first_imgThe organisers of the campaign against cuts in the NowDoc service in West Donegal have said they believe their campaign is gaining momentum and have called on the public to support a protest this Friday at 2pm in the Market Square in Letterkenny.One of the organisers Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said, “From a packed public meeting to a very well-received street theatre performance at the Mary from Dungloe festival, the campaign has been gaining momentum and alerting people to the very real danger that the future survival of the NowDoc service is at stake.“It is vital that we keep up the pressure. There will be a public meeting in Ionad Templecrone, Dungloe this Thursday at 7pm and I urge the people of the Rosses and surrounding areas to attend. “I believe that if the majority of doctors within our community get their way, then NowDoc will be gone forever. We must take a stand or lose the service. It’s as simple as that.”“We urge the wider public to support our protest in Letterkenny this Friday. It’s not just an issue for the west of the county. The service in Inishowen is also directly under threat and we hope to see a big turnout from people there.“We must show unity in our fight to save the service. If these cuts go ahead, where will be next? I want to see a large turnout to send a clear message to the GPs that we will not accept putting their wealth before our health.”COUNCILLOR CALLS FOR PUBLIC TO MAKE A STAND OR FACE LOSING NOWDOC SERVICES FOREVER was last modified: August 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsPoliticslast_img read more

Triple-A Sacramento breaks two-decade drought for SF Giants’ farm system

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — A 21-year drought in the Giants’ farm system came to an end on Thursday in Sacramento.No Giants’ Triple-A affiliate had won a division title since the Fresno Grizzlies came in first place in 1998 until the Sacramento River Cats clinched a Pacific Coast League Pacific North Division crown against the Reno Aces with a 10-2 victory.“To win down there and go to the playoffs, I’ve said this so many times but it’s such a valuable experience,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.🍾🍾🍾� …last_img read more

New Cape Town Airport terminal opens

first_imgWork on Cape Town International Airport’s R1.6-billion, five-storey central terminal building has been completed and both international and domestic passengers will use the new consolidated check-in area from this weekend onwards. Acsa is also urging airport users to play their part and to add an extra 30 minutes onto their travel time. “We know that the changes may disorientate airport users – this is why we have gone out of our way to assist airport users,” said Hendricks. “It’s been a rather busy morning for everyone – both passengers and airport staff as we all become accustomed to the new processes.” 9 November 2009 “It has taken much collaboration between Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), the airlines, the government agencies, retailers and the entire value chain – as an airport community, we are extremely proud of the new terminal.” “Over the past few months the airport team has been working very hard to ensure a smooth transition from the old terminal to the new one,” Cape Town International Airport communications manager Diedre Hendricks said in a statement last week. Increased retail presence To improve vehicular movement at the airport, the road network is also undergoing an upgrade, with a new drop off road situated right in front of the terminal building. The entire road network project will be completed in March 2010 at a cost of R120-million. The new terminal significantly enhances the airport’s capacity with 120 check-in counters, 20 self-service check-in machines and a consolidated security screening point, all housed in an area of 50 000 square metres.center_img Acsa is ensuring that airport workers, as well as 80 temporary staff, are on hand to assist passengers as they come to grips with the new central terminal building. The terminal also boasts a new R103-million baggage sortation system that operates 3 000 bags per hour and is fully automated, as well as additional passenger loading bridges – a first for domestic users. “The airport has changed and it is important that you give yourself sufficient time to move through all the processes,” said Hendricks. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Passenger assistance This does not mark the end of construction at the airport and the next few months will still be full of activity. Other projects to be completed in March 2010 include the consolidated car rental facility, a transport plaza, a multi-storey parkade and aircraft parking stands. Not only has the check-in facilities been enhanced, but the retail facility has almost doubled, moving from 44 retailers and restaurants to 74. The expansion will bring in brands such as Ocean Basket, Woolworths, Steers and a Spur of 1 000 square meters – seating up to 500 people, it will be the biggest in the Western Cape.last_img read more

Switching from alfalfa to soybean…Should I inoculate?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Laura Lindsey and Mark Sulc, Ohio State University ExtensionAlfalfa stands were negatively affected by this winter’s weather. Some farmers may be converting their alfalfa fields to soybean. Does the soybean seed need to be inoculated?While there is very little information on this topic, we believe yes. You should inoculate soybean with Rhizobia when converting an alfalfa field to soybean. Here’s why… Both alfalfa and soybean plants have a symbiotic relationship with bacteria in which the bacteria fix nitrogen from the atmosphere into a plant-available form of nitrogen. However, different species are associated with alfalfa and soybean. In soybean, nitrogen fixation is associated with Bradyrhizobium japonicum. While in alfalfa, nitrogen fixation is associated with Sinorhizobium meliloti (also called Ensifer meliloti). The bacteria associated with nitrogen fixation in alfalfa will not form the same association with soybean. Generally, fields with a history of soybean production have a large population density of Bradyrhizobium japonicum. However, if soybean hasn’t been grown for several years, there is more likely to be a yield response when soybean seed is inoculated. The previous alfalfa crop will provide some nitrogen to the soybean crop, but this is difficult to quantify. While we know that a previous alfalfa crop can supply nearly all the N needed for corn production, we found no published research studies on uninoculated soybean after alfalfa. Nitrogen mineralization from an organic form (alfalfa residue) to a plant-available form of nitrogen (ammonium or nitrate) is unpredictable. Nitrogen release from organic materials is weather dependent (moisture/temperature) and also depends on the carbon:nitrogen ratio of the material. So, nitrogen release from the alfalfa residue may not coincide with nitrogen uptake by the soybean plant. (And soybeans need a lot of nitrogen! It takes ~290 pounds of N per acre to produce a 60 bushels per acre soybean crop.) [Side note: Applying nitrogen fertilizer does not usually increase soybean yield and is even less likely to be profitable. So even though soybean has a high requirement for nitrogen, please do not apply nitrogen fertilizer.]Inoculant is a relatively cheap input.last_img read more

How Much Product Knowledge Is Enough?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now I know an Executive Vice President of Sales who doesn’t believe that it is important for his salespeople to know the product they sell. He believes that they need only a minimum understanding of what they sell and that they should rely on subject matter experts to help them engage with their prospective clients. He doesn’t care so much about product knowledge.I understand his thinking. He believes that the salesperson should be calling on the business owner and that the subject matter expert should be engaging with the prospective client’s technical people. That makes sense. Except when it doesn’t make sense. And when it doesn’t make sense the salesperson fails to create an opportunity.How Much Do You Need To KnowTheory doesn’t always work out so well in practice. The real world is very different than some of the premises we have when we organize a sales force or design a sales processes. Ideas that look good on paper don’t always work out well when you are sitting face-to-face with a prospective client.As a salesperson, you need to know enough about your product that you can create value for all of the stakeholders you routinely meet with as you call on your dream client. Period.There is no reason to abdicate your responsibility for creating value to someone else on your team who may or may not be there when you need them. I’m not suggesting that the salesperson should have the deep technical expertise of a true subject matter expert, but there is no reason not to learn so much about your product and your solution that you can hold your own with anyone who may happen to be sitting in the room with you when you’re making a sales call.Every Sales Call Is An EducationThe longer you work in your role, the more you should know. If you’ve been on hundreds of calls with subject matter experts, you should have collected a list of the common questions that your dream client is going ask you. You should also have learned what the most common answers are to those questions.Great sales people are great mimics. They learn to mimic what they hear other salespeople—and technical people—say, gaining a fundamental understanding of what they need to know to create value for their prospective customer during a sales call.You cannot create value or trust by not knowing enough about your product to engage in a meaningful conversation with your dream client. What you need to know should drive your understanding, not your title.You still need chops.last_img read more

Beermen Kelly Nabong, Ronald Tubid fined, suspended over ‘Spider Man’ incident

first_imgLATEST STORIES READ: ‘Spider Man’ says no intention to hurt, PBA stunt only to spread message of lovePaolo Felizarta, dressed in full Spider-Man costume, caused a commotion when he ran to the court with around three minutes remaining in Game 5 and collided with San Miguel center June Mar Fajardo, who then got hit in the jaw.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA random audience member then rushed to the Beermen bench to grab Felizarta’s bag but Nabong got to him threw a few shots in.READ: ‘Vote! Love! Support PBA,’ among signs borne by ‘Spider-Man’ in PBA Finals Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess A man dressed up as Spider-Man storms into the court during Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals between San Miguel Beer and Magnolia at Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The PBA handed out penalties to San Miguel’s Kelly Nabong and Ronald Tubid for their involvement in the “Spider-Man” incident in Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Cup finals.Nabong and Tubid were slapped with a P75,000 fine and a suspension of three games each, which they will serve in the ongoing PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tubid, meanwhile, hit Felizarta with a cheap shot while security brought the court intruder to the back area of the Big Dome.Felizarta was brought to the Quezon City Police District 7 where he spent a few nights before posting bail.Daniel Henaes and Dr. Ramon Ibanez, who are also under San Miguel’s employment, were also each meted a P50,000 fine and two games suspension but their role in the commotion is unclear.ADVERTISEMENT Monty Williams hoping to give Suns some needed stability Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

LG CineBeam Laser 4K projector delivers voice control for CES 2019

first_img Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Projectors TVs Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $210 at Best Buy Best TVs to give for the holidays 2018 0 $59 at eBay See It Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $520 at HP Rylo Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sprint HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. 2:33 See at Turo See It See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X LG,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Post a comment Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNETcenter_img $999 Share your voice 7 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review Chris Monroe/CNET Read Google Home Hub review CES 2019 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See it Now playing: Watch this: Apple iPhone XS $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read the Rylo camera preview CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Cheapskate Boost Mobile Tags Comments $999 $299 at Amazon See at Amazon Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. LG Last year, the HU80K projector made a splash at CES for its small, tote-it-anywhere design. This year, LG plans to show its new sibling, the Cinebeam Laser 4K HU85L, which adds voice control via the remote and the company’s ThinQ platform. It packs the same compact projector into a more typical, handle-free design — LG calls it “subtle” so it “won’t distract or interfere with the viewing experience.”In addition to basic commands, the projector will be able to respond to conditional voice commands such as “turn off the projector after the movie has finished.”It otherwise has all the same specs as its sibling, including the ability to project a 90-inch image from just 2 inches away from the wall or screen, or a 120-inch picture from just 7 inches. Don’t expect true 4K, though, since it also uses the same DLP chipset which interpolates from a lower resolution — it computes intermediate pixels using mirrors.There’ll be lots of TV-related news coming out of CES 2019 — click that link for our full preview. Read DJI Osmo Action preview $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 15 Photos Six things to know about home theater projectors Turo Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Tags $999 $155 at Google Express Amazonlast_img read more

Virat Kohli to miss IndiaWest Indies Test series due to injury

first_imgVirat Kohli.GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty ImagesIndian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli got a major injury scare during his match-winning knock against West Indies in the third and final ODI of the series against West Indies on August 14. The 30-year-old cricketer can be out of the first Test against West Indies due to this minor niggle.During the post-match press conference, the prolific cricketer said that he does not think that it is a fracture, it’s just a split nail. He also mentioned that he was lucky and he will probably feature in the first Test against West Indies.”I don’t think it’s a fracture otherwise I wouldn’t have continued (batting). It’s just a split of the nail,” he said as quoted by PTI.”Luckily, it’s not broken. When I got hit I thought it was worse than what it turned out to be. But it’s not broken so I should be good for the first Test,” he further added.The incident that happened when Kohli was on his way to guide Team India home once again. In the 27th over of the match, Kemar Roach delivered a bouncer which gave a blow to the Indian cricketer’s right thumb and he was immediately attended by the team physio after which the cricketer continued to bat to take India home. Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli.TwitterThe 30-year-old batsman also became the leading run-getter in a decade in international cricket as he became the first batsman to score 20,000 runs in 10 years.The Men in Blue defeated West Indies by six wickets in the rain-interrupted fixture at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain. West Indies batted first and posted a total of 240 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Chris Gayle was the highest scorer for the Carribean with 72 runs from 41 balls. In response, India had to chase the revised target of 255 runs in 35 overs. With Kohli leading from the front and Shreyas Iyer supporting him India reached the target by the 32.3 overs. The Indian skipper scored yet another ton finishing with 114 off 99 balls whereas Iyer scored 65 runs from 41 balls.Team India won the ODI series 2-0. They will next face West Indies for the two-match Test series which starts from August 22.last_img read more

SC stays Apan Jewellers owners bail

first_imgThe High Court order that granted bail to three owners of Apan Jewellers in three money laundering cases was stayed on Monday by the chamber judge of the Supreme Court, reports UNB.The owners are Dildar Ahmed, Gulzar Ahmed and Azad Ahmed.A special bench of chamber judge Iman Ali passed the order after hearing three petitions filed by the state.Deputy attorney general Motahar Hossain Saju, the state counsel, said the petitions were initially placed before acting chief justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah as no regular vacation bench was functional today.Then, the CJ assigned the special bench of chamber Judge Iman Ali to hear the petitions.Later, the chamber judge set 21 December for next hearing of the petitions in the scheduled vacation bench.Earlier on 14 December, the High Court granted bail to three owners of Apan Jewellers in three money laundering cases.The HC bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Shahidul Karim passed the order after the final hearing on three cases.On 22 November last, the High Court issued five separate rules in five money laundering cases filed against them.last_img read more

Uber selfdriving car kills Arizona pedestrian

first_imgPilot models of the Uber self-driving car are displayed at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. AFP file photoRide-sharing giant Uber said Monday it is suspending use of self-driving cars after one of the vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in the US state of Arizona.The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode, with an operator behind the wheel, when it hit a woman walking in the street in the city of Tempe late Sunday, according to the San Francisco-based company.The victim was hospitalized and later died from her injuries.“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” an Uber spokesperson told AFP. “We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.”Uber said it had temporarily halted its use of self-driving cars for testing or customer rides in Tempe, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and San Francisco.Tempe is one of just two cities—along with Pittsburgh—where the ride-sharing firm has been using autonomous vehicles as part of its regular passenger.The vehicle operator in the driver’s seat was the only person in the car when the accident occurred, Uber said. The car was in police hands on Monday.Sunday’s accident was the first fatal self-driving car crash involving a pedestrian.The first deadly self-driving car accident was reported in mid-2016, and involved a Tesla.Sheriff needed?The Tesla Model S, cruising on “Autopilot,” failed to detect a crossing tractor-trailer against a bright sky, killing the driver—who it later emerged had kept his hands off the wheel for extended periods of time despite automated warnings not to do so.Investigators at the US National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of the Tesla crash was the combination of “a truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way and a car driver’s inattention due to overreliance on vehicle automation.”Autonomous-vehicle technology has been touted as having potential to save fuel, ease congestion, and to save thousands of lives by avoiding accidents due to human error.As with the fatal Tesla crash, however, the deadly Uber accident is likely to stoke concerns that the industry is moving too fast.Google-owned Waymo this month began using its self-driving trucks to haul cargo bound for the internet giant’s data centers in Georgia, while rival Uber announced the use of self-driving semi trucks as part of an on-demand trucking service in Arizona.In September, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao released new guidelines that permit more testing of self-driving cars.But America’s non-profit Consumer Watchdog has warned that roads are being turned “into private laboratories for robot cars with no regard for our safety.”The group on Monday called for a nationwide moratorium on testing self-driving cars on public roads while investigators figure out what went wrong in the Uber accident.“Arizona has been the wild west of robot car testing with virtually no regulations in place,” Watchdog technology project director John Simpson said in a statement.“When there’s no sheriff in town, people get killed.”Car vision tests?US states set their own rules for roads, and a handful have passed laws allowing self-driving vehicles.California and Arizona have been particularly encouraging, hoping that companies developing autonomous technology in those states will create local jobs and facilities devoted to a promising new industry.Duke University robotics professor Missy Cummings is among the advocates of slowing down introduction of autonomous vehicles to avoid risk and get proper regulations in place.While machines are better at staying vigilant and reacting to routine situations, human drivers have proven superior at handling unusual or unexpected situations, according to the professor.Cummings reasoned that if people need to pass vision exams in order to get driving licenses, so should self-driving cars.She noted a case in which putting stickers on a stop sign could fool autonomous car sensors into seeing it as a sign indicating a speed limit.“If we are still learning at this rate, and still uncovering major problems, it begs the question of why we are trying to put this technology into widespread use,” Cummings told AFP.“I am a big fan of the technology, but it is very unproven and experimental.”last_img read more