Recode: Tempe police have released new video rom inside the Uber self-driving car involved in a pedestrian death.

Related, I see another problem here. Overdriving your headlights. Lowbeams are traditionally focused about 200 feet out. You know what speed you'd have to be driving to stop safely, once you saw an object?


I would assume they were using some other detection technology than just a mere camera - but that is obviously not a safe assumption.

DP Review: East River helicopter tragedy prompts FAA to halt some doors-off flights.

Totally chuffed to see Bill Richards again! Man, we're all grey now. He was a great video producer in A/V. Tall, lean drink o' water with wild hair. The man could repeatedly elicit energetic interviews from rotting corporate slugs, get them to do amazing things for our candids modules. We worked a whole lot of cities and shows, back in the day. Watch the video!

[Bill, if you see this, what's Ozzie up to?!!]

Dazed: A self-driving Uber car has killed someone.

As the New York Times reports, the car was in autonomous mode when it struck the woman who was crossing the road. She was taken to hospital where she died from her injuries. A human safety driver was behind the wheel.

Obviously, some bugs need to be worked out. These autonomous driving companies really should be pooling info, if human lives are at risk, don't you think? Open source it. I know, I know ... competition, trade secrets ... but someone's died. How much corporate profit is worth even a single life?

Bloomberg: VW Just Gave Tesla a $25 Billion Battery Shock.

(Autoplay video warning.) Read this, and then check Tesla stock (already trending down). Tesla has to perform to high levels between now and the end of summer for much of their financing - or else find new funding sources. Harder with this move from VW. Expect more sensationalism from Musk over the next month or three.

DP Review: NYC photo tour helicopter crashes in the East River, claiming five lives.

I've flown as a photographer in helicopters with no doors. (Kauai. Hughes 500. Functional and aesthetic duplicate to TC's chopper from Magnum, PI.) Back then, all I got was a lap belt. I didn't give it a thought after initial takeoff (looking at the ground sideways encourages one to check all connections to the aircraft!). Though I kept my feet wound around the seat stanchions.

Today it seems you get a whole harness in case there's a buckle failure. That's great, but without a quick-release system for emergencies like this, it's bollocks.

Young photogs feel empowered to mount their GoPros to any knob or dial in a cockpit. There need to be failsafes. They'll probably never be able to prove it, but I expect the passengers flipped that fuel cutoff in their attempts to get a good in-cockpit 'selfie' video.

Futurism: Airplane Noise Can Be Reduced With a Simple Solution.

Oh, come on. No dB? And you call yourselves a science+tech site? If it's only a few dB over a longer period of time, I wouldn't be a fan. dB is logarithmic in nature - 10db generally doubles your loudness. The road in front of my house went from 60 to 70db after repaving using 'moneysaving' chipseal (which actually should not be used in a community for this purpose).

Doesn't sound like much on paper, but in reality, it's now near-deafening on busy mornings when I'm out watering trees.

Fubiz: Gorgeous Classic Cars Parked in Garages and Ateliers.

Lest you think these are literal representations, these have been put under multiple lights, and very careful Photoshop combining has been performed.

You have to really love automotive sculpture to do this kind of work. What you highlight is as important as what you don't, when it comes to form and function in car design.

Mine are always done at events; varied lighting and backgrounds. You make chicken salad out of what circumstances give you. But the ethic is the same - capture the essence of the design. I just have to do it way too fast.

Barn Finds: Restored Retro - 1977 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon.

Oh no ... THESE hideous things. From the year I graduated high school. Someone in my class was gifted one of these to go to college with (only affluenti got cars back then). Pintos should not be restored, IMHO. Like Mustang II and Chevy Vega, these should only be preserved as leetle tiny photos in car history books. "Remember these? Bad? Worse. You cannot imagine how horrible these cars were."

Massive oil leaks. Dangerous placement of gas tanks. Steel sleeves in aluminum engine blocks that failed suddenly, massively.

Fond memories, right? Yeah, like I want to tow one of these to the local car shows on the Plaza.