Your Old Car is Tough for Autonomous Vehicles to See
If it’s dark colored, that is.
Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) use lots of different sensors to navigate the world. The most important one is lidar. Lidar emits a pulse of near-infrared light (a laser), then measures how long it takes the light to reflect. This happens very rapidly with modern lidar, allowing advanced computer systems to build a 3D picture for the vehicle to navigate through, like the picture above.
Unfortunately, dark colors absorb much of that near-infrared light lidar throws. BASF to the rescue! The chemical giant has created paints that are highly reflective, regardless of their color.
This will enable safer roadways for autonomous vehicles, which is an exciting, but scary proposition.
Save the Children Scammed out of $1M
Yes, sadly, you read the headline correctly.
Complete details weren’t given out, but it would appear that an employee’s email account was compromised allowing scammers to submit a fake invoice for solar panels. These were, purportedly, to power health care centers in Pakistan.
The money was transferred to an account in Japan, and was long gone by the time the organization realized it was a scam.
There’s a special place in hell reserved for scammers that prey on charitable foundations.
We’ve Hit a Broadband Plateau
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its first Communications Marketplace Report. Wait, don’t go to sleep yet, this is important.
Monopolies are in control of our broadband, and this lack of competition has stifled innovation and growth. Where many other developed nations have cheaper and/or faster internet, our approach to deregulation and massive tax breaks for these corporations seems to have had the opposite effect on our data infrastructure.
What does this mean for you? Higher prices and internet slower than 20 other countries, according the the chart below. It’s time to be forward thinking about the internet and get involved in improving the situation.