A Cyberattack on Garmin Disrupted More Than Workouts

A Cyberattack on Garmin Disrupted More Than Workouts

The flyGarmin and Garmin Pilot app both suffered days-long outages, hindering some Garmin hardware used in planes, including flight-planning mechanisms and the ability to update mandatory FAA aeronautical databases.

US Coronavirus Prep, a Fatal Tesla Crash Ruling, and More News

US Coronavirus Prep, a Fatal Tesla Crash Ruling, and More News

The NTSB found that the automaker bears some responsibility for the crash and should restrict the use of its Autopilot feature and better detect when drivers are paying attention; however, the agency also criticized the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s hands-off approach to regulating new vehicle technologies like Autopilot, saying that it had overlooked risks of advanced driver-assistance features.

A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash

A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash

The NTSB also asked the NHTSA to work with industry to create performance standards for driver assistance features, which critics say can lure humans into a sense of complacency even though they’re not intended to take over the driving task.

Tesla Has Found a Use for Lasers—Cleaning Glass

Tesla Has Found a Use for Lasers—Cleaning Glass

Sign up here !While windshield wipers may do the job for most people, Tesla’s patent application notes that the process of scrubbing away grime and letting the glass dry results in “unproductive time,” and that the chemicals in wiper fluid could damage a camera’s electronics.

How the Dumb Design of a WWII Plane Led to the Macintosh

How the Dumb Design of a WWII Plane Led to the Macintosh

Decades later, he’d become known as one of the Air Force’s great minds, the person tasked with hardest, weirdest problems—such as figuring out why people saw UFOs. For now though, he was still trying to make his name with a newly minted PhD in experimental psychology.

Drones That Work for Food, a Self-Landing Plane, and More News This Week

Drones That Work for Food, a Self-Landing Plane, and More News This Week

Also in the sky this week: Our reporter, who used a new self-landing technology to bring a $2 million business jet safely back to ground, even after its pilot faked a heart attack.

Cirrus' $2 Million Vision Jet Now Lands Itself, No Pilot Needed

Cirrus' $2 Million Vision Jet Now Lands Itself, No Pilot Needed

That red button is easily accessible from both the front seats and the passenger seats behind them, and Safe Return is hardwired into the $2 million Vision Jet’s controls, using autopilot functionality and the small jet’s simplified engine management system to steer the aircraft to a smooth landing and brake to a stop.

Your Brain Cleans Itself, This Jet Lands Itself, and More News

Your Brain Cleans Itself, This Jet Lands Itself, and More News

Brains are cleaning and planes are intervening, but first: a deadly Halloween cartoon .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Scientists now know how sleep cleans toxins from the brain.

Feds Say Tesla Autopilot Is Partly to Blame for a 2018 Crash

Feds Say Tesla Autopilot Is Partly to Blame for a 2018 Crash

The panel asked automakers to “develop applications to more effectively sense the driver’s level of engagement and alert the driver when engagement is lacking” when using “automated vehicle control systems.” Tesla has changed how Autopilot works, requiring drivers to put pressure on the wheel more frequently while the feature is engaged.

This Robo-Van Startup Will Handle Walmart's 'Middle Mile'

This Robo-Van Startup Will Handle Walmart's 'Middle Mile'

Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.In the pilot program, Palo Alto, California-based Gatik will run three of its modified Ford Transit Connect vans in this “middle mile” logistics scheme, making up to 10 runs a day, seven days a week, during daylight.

Storyboards, Marvel's Parts Unknown, Is Coming to Disney+

Storyboards, Marvel's Parts Unknown, Is Coming to Disney+

Instead, the series—which will launch with Disney+ in November —pairs up Marvel Entertainment's chief creative officer Joe Quesada with some very visionary people to find out how they do their best work.

Public Transit Agencies Think Rewards Programs Can Bring Back Riders

Public Transit Agencies Think Rewards Programs Can Bring Back Riders

Capitalizing on the spread of smartphones and mobile ticketing systems, which make personalized rewards much easier to administer, transit officials around the country are preparing for your daily commute to score you complimentary drinks, gift certificates, even free rides.

What Adam Savage Needs to Know to Fly an Iron Man Suit

What Adam Savage Needs to Know to Fly an Iron Man Suit

That means the pilot can control the suit by just changing the arm positions and not even having to adjust the jet engine thrust. Here is a diagram looking from the side of the flying Iron Man:Notice that there is now a forward component of force from the back jet.

Denis Villeneuve Is Working on a Dune Series

Denis Villeneuve Is Working on a Dune Series

Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve is working on Dune show in addition to his Dune movie; the co-writer of Coco is about to go to Narnia; and Facebook is commissioning even more shows.

Don’t Overestimate the ‘Semi’ in Semiautonomous Cars

Don’t Overestimate the ‘Semi’ in Semiautonomous Cars

Features like Tesla Autopilot count as Level 2 (out of five) on SAE’s scale of automation features, meaning the car works the steering wheel and pedals, but the driver must actively monitor the system and remain ready to retake control.

How Red Bull's Aerobatic Helicopter Flies Wild Stunts Over NYC

How Red Bull's Aerobatic Helicopter Flies Wild Stunts Over NYC

The Red Bull Aerobatic Helicopter is an MBB BO-105, a multipurpose light-twin-engine German model introduced in 1970 and known for a “hingeless” rotor design that gives it high maneuverability, fast climb performance, and the ability to pull some crazy tricks.

The USPS Tests Out Self-Driving Trucks for Hauling Mail

The USPS Tests Out Self-Driving Trucks for Hauling Mail

Self-driving truck developer TuSimple is running a two-week pilot project with the US Postal Service, moving mail between Phoenix and Dallas. Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.Starting Tuesday, self-driving trucks built by startup TuSimple will haul trailers full of mail and packages all by themselves.

Another Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash and More Car News This Week

Another Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash and More Car News This Week

In March, on a Florida highway, the 50-year-old driver of a Tesla Model 3 turned on his car’s Autopilot feature and then took his hands off the wheel for eight seconds, according to an NTSB report released this week .

Tesla’s Latest Autopilot Death Looks Just Like a Prior Crash

Tesla’s Latest Autopilot Death Looks Just Like a Prior Crash

A Tesla Model 3 sedan that crashed into a truck on a Florida highway in March, killing its driver, had its Autopilot semi-autonomous feature engaged, according to a new report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Tackling malnutrition in South Asia: 8 Years on

Tackling malnutrition in South Asia: 8 Years on

SAFANSI accomplished this by experimenting with new community food and nutrition programs, building government capacity to monitor and evaluate activities, and evaluating the impact of our work. In India, a multisectoral nutrition pilot in the state of Bihar used community self-help groups developed by the Bank-supported Jeevika, a rural livelihood program.

How to Land a Plane in 'Non-Normal' Situations

How to Land a Plane in 'Non-Normal' Situations

Now it’s time to navigate a safe flight path (in relation to mountains, storms, air traffic zones, and other aircraft) and communicate with the folks who need to know what you’re doing, or who can help you to achieve a safe outcome.

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off The blue and white chopper is the testbed for Sikorsky’s Matrix Technology, a suite of systems to boost helicopter safety by reducing pilot workload to the point where the crew can focus on what they need to do rather than how to do it.

Los Angeles Is Now Offering Car Rides to Metro Stations

Los Angeles Is Now Offering Car Rides to Metro Stations

The city of Centennial, Colorado, ended a one-year pilot offering riders on-demand Lyft trips to transit in late 2017, after finding that the service cost twice as much as its old call-a-ride option and provided only about 10 trips a day.

Even Elon Musk Abuses Tesla's Autopilot

Even Elon Musk Abuses Tesla's Autopilot

“Now you’re not driving at all,” Stahl said, incredulously, looking over at his feet.Musk went on to demonstrate the car’s new Navigate on Autopilot feature, which lets it change lanes by itself.

A Sleeping Tesla Driver Highlights Autopilot's Biggest Flaw

A Sleeping Tesla Driver Highlights Autopilot's Biggest Flaw

The officers arrested the driver, identified in a police report as 45-year-old Alexander Joseph Samek of Los Altos, for driving under the influence of alcohol.Neither the cops nor Tesla has confirmed whether the Model S had Autopilot engaged at the time.

How to Land a ‘Completely Uncontrollable’ Passenger Jet

How to Land a ‘Completely Uncontrollable’ Passenger Jet

By this point, they were accompanied by a pair of F-16 fighter jets scrambled by the Portuguese air force, which led the Embraer south toward the airport in Beja.Even when your navigation systems are working, that kind of guidance is helpful because it gives you one less thing to worry about.

Tesla's Autopilot Now Changes Lanes—And You're Gonna Help It Out

Tesla's Autopilot Now Changes Lanes—And You're Gonna Help It Out

By accepting this download, owners give their cars the ability to “Navigate on Autopilot,” which Tesla says “guides a car from a highway’s on-ramp to off-ramp, including suggesting and making lane changes, navigating highway interchanges, and taking exits.”It comes with a mass of caveats though, not least that the driver still has to stay in control, and confirm every single move the computer comes up with.

Waymo Drops the Driver, Plus More This Week in the Future of Cars

Waymo Drops the Driver, Plus More This Week in the Future of Cars

Waymo Drops the Driver, Plus More This Week in the Future of CarsThe all-electric eCOPO Camaro concept should run the quarter mile in the 9-second range, which just might be fast enough to get Vin Diesel to change his name to Vin Voltage.ChevroletIt was sneakily a big week for driverless cars.

SF Is Bringing Back Banned Electric Scooters—With Limits

SF Is Bringing Back Banned Electric Scooters—With Limits

Each company can operate at least 625 scooters, and permits will be finalized by October 15.Skip ScootersThe scooters are back in town.Three months after ejecting the networks of shared, sidewalk-cluttering vehicles from the city, officials with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced today the two winners of its e-scooter pilot sweepstakes: Scoot and Skip.The city chose the companies from a crowded field of 12, which submitted a collective 800 pages in proposals on their operations, safety, and plans to extend the scooter bounty to San Francisco's neighborhoods.