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It's been a year since Axios first examined the data, and as of now, there are 55 companies with self-driving car testing permits in California and 54 new accidents, based on filings of incident reports in the state.
But the one constant point is that humans continue to be the cause of most accidents, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports.
By the numbers: All those beige cars in the chart above indicate incidents where autonomous vehicles were not considered "at fault" — that is, people were. Even when AVs are at fault, that's most often been in cases where humans were at the wheel ("conventional mode").
The bottom line: Unless self-driving cars magically replace all conventional cars in the country overnight, robots will have to drive alongside humans. What’s more, they’ll have to drive alongside pedestrians, cyclists and other humans with whom they share the road. And at the moment, self-driving car tech doesn't seem to be advanced enough to handle all these humans.
Yes, but: It’s still hard to compare self-driving car accident rates to those of human drivers, despite the widespread hope that self-driving cars will be much safer than human-driving ones, as University of Central Florida's Peter Hancock points out in a blog post.
One new thing: In three incidents, humans intentionally attacked a self-driving car, such as by hitting it, or climbing on top of it.
Flashback: Axios’ first look at the data in August 2017.
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
The tech industry was the latest target of a tweetstorm by President Trump yesterday, when he railed on Google for bias against conservatives and then followed up with comments from the White House that expanded the ire to include Facebook and Twitter.
"I think that Google and Twitter and Facebook, they are really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful. It is not fair to large portions of the population," the president said.
Economic adviser Larry Kudlow later said the White House was looking into the issue, but declined to offer more details.
On the other side: Whatever the origin of Trump's beef, Google rejected the notion that politics influence its search results.
"Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don't bias our results toward any political ideology,” the company said in a statement that followed Trump's tweets.
Be smart: Axios' David McCabe has a look at what Trump could do if he really does want to crack down on Google, though most actions would require an act from Congress.
What they're saying:
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that more than 100 Facebook employees have joined a Facebook group called FBers for Political Diversity, after one employee's post criticized the company for having "a political monoculture" that stifles conservative dissent.
A number of Facebook users were surprised Tuesday when some of their old posts disappeared — specifically, all the updates that had been cross-posted from Twitter. It turns out Twitter was surprised, too.
The bottom line: Facebook had announced in January that it was removing a feature that allowed people to cross-post updates from Twitter. As a result, Twitter deleted its Facebook platform app, which had been rendered useless when the changes went into effect earlier this month. But it had no idea old posts would go away once the app was removed.
Here's what happened, according to a source close to Twitter: The social media platform had initially asked Facebook for more time to see if there was a way for users to continue joint posting to both social networks, but Facebook said no.
“A Twitter admin requested their app be deleted, which resulted in content that people had cross-posted from Twitter to Facebook also being temporarily removed from people’s profiles," Facebook told Axios late Tuesday night. "However, we have since restored the past content and it’s now live on people’s profiles.”
Why it matters: The deletions were brief, but the snafu serves as a reminder that it’s not always clear who has control over user data on giant social platforms — and it’s often not the user.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Three reports out Tuesday suggest that Amazon is pushing harder to corner the entertainment sector, with plans for a free TV streaming app, a live television recorder and a new slate of content deals with two of Hollywood's biggest movie studios.
Why it matters: One of Amazon's fastest-growing business units is advertising, which will continue to explode with investments in content and TV technology. Content investments will also help the company take on Netflix in a heated battle for digital streaming subscribers, reports Axios' Sara Fischer.
Three new investments:
Read more of Sara's full story here.
Go deeper: How Amazon is eating the media business.
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