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The sudden dust storm in Mumbai on Monday took everyone by surprise. Little can anyone do when nature decides to do some stray acts, but being prepared always helps. Post the huge hoarding collapse, resulting in 14 deaths and over 70 injuries reportedly, authorities will do better to ensure all regulations are followed by any tall structures and installations.

Autonomous Driving related scrutiny continues

Unlike in the above case involving nature, any scenario involving technology can always be much better prepared for. Ensuring robustness of any technology is crucial always, and more so if it’s a new technology like autonomous driving, for example. It’s not only Tesla, Waymo, or GM’s Cruise that’s been in the news for the wrong reasons, but below is one more, an Amazon-owned entity. The common thread among them? Autonomous driving technology.

Read More: US agency probes Amazon-owned Zoox robotaxis after two crashes

Clear messaging is key

Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ and ‘Full Self-Driving’ are major draws for its customers. However, they are also causing challenges for the EV maker as multiple incidents involving Tesla cars have made authorities pull up Tesla for probe over communications that may possibly have sent the wrong message to its customers.

While the probe happens, there’s another report of an ‘Autopilot’ engaged Tesla involving in yet another accident.

Read about both the developments in the following stories.

Read More: In Tesla Autopilot probe, US prosecutors focus on securities, wire fraud

Read More: Tesla’s Autopilot caused a fiery crash into a tree, killing a Colorado man, lawsuit says

Developing a strong core

Like in everything, a strong core technology is crucial for successful deployment of autonomous vehicles. Automotion, a self-driving technology company, has decided to do just that, and postpone its plans to have robotaxis like Waymo and Cruise. Details below.

Read More: Motional puts robotaxi deployment on back burner, to focus on technology development

Flying above cars

In the swiftly evolving mobility space, here’s something taking shape in Chennai that may be an even more interesting technology better than driverless cars – flying taxi. Will it be a reality sooner than later?

Read More: Anand Mahindra unveils India’s first electric flying taxi prototype, praises IIT Madras’ innovation

Innovate in India

After Make in India, it’s time for India to grow as an innovation hub. What better space than the emerging EV industry to tap to offer solutions that’ll enhance the tailpipe emission-free vehicles’ green quotient. ETAuto’s Kriti Saraiya tells us how coconut shell powder can come handy, among other things, in the EV industry’s drive towards enhancing its sustainability quotient. The report covers a group of startups developing some rather innovative solutions.

Read More: Indian startups harness biodegradable waste to power up EV batteries

That’s a wrap for this edition of the ETAutoTech newsletter. We would like to request you to share your feedback on it, and also suggest topics that you’ll like to read or view about, in the future editions of the weekly newsletter. You may please share them on sumantra.barooah@timesinternet.in. Thank you.

Safe motoring!

  • Published On May 15, 2024 at 03:35 PM IST

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