Uber and Lyft are Behind a Sharp Rise in US Traffic Deaths

The ISDA Secure Transportation and Executive Protection News Podcast for Monday, October 29th, 2018 

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In-Vehicle News

From MIT Technology Review

Uber and Lyft are behind a sharp rise in US traffic deaths

The rise of ride-sharing services has increased traffic deaths by 2% to 3% in the US since 2011, equivalent to as many as 1,100 mortalities a year, according to a new study from the University of Chicago and Rice University.

https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/612346/uber-and-lyft-are-behind-a-sharp-rise-in-us-traffic-deaths/

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In Travel News

From BBC News

Lion Air crash: Boeing 737 plane crashes in the sea off Jakarta

A Lion Air Boeing 737 passenger plane with 189 people on board has crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

Flight JT 610 was headed for Pangkal Pinang, in the Bangka Belitung Islands, when it lost contact.

Rescuers have recovered some remains, and there is no sign of survivors.

“The plane crashed into the water about 30m to 40m deep,” Search, and Rescue Agency spokesman Yusuf Latif told AFP news agency.

Rescuers have recovered bodies from the sea and families are being told to go to the hospital to identify the dead. Items belonging to passengers have also been found in the water, including baby shoes, ID cards, and luggage.

Flight JT 610 took off from Jakarta at 06:20 local time on Monday morning (23:30 GMT on Sunday).

It was due to arrive at Depati Amir airport in Pangkal Pinang an hour later, but 13 minutes into the flight, authorities lost contact with the plane.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46014463

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In Driving News

From MIT Technology Review

Should a self-driving car kill the baby or the grandma? Depends on where you’re from

The infamous “trolley problem” was put to millions of people in a global study, revealing how much ethics diverge across cultures.

In 2014 researchers at the MIT Media Lab designed an experiment called Moral Machine. The idea was to create a game-like platform that would crowdsource people’s decisions on how self-driving cars should prioritize lives in different variations of the “trolley problem.” In the process, the data generated would provide insight into the collective ethical priorities of different cultures.

The researchers never predicted the experiment’s viral reception. Four years after the platform went live, millions of people in 233 countries and territories have logged 40 million decisions, making it one of the largest studies ever done on global moral preferences.

new paper published in Nature presents the analysis of that data and reveals how much cross-cultural ethics diverge on the basis of culture, economics, and geographic location.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612341/a-global-ethics-study-aims-to-help-ai-solve-the-self-driving-trolley-problem/

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In Terrorism News

From the Guardian

MI5 to take over in fight against rise of UK rightwing extremism

Security service to handle intelligence gathering then inform police to take action

MI5 is to take the lead in combating extreme rightwing terrorism amid mounting fears that white supremacists are increasing their efforts to foment violent racial conflict on Britain’s streets, The Guardian has learned.

The switch from the police – which has always previously taken responsibility for monitoring far-right extremism – to MI5 means that the ideology will now sit in the same portfolio as Islamist terrorism and Northern Ireland-related terrorism, which are both covered by the domestic security service.

The decision also means that extreme rightwing activity will now be officially designated as posing a major threat to national security.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/oct/28/mi5-lead-battle-against-uk-rightwing-extremists-police-action

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