Phoenix-area prosecutors on Tuesday criminally charged a former backup driver for an Uber self-driving car prototype with negligent homicide for her role in the death of a pedestrian that was hit by the vehicle two and a half years ago. It’s the first such case in the nascent autonomous vehicle field, where human backup drivers have become a critical component in developers’ on-road testing of...
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When SpaceX’s new Starship rocket exploded during a test flight in April, the company largely painted it as a success to have even gotten the 400-foot-tall behemoth off the ground. But inside the company, some employees were worried that the setback could delay, among other things, a SpaceX plan to provide wireless coverage to cellphones that are out of range of typical networks,...
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