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Amazon’s Self-Driving Robotaxi Unit Zoox Under Investigation By US After 2 Rear-End Crashes

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DETROIT — The US government’s highway safety department is looking into Amazon’s self-driving robotaxi company after two vehicles braked unexpectedly and were rear-ended by motorcyclists.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Monday that it will assess Zoox’s automated driving system.

Both accidents occurred during the sunlight, and the riders sustained minor injuries. In all cases, the agency established that the Amazon vehicles operated in autonomous mode before the crashes.

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Amazon’s Self-Driving Robotaxi Unit Zoox Under Investigation By US After 2 Rear-End Crashes

According to the government, the investigation will focus on the performance of the company’s automated driving system during the crashes and how it operates in crosswalks near pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

A message was left early Monday requesting a response from the company.

Zoox reported the crashes by a requirement granted to automated vehicle firms in 2021.

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Amazon’s Self-Driving Robotaxi Unit Zoox Under Investigation By US After 2 Rear-End Crashes

According to estimates, Amazon paid more than $1 billion for Zoox in June 2020. In 2023, the Foster City, California-based business announced that one of its unique-looking four-person shuttles would automatically transport personnel on public highways along a mile-long (1.6-kilometer) route between two facilities.

The corporation then planned to develop an exclusive shuttle service for its employees. Analysts believe Amazon will deploy the system for autonomous deliveries.

The cars feature no steering wheel or pedals. The interior is carriage-style, with two benches facing each other. It is a little under 12 feet (3.7 meters) long, about a foot (a third of a meter) shorter than a conventional Mini Cooper, and can reach 35 mph (56 km/h).

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Amazon’s Self-Driving Robotaxi Unit Zoox Under Investigation By US After 2 Rear-End Crashes

The company was already under investigation by the NHTSA. In March 2022, the government began investigating the company’s certification that its car fulfilled federal safety standards for motor vehicles.

The agency stated at the time that it would investigate if Zoox used its testing techniques to establish that certain federal criteria did not apply due to the robotaxi’s unique configuration.

SOURCE – (AP)

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Their Nissan SUV Was Parked In The Driveway. Then It Caught Fire And Exploded

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Vicki Hill was awakened early on May 14 by explosions outside her Bethesda, Maryland, house. Later, she discovered that the 2015 Nissan Murano family SUV’s airbags were to blame for the loud bangs. It was on fire.

“I thought someone was trying to get into our house with a sledgehammer and I woke my husband up and I said something’s wrong,” she stated on CNN. “And he ran downstairs and shouted up, ‘Call 911, the car’s on fire!'”

The family gave CNN a video from their home’s doorbell camera, which shows smoke before the fire bursts and engulfs the automobile.

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Their Nissan SUV Was Parked In The Driveway. Then It Caught Fire And Exploded

The cause of the fire in the Murano is unknown. Nissan is investigating the fire, and the National Highway Traffic Administration is also gathering information.

“The safety and security of our customers is our primary concern,” a Nissan spokeswoman stated in response to an email inquiry about the fire. “We have opened an investigation into this incident.”

Nissan recalled the Hills’ Murano in 2016 and 2019 to address a fault that may cause brake fluid to leak and create a fire even when the vehicle was parked. Owners were instructed to park their vehicles outside and away from buildings until the problem was resolved due to fire hazards.

A search on the NHTSA’s website revealed an outstanding unrepaired recall on the Hills’ Murano. According to the couple, a local fire investigator concluded that the unrepaired recall may have caused the fire. But the Hills recall having the service done and provided CNN with a snapshot of a receipt from a nearby Nissan dealership proving the repair was completed. CNN has not validated the receipt’s authenticity.

The Hills stated that because the recall work had been completed, they did not consider the potential of a fire.

Philip Hill had been working on the garage, so the couple’s two automobiles were parked in the driveway. Otherwise, the Murano would have been parked in the garage beside the home.

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Their Nissan SUV Was Parked In The Driveway. Then It Caught Fire And Exploded

“As you can see from the video, that vehicle is so close to the house,” Philip Hill explained to CNN. “Minutes later, the house could have gone up.”

According to reports, the garage door melted due to the fire. The Hills credit a neighbor’s dog for saving them and their three children. After being alerted by her dog, the neighbor called 911 before the Hills arrived

The powerful flames from the burning Nissan also destroyed the side of the family’s other vehicle, a 2012 Mercedes C-class, rendering it useless.

Initially, the Hills were frightened that they had been victims of vandalism. However, they stated that the video evidence from their Nest doorbell camera clearly showed the truck suddenly combusting.

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Their Nissan SUV Was Parked In The Driveway. Then It Caught Fire And Exploded

According to Hills, Nissan seized possession of the Murano on Wednesday to conduct a more thorough inspection.

Vehicle fires are not uncommon, as shocking as the Hills’ circumstance appears to be. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there will be approximately 188,500 automobile and truck fires in the United States in 2022, an average of more than 500 daily. According to the National Fire Protection Association, vehicle fires killed 610 civilians that year.

SOURCE – (CNN)

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U.S. Stock Markets Closed for Memorial Day on May 27

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U.S. Stock Markets Closed for Memorial Day on May 27

(CTN News) – The U.S. stock market will be closed on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.

The Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange will be closed on Monday and reopened on Tuesday, May 28. According to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the U.S. bond market will close at 2 p.m. ET on Friday, May 24.

Memorial Day is one of numerous holidays in the United States commemorates and honors the military. Originally known as “Decoration Day,” it was established in the 1860s to honor those who died while serving in the military.

After Memorial Day, Wall Street will resume regular operations until mid-June. The next scheduled stock market closure is on Wednesday, June 19th, in honor of Juneteenth.

United States stock market 2024 holiday schedule

Markets will be closed for the following holidays:

  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 27
  • Juneteenth: Wednesday, June 19
  • Independence Day: Thursday, July 4 (markets also close at 1 p.m. ET on July 3)
  • Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 2
  • Thanksgiving: Thursday, Nov. 28 (markets also close at 1 p.m. ET on Nov. 29)
  • Christmas: Wednesday, Dec. 25

Memorial Day Traditions

Historically, Memorial Day has served as the unofficial start of summer. Thousands of students have the day off from school, and office workers enjoy a long weekend. As well as honoring fallen military heroes, it is a time for gatherings, barbecues, and outdoor activities.

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Boeing’s 1st Astronaut Flight Now Set For June After A Review Of Small Leak On New Capsule

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – Boeing is now aiming for its first human launch in early June, having spent the previous two weeks dealing with further issues with the space capsule.

Despite a propulsion system leak, officials from Boeing and NASA have assured that the Starliner spacecraft is equipped to safely transport two test pilots to the International Space Station. The minor helium leak, identified following the initial launch attempt on May 6, was promptly addressed and resolved, demonstrating the commitment to safety.

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Boeing’s 1st Astronaut Flight Now Set For June After A Review Of Small Leak On New Capsule

Engineers suspect a faulty rubber seal the size of a shirt button and claim that even if the leak grows, it can be fixed in flight. According to NASA’s commercial crew program manager, Steve Stich, all of the capsule’s other seals checked out, prompting officials to set the launch date for June 1.

This will be Starliner’s third test flight. Demos in 2019 and 2022 had no one on board. Boeing was forced to repeat the empty trip the first time due to software and other issues.

If not for the Atlas V rocket’s faulty valve, which halted the first countdown, Starliner would have launched from Cape Canaveral earlier this month, with the leak discovered in orbit, according to Stich. Officials said that flight controllers would have handled the leak, and the astronauts would have been safe. Helium is utilized to pressurize the fuel lines of the propulsion system, which moves the capsule in flight.

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Boeing’s 1st Astronaut Flight Now Set For June After A Review Of Small Leak On New Capsule

Engineers now know where the leak is, which, according to Boeing program manager Mark Nappi, will help them improve the system in the future.

“Remember that this is a test flight. “We are still learning,” Nappi told reporters.

According to Stich, the discovery of the Starliner leak revealed yet another issue — “a design vulnerability” in the propulsion system in the improbable scenario of a series of failures. He said that the crew had devised workaround measures to safely remove the capsule from orbit at the end of the trip if such issues emerged.

“We’re not going to fly until we’re sure we’re safe,” NASA Associate Administrator Jim Free stated.

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Boeing’s first astronaut flight is now scheduled for June following a review of a minor leak in the new capsule.

Boeing’s Starliner capsule has already been years late carrying passengers to the International Space Station for NASA. SpaceX has launched crews since 2020. NASA wants both companies to provide taxi service to support each other.

SOURCE – (AP)

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