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    A Tesla sedan in Autopilot mode crashed into a parked Laguna Beach Police Department vehicle Tuesday morning, authorities said.

    The collision happened at 11:07 a.m. at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road, according to Laguna Police Sgt. Jim Cota. The officer was not in the cruiser at the time of the crash. The Tesla driver suffered minor injuries, but refused transportation to the hospital.

    “Thankfully there was not an officer at the time in the police car,” Cota said. “The police car is totaled.”

    Cota said that a year ago in the same area there was another collision involving a Tesla running into a semi-truck.

    “Why do these vehicles keep doing that?” Cota said.


    A better question is: “If programmers can’t keep these things from smashing into parked cars at high speed — probably the easiest thing in the world to do — then why the eff would anyone think they can replace (LOLOLOLOLOL!) taxi drivers and bus drivers during a rush hour commute?”

    Elon Musk is a fraud, Google and Apple are just as bad, and anyone who believes that self-driving cars are “just around the corner” is a f ing i id i0t.

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    Lest we forget that Uber killed a woman in Phoenix:

    According to Uber, emergency braking maneuvers are not enabled while the vehicle is under computer control, to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior. The vehicle operator is relied on to intervene and take action. The system is not designed to alert the operator.

    Seems like a case of criminal negligence (at least). Who’s liable? Uber? The programmer? Both?

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        Clearly more patents on using logic to drive a car will improve “progress” in this super important area.



          Your own “logic” error is noted.

          applied math

          Try to keep up, son.

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    Flashback to 2015:

    Apple is building a self-driving car in Silicon Valley, and is scouting for secure locations in the San Francisco Bay area to test it, the Guardian has learned. Documents show the oft-rumoured Apple car project appears to be further along than many suspected.

    May 2018:

    link to

    Now, at a lab near Turin, Italy, run by a Volkswagen subsidiary called Italdesign, the companies plan to remake Volkswagen’s T6 vans as electric self-driving shuttles, these people said.

    The frame, wheels and chassis of the T6 vans will remain, but Apple is replacing many components, including the dashboard and seats, said two people familiar with the project. Apple is also adding other computers, sensors and a large electric car battery, they said. The shuttles will ferry employees between two of Apple’s Silicon Valley campuses, and will include a driver behind the wheel to take control if needed, as well as an operator in the passenger’s seat tracking the van’s performance.

    My car only needs one driver.

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    “An ordinary observer would find that the Tesla Semi fuselage is substantially similar to the [Nikola] Fuselage Patent, and that Tesla infringes Nikola’s patent,” the filing says.

    Utter ins @nity.

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      Yeah, if you look at the actual complaint, it’s a big load of junk. It alleges that it’s been harmed in excess of $2 billion for a product it hasn’t even made yet, in the basis of its “reservations” (which you can get by just putting down your email address–I reserved one!). Also not even similar…

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        The complaint also makes lots of claims about improved air resistance, driver visibility, and other alleged functional improvements, all irrelevant, if not adverse to, claims of design patent protection.

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      If that were as clear as you think it should be easy to obtain SJ.
      That is, IF SJ for Design patent non-infringement was made as clearly obtainable by the Fed. Cir. as it is for Utility patents, especially after a Markman. Until then suits on easily obtainable design patents will get filed and drag on w/o sanctions.

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