Tesla’s Autopilot upgrade will give radar a bigger role | Recode Daily: September 12, 2016


The new software will also be more strict about requiring hands on the wheel.

.Tesla is preparing a major update to its Autopilot system, giving its radar sensors a primary role in the control system. The software update, due in a few weeks, will also disengage the automatic steering system if a driver ignores repeated warnings to hold the steering wheel, and will include a “geocoded whitelist” of objects like road signs and bridges to help the car more accurately distinguish between safe and hazardous situations.
[Jordan Golson | The Verge]

.The EU’s executive arm this week is expected to propose changes that would make services like Skype and WhatsApp subject to some of the same rules that regulate the telecommunications business. Major telecom companies have pressed for such action, saying it was needed to level the playing field with new, mostly free, online services.
[Sam Schechner and Stu Woo | Wall Street Journal]

.In a move to attract more digital advertising dollars, Time Inc. on Tuesday will launch the People/Entertainment Weekly Network, a free video streaming service focused on celebrities, human interest stories, entertainment franchises and live events.
[Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg | Wall Street Journal]

.Samsung stock dropped sharply again as the ongoing problem with exploding batteries in its Galaxy Note 7 continues to knock billions off its market cap. Samsung is offering replacements and has advised customers not to use the phones as it works with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on a formal recall. Meanwhile, some airlines are verbally warning passengers not to use or charge the phones, and a 6-year-old Brooklyn boy was burned when a Galaxy Note 7 burst into flames as he held it.
[Se Young Lee | Reuters]

.On the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, Benchmark general partner Bill Gurley says there’s too much money and hype in the startup ecosystem, and the consequences could range from governmental interference to another tech crash.
[Eric Johnson | Recode]

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