Driverless Cars Still Have Blind Spots. How Can Experts Fix Them?

In 2004, the U.S. Department of Defense issued a obstacle: $1 million to the first group of engineers to create an autonomous automobile to race across the Mojave Desert.

Though the prize went unclaimed, the obstacle publicized an notion that the moment belonged to science fiction — the driverless vehicle. It caught the awareness of Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Web site, who convened a group of engineers to buy autos from dealership plenty and retrofit them with off-the-shelf sensors.

But producing the autos travel on their own wasn’t a easy job. At the time, the engineering was new,

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The Pentagon Hasn’t Fixed Basic Cybersecurity Blind Spots

The United States federal government isn’t known for robust cybersecurity. Even the Department of Defense has its share of known vulnerabilities. Now a new report from the Government Accountability Office is highlighting systemic shortcomings in the Pentagon’s efforts to prioritize cybersecurity at every level and making seven recommendations for shoring up DoD’s digital defenses.

The report isn’t a checklist of what DoD should be doing to improve cybersecurity awareness in the abstract. Instead, GAO looked at three DoD-designed initiatives to see whether the Pentagon is following through on its own goals. In a majority of cases, DoD has not completed

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