But there might be a “scary” price to pay for motorists, he has cautioned. You might have to give up control of your car to a transportation equivalent of Big Brother. Niroshan Jeyarajah, a senior manager at Transport for NSW made the bold prediction at this week’s Smart Infrastructure Summit, held in Sydney. Control of vehicles could gradually pass from drivers to a centralised traffic control body, he said, in the same way planes are controlled by air traffic control. Your car would even need to ask permission to get on the road at all. Subscribe to news.com.au’s From the Newsroom podcast through iTunes With clogged roads, we have little choice, Mr Jeyarajah said, as Sydney is growing by millions and there is a “need to discourage personal car use”. The Government is ploughing more than $1 billion on new transport tech to cut congestion. Traffic jams may be a distant memory, but there could be a price to pay. Picture: AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE … [Read more...] about End to traffic congestion predicted but we may have to give up control of our cars to achieve it
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Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, FCM Travel Solutions India, Flight Centre Travel Group Australia’s Indian subsidiary, answers your questions on Travel — howtos, trends, recommendations and more. Send in your questions to: [email protected] I and my wife, age 82 and 80 years, will be in Singapore in February 2020. Please suggest some resorts where we can spend 4-5 days and then return to Singapore. For a relaxing holiday close to Singapore, I would recommend Bintan which is a part of Indonesia but is less than an hour away by ferry from Singapore. In Bintan, you can visit one of the many nearby villages, interact with the locals, visit the 1000 Face Buddhist Temple or see the 300-year-old Snake River temple. Alternatively, you could choose to just sit back, relax and enjoy the beaches. Most resorts in Bintan have vegetarian options at their restaurant. My partner and I plan to get married in December this year. We look forward to visiting Europe on for our … [Read more...] about Ask The Travel Expert: What are the best resorts to visit near Singapore?
Microsoft rose to dominance during the '80s and '90s thanks to the success of its Windows operating system running on Intel’s processors, a cosy relationship nicknamed “Wintel”. Now Microsoft hopes that another another hardware–software combo will help it recapture that success—and catch rivals Amazon and Google in the race to provide cutting-edge artificial intelligence through the cloud. Microsoft hopes to extend the popularity of its Azure cloud platform with a new kind of computer chip designed for the age of AI. Starting today, Microsoft is providing Azure customers with access to chips made by the British startup Graphcore. Graphcore, founded in Bristol, UK, in 2016, has attracted considerable attention among AI researchers—and several hundred million dollars in investment—on the promise that its chips will accelerate the computations required to make AI work. Until now it has not made the chips publicly available or shown the results of … [Read more...] about Microsoft sends a new kind of AI processor into the cloud
This month’s crop of brand-new sci-fi and fantasy horror books include space battles with hostile aliens, multiple mages, a pet crow who’s got a front-row seat to the zombie apocalypse, ghosts, dragons, salty heroes, and even a few tales of tech gone wild. Dig in! Advertisement Forgotten Bones by Vivian Barz When the murder of a child rocks a small town, a cop puts aside her skepticism to team up with a local college professor who’s been having strangely accurate visions about the case. (August 1) Blood of an Exile by Brian Naslund The new Dragons of Terra series begins with this debut novel about a condemned dragon slayer who’s given an unexpected shot at redemption—and, possibly, a chance to save the entire kingdom while he’s at it. (August 6) Advertisement Cry Pilot by Joel Dane In this military sci-fi adventure, a man dodges his criminal past by joining the military, but nothing he’s faced before will prepare him for the powerful … [Read more...] about Summer Is Fading, But There Are Tons of New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Coming to Brighten Up August
Meanwhile, three Japanese automakers top the list. The result of the Consumer Reports' annual auto reliability brand rankings is out, and with it comes a piece of disappointing news for Cadillac – it still sits at the bottom of the nonprofit organization's list of most reliable cars for 2019. With only three models offered, Caddy is the 30th most reliable automaker in the U.S., just below Alfa Romeo and Acura. Among the cars it offers, the XT4 stands as the least reliable, while the XT5 is its most reliable model. Gallery: 2020 Cadillac XT4: Review 51 Photos Meanwhile, Alfa Romeo sits right above Cadillac in terms of reliability, with the Giulia as its least reliable, according to Consumer Reports. Shockingly, Acura joins the bottom three this year, dropping nine places from last year. This is the biggest drop in this year's survey, with the refreshed MDX taking the spot as Acura's least reliable model.On the other end of the spectrum, the … [Read more...] about Cadillac Dead Last In Consumer Reports’ Reliability Study