Self-driving lab head urges freeze after "nightmare" fatality
Carmakers and technology companies should freeze their race to field autonomous vehicles because "clearly the technology is not where it needs to be," said Raj Rajkumar, head of Carnegie Mellon University's leading self-driving laboratory.
What he said: Speaking a few hours after a self-driven vehicle ran over and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, Rajkumar said, "This isn't like a bug with your phone. People can get killed. Companies need to take a deep breath. The technology is not there yet. We need to keep people in the loop."
Why it matters: Virtually every major car company on the planet, in addition to numerous startups and tech companies, are doing live testing of self-driving vehicles — and pushing policy officials to allow them to do so.
But Rajkumar said that ordinary people in addition to automakers and tech companies have developed far too much trust in self-driving technology simply because the cars have driven hundreds of thousands of miles with only one fatality before this — a Tesla driver who slammed into the side of a truck last year.
Brother of Florida shooter arrested for trespassing at Stoneman Douglas High
Zachary Cruz, the brother of Nikolas Cruz who confessed to carrying out last month's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was arrested Monday after authorities say he trespassed on the site where the shooting took place, per the Miami Herald.
Situational awareness: The arrest comes just over a month after his brother shot and killed 14 students and 3 staff members to which prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
The details: The 18-year-old was repeatedly warned not to be on school grounds, but he "surpassed all locked doors and gates and proceeded to ride his skateboard through school grounds,” according to a police report the publication quoted. The teen, who reportedly attended the school once, was seen around 4:30 p.m. Monday after students were dismissed. The report said he wanted to "reflect on the shooting and to soak it in.” Zachary Cruz was booked into Broward’s main jail Monday night, per the Miami Herald.