animals suffer. I have three kittens in my house, and give them just a little food, because there’s nowhere to get more.

The fact that the population is allegedly leaving Gaza is an Israeli lie. Most remained in their homes. People are not leaving even under the threat of death. At the same time, phones are constantly receiving threatening messages from Israeli numbers. You may also receive a notification that “your house will be bombed” so that people feel in danger every minute.

We know that Russia opposes the West and does not support Israeli crimes. In Gaza they love Russia and the Russian people very much. Among the Arab countries, there is a very good attitude towards Qatar, Algeria, and Yemen. Among non-Arab ones—towards Iran. We believe that Iran and Hezbollah will intervene and prevent the genocide of Gaza.

But the attitude towards the governments of Egypt, the UAE and Jordan is very bad. Here, they are considered traitors who caved in to the USA and Israel. The final straw was the Jordanian king's announcement to provide air bases to the American Air Force. And in general, the Jordanian government's attitude towards the Palestinians has always been bad. If you have a Palestinian passport, the Jordanian security forces treat you like shit—they could detain you at the airport, or on the street, or raid you with a search.

As for the ground operation, I do not believe that Israel will launch it. The last time they carried out a limited ground operation was in 2014, when Hamas did not have the weapons it has today. And even then, Israel suffered great losses. Now they will be hundreds of times higher. If they enter Gaza, they will all remain here. People believe that Hamas will win. Support for the movement has only grown. Israel will achieve nothing by bombing."


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Earlier today a bomb went off in an underground railway carriage in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. The explosive charge had been pack with shrapnel to cause maximum injury and bloodshed. Authorities in Russia were not as mealy mouthed as western governments and quickly announced they are treating the atrocity as an act of … Continue reading

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