Municipal governments across the country are facing off against Airbnb as they try to enforce rules aimed at protecting affordable housing and force the home-sharing giant to collect and remit lodging taxes. Airbnb claims it is compliant with local regulations, but many city and county officials say the company has misled them -- and its users -- about its intentions to follow local rules.
Officials in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, have named Region of Peel Commissioner of Public Works Janette Smith to the post of city manager -- making Smith the city's first-ever female manager. "I'm excited to be able to serve the residents and businesses of this great city," Smith says.
US chip supplier Nvidia will join forces with Israel-based Cognata, developer of simulation platforms for autonomous vehicles, in the testing and validation of self-driving vehicles. Cognata's simulations will trim testing time and costs while increasing safety.
Norwegian tunnel technology firm Aventi partnered with Australian connected and autonomous vehicle technology developer Cohda Wireless to successfully test
vehicle-to-everything technology in a road tunnel. The test was conducted using Cohda's V2X-locate vehicle position solution in the Bjornegard tunnel in Baerum, Norway.
Paris will begin taxing companies that operate the 15,000 ride-sharing bikes and scooters in the French city. The proposal calls for companies to pay annual fees of around $22 per bike, $56 per scooter and $67 per motorcycle scooter.
UK lawmakers are examining regulations, which date to 1835 and make electric scooters illegal, providing welcome news to ride-sharing services such as Bird and Lime. "We're delighted by today's announcement, and we're looking forward to working with the government to make our cities greener, safer and more livable for everyone," said Richard Corbett, Bird's UK CEO.
Weightlessness in space has proved to be a profound challenge to the health of astronauts, whose bodies are finely attuned to the presence of gravity. NASA and the European Space Agency are planning an experiment that will place human subjects in bed for 60 days and spin the beds to determine whether centrifugal force is sufficient to mimic the health-preserving effects of gravity.
Projects and problem solving are the focus of five basic questions young engineers are likely to encounter in job interviews. Charlie Wilgus, general manager for manufacturing and supply chain practices at executive search firm Lucas Group, gives a preview.
Accel.AI, a nonprofit founded by Laura Montoya to reduce barriers to engineering careers in artificial intelligence, includes the Latinx in AI Coalition, which aims to bolster Latin American representation in the field. She believes her efforts are particularly relevant in a job market where minority communities are at risk of losing jobs to automation.
A team of students led by Southern Illinois University's Brendon Bangert won the People's Choice Award at the 2019 Project Precast national competition for designing a precast concrete horse barn. The students had only 24 hours to complete their projects.