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Injured pedestrian dies after ambulance blocked by driverless cars

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A pedestrian struck by a car tragically lost their life due to critical delays caused by two driverless cabs blocking the path of an ambulance in San Francisco.

According to a report by the San Francisco Fire Department, the pedestrian had been riding a scooter when they collided with a BMW SUV and the delays in the emergency vehicles response contributed to their death.

Multiple officials have corroborated that the only available lanes were obstructed by stationary Cruise autopilot vehicles, which displayed no signs of movement or engagement with the accident scene.

Crucially, it did not appear that these driverless taxis were either picking up or dropping off passengers at the time.

“This delay, no matter how minimal, contributed to a poor pt [patient] outcome,” the report said.

Regrettably, the patient was pronounced dead at the hospital just 20 to 30 minutes after their arrival, painting a stark picture of the consequences of such delays.

Cruise, a prominent “driverless ride-hail service” as per their website, faced immediate scrutiny in the aftermath of this incident.

Cruise spokesperson Tiffany Testo defended their role, claiming that one of their driverless cars did clear the scene, leaving the right lane unblocked for other vehicles, including the ambulance behind the autonomous vehicle.

The incident has also sparked renewed debates about the expansion of driverless ride-hailing services in San Francisco.

The California Public Utilities Commission recently voted to expand these services, despite numerous residents expressing concerns about their safety. Critics have labelled self-driving cars as “death traps,” and their fears seem to have been vindicated by this tragic event.

San Francisco Fire Department Chief Jeanine Nicholson addressed the commission, revealing that her department had received 55 reports of driverless cars driving too close to first responders, obstructing traffic, or blocking emergency service stations.

“You might say well, 55, that’s not a lot. Well, if it’s your family, it’s a lot,” she said.

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Trump & Biden prepare for the earliest debate in modern U.S. history

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The first debate of the year between President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump will take place this week in Atlanta.

This debate marks a milestone as the earliest presidential debate in modern U.S. history, and will prove to be a critical event for both candidates.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are neck-and-neck in national opinion polls, with a considerable slice of the electorate still undecided five months before the Nov. 5 vote. #featured #trending

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Ferrari’s debut high-performance electric vehicle will be priced above $500,000

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Ferrari has unveiled details about its inaugural electric car, slated to be priced upwards of $500,000, as first reported by Reuters.

This announcement comes amidst growing global interest and competition in electric vehicles, with Ferrari aiming to blend its iconic design prowess with sustainable technology.

The Italian automaker, renowned for its high-performance sports cars, is expected to maintain its commitment to superior craftsmanship and engineering excellence in its electric offering.

Following the EV announcement, Ferrari also confirmed plans to establish a new manufacturing plant aimed at enhancing production flexibility and significantly reducing car development times.

Mike Costello from Cox Automotive joins to discuss the latest in EVs. #featured #trending

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Commercial real estate targeted for producing 40% of global emissions

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Commercial real estate contributes significantly to global emissions, with reports suggesting it makes up to 40% of the total – so is there a solution in sight?

Global strategies are setting out to transform this impact by promoting the development of sustainable buildings.

As climate change continues to be a pressing global issue, the commercial real estate sector must pivot towards more eco-friendly solutions.

One of the most impactful actions that can be taken to mitigate the environmental impact of commercial real estate is the implementation of building automation systems.

Louise Monger, Vice President, Digital Buildings of Schneider Electric, joins to share her key insights into the issue. #featured

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