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Bus accident in California injures 25

Some 25 people ended up in the hospital after a serious crash that caused havoc on the 405 Freeway in San Fernando, according to local sources. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the accident, which caused serious delays on the major California roadway. The cause of the bus accident is still being evaluated by authorities, and no charges have yet been filed.

Uber releases its fleet of Jump e-scooters in Santa Monica

As part of Santa Monica's e-scooter pilot program, Uber has recently launched its fleet of e-scooters, which look exactly like their bike program. Jump, the Uber owned Shared Bike and Scooter Company, has a fleet of 500 e-bikes and 250 e-scooters available for rent through the Uber app. The pricing for Jump's scooters is comparable to that of Bird and Lime at $1 to unlock the device and 15 cents per minute to ride. Eventually, Lime scooters will also be rentable through the Uber App although this may take some time before that deal finalizes. In wake of recent laws passed in Los Angeles to regulate e-scooters, it seems the next move for Jump will be to initiate operations in Los Angeles neighborhoods as soon as possible.

1 dead after motor vehicle accident in California

A serious crash has claimed the life of one man and sent a woman to the hospital, according to officers on the scene. The California Highway Patrol is still in the process of piecing together what caused the fatal motor vehicle accident on the afternoon of Oct. 11. It is not clear at this time whether charges have been filed, but police are still not ruling out drugs or alcohol as possible factors in the crash.

California woman arrested in hit-and-run investigation

A woman believed to have caused the death of a 14-year-old girl is up on charges, according to local sources. The California Highway Patrol has reported the 55-year-old woman from San Bernadino has been accused as being the culprit in a hit-and-run accident that claimed the teenager's life back in September. So far, no court date has been announced, and it is unclear whether the woman remains in police custody at this time.

2 dead in motor vehicle accident in California

The 14 Freeway was the site of tragedy on the early morning of Sept. 29 after a serious collision killed two people, according to authorities. The California Highway Patrol has confirmed the death of two women in their 60s following a motor vehicle accident involving a construction vehicle. Police have not yet determined the cause of the crash, but they believe speed may have been a contributing factor.

Lake Forest Hit and Run Ends in Fatality

Late Monday night, September 24, Oscar Martinez was struck in a hit and run accident in Lake Forest. Due to the lack of evidence left behind following the accident, local authorities are struggling to determine how the accident occurred. The Martinez family has placed candles and flowers near the location of the accident on Ridge Route Drive. Anyone who may have information about the accident is encouraged to call the Orange County sheriff's department anonymously or otherwise.

Scooter Hit and Run on Glendale Boulevard

On September 5th, Edras Velasquez was struck while riding an electrically powered motor scooter on Glendale Boulevard near Waverly Drive in Silver Lake. Velasquez was left critically injured following the accident as the silver BMW fled the scene. Surveillance footage indicated there was a female passenger with the driver in the vehicle suspected of hit and run. After the initial collision, the driver put the vehicle in reverse in attempt to remove the stuck electric scooter. Velasquez was transported to a local hospital for life saving treatment. Currently, Velasquez is in a coma.

Autonomous Driving Meets the Railways of Germany

In Potsdam Germany, Siemens is putting there autonomous driving technology on German roadways, but with one major limitation. The self-driving technology will operate on railcars, thereby significantly limiting the number of options the algorithm must sort through. By reducing the complexity of the decision making, Siemens looks to improve its driverless technology through the trial period. Siemens would like their railcars to behave more human, i.e. slow down cautiously when a potential collision is ahead instead of slamming on the breaks. While the difference between these two actions may seem insignificant, the difference is noticeable in its effect on the transit system schedule. While many are excited by the prospects of bringing more effective autonomous driving to consumer vehicles, the Federal Railroad Administration wants to see some these technologies implemented in the United States. 

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