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Driverless Cars Get Into Accidents Because They're Too Good at Driving

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Driverless cars are model vehicle operators, but that doesn't mean the human drivers around them are. The California DMV published its autonomous car accident reports from the past year, and it does not reflect well on human drivers.

All of the reported incidents—of which there are nine—were low-speed, minor accidents, all caused by a human's reckless driving. Not that the robot cars were entirely off the hook: Most of the accidents happened because the automated cars were being a little too cautious. Human drivers tend to be more aggressive (speeding through yellow lights, accelerating to cut in front of other cars, etc.), and simply aren't used to navigating roads populated by their more timid autonomous counterparts. Computer drivers will generally stop short when they sense a threat, resulting in a lot of rear-end collisions.

More often than not, the self-driving cars weren't even moving when the accidents occurred; some of the human errors collected in the DMV's report are especially egregious. For example, on June 18, a car collided with a Google AV that "had been stopped for about 11 seconds at the impact."

It seems silly, but Google is actually working to correct this cautiousness and make their cars drive more like humans in order to reduce the number of accidents.

[h/t: Gizmodo]

A Florida Brewery Created Edible Six-Pack Rings to Protect Marine Animals

For tiny scraps of plastic, six-pack rings can pose a huge threat to marine life. Small enough and ubiquitous enough that they’re easy to discard and forget about, the little plastic webs all too often make their way to the ocean, where animals can ingest or become trapped in them. In order to combat that problem, Florida-based Saltwater Brewery has created what they say is the world’s first fully biodegradable, compostable, edible six-pack rings.

The edible rings are made of barley and wheat and are, if not necessarily tasty, at least safe for animals and humans to ingest. Saltwater Brewery started packaging their beers with the edible six-pack rings in 2016. They charge slightly more for their brews to offset the cost of the rings' production. They hope that customers will be willing to pay a bit more for the environmentally friendly beers and are encouraging other companies to adopt the edible six-pack rings in order to lower manufacturing prices and save more animals.

As Saltwater Brewery president Chris Gove says in the video above: “We want to influence the big guys and kind of inspire them to also get on board.”

When Chuck Yeager Tweeted Details About His Historic, Sound Barrier-Breaking Flight

Seventy years ago today—on October 14, 1947—Charles Elwood Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound. The Air Force pilot broke the sound barrier in an experimental X-1 rocket plane (nicknamed “Glamorous Glennis”) over a California dry lake at an altitude of 25,000 feet.

In 2015, the nonagenarian posted a few details on Twitter surrounding the anniversary of the achievement, giving amazing insight into the history-making flight.

For even more on the historic ride, check out the video below.


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