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Self-Driving Cars Could See Like Humans

Rather than relying on expensive and error-prone technologies like radar or the Global Positioning System, the new method for robotic car steering is modeled on how real people actually see the road right in front of them...When it comes to driving, "Humans do everything with vision . . . [we] are really, really good and we're a lot smarter and more efficient than computers," said Wesley Snyder, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and co-author of a new paper describing the ongoing research. 

China Again Hopes to Drive U.S. Rail Construction

Nearly 150 years after American railroad companies imported thousands of Chinese laborers to build rail lines across the West, China is poised once again to play a role in American rail construction. But this time it would be an entirely different role: supplying the technology and engineers to build high-speed rail lines. The Chinese government has signed cooperation agreements with the state of California and General Electric to help build such lines.

Building a Green Economy

If you listen to climate scientists — and despite the relentless campaign to discredit their work, you should — it is long past time to do something about emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases...Is it possible to make drastic cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions without destroying our economy?

Transit Boom in the Works

The redeveloped Bayview and Hunters Point neighborhoods will feature $229 million in transportation improvements, including elevated rapid-bus lines, extensions to existing Muni service, new bike paths and improved pedestrian walkways...Existing local bus lines like the 23-Monterey, the 54-Felton and the 24-Divisadero would be extended to better serve the Candlestick Point and Hunters Point neighborhoods.

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