Tesla Autopilot Self-Driving Beta Test Will Start Tuesday, Elon Musk Confirms

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KEY POINTS

  • Tesla will roll out its FSD feature in a closed beta system test next week
  • The new autopilot software will be available to a small pool of Tesla owners
  • The updated FSD software is expected to include many new functionalities

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter on Monday that the company’s autopilot self-driving mode would be made available in a small beta test starting next week. 

The closed beta-test system, which will be limited to a small pool of “expert and careful drivers,” will roll out next week, Car And Driver reported. 

The Full Self-Driving (FSD) feature has undergone a complete reboot and is expected to carry a lot of new functionality. The rewrite also updated the autopilot’s labeling software to enable it to interpret the environment in 4D instead of 2D. 

Based on Musk’s recent descriptions, the updated software will build on its current “traffic light and stop sign control” feature and will likely add turns in intersections and integrate it fully on autopilot. 

“The FSD improvement will come as a quantum leap, because it’s a fundamental architectural rewrite, not an incremental tweak. I drive the bleeding edge alpha build in my car personally. Almost at zero interventions between home & work. Limited public release in 6 to 10 weeks,” Musk said in August.

According to Electrek, the new feature will allow Tesla drivers to monitor their entire journey with zero-intervention. However, they must still keep their hands on the steering wheel and be ready to take control when needed. 

Musk has previously said that he was confident that an advanced autopilot software would allow Tesla vehicles to become less likely to be involved in a severe or fatal crash by at least 10 times the current industry average. 

“That’s a lot of lives saved and

When Is Amazon Prime Day 2020: Start Date And Time

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Multiple reports pointed to October 13 as the start date for this year’s Amazon Prime Day event, the company has finally confirmed when we can expect Prime Day deals to start this year. Amazon Prime Day 2020 will begin at midnight PT on October 13 and will run a full 48 hours as it has in recent years. Prime Day is usually held in July but was delayed at least three times this year due to COVID-19, according to reports.

As usual, Prime Day will have thousands of deals available exclusively for Prime members across not only tech and gaming but also toys, furniture, fashion, housewares, and more. Of course, the elephant in the room is that Prime Day is now just over one month earlier than Black Friday, and it’s unclear how different Prime Day deals will be from those offered during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Naturally, Amazon is pushing people to get their holiday shopping done early during Prime Day, and with product shortages and longer shipping delays becoming commonplace this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, that’s probably the smart move. If you see a great deal during Prime Day, don’t assume you’ll see that same discount available during Black Friday.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 dates and times:

  • Start time: Tuesday, October 13 at 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET
  • End time: Wednesday, October 14 at 11:59 PM PT (2:59 AM ET on October 15)

Amazon hasn’t shared any specific gaming or tech deals yet, but we can expect steep discounts on games and accessories like controllers, headsets, keyboards, and more. Gaming memberships like PlayStation Plus and Game Pass Ultimate may see steep markdowns during Prime Day, so keep an eye out for those too. With next-gen consoles launching in November and the Switch still

Why And How Local Governments Should Start Automating During Covid-19

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Paul Colangelo is CEO of Avenu.

Cities across the country are strapped for cash amid a floundering economy. In June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (via Brookings) reported that state and local governments had laid off 1.5 million workers due to budget shortfalls. Hundreds of cities have “halted plans to improve roadways, buy new equipment and complete upgrades to water systems and other critical infrastructure,” according to the Brookings article. As novel coronavirus cases continue in states across the U.S., small (paywall) and large businesses are closing, restrictions are reemerging and tax revenues are plummeting.

As the CEO of a company that offers insight and analytics solutions for governments, I’ve seen first-hand how unprepared many cities were for the economic impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic. But I also know that there is a solution. The cities and local jurisdictions that I’ve seen performing best during this crisis are those that laid the technological foundation for a streamlined, efficient and disruption-resistant workforce. One way to do so is through automation.

In our increasingly digital society, where we buy household goods, pay our bills and correspond almost entirely online, I have always been surprised to find that many local governments still rely on paper filing. Cities that are now looking to generate new revenue don’t have to turn to layoffs or higher taxes. Instead, they should consider streamlining their operations through automated revenue management.

According to a 2019 report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, automation is an urgent societal imperative. In both the public and the private sectors, increased automation can “significantly boost societal productivity, which would help address challenges such as wage growth, aging populations, rising health-care costs, environmental restorations, global competitiveness, and public sector debt.”

Automated revenue management (full disclosure: my company offers this, as

Leaker: ‘iPhone 12 mini’ and iPhone 12 Storage Capacities Start at 64GB, Pro Models at 128GB

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Rumors suggest Apple’s iPhone 12 launch event will be held on October 13, with the more affordable 5.4 and 6.1-inch devices set to ship out ahead of the more expensive 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch Pro devices, and this morning hit-and-miss leaker Jon Prosser has further committed to that date by providing alleged details on Apple’s first shipment of finalized ‌iPhone 12‌ units.


Prosser claims the initial shipment of ‌iPhone 12‌ units will go out to distributors on October 5 in advance of the launch event, and this will include the 5.4-inch ‌iPhone 12‌ “mini” – which he says is “definitely the final marketing name” – and the lower end 6.1-inch ‌iPhone 12‌ model. Prosser asserts that the two higher-end Pro models will be announced at the same event but will ship later in November.

Prosser also claims that the more affordable models will come in 64, 128, and 256GB storage capacities, which conflicts with a claim he made in May that Apple’s ‌iPhone 12‌ lineup will start with 128GB of storage. Prosser’s explanation for the earlier misinformation is that it was given “well before even the [production validation test] ‌iPhone 12‌ units had started,” and in fact it is only the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro and ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro Max that will start at 128GB.

By changing his claims about storage capacities, Prosser has aligned himself with proven leaker L0vetodream, who said as early as May that the more affordable 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch devices will start with 64GB while the Pro devices will start with 128GB.


Prosser is a leaker with a mixed track record when it comes to Apple’s plans. In August 2020, he claimed new Apple Watch and iPad

Depew School District using temperature wrist scanners to start new school year

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The Depew Union Free School District has spent about $30,000 on new technology to detect whether anyone has a temperature.

DEPEW, N.Y. — Some local schools are already back in the classroom – others will return next week, and at one local district new technology is being used that’s intended to keep everyone safe.

The Depew Union Free School District will start the new year with Wrist temperature scanners at all their entrances. The wrist temperature scanners give you a reading in just five seconds.

“Every student, every employee has to pass by those scanners to get their temperature checked before they come in,” said Jeffrey Rabey, the Depew Schools superintendent. 

This on top of health screenings that should be done at home.

The district purchased 10 standing temperature scanners at a cost of nearly $30,000 using CARES Act funding, but according to the district superintendent, the manufacturer is backed up with deliveries.

So these are temporary – the other scanners should arrive sometime this month. 

“Hopefully be here within three weeks,” Rabey said.

Depew which has one high school, a middle school and an elementary school will follow a hybrid model.

“I think for the most part everyone’s very nervous getting back to that first day seeing what the facility will look like,” Rabey said, “I think once people get into the routine and get into the new normal and acclimate to their surroundings they feel more comfortable.”

School buildings have been transformed – hand sanitizers are in every classroom, hallways resemble streets, with traffic arrows on the floor. School leaders hope all the changes aren’t overwhelming and that the school year will start in the right direction.

“This is the school community’s plan and it’s all of our responsibility to be the custodians of that plan,” Rabey said.