Cruise, autonomous vehicles send traffic haywire

Cruise, autonomous vehicles send traffic haywire


Some of Cruise's self-driving cars being tested blocked traffic on some streets in the city of San Francisco. Therefore, the problems caused to motorists by stationary cars are not few.

Despite the advances made by technology in the automotive sector, which have brought automated cars onto the road destined to become protagonists of the mobility of the future, the problems that have involved in the past few hours Cruise's cars are still discussing. As we know, the various tests that the manufacturers conduct aim to optimize the development of the technologies self-driving cars are equipped with. Even today, in fact, there are several specifications to improve to avoid unpleasant unforeseen events.

Safety is the guiding principle of everything we do. This means that if our cars encounter a situation where they are unable to proceed safely, they stop and turn on the hazard lights before we put them back into operation or pull them out of circulation as quickly as possible. This could be due to a mechanical problem such as a flat tire, an improper road condition, or more simply a technical problem. We are working to minimize the frequency with which this happens and we apologize to anyone who was hit, Cruise said immediately, saying that within about twenty minutes he would recover the cars to normalize traffic.

According to what was declared, therefore, the malfunctions of the cars involved were due to technical problems, even if the real cause was not specified.

Thousands of cruise ship passengers are being forced to spend extra days at sea after 3 Florida ports closed due to Hurricane Ian

  • Florida-based cruise ships are extending their trips after Hurricane Ian forced three ports to close.
  • The cruise ships are spending more time at sea visiting extra destinations.
  • Around five ships and 20,000 passengers are affected, per The Points Guy.
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    Florida-based cruise ships are extending their schedules after Hurricane Ian forced three ports to close in the state.

    Three major ports in the state — Port Tampa Bay, Jacksonville Port Authority, and Port Canaveral — have temporarily closed, according to statements posted on their Twitter accounts. 

    Hurricane Ian made landfall on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane before weakening to a Category 1 storm.

    The Points Guy reported that the closures meant at least five cruise ships were unable to return to their home ports in Florida.

    Unable to disembark passengers on schedule, the cruise ships are spending more time at sea and visiting extra destinations. 

    Carnival Cruise Line announced it had extended two of its cruises that were due to dock in Florida on September 29.

    The Carnival Paradise extended a visit to Cozumel, Mexico, by an extra night. Meanwhile, the Carnival Elation added a visit to Freeport, Bahamas, to avoid the storm. The company said that both cruises were likely to be extended until the storm passes and the ports reopen.

    Carnival Cruise Line did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment made outside normal working hours.

    Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas, Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Getaway, and MSC Cruises' MSC Divina are also being extended, according to the Points Guy. All three cruise ships were due to return to Port Canaveral on Thursday morning but will now not return before Friday morning, the travel blog reported.

    Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line have been contacted by Insider but did not immediately respond. MSC Cruises could not be reached for comment.

    The changes mean that around 20,000 passengers are getting a mandatory extension to their trip, per the Points Guy.

    The hurricane is affecting other sectors of Florida's tourist industry. Walt Disney World and Universal have both closed resort parks in the state for at least 2 days as Hurricane Ian passes through.