CarGurus 2nd annual autonomy survey finds people warming up to selfdriving cars

first_img Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Share your voice Enlarge ImageWe may not be technologically ready for self-driving cars, but people are warming up to the idea that they may someday be on our roads. Nick Miotke/Roadshow As a media outlet that covers a lot of self-driving car news, it’s easy for us to get wrapped up in the technical minutiae and the more business-driven aspects of that industry. It’s possible we might lose sight, at times, of just how the motoring public feels about autonomous vehicles, but thankfully the fine folks at CarGurus figured that they should find out.For its 2019 autonomous driving survey, CarGurus polled 1,146 car owners to see what their opinions on a potential autonomous future might be. This is the second time that CarGurus has conducted this survey, and the results are more than a little interesting.”Consumer sentiment around self-driving cars is changing fast, with enthusiasm rapidly replacing skepticism,” Madison Gross, director of customer insights at CarGurus, said in a statement Wednesday. “These benchmarked results demonstrate that today’s consumers are becoming more comfortable with the idea of either owning an autonomous vehicle, or having them on the road, and it will be fascinating to continue to monitor this perception shift.”Last year, just 21% of those polled said that they were excited about autonomous vehicles, but this year that number jumps all the way to 32%. Perhaps even more telling is that the number of people concerned about the advent of self-driving cars dropped by 10%, from 47% to 37%. Whether that’s due to more public testing, a perceived change in where the tech is now or just having had time to deal with the idea is unclear.Of the nearly 1,200 people polled, 29% said that they would trust Tesla to make a self-driving car. That number is more than triple that of the next-highest manufacturer, Toyota. Tesla led the pack in last year’s survey as well, and we imagine that a lot of that is down to the manufacturer’s image of cutting-edge and its use of terms like Autopilot and “Full Self-Driving.”Based on what we learned during Tesla’s Autonomy Investor Day, autonomy is clearly on its agenda. However, unlike companies like Waymo that have documented countless miles of instrumented testing on public roads, Tesla has done very little beyond pulling data from its customer’s vehicles as those customers use Autopilot.Another big topic of Tesla’s Autonomy Investor Day involved the company’s plans to launch a fleet of driverless taxis. Other ride-hailing companies such as Lyft and Uber have also been investing vast amounts of time and money in self-driving car research in order to be the first to market with an autonomous cab; however according to CarGurus’ survey, only around 35% of people would be willing to hop in a driverless car from a ride-hailing service.CarGurus’ data was collected in March, well before Tesla went robotaxi-crazy during its autonomy presentation, so we would be interested to see if Tesla vowing to get into that field would sway that 35% number, given people’s trust in the brand to develop the technology.So, what is Roadshow’s takeaway from all of this? It’s that people are starting to warm to the idea of their cars doing all the work of driving. People’s opinions are softening as the technology becomes more advanced and more visible.Despite what Elon Musk says, we’re still a fair ways off from having fully driverless cars lurking all over our highways and byways, but it’s good to know that when they show up, people will seemingly be ready to accept them.cargurus-av-survey-infographic-r4Enlarge Image CarGurus Self-driving cars 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Elon Musk Tesla Self-driving cars Autonomous Vehicles Car Culturecenter_img Tags More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Post a comment 0last_img read more

Nurses unhappy with new dress code

first_imgThe new dress code for women nurses. Photo: CollectedThe Directorate General of Nursing and Midwifery (DGNM) has introduced a new dress code for the country’s nurses, but they are reluctant to embrace the change by giving up their traditional white dress.The DGNM on 5 February published a directive asking the nurses to maintain the new dress code, but only a few chose to abide by the new rule. It made the Directorate send in another order on 3 May and some of the nursing colleges and institutes then started following the new dress code.However, many of the medical colleges are yet to change their traditional white outfit with the new one.During a cabinet meeting in October 2015 prime minister Sheikh Hasina directed the health secretary to show her some options to change the nurses’ traditional white dress. On 21 November last year the health and family welfare ministry appred the new dress for the nurses — olive shirt and turban and black pants and shoes for senior women staff nurses and assistant nurses, and olive shirt and black pants and shoes for male nurses.Women nursing supervisors, principals and lecturers of nursing colleges and superintendents can wear olive shirts or saris. The new dress code for male nurses. Photo: CollectedHowever, the colour of district public health nurses’ (male and female) uniform is light purple while for midwives with diploma degrees it is light pink.Several senior nurses said the administration did not take their opinion while choosing the dress code. They said the colour of the new uniform is similar to that of Ansar members while many nurses feel embarrassed wearing shirts and pants.Bangladesh Nurses Association (BNA) secretary general Jalal Uddin Badshah said he is looking for a chance to talk to the prime minister in this regard.DGNM director general Tandra Sikder, however, hoped to resolve the matter within a short period.last_img read more

12 killed in California bar shooting

first_imgFirst responders are seen outside Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, US on 7 November 2018 in this image obtained from social media on 8 November 2018. Photo: ReutersA gunman killed 12 people, including a deputy sheriff, when he opened fire in a bar in Southern California on Wednesday night, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said on Thursday.The suspected gunman was also shot dead by police, he said. Many other people were wounded in the attack in Thousand Oaks, a Los Angeles suburb.last_img

The great Dodo weight debate

first_img Citation: The great Dodo weight debate (2011, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-great-dodo-weight-debate.html Dodo bird (Raphus Cucullatus) Back in the early 1990s, Andrew Kitchener from the National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh constructed a model based on bones and concluded the Dodo bird was far skinner than images had depicted them. His findings put the bird’s weight in the range of 10.5 to 17.5 kilograms.In a new study last month published in Naturwissenschaften, a team of researchers led by Delphine Angst from the Natural History Museum in Paris looked at 75 Dodo leg bones, including 25 femurs, tibiotarsus, and tarsometatarsus which they had collected from 14 different museums. By studying these bones, they came to the conclusion that the real body mass of the Dodo was really that of about 10 kilograms.However, in yet another study published again this month in Naturwissenschaften, another team says that Angst and her team were wrong in their analysis of the leg dimensions and that it is the femur that is more relevant. Their research suggests that the accurate weight would have been in a range of 9.5 to 18 kilograms.Paleo-ornithologist Antoine Louchart believes it is important that they get these figures correct as it will help scientists trying to understand just how birds evolve when living on islands when it comes to an increase or decrease of size. (PhysOrg.com) — The Dodo (Raphus cucullatus), a pigeon type bird that went extinct over 300 years ago is raising debate these last few months on just how slender or plump it really was. When the Dodo bird was first discovered by Dutch ships on the island of Mauritius, the drawings of the birds that were brought back showed a slender bird. However, over the years, the drawings showed a gradual plumping of the Dodo and this has been a big debate for years. The way of the digital dodo More information: The end of the fat dodo? A new mass estimate for Raphus cucullatus, NATURWISSENSCHAFTEN, Volume 98, Number 3, 233-236, DOI: 10.1007/s00114-010-0759-7 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Conquers Industry Awards

first_imgDedicated employees and innovative ideas have helped Australia’s largest vacation ownership company, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, win five accolades at the Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council’s (ATHOC) National Industry Awards.The 2011 National Industry Awards were held at the Gold Coast Arts Centre on Friday night, recognising contributions to the success and continued growth of the vacation ownership industry across Australia.Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific received awards in the categories of Corporate, Sales and Whole of Industry – Excellence Awards.The award winners were:Melanie Hardie, Owner Services Inbound Manager – Excellence in ServiceWynnie the Wallaby initiative – Industry Innovation AwardFrederich Becker, Project Director at WorldMark Resort Denarau Island – Sales Manager of the YearKirra Beach Sales – Sales Team of the YearTullika Deswal, Corporate Upgrades – Sales Performer of the YearWyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific CEO and Managing Director, Barry Robinson said the company’s success at this year’s awards demonstrated the continued dedication and commitment of its employees to the vacation ownership industry.“Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific is fortunate to have a talented group of employees who go above and beyond to create invaluable ideas and innovations to contribute to the vacation ownership industry.”“Just to be nominated for these awards is a great achievement and puts you amongst the best in your field. All our nominees should feel honoured that they were recognised for their contribution to the industry and to Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific,” Barry added.ATHOC is the representative body for the Australian timeshare (vacation ownership) industry. With just 16 peer-nominated, nationally judged awards available and only one nominee permitted per category, per company, the industry awards are highly sought after.Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific develops and manages resorts for its vacation ownership club, WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham. WorldMark South Pacific Club currently has more than 44,000 vacation ownership owners and 21 resorts across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific’s2011 ATHOC Award nominees. L-R: Toni Traicos, Markus Sigmann and AngieChristofis from Wyndham collecting the IndustryInnovation Award for Wynnie the Wallaby. center_img Source = Wyndham Vacation Ownershiplast_img read more

December 4 1999 Much of the detailingwork in the

first_imgDecember 4, 1999Much of the detailing-work in the construction of Arcosanti is performed on-site.Cabinets, trim, fixtures, lighting, and railings, to name a few, are all elementswhich are fabricated in the various shops. The reuse of materials in these fabricationsis always desirable, as well, and is an example of frugality in practice. In this photo, current workshopper, JamesDavenport, who has opted to spend his time in the Metalshop cuts apart some scrapmetal to obtain pieces which will be welded into a railing. Photo and text byBenjamin Ericson.last_img

Vivendi has sold its remaining shares in US games

first_imgVivendi has sold its remaining shares in US games company Activision Blizzard, in which it once held a majority stake, for US$1.1 billion (€1 billion), bringing an immediate addition to its cash pile of US$0.4 billion.Vivendi sold 41.5 million shares in the games provider, representing a 5.7% stake, the value of which has increased by about 40% since last June.Following an agreement in 2013, Vivendi sold 85% of shares in Activision Blizzard for US$8.2 billion and then sold a further 5.8% for US$850 million in 2014.Vivendi remains involved in the games business via its acquisition of stakes in French games providers Ubisoft and Gameloft, in which it has progressively upped its interest.last_img

Manfred Aronsson Bonnier Broadcastingowned Swedis

first_imgManfred AronssonBonnier Broadcasting-owned Swedish pay TV outfit C More has signed a six-year deal giving it access to Swedish Hockey League (SHL) matches until the 2023-24 season.The deal, which takes effect from the 2018-19 season and gives C More the right to air live regular season matches and playoffs exclusively, is the longest TV contract entered into by the SHL to date.C More already holds the current rights to SHL matches. The pay TV broadcaster has also recently signed long-term agreements with Sweden’s handball and floorball leagues.C More CEO Manfred Aronsson said that the latest deal was evidence of the pay TV outfit’s long-term investment in Swedish sport and represented a joint declaration of intent to develop the SHL’s international presence and encourage participation.last_img read more