#Driverlesscars, #Canada, #ConferenceBoardofCanada, #cybersecurity, #cyberterrorism
Ottawa, Feb 8 (Canadian-Media): According to report of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Communication last week, Canada was not prepared for the driverless cars, without steering wheels or pedals, media reports said.
Driverless cars. Image credit: Wikipedia
These cars would be reported to be be stress free, cost-effective and cheaper.
According to the Conference Board of Canada -- foremost independent, not-for-profit research organization in Canada which delivers insights on economics, public policy and organizational performance -- autonomous vehicles could play a significant role in reducing current annual road fatalities by 1,600 from the current 2,000.
The fewer collisions from these cars would also result in the total economic benefit to approximately over $65 billion per year.
Official reports said economic benefits in health costs from fewer accidents could be even greater if the technology worked according to claims.
New vehicles equipped with improved cruise control, maintenance of proper distance between the vehicle ahead, provision of emergency braking, and self park.
Experimental vehicles, such as those operated by Google reportedly have already proven their ability to navigate through traffic, including busy city streets, without any human input.
But according to official reports, fully autonomous experimental vehicles have been involved in accidents and are not safe.
The Senate report urges regulations to ensure safety of driverless vehicles, especially during Canadian winters when snow covers road markings and changes the handling properties of the vehicle.
Allowing driverless cars on ice roads will be particularly important during the transition period when computer operated vehicles share the roads with those that are still driven by humans.
Other concerns of cybersecurity - which puts all the sharing of personal information at risk -- and cyber-terrorism -- hackers could break into the system and take control of all the cars in a city -- are also major issues.
16 recommendations have been put forth by the Senate report including a national strategy for autonomous vehicles, safety guidelines, and cybersecurity measures to ensure the country is ready for these cars.
These are important questions that need to be asked before intelligent machines take up total control of our roads.
#Egypt'sAntiquitiesMinistry, #Giza'swesternnecropolis, #pyramids,
Toronto, Feb 4 (Canadian-Media): Egypt's Antiquities Ministry announced the discovery Saturday of the discovery of a 4,400-year-old tomb in a wider area of Giza's western necropolis, which is known to be home to tombs from the Old Kingdom near the pyramids outside Cairo, media reports said.
Old tomb discovered outside Cairo. Image credit: phys.org
The tomb, according to official reports wss made of mud brick and included wall paintings and was in good condition depicting Hetpet -- a high high-ranking official thought to be close to ancient Egyptian royals during the 5th Dynasty of ancient Egypt -- observing different hunting and fishing scenes.
Other scenes also reportedly depicted a monkey — commonly kept as domestic animals in pharaonic times — reaping fruit and another dancing before an orchestra.
Similar scenes, according to the ministry's statement, were reported to have been found in other tombs belonging to the later 12th dynasty,
Mostafa al-Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities who led the mission, believed there was still more to be found in Giza's western necropolis, which is home to the tombs of top officials of Egypt's Old Kingdom and said excavation work was underway for the other tomb.
"This is a very promising area. We expect to find more," Al-Waziri reported to have told reporters at the site. "We have removed between 250-300 cubic meters of layers of earth to find the tomb."
"What we see above the earth's surface in Egypt doesn't exceed 40 percent of what the core holds," he added.
Reporting by Asha Bajaj)