Tesla Autopilot victim may have been watching ‘Harry Potter’ during crash

A 17 -inch touchscreen is featured in the Model S .
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Florida Highway Patrol received a portable DVD player inside the Tesla Model S that collided with a tractor trailer on Wednesday, according to reports. The driver was killed when both he and the Autopilot system failed to see the truck intersecting the highway.

The driver of the truck involved the accident, Frank Baressi, said a Harry Potter movie was still being shown in the DVD player, a Reuters report said.

Baressi could not assure the video playing, but rather could hear it playing as he approached the Model S, according to CNBC .

However, officials have yet to determine whether the driver, identified as Joshua Brown, was watching the video at the time of the crash.

Some have wondered whether the video was playing on the portable DVD player’s screen or on the car’s in-dash 17 -inch touchscreen. Tesla has said it’s not possible to watch a movie on its screen. However, a hacker was able to rig his Model ‘S screen to play videos.

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‘The Godfather’ Cast Really Enjoyed Pranking Marlon Brando

“The Godfather” is far from a comedy, but there were plenty of laughs behind the scenes of the iconic crook movie, according to actor Robert Duvall.

In “The Godfather, ” Duvall played the even-keeled consigliere to Marlon Brando’s powerful crime boss, while James Caan played the Don’s hot-head son, Sonny. Together, the trio of talented superstars was a fun-loving group, with Brando often the good-natured target of more than a few pranks at the hands of his two co-stars, Duvall tells “Oprah’s Master Class.”

“Brando loved Jimmy Caan, because Jimmy’s the funny guy, ” Duvall says. “Jimmy would tell a gag, and it’d take Brando three seconds to get it and then he’d[ laugh ]. We were always joking around.”

The on-set humor, Duvall explains, was a great way to keep things relaxed on set, especially when rehearsing and filming intense scenes. Even the film’s famous director, Francis Ford Coppola, seemed to have some tolerance for certain lighthearted pranks.

“Brando would read his lines — he does it very well — but we’d take[ the script] away when he wasn’t appearing and put a wedding invitation[ in its place ], ” Duvall says with a laughter. “They’d have to yell ‘Cut! ‘ Francis would say, ‘Come on, guys, ‘ but he knew. He knew that by fooling around, it was good to keep relaxation on set.”

That’s not the only style Duvall and Caan had fun with Brando during filming.

“One time, Brando said, ‘Can I have a moment, Coppola? ‘ And he prepared himself emotionally, he had a wonderful moment after Sonny’s death. So, a week subsequently — shooting out of context, of course — Jimmy Caan said, ‘Could Bobby have a moment? ‘ … So I[ simulated Brando ], and I merely stroll across[ the define] doing nothing. Brando gives me a dirty looking, ” Duvall says.

“Those were good times, ” he continues. “Good days, to keep things loose.”

Duvall’s full interview airs this weekend on “Oprah’s Master Class, ” on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 8 p. m. ET on OWN . More from Oprah.com :

Behind the scenes of “The Sound of Music”

Tom Selleck’s embarrassing story from filming “Three Men and a Baby”

The making of Oprah’s history-making flash mob

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2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is faster than Corvette, Ferrari at the Nurburgring

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE went around the Ring faster than any Ferrari.

All the Corvettes, too.

The new , not-just-a-muscle-car lapped Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschleife in 7:16: 04 in the hands of a Chevrolet test driver, making it the 14 th fastest production car at the 12.9 -mile-long circuit.

Ferrari doesnt do official laps at the benchmark way, but a 488 GTB run by a German automotive publication did it in 7:21, while the last Corvette to visit, a 2012 ZR1, defined a day of 7: 19.63. The Camaros mark is within spitting distance of such notable track rats as the Porsche 911 GT3 and Dodge Viper ACR.

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The ZL1 1LE is the hottest Camaro of all time. It features a 650 hp supercharged V8, an adjustable suspension with racing-style spool valve dampers and an aerodynamic package that includes a giant wing on the back to create downforce, even if the photos of the run include one of it with all four tires off the ground.

Fret not too much, Corvette fans. While the Camaro currently holds the GM bragging rights, a new ultra high-performance version of the Corvette is on the way and a prototype of it has been spotted undergoing testing at the Ring, so itll surely be taking the title back soon.

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Donald Trump Asks Naval Ceremony Crowd To Call Congress To Pass Budget

While presiding over the official commissioning ceremony for the USS Gerald Ford aircraft carrier in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday, President Donald Trump took a moment to make a brief political request.

Trump urged the crowd of about 6,500 people, including uniformed naval officers, to call Congress and ask lawmakers to pass the budget, in which he seeks an additional $54 billion for defense spending in 2018.

“I don’t mind getting a little hand, so call that congressman and call that senator and make sure you get it,” he told the crowd, before plugging another item on his agenda. “And by the way, you can also call those senators to make sure you get health care.”

Trump also blamed numerous military setbacks on the budget caps on government defense spending, put in place by the 2011 sequester agreement.

The remarks above begin at 5:30 in the video below.

His political requests to the crowd were strange for a naval commissioning ceremony.

As the Washington Post pointed out, Trump’s request for help in pushing his agenda could have been perceived by the military members in attendance, whom he commands, as an order.

Trump’s speech followed his early morning Twitter rant in which he claimed that U.S. presidents have the “complete power to pardon,” in response to the Post’s report speculating that Trump is considering pardons for his aides, family and potentially himself amid investigations into alleged ties between his campaign and Russia. 

His series of tweets, which covered a number of topics, also included a call on Republican senators to vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, declaring it dead.

Watch Trump’s full speech below.

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Star Wars firm fined 1.6m over Harrison Ford injury – BBC News

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A production company behind the latest Star Wars movie has been fined 1.6m ($2m) after Harrison Ford broke his leg on set.

The actor was injured in June 2014 at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire as he reprised his role as Han Solo.

He was struck by a metal door on the set of the Millennium Falcon spaceship.

Foodles Production (UK) Ltd, owned by Disney, pleaded guilty earlier this year to two charges brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

In a statement, Foodles said it “deeply regretted” what it described as an “unfortunate on-set accident”.

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Image caption Star Wars: The Force Awakens saw Harrison Ford reprise the role of Han Solo after more than 30 years

Following the incident during the filming of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ford was airlifted to hospital for surgery.

The door that struck the Hollywood superstar had been designed to mimic the action of the spaceship on the original set.

‘Lack of communication’

At a previous hearing, Aylesbury Crown Court was told the actor, now aged 74, could have been killed.

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Image caption A hydraulic metal door hit Ford at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire

The HSE said the power of the rapidly-closing door meant Ford was hit with a force comparable to the weight of a small car.

Judge Francis Sheridan said the firm had failed to communicate its risk assessment to the actor.

He said: “The greatest failing of all on behalf of the company is a lack of communication, a lack because, if you have a risk assessment and you do not communicate it, what is the point of having one?

“That is the most serious breach here.

“If only they had included Mr Ford in all the discussions, he might have at least been alert to the dangers that he had to avoid.”

Foodles Production (UK) Ltd said in its statement that the “safety of our cast and crew was always a top priority”.

It added: “The court acknowledged both the additional safety protocols that were immediately implemented, and that it was a very safe production in all other respects.”

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$20,000 reward offered as policemen hunt road rage killer of 3-year-old boy

A $ 20,000 reward is being offered in the hunt for the killer of a 3-year-old boy during a road rage incident Saturday in Arkansas.

Authorities in Little Rock are searching for an older black Chevrolet Impala; however , no description of the suspected shooter has been released.

The $ 20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the suspect’s arrest and conviction.

The boy and his grandmother were on a shopping trip-up and stopped at a stop sign when another driver, apparently angry at the postpone, stepped out of his vehicle and opened fire. The boy was hit at least once and the grandmother was not struck.

Police Lt. Steve McClanahan said investigators believe the boy and his grandmother were completely innocent and have no relationship with Saturday’s shooter. He said the grandmother simply was driving the car and was taking her grandson shopping when the incident occurred.

This is the second deadly Little Rock road rage incident involving a young child in the last few weeks. A 2-year-old girl was killed in November when a suspect who is still at-large drove by the vehicle she was riding in and opened fire.

We cannot have a community to where the least protected among us, being infants, who are dying( in) these senseless crimes in our city, Police Chief Kenton Buckner said.

He said he didn’t know if the children’s shootings were related.

The Associated Press contributed to this report .

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Volvo Vaults to Volts, Planning to Pull Plug on Gasoline Engines

As it turns out, news of the death of the internal combustion engine may not is largely exaggerated after all. On Wednesday, Volvo Car Group said it expects to soon start phasing out vehicles powered solely by fossil fuel, joining a procession of producers in shifting toward electrics more quickly than most in the industry expected a few years back.

Volvo says it plans to offer only hybrid or full-electric motors on every new model launched in 2019 or afterward, including 5 electrics it expects in its lineup by 2021. Though the company will continue to produce full-combustion versions as it constructs the small upgrades automakers introduce with each new model year, when a major revamp occurs( typically every seven years) it will no longer offer that option. That means that by about 2025 Volvo will make its last full-gasoline or diesel car — the first major manufacturer to make such a pledge.

Hakan Samuelsson

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” This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered auto ,” said Volvo Chief Executive Officer Hakan Samuelsson.” Volvo’s brand will be strengthened by electrification .”

Though electric cars have been around since the 1800 s and have gotten a lot of attention in the past half-decade or so, they’re still merely a fraction of the overall marketplace as drivers balk at high prices and limited driving scopes. Battery-powered autos made up about 1 percent of marketings in the U.S ., Europe and China last year.

And even those tepid marketings figures are largely driven by government prodding. China, in an aggressive push to oppose smog, plans to impose quotums for battery-powered vehicles that will effectively force-out manufacturers to sell electrics. In Europe, where regulators have relied on diesel to reduce pollution, stricter rules that take effect in 2020 will cut limits on carbon dioxide emissions by a third — a threshold that’s almost impossible to meet without fully or partly electric engines.

In the U.S ., though President Donald Trump has promised to scrap rules that would require automakers to virtually double gas mileage, California is leading a push for even stricter standards. Its regulations will require about 15 percent of cars and trucks sold in 2025 to be zero-emission — meaning they’ll almost certainly run on electricity. At least nine other nations have embraced California’s lead.

Consumer resistance is starting to ease as tighter regulation forces carmakers to lower costs, improve batteries, and come up with better designs. Goldman Sachs Group Inc . calculates about a quarter of cars sold globally by 2025 will be hybrid or electric.

Of course, Tesla Inc . aims to have a big piece of that. The California company started stimulating its latest model this week — at about $35,000 its most affordable ride yet — as part of a plan to produce 500,000 automobiles in 2018 and 1 million annually by 2020.

Tesla is scaring traditional automakers into action. BMW says the electric iNext will replace the 7-Series as its flagship in 2021 and expects battery-powered autoes to account for some 25 percent of its marketings by 2025. Volkswagen, in an effort to overcome revelations that it cheated on emissions exams for millions of diesels, is accelerating its rollout of electrics. The Audi luxury brand will introduce its first all-electric model, an SUV, in 2018, followed by another two battery-powered vehicles by 2020. In 2019, VW’s Porsche unit will introduce the all-electric Mission E. Then in 2020 the VW car brand will roll out the first of four electric cars it’s planning.

Cut Prices

Automakers understand that they must cut prices and improve driving range for consumers to really embrace the technology, and they’re starting to deliver. GM late last year introduced the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt , with a range of 238 miles and a price tag of $38,000. And Volvo CEO Samuelsson said vehicles must have a range of at least 350 kilometers before they’ll gain broad adoption, a target he says his automobiles will meet.

A big hurdle will be the cost of developing electric technology. Daimler AG has budgeted 10 billion euros to develop 10 new electric models by 2022. BMW’s profit margins are at their lowest since 2010 due to increased spending on electrics.

The shift to greener vehicles will squeeze gains across the industry for years to come as producers develop both electric and traditional combustion engines before battery-powered vehicles become economically feasible. That turning point to profitability is likely to come around 2020, according to VW brand chief Herbert Diess.

“For us and for many of our competitors, ” Diess says, “this time will be an enormous challenge .”

Volvo, owned by Chinese billionaire Li Shufu, understands those expense considerations but Samuelsson says he has the financing to induce the switching. While the uncertain forecast for prices of batteries makes it difficult to predict the costs of the endeavor, he says he’s confident the move will benefit the brand.

Loyal Following

“We’ll get most attractive autoes, ” Samuelsson said. “This improves our competitive situation. It also goes back to Volvo’s brand values of protecting what’s important.”

Like its recently deceased Swedish cousin Saab, Volvo has built a loyal following with its boxy , no-nonsense design, a reputation for reliability, and cutting-edge safety features( Volvo fabricated the three-point seat belt in the 1950 s .) Volvo has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years with a focus on SUVs like the XC60 — since 2009, its bestselling model.

Volvo in April said its first electric vehicle will be a Chinese-made compact expected to hit the market in 2019. The model, to be sold globally, will be based on the basic design of the company’s XC40 compact SUV.

“We want to be a resulting brand in terms of responsibility, safety and sustainability, ” Samuelsson said. “So we think this suits us perfectly.”

General Motors’ next electric car coming in 2019

General Motors next-generation electric car could be on the road within two years.

On a conference call with analysts, GM CEO Mary Barra said the company is on track to launch a new electric car architecture before 2020, the year Ford is expected to roll out a new battery-powered vehicle, along with a new infotainment system that has over-the-air update capability, Automotive News reports.

GMs latest all-electric model, the Chevrolet Bolt, has been slowly rolled out across the country this year, and should be available nationwide in August. Less than 8,000 were sold through the first six months of 2017 and production has been reduce due to a growth in inventory on dealer lots.

The $36,995 Bolt was the first affordable electric car with a driving range of over 200 miles per charge, but it will be joined by the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 when deliveries begin on July 28.

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Tesla has offered over the air updates for several years, for both its infotainment system and driver aid technology. The Bolts infotainment system is capable of updates, but Chevrolet has not sent out any yet.

Barra didnt offer any hints at what kind of vehicles could use the new electric platform, but the Bolt is a small crossover, and Reuters recently reported that GM is considering turning its Volt plug-in hybrid into a crossover when it is replaced in 2022, as sales of sedans continue to drop across the industry.

Chevrolet also revealed a plug-in hybrid Crossover concept in China this year called the FNR-X that suggests a possible design direction for its future electrified vehicles.

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Gone in 100 Seconds: The Fastest-Selling Cars in America

We’ve got self-driving cars, space-age minivans, and electric dream cruisersbut we’re still buying the same vehicles, year after year.

The top 11 best-selling models in the U.S. this year collectively accounted for roughly one out of every four vehicles that rolled out of dealerships.

Call it the 100-second club: At least one of each of these 11 models was purchased at least every 100 seconds. Nissan’s Rogue just made the cut, at 98 seconds, while Ford’s Escape just missed it, at 101 seconds.

Here’s the full list.

  1. Ford F-150 (39.7 seconds)
  2. Chevrolet Silverado (55.6)
  3. Ram pickup (65.6)
  4. Toyota Camry (79.6)
  5. Toyota Corolla (81.9)
  6. Honda Civic (83.4)
  7. Honda CR-V (89.8)
  8. Toyota RAV4 (90.9)
  9. Honda Accord (91.5)
  10. Nissan Altima (97.9)
  11. Nissan Rogue (98)

Unit sales are often only distantly linked to profit, but the 100-second club underscores three somewhat surprising things about today’s auto business.

  1. Car consumers seem to be getting more conservative. From January through September, while the U.S. auto industry overall slowed a bit, sales of the top 11 models rose by 2.8 percent from the same period last year. Buyers are consolidating at the top.The car, once a source of passion and prestige, is becoming a more utilitarian commodity. Maybe someday, we’ll all be riding around in pods from Apple. Today, we’re increasingly driving Camrys and Ford pickups.
  2. The sedan isn’t quite dead yet. Five of the top 11 models are old-fashioned carsones that have four doors and don’t purport to climb boulder fields. Honda’s Civic even managed a 14 percent sales spike, compared with the first 10 months of last year. Meanwhile, only three SUVs have cracked the 100-second club1.
  3. A new car is still a sizable purchase for nearly all buyers, and they care less about getting their decisions absolutely right than they do about not getting them wrong. There’s safety in the herd of Hondas. Ford has only one model, the F-150, in the 100-second club. But it sits at the very top of the list, while three other Ford modelsthe Escape, Fusion, and Explorerhave come close to breaking through. Without pickup trucks, General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler would be missing. 

As consumers begin to tap the brakes on buying cars, it will be critical for auto makers to have models they can choose without much thought. The 100-second club is about to become more important than ever. 

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Heres how SpaceX wants to deliver internet to the world

SpaceX founder Elon Musk .
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SpaceX has big plans for bringing internet to locatings around the world, and it all starts in space.

The Elon Musk-founded company only filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission that lays out its vision for using thousands of satellites in orbit to beam internet down to the world.

“The system is to provide a wide range of broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, governmental and professional users worldwide, ” SpaceX wrote in a supplement to the filing.

In total, the constellation would be composed of 4,425 satellites in varying orbits, and would cost about $10 billion, according to estimates made by Musk in 2015.

The constellation would begin with 800 satellites initially, the filing countries, though it is unclear when they will launch.

“Once fully deployed, the SpaceX System will pass over virtually all parts of the Earths surface and therefore, in principle, have the ability to provide ubiquitous global service, ” SpaceX said in the filing.

This isn’t the first time SpaceX has attained its internet plan clear.

Elon Musk in 2015.

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Musk has spoken about the satellite system multiple times, even saying that he would want to use it to help fund a city on Mars, according to the Seattle Times .

SpaceX also isn’t alone in its aspirations for space-delivered internet. The company OneWeb hopes to launch a constellation of 648 satellites to deliver internet globally.

Boeing also hopes to create a satellite internet system at some point.

Facebook aspires to the same goal, but the social network experienced a setback due to a SpaceX rocket detonation. The mishap destroyed a spacecraft Facebook was going to use to deliver internet to parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Since that explosion in September, SpaceX launches have been on hold. Technologists working with the company are still hunting for the exact root cause of the rocket failing, but the company is getting closer to figuring it out.

SpaceX estimates that they should be flying to space again before the end of the year.

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