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  • The cleanup continues after a devastating (and still ongoing) round of wildfires in northern California, and stories are beginning to emerge that showcase the extreme lengths people went to save both humans and animals from the flames. Case in point: a woman in Santa Rosa was faced with the seemingly-impossible situation of evacuating her three horses with a two-horse trailer as the inferno closed in. Solution? Just cram the smallest one in the backseat of a Honda.With the fire burning less than a mile from her house and closing fast last week, Lauren Mesaros decided it was time for her, her two mares, and her pony named Stardust to go. Unfortunately, the trailer she had borrowed from a friend could only fit two horses, leaving no room for Stardust. Rather than leave him behind, however, Mesaros decided to try and get him into the backseat of her 2001 Honda Accord. She enlisted the help of her "horse whisperer" friend, who coaxed him into the mid-size sedan using a carrot and quickly..

    This Woman Saved Her Pony from California’s Wildfires in a Honda Accord

    The cleanup continues after a devastating (and still ongoing) round of wildfires in northern California, and stories are beginning to emerge that showcase the extreme lengths people went to save both humans and animals from the flames. Case in point: a woman in Santa Rosa was faced with the seemingly-impossible situation of evacuating her three horses with a two-horse trailer as the inferno closed in. Solution? Just cram the smallest one in the backseat of a Honda.With the fire burning less than a mile from her house and closing fast last week, Lauren Mesaros decided it was time for her, her two mares, and her pony named Stardust to go. Unfortunately, the trailer she had borrowed from a friend could only fit two horses, leaving no room for Stardust. Rather than leave him behind, however, Mesaros decided to try and get him into the backseat of her 2001 Honda Accord. She enlisted the help of her "horse whisperer" friend, who coaxed him into the mid-size sedan using a carrot and quickly..
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  • A week since the wildfires in Sonoma and surrounding counties started, flames have engulfed over 200,000 acres of land and nearly 6,000 structures. At least 40 casualties have been reported while many remain missing and unaccounted for. The firestorm came without warning with some only having a moments notice to evacuate. The fires have left thousands with nothing—no home, no car and nowhere to go to. It will take years to recover from the devastation.One thing that cannot be undone, however, are the fumes that were emitted into the air. The air quality in the Bay Area has been beyond poor all week causing breathing masks to sell out quickly. The city of San Francisco was covered in a cloud of haze most of the week. Smoke could be smelt over 100 miles south as far as San Jose.The fires released more than 10,000 tons of PM 2.5, particles that are 2.5 micrometers in diameter or smaller. To put that in perspective, it takes the entire state of California's drivers to release that m..

    Northern California Wildfires Released a Year’s Worth of Pollution

    A week since the wildfires in Sonoma and surrounding counties started, flames have engulfed over 200,000 acres of land and nearly 6,000 structures. At least 40 casualties have been reported while many remain missing and unaccounted for. The firestorm came without warning with some only having a moments notice to evacuate. The fires have left thousands with nothing—no home, no car and nowhere to go to. It will take years to recover from the devastation.One thing that cannot be undone, however, are the fumes that were emitted into the air. The air quality in the Bay Area has been beyond poor all week causing breathing masks to sell out quickly. The city of San Francisco was covered in a cloud of haze most of the week. Smoke could be smelt over 100 miles south as far as San Jose.The fires released more than 10,000 tons of PM 2.5, particles that are 2.5 micrometers in diameter or smaller. To put that in perspective, it takes the entire state of California's drivers to release that m..
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  • California will allow self-driving cars with no human drivers onboard to test on public roads beginning next year. The California Department of Motor Vehicles also won't require autonomous test cars to have backup manual controls.The revised rules are subject to a 15-day public comment period, and then will be submitted to the state government, which will draft plans to enforce them, according to The Verge. The rule changes mark a major shift for what has become the center of of autonomous-car testing in the United States.California was among the first states to explicitly legalize the testing of prototype self-driving cars on public roads.There are currently 42 companies testing 285 autonomous cars on California roads, according to the DMV. Those companies have licensed nearly 1,000 safety drivers, who may become redundant under the new rules.While California has been open to autonomous-car testing, regulators have been hesitant to allow cars onto public roads without human su..

    California Will Let Companies Test Self-Driving Cars—Without Human Drivers

    California will allow self-driving cars with no human drivers onboard to test on public roads beginning next year. The California Department of Motor Vehicles also won't require autonomous test cars to have backup manual controls.The revised rules are subject to a 15-day public comment period, and then will be submitted to the state government, which will draft plans to enforce them, according to The Verge. The rule changes mark a major shift for what has become the center of of autonomous-car testing in the United States.California was among the first states to explicitly legalize the testing of prototype self-driving cars on public roads.There are currently 42 companies testing 285 autonomous cars on California roads, according to the DMV. Those companies have licensed nearly 1,000 safety drivers, who may become redundant under the new rules.While California has been open to autonomous-car testing, regulators have been hesitant to allow cars onto public roads without human su..
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  • The raging wildfires that have consumed more than 150,000 acres of northern California this week continue to blaze through the region's famous wine country almost unabated. As evacuations continue and authorities struggle to assess the damage, a dramatic dash cam video posted to Facebook by the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office shows the hellish conditions rescue workers are facing as they continue to raise the alarm and get survivors out of the burn zone.At least 21 people have died in the fires, but that total would be much higher were it not for the tireless efforts of first responders to get people out of the path of the flames. This means traveling through some truly life-threatening conditions to try and help anyone who can't help themselves. According to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, this insane video was taken by a deputy as he drove down the area's Franz Valley Road "at the onset of the fire's entrance to Sonoma County."The terrifying video i..

    Deputy’s Dash Cam Video From the California Wildfires Is Like Riding Through Hell

    The raging wildfires that have consumed more than 150,000 acres of northern California this week continue to blaze through the region's famous wine country almost unabated. As evacuations continue and authorities struggle to assess the damage, a dramatic dash cam video posted to Facebook by the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office shows the hellish conditions rescue workers are facing as they continue to raise the alarm and get survivors out of the burn zone.At least 21 people have died in the fires, but that total would be much higher were it not for the tireless efforts of first responders to get people out of the path of the flames. This means traveling through some truly life-threatening conditions to try and help anyone who can't help themselves. According to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, this insane video was taken by a deputy as he drove down the area's Franz Valley Road "at the onset of the fire's entrance to Sonoma County."The terrifying video i..
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  • The California Department of Motor Vehicles is proposing more lenient state regulations to allow manufacturers to test and deploy self-driving cars. The agency said Wednesday that it would allow autonomous vehicles to be tested without a human behind the wheel, and such vehicles could be used by the public. The proposed regulations will undergo a 15-day comment period, ending Oct. 25. "The department looks forward to seeing those companies and additional companies advance the technology under these new regulations," DMV Director Jean Shiomoto said in a statement. "Today's action continues the department's efforts to complete these regulations by the end of the year." The proposed regulations are a revised version of those published on March 10, after the agency received feedback from manufacturers, consumer advocates, local government and insurance companies. The DMV said it expects the revisions will take effect before June 2018. The new regulations are a marked change f..

    California DMV proposes relaxed regulations for self-driving cars

    The California Department of Motor Vehicles is proposing more lenient state regulations to allow manufacturers to test and deploy self-driving cars. The agency said Wednesday that it would allow autonomous vehicles to be tested without a human behind the wheel, and such vehicles could be used by the public. The proposed regulations will undergo a 15-day comment period, ending Oct. 25. "The department looks forward to seeing those companies and additional companies advance the technology under these new regulations," DMV Director Jean Shiomoto said in a statement. "Today's action continues the department's efforts to complete these regulations by the end of the year." The proposed regulations are a revised version of those published on March 10, after the agency received feedback from manufacturers, consumer advocates, local government and insurance companies. The DMV said it expects the revisions will take effect before June 2018. The new regulations are a marked change f..
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  • Uber and Lyft have had some issues with background checks. The two ride-sharing companies left Austin after the city voted to require fingerprinting for drivers, although they returned after the Texas state legislature overruled the regulations coming out of Austin. More recently, about 8,000 Uber and Lyft drivers failed Massachusetts background checks.That means new rules under consideration in California may be a boon to the two companies. Instead of fingerprinting, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) may only require Uber and Lyft to ensure that background checks are done by an accredited vendor once a year, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.The CPUC said requiring fingerprinting would not improve safety significantly, although current rules do require California taxi drivers to get fingerprinted. Lyft already reportedly conducts annual background checks, but Uber does not.The move will likely draw criticism from taxi drivers, who view ride-sharing services a..

    Uber, Lyft May Not Be Required to Fingerprint Company Drivers in California

    Uber and Lyft have had some issues with background checks. The two ride-sharing companies left Austin after the city voted to require fingerprinting for drivers, although they returned after the Texas state legislature overruled the regulations coming out of Austin. More recently, about 8,000 Uber and Lyft drivers failed Massachusetts background checks.That means new rules under consideration in California may be a boon to the two companies. Instead of fingerprinting, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) may only require Uber and Lyft to ensure that background checks are done by an accredited vendor once a year, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.The CPUC said requiring fingerprinting would not improve safety significantly, although current rules do require California taxi drivers to get fingerprinted. Lyft already reportedly conducts annual background checks, but Uber does not.The move will likely draw criticism from taxi drivers, who view ride-sharing services a..
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  • General Motors' Cruise Automation division told California regulators that its self-driving cars were involved in six accidents in the state during the month of September, according to Reuters. But Cruise claims none of its cars were at fault.Cruise also said the accidents did not result in any injuries or serious vehicle damage. All companies testing self-driving cars on public roads must report crashes to California regulators. The disclosures show that self-driving cars aren't immune to accidents—especially when they share the road with human drivers.Including the six crashes reported for September, Cruise's autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars have been involved in 13 crashes in California so far this year, according to Reuters. Waymo self-driving cars have been involved in three crashes on California roads.Most of the Cruise accidents involved drivers of other cars running into the Chevys. In one instance, the driver of a Ford Ranger rear-ended a self-drivi..

    GM Self-Driving Cars Involved in 6 Accidents in California Last Month

    General Motors' Cruise Automation division told California regulators that its self-driving cars were involved in six accidents in the state during the month of September, according to Reuters. But Cruise claims none of its cars were at fault.Cruise also said the accidents did not result in any injuries or serious vehicle damage. All companies testing self-driving cars on public roads must report crashes to California regulators. The disclosures show that self-driving cars aren't immune to accidents—especially when they share the road with human drivers.Including the six crashes reported for September, Cruise's autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars have been involved in 13 crashes in California so far this year, according to Reuters. Waymo self-driving cars have been involved in three crashes on California roads.Most of the Cruise accidents involved drivers of other cars running into the Chevys. In one instance, the driver of a Ford Ranger rear-ended a self-drivi..
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  • As the company increases the size of its test fleet, it has also reported more run-ins between its self-driving cars and human-operated vehicles and bicycles, telling California regulators its vehicles were involved in six minor crashes in the state...

    GM more than doubles autonomous vehicle fleet in California

    As the company increases the size of its test fleet, it has also reported more run-ins between its self-driving cars and human-operated vehicles and bicycles, telling California regulators its vehicles were involved in six minor crashes in the state...
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  • Austrian engineering company AVL has partnered with the University of California, Riverside to open an emissions engineering center to better assist California.

    AVL opens emissions center at California university

    Austrian engineering company AVL has partnered with the University of California, Riverside to open an emissions engineering center to better assist California.
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