Beijing Allocates More Roads For Self-driving Vehicle Tests


The 11 roads are in Beijing’s Fangshan District




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In March, Beijing opened its first 33 roads for self-driving vehicle tests.

China’s capital city has designated 11 more roads for self-driving vehicle testing, state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday, to try to speed up the technology’s development. The 11 roads are in Beijing’s Fangshan District, Xinhua reported.

Self-driving cars must have a temporary number plate before they begin tests on designated roads, Xinhua said, quoting a notice released by Beijing’s Municipal Commission of Transport.They also have to complete 5,000 kilometers of driving in designated closed test fields and pass certain ability assessments.

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Cars being tested need to have supervision facilities installed too, to upload real-time data for monitoring.  The test driver in the autonomous car must have received no less than 50 hours of training and be able to take over the vehicle at any time during the test, Xinhua said. In March, Beijing opened its first 33 roads for self-driving vehicle tests.

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China Allocates More Roads in Beijing for Self-Driving Vehicle Tests


China’s capital city Beijing has designated 11 more roads for self-driving vehicle testing, state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday, to try to speed up the technology’s development.

The 11 roads are in Beijing’s Fangshan District, Xinhua reported.

Self-driving cars must have a temporary number plate before they begin tests on designated roads, Xinhua said, quoting a notice released by Beijing’s Municipal Commission of Transport.

They also have to complete 5,000-kilometre of driving in designated closed test fields and pass certain ability assessments.

Cars being tested need to have supervision facilities installed too, to upload real-time data for monitoring.

The test driver in the autonomous car must have received no less than 50 hours of training and be able to take over the vehicle at any time during the test, Xinhua said.

In March, Beijing opened its first 33 roads for self-driving vehicle tests.

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New Generation Suzuki Jimny Scores Only 3 Stars In Euro NCAP Crash Tests


The 2018 Suzuki Jimny was marked down in the Euro NCAP tests after the driver side airbag failed to fully inflate to stop the head from coming in contact with the steering wheel rim.




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The 2018 Suzuki Jimny scored 73 per cent in adult occupation protection

The latest set of Euro NCAP results are out and the recently unveiled new generation Suzuki Jimny was part of the line-up which also included the all-new Audi A6, Volkswagen Touareg and Ford Tourneo. While the A6 and the Touareg scored the maximum five-star rating followed by the Tourneo scoring four stars, the 2018 Suzuki Jimny received underwhelming results as it managed only a three-star rating. The off-roader scored 73 per cent in adult occupation protection, while child occupation protection received an 84 per cent score. The safety assist on the Jimny stood at 50 per cent, while vulnerable users were scored at 52 per cent.


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The low rating though was caused by a number of safety concerns on the 2018 Suzuki Jimny. The crash results observed that the driver side airbag didn’t inflate with enough pressure to stop the head from coming in contact with the steering wheel rim, in addition to the potential for deformity around the front door pillars in the front offset impact test, which made for a weak rating on the driver’s torso. Furthermore, the front seats offered only marginal whiplash protection in case of a rear impact.

Also Read: 2018 Suzuki Jimny: All You Need To Know

While child occupant protection was good, the Suzuki Jimny lost marks in the vulnerable road users category due to the stiff windscreen pillar. In the safety assists category, the off-roader was awarded 50 per cent since the autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system struggled to spot pedestrians in low light, and wasn’t able to detect cyclists at all. It did, however, work fine at low speeds in city conditions.

Meanwhile, the Audi A6 was the strongest scorer in the Euro NCAP crash tests with a 93 per cent result in adult occupant protection, 85 per cent in child occupant protection and 81 per cent in vulnerable road users score. The Volkswagen Touareg secured 86 per cent in adult occupant and 81 per cent in child occupant protection.

The Audi A6 was the strongest scorer in the most recent NCAP tests, achieving adult occupant protection of 93 percent and a vulnerable road users score of 81 percent. The Touareg slightly outscored the A6 in both the child protection and safety assist categories, making 86 and 81 per cent respectively to the Audi’s 85 and 76 per cent.

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For the European market, the fourth generation Suzuki Jimny is offered with a 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 102 bhp and 130 Nm of peak torque. The motor is paired with a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The SUV gets All-Wheel drive as standard. With respect to safety, the Jimny comes equipped with six airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts for the rear seats, AEB, seatbelt reminder and lane assist system.

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Maruti Suzuki has not confirmed yet if the new generation Jimny will make its way to India. While the off-roader has been reportedly ruled out for India, the company could consider bringing the model here in limited numbers under the government’s new rule that allows importing global models homologation free up to 2500 units.

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Xiaomi Poco F1 Seen to Pass Scratch Test, But Fail Pass Burn, Bend Tests


Xiaomi Poco F1 Seen to Pass Scratch Test, But Fail Pass Burn, Bend Tests

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The plastic build of the Xiaomi Poco F1 was failed to pass the bend test

Poco F1, the new smartphone from Xiaomi that already gained huge popularity in India, has now undergone some durability tests. These come in the form of scratch, burn, and bend tests to ultimately check how the new smartphone performs in terms of toughness. The latest development comes days after Xiaomi officially confirmed the splash resistance of the Poco F1. The Chinese company also highlighted that the smartphone has Quick Charge 4.0 support, though it was initially announced with Quick Charge 3.0.

None other than YouTuber JerryRigEverything has released a video showing the durability of the Poco F1. Once unboxed, the YouTuber begins the Poco F1 durability test by start scratching the display panel that comes with a 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 on top. The display is found to withstand scratches of up to 6 on Mohs’ scale of hardness. However, some deeper grooves were found at a level of 7. “It’s covered in Gorilla Glass, and you won’t have to worry about keys or coins or razor blades scratching the large 6.2-inch display,” the narrator describes in the video.

After scratch testing the display panel, the YouTuber took the sides of the Poco F1 to check the paint job. The shiny paint wasn’t able to resist the attacks of the sharp razor.

 

The fingerprint sensor that sits at the back of the Poco F1 is found to be “invincible” that resists scratches even from a sharp blade. Similar is the case of the protector covering dual rear camera setup that helps bear scratches. However, the back panel of the smartphone is highly prone to scratches. The plastic back, nevertheless, doesn’t shatter in case of any sudden drops, unlike models such as OnePlus 6 that carry a glass back.

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Further, the YouTuber took a burn test under which the screen of the Poco F1 wasn’t able to withstand an open flame even for few seconds. The phone also failed to pass the bend test. But notably, the body requires a huge force to change its shape.

 



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Indian Couple in US Refuse Medical Tests For Infant, Held For Neglect


The couple, Prakash Settu and Mala Paneerselvam, was earlier sent to a prison in Fort Lauderdale

Chennai: 

An Indian-origin couple in the US was granted bail on Thursday after being arrested for allegedly neglecting and abusing their six-month-old daughter.  They were arrested last Friday, weeks after they took her to a hospital at Broward County in Florida with a swollen left arm. However, Child Protective Services will continue to have custody of their six-month-old babies, with no parental access.

Authorities booked them for child neglect and abuse after the couple from Tamil Nadu allegedly questioned why the girl had to undergo expensive tests at the medical establishment and attempted to take the child from the hospital against doctors’ advice.

The couple, Prakash Settu and Mala Paneerselvam, was earlier sent to a prison in Fort Lauderdale with the bail amount set at $200,000. A person familiar with the matter told NDTV on Thursday that “the bail amount was ultimately reduced to $30,000, and the couple released just a few hours ago”.

The baby, Himisha, and her twin brother were taken away from them by Child Protective Services a few weeks ago.

Friends of the family, who deny the allegations levelled against the couple, have organised an online fundraiser to help them wage a legal battle against the US authorities. “Separating newborn twins from biological parents is a sin. Let them hand over them to me, as a grandmother. I’d take care of them,” Ms Paneerselvam’s mother, Malika, told NDTV.

A close friend of the couple claimed that they had enquired about the need for expensive medical tests at each stage of the treatment only because they could not afford them. “Their insurance did not cover all of them. This was misconstrued as neglect,” the friend said.

 The Ministry of External Affairs is also in touch with US authorities in this regard.

However, a report from Florida Health Children’s Medical Services, Broward County, in NDTV’s possession alleges that Mr Settu and his wife refused to let hospital staffers conduct a “skeletal survey” and even tried to take their daughter away. The hospital viewed this as a case of possible child neglect and summoned Child Protective Services agents to the scene.

The US consulate, when contacted, stated that they will not be able to comment on “individual cases of investigation”.

The US has very stringent laws on child protection, and several cases of parents being booked for child neglect and abuse have cropped up over the years. In one such instance, an 18-month-old boy from Bengal was taken away from his parents in 2012 after he suffered a head injury. He was brought back to Kolkata a year later.

 





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NASA Tests Foldable Heat Shield That Could Help Human Mars Landing


The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched and tested a new umbrella-like heat shield on Wednesday, opening the door to landing humans on Mars.

The new technology – dubbed the Adaptable Deployable Entry Placement Technology (ADEPT) – stores like a folded umbrella inside smaller rockets, opening handle-up in space to protect larger payloads as they enter a planet’s atmosphere, said Brandon Smith, NASA’s principal investigator on the project. The shape allows it to protect larger areas than current heat shields.

“At the larger scales, it could be used for something as grand as human Mars explorations, or potentially human cargo landings on Mars,” Smith told Reuters at the Spaceport America launch site, about 50 miles (80 km) north of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

NASA is preparing to send a new rover robotic lander to Mars in 2020 and plans to send human astronauts in 2033. The rover will search for previous signs on life on Mars and demonstrate technology that could help astronauts survive there.

The goal of sending humans to Mars was set in 2010 during the administration of President Barack Obama and was affirmed by President Donald Trump last December.

Before NASA can send humans to Mars, it will need to land a lot of cargo there and the new heat shield could help if it works, Smith said. The system also could also be used with crew capsules, protecting astronauts.

ADEPT, launched with a Spaceloft suborbital rocket made by UP Aerospace, was tested at the spaceport in southern New Mexico. It deployed between 100 and 120 kilometers before opening and making its way back to Earth, landing at White Sands Missile Range.

Data gathered from the test will not be available until the shield is recovered, officials said. The system, once implemented, will allow NASA to send more complex missions to other planets.

“Typically, heat shields are rigid structures, but this one can actually deploy in space,” Smith said. “What that allows you to do is to get around the volume constraints of a typical launch vehicle that are long and slender.”

The new heat shield also can be used to run recoverable experiments in Earth’s upper atmosphere and send probes to Venus, Smith said.

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India To Play 2 Tests, 5 ODIs, 3T20Is Against West Indies, Full Schedule Announced


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Tuesday announced the schedule for the forthcoming home series against West Indies set to be played from October 4 to November 11. India are scheduled to play 2 Tests, 5 ODIs and 3 Twenty20 Internationals against the West Indies.

Itinerary:

TESTS:

1st Test: 4-8 October in Rajkot

2nd Test: 12-16 October in Hyderabad

ODIs:

1st ODI: 21st October in Guwahati

2nd ODI: 24th October in Indore

3rd ODI: 27th October in Pune

4th ODI: 29th October in Mumbai

5th ODI: 1st November in Thiruvananthapuram

T20Is:

1st T20I: 4th November in Kolkata

2nd T20I: 6th November in Lucknow

3rd T20I: 11th November in Chennai



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Pentagon Successfully Tests New Decoy Plane MALD-X In California


The decoy will trick enemy’s air defenses into thinking it’s a US or allied aircraft (Representational)

Washington: 

The US military has successfully tested a new generation of flying decoy that tricks an enemy’s air defenses into thinking it is a US or allied aircraft, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Known by its acronym MALD-X, the Miniature Air Launch Decoy confuses enemy air defenses by duplicating friendly aircraft flight profiles and radar signatures, according to manufacturers Raytheon, who in 2016 won a $34.8 million contract to develop the technology.

In a statement, the Pentagon said developers successfully completed a series of flight demonstrations on August 20 and 22 at Point Mugu in California.

The decoy builds on previous MALD iterations that can jam an enemy’s electronics.

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Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari Named In India Squad For Last Two Tests Against England


The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) announced on Wednesday that batsman Prithvi Shaw and all-rounder Hanuma Vihari have been named in India’s squad for the remaining two Tests against England. The All-India Senior Selection Committee met in Nottingham to pick the team for the Tests to be played in Southampton and London. Opening batsman Murali Vijay, who was out for a pair at Lord’s and then dropped at Trent Bridge, and left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav have been dropped to make way for Shaw and Vihari in the 18-man squad. 

While Vijay’s poor form made way for the younger opener, Vihari has been called-up as a back-up for Ravichandran Ashwin. 

However, head coach Ravi Shastri told the media at the end of the Trent Bridge Test that Ashwin, who was suffering from a hip injury, would be fit in time for the next Test in Southampton starting August 30.

The 18-year old Shaw captained India to the Under-19 World Cup title in February and has since been part of India’s A teams. He plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Delhi Daredevils.

Meanwhile, 24-year-old Vihari averages 59.79 from 63 first-class matches.

Virat Kohli’s Team India made a short work England on the final day of third Test to beat the hosts by 203 runs at Trent Bridge. India’s win in Nottingham cut the home side’s lead in the five-match series to 2-1.

India’s squad for the fourth and fifth Tests against England: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Hanuma Vihari.





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