Day: April 25, 2021

Why your next car might track passengers with radar

Plenty of cars (and not just autonomous ones) use radar to spot outside dangers on the road, like that pick-up truck in your blindspot.

But in the near future, radar imaging could be used to monitor what’s going on inside of your car.

It could detect a baby left in the backseat, for example, or alert a distracted driver. It could even measure a passenger’s heart rate through their chest movement

Carmakers are looking into radar technology since they’ll need seat sensors and alerts in new U.S. vehicles by 2025 to prevent child fatalities. In 2019 there were 52 hot car deaths in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than half of them involved children left in a car, most of them kids under 2 years old. 

That’s why the FCC waived restrictions to allow Tesla and other companies — including Brose,

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Waymo’s leadership shift spotlights self-driving car challenges

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Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car subsidiary, has reshuffled its top executive lineup. John Krafcik, Waymo’s CEO since 2015, announced on April 2 that he would be stepping down from his role. Krafcik is being replaced by former COO Tekedra Mawakana and former CTO Dmitri Dolgov and will remain as an advisor to the company.

“[With] the fully autonomous Waymo One ride-hailing service open to all in our launch area of Metro Phoenix, and with the fifth generation of the Waymo Driver being prepared for deployment in ride-hailing and goods delivery, it’s a wonderful opportunity for me to pass the baton to Tekedra and Dmitri as Waymo’s co-CEOs,” Krafcik wrote on LinkedIn.

John Krafcik Waymo CEO

Above: John Krafcik, former CEO of Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car subsidiary.

The change in leadership could have significant implications for Waymo, which

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