Case in point: The City of Las Vegas and AAA's self-driving shuttle, one of the most advanced public autonomous trials in the U.S., was hit by a semi-truck within hours of its maiden trip last month. The Navya Arma bus was stuck between a car behind it and the slowly advancing truck, which backed its way into the the shuttle.
The shuttle behaved exactly as it was designed to in the situation, according to a AAA rep — but it didn't move or, more importantly for the truck driver who might not have seen the vehicle behind it, honk a horn to make its presence known. One of the most essential tools for interpersonal communication between drivers wasn't even in the AI's protocol, which made us wonder: Can self-driving cars even beep?
The answer in this particular instance is yes, but the feature is limited to certain situations. "The shuttle does have the capacity to automatically honk its horn, but that function wasn't designed for defensive driving techniques — such as honking when an object is actively backing toward the vehicle," AAA's rep stated. Instead, the shuttle beeps "offensively," when objects in its path like pedestrians or idling vehicles don't move after several seconds.Read the full article: http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/hr44dLeA_zE/
Airbnb is making changes. Airbnb's CEO, Brian Chesky, told Mashable that the new Airbnb hopes to immerse its guests — to connect them not just with accommodations, but with destinations and experiences.
Last November the rental company launched its Trips feature, allowing travelers to organize their vacations in addition to renting rooms, via the Airbnb app. The update allowed users to book restaurants, find experiences and events in nearby communities, and read reviews.
Airbnb claims it will soon provide 3D scans of rental options to give prospective renters a better sense of the space they're renting. Further down the line, the company predicts, it may provide a virtual reality platform to allow travelers to explore potential destinations and plan vacations remotely.Read the full article: http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/icwfEI3Q4UE/