Google self-driving car project to become standalone business

Ethan Baron SiliconBeat Commercial sales of Google’s self-driving cars may take place incrementally, but the company won’t be going the incremental route with autonomous technology, a high-profile executive said. Astro Teller, head of the Google parent firm Alphabet’s “X” experimental “moonshot” unit, said at a conference this week that the self-driving car project is now going through the corporate and legal hoops to stand as a … Continue reading Google self-driving car project to become standalone business

Hoboken train crash: one dead and more than 100 injured in New Jersey

People are treated for their injuries outside after a NJ Transit train crashed in to the platform at Hoboken terminal. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images Passengers rush to safety after the NJ Transit train crashed into the platform. (PANCHO BERNASCONI/GETTY IMAGES) The Guardian Hoboken train crash: one dead and more than 100 injured in New Jersey A train crash in Hoboken, New Jersey, left at least … Continue reading Hoboken train crash: one dead and more than 100 injured in New Jersey

Uber plans self-flying drone taxis to beat city traffic

James Titcomb The Telegraph If you summon an Uber in 10 years’ time, you will probably get a car that drives itself. But then again, you may not be travelling in a car at all. The taxi-hailing app is working on technology that would allow airborne passenger drones to fly its users short distances around cities, it has emerged, raising the prospect of a future … Continue reading Uber plans self-flying drone taxis to beat city traffic

After New York Attack, Congress Wants TSA to Secure Amtrak, Buses

A bill pushing the agency to focus more on surface transport follows a critical report and an attempted bombing near a train station.

Bloomberg

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is one of those federal agencies that tends to inspire intense reactions among the traveling public. It’s a bureaucracy that interacts with millions of passengers each day, requiring their shoes, jackets, laptops—and time.

Virtually all this occurs at airports, with about 80 percent of the agency’s $7.4 billion budget spent on aviation security. Only 2 percent of the TSA’s funding goes to surface transportation, according to a report by the Office of Inspector General earlier this month. Congress is looking to change that.

Several U.S. senators want the TSA to focus more attention and resources on rail, highway, and marine transportation, which would mean greater security oversight at such places as Amtrak stations and Megabus coach stops. A bipartisan bill introduced Thursday by Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) would require the TSA to use a risk-based security model for these transport modes and to budget money based on those risks. It would require a wider use of the agency’s terrorist watch list by train operators and more detailed passenger manifests along with tighter screening of marine employees. The legislation also would increase the TSA’s canine use by as many as 70 dog-handler teams for surface transportation. Continue reading “After New York Attack, Congress Wants TSA to Secure Amtrak, Buses”

Self-driving trucks threaten one of America’s top blue-collar jobs

Natalie KitroeffThe Los Angeles Times Trucking paid for Scott Spindola to take a road trip down the coast of Spain, climb halfway up Machu Picchu, and sample a Costa Rican beach for two weeks. The 44-year-old from Covina now makes up to $70,000 per year, with overtime, hauling goods from the port of Long Beach. He has full medical coverage and plans to drive until he … Continue reading Self-driving trucks threaten one of America’s top blue-collar jobs

United Airlines Flights Resume Out of Newark Airport After Power Outage Causes Delays: FAA

United Airlines flights were resuming as scheduled at Newark Airport after a power outage at the airline’s control tower there severely backed up outgoing flights, officials say.

The FAA says that some sort of equipment problem or outage caused delays of over two hours at Newark Airport Monday evening. Six United Express flights were also canceled, according to the airline. Continue reading United Airlines Flights Resume Out of Newark Airport After Power Outage Causes Delays: FAA

Partial Platform Collapse Disrupts NYC Subway Service in the North Bronx

For the second time in two weeks, construction issues at the decrepit Dyre Avenue 5 Subway train station, in the Eastchester section of The Bronx, caused a collapse at the terminal for the line.

This time though, the partial platform collapse, which occurred at around 8:00 last night, was caused by machinery too heavy for the island platform at the station in its current condition to handle, causing plywood to fall onto the tracks making it easy for trains to derail.

The collapse caused an emergency shutdown of the 5 Subway between Eastchester-Dyre Ave and East 180th Street, and with the planned FASTTrack on the 2 Subway Line affecting 5 Subway service passengers living in the northern parts of the line had an even more difficult time getting home.  According to the FDNY, no injuries happened as a result; however, the scene of the collapse was under investigation. Continue reading “Partial Platform Collapse Disrupts NYC Subway Service in the North Bronx”

U.N. panel agrees to ban battery shipments on planes

Source – The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A U.N. panel approved on Monday a temporary ban on cargo shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries on passenger planes because they can create intense fires capable of destroying an aircraft. The decision by the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization‘s top-level governing council isn’t binding, but most countries follow the agency’s standards. The ban is effective on April 1. … Continue reading U.N. panel agrees to ban battery shipments on planes

Passengers removed from Spirit Airlines flight to Chicago after man is spotted watching news on phone

A passenger on board a Spirit Airlines flight from Baltimore to Chicago ran to the back of a plane to report a man of apparent Middle Eastern descent for suspicious behavior — watching the news on a phone.

Four passengers, three men and a woman, from Flight 969 were consequently detained and the rest of the travelers called off the plane after the unidentified traveler watched video of a “concerning” nature before takeoff Tuesday morning, authorities said.

It’s unclear what the unidentified man was watching on his phone, but it was enough for the female passenger to grab her daughter and find a flight attendant. Continue reading “Passengers removed from Spirit Airlines flight to Chicago after man is spotted watching news on phone”

Two Air France flights from the United States to Paris diverted: FAA

Two Air France flights en route to Paris from the United States were diverted on Tuesday following anonymous bomb threats, and hundreds of passengers and crew were safely removed, the airline and the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Flight 65, an Airbus A-380 that departed from Los Angeles landed safely in Salt Lake City, where passengers and crew were being taken off the plane and escorted into the terminal, an FAA spokesman said. The Salt Lake Tribune, citing an airport official, reported the plane was carrying 497 passengers and crew. Continue reading “Two Air France flights from the United States to Paris diverted: FAA”