<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Tech News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/tech http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area https://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usMon, 18 Jun 2018 06:59:07 -0700Mon, 18 Jun 2018 06:59:07 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Chicago Picks Elon Musk Company to Dig Express Tunnel to O'Hare]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:31:08 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/oharetunnel.jpg

After two reports surfaced late Wednesday night, the city of Chicago confirmed that Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announced the selection of Elon Musk's Boring Company to build and operate an express service to O'Hare International Airport.

The company plans to transport passengers between O’Hare and Block 37 in the Loop in approximately 12 minutes each way by using electric vehicles that run through new twin underground tunnels, the city said. The project will be funded entirely by the company with no taxpayer subsidy, according to a press release from the city.

“Bringing Chicago’s economic engines closer together will keep the city on the cutting edge of progress, create thousands of good-paying jobs and strengthen our great city for future generations,” Emanuel said in an emailed statement. “This transformative project will help Chicago write the next chapter in our legacy of innovation and invention.”

The Boring Company said a map of the route would be posted later this summer on its website.

"Loop is a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric skates traveling at 125-150 miles per hour," Boring's website reads. "Electric skates will carry between 8 and 16 passengers, or a single passenger vehicle. "

Skates are built on a modified Tesla Model X chassis and feature a climate-controlled cabin, luggage storage space and Wi-Fi.

Fares for the express tunnel are not finalized but will be less than half the typical price of a taxi or ride-share services, but higher than the Blue line, Boring said.

The city said it will begin one-on-one contract negotiations with a final agreement will be presented to the City Council.

The news was first reported by Bloomberg and the Chicago Tribune.



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<![CDATA[Net Neutrality Repeal Takes Effect, But Fight Continues]]> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 09:23:51 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_18073783915779.jpg

As the repeal of Obama-era net neutrality regulations took effect Monday, advocates for an open internet continue to fight the changes, NBC News reported. They’ve introduced efforts to re-implement similar rules prohibiting internet service providers from throttling internet speeds at the state level and pass a resolution in Congress to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s decision.

The FCC voted on the repeal last December amid widespread controversy. Since then, at least 22 states have filed suit against the commission. But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai continues to defend the new system.

“Our framework will protect consumers and promote better, faster Internet access and more competition,” Pai wrote in an op-ed published on CNET on Sunday

Net neutrality advocates argue that without an explicit ban, internet providers will quietly and slowly replace a level playing field with a web that favors big companies.



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<![CDATA[Twitter CEO Dorsey Gets Backlash For Eating at Chick-fil-A]]> Sun, 10 Jun 2018 21:55:26 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/dorsey-0610.jpg

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey received some harsh backlash Sunday for tweeting about his stop at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Los Angeles.

Dorsey posted a screen shot of his use of the fast food restaurant's mobile app, seemingly boasting about a 10 percent discount he received with his purchase.

Members of the LGBTQ community, the media and other liberals immediately called him out for patronizing the chain, whose CEO Dan Cathy is a known critic of gay marriage.

And the critics weren't so subtle in mentioning Dorsey's flub came during Pride month.

After the backlash, Dorsey expressed regret for eating at Chick-fil-A, responding to Soledad O'Brien by saying, "You're right. Completely forgot about their background."




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<![CDATA[Why One Judge's Decision Could Change the Fate of US Media]]> Sat, 09 Jun 2018 10:31:06 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-474782114.jpg

A senior judge at the U.S. District court for the District of Columbia, Richard Leon will decide on Tuesday whether to approve AT&T's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, NBC News reported.

AT&T's argument for the merger is focused on the looming threat from tech companies that have used the internet to sidestep the traditional media distribution methods of movie studios and cable systems. Media companies are now trying to stockpile the most sought-after content and develop their own internet-based distribution in hopes of attracting enough subscribers to compete with globally established tech companies.

Jonathan Knee, a senior advisor at investment bank Evercore, said the growing power of tech companies has forced media companies to start teaming up out of fear that they'll be left behind.

If Leon sides with the Justice Department, which has challenged the deal by arguing it will be bad for consumers, media companies will have little choice but to take the decision as a signal that the government will block other major media mergers. Just as AT&T and Time Warner are trying to merge, both Disney and Comcast, owner of NBCUniversal, are pursuing 21st Century Fox. T-Mobile and Sprint are also looking to combine.



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<![CDATA[FB to Partner Up With SamTrans to Ease Bay Area Traffic]]> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 17:42:30 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/cars+traffic+pexels.jpg

The San Mateo County Transit District, SamTrans, is working with Facebook to ease the increased traffic in the tech-driven Bay Area.

The agency and social media giant plan on adding bus and pedestrian options to the Dumbarton Bridge, one source of traffic in Menlo Park.

Though traffic has been a constant issue in the Bay Area, it has significantly grown in the last months due to a growing tech industry.

"I’m a reverse commute out of San Jose, but I hit traffic," said Mitchell. "My commute has gone up just in four months of being here."

SamTrans also plans on re-building the Dumbarton Rail Bridge, originally built in 1910, which would act as a shuttle from Newark to Menlo Park.

The task would likely cost about $1 billion, but with the help of Facebook, it’s a big step toward making it happen.

"If this process does result in funding being secured, that speeds things up quite a bit, and if we see that, we might see this getting built in the near future," said Dan Lieberman from SamTrans.

Though Facebook’s partnership would speed things up, there is no timeline as to when this would happen.




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<![CDATA[Facebook Bug Made Private Posts of 14 Million Users Public]]> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:13:03 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Facebook-dev-conf.jpg

A software bug changed the privacy settings of about 14 million Facebook users without their knowledge, causing messages intended for friends or smaller groups to be shared widely with the general public, the company said Thursday.

The company said the bug, which was active from May 18 to May 27, has been fixed. Facebook said it will begin to notify affected users Thursday by posting a notification at the top of their news feeds, CNBC reported.

"We recently found a bug that automatically suggested posting publicly when some people were creating their Facebook posts," chief privacy officer Erin Egan said in a statement. "We'd like to apologize for this mistake."

The issue resulted from Facebook's efforts to allow users to highlight items on their profiles, like photos. The featured items defaulted to public settings, which inadvertently made all posts by the user during the affected time period also default to public.

It's another misstep in Facebook's ongoing data privacy issues, spurred by revelations of a data leak that affecting as many as 87 million users.



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<![CDATA[Amazon Delivery Drones Might be Coming Soon]]> Wed, 06 Jun 2018 18:59:07 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/197*120/amazon19.JPG

Amazon-members might soon get their packages delivered by drones thanks to Amazon Prime Air, a drone-based delivery system the company continues to develop.

"We're really excited to bring this to our customers, of course," said Robert Champagne from Amazon Prime Air. "I really want to stress that it's not about what the operator wants to do with the vehicle, but ensuring that they're going to be safe and efficient in the airspace."

Though the latest Amazon feature is still pending federal approval due to aviation laws, Amazon stopped by Mountain View’s NASA Ames Research Center Wednesday to demonstrate how GPS and other technologies can be used to steer the unmanned aircraft system, UAS, through bad weather and other drones.

"I think it's absolutely integral and essential to tap into Silicon Valley and NASA for the progress of the UAS industry as a whole," said Matt Dunlevy, Skyskopes CEO.

Using locally produced technology and little help from the space program, drones are being lead closer to everyone’s front doors.

"I'm really excited for the future," said Matt Dunlevy, Skyskopes CEO. "It's coming soon."


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<![CDATA[Apple to Unveil iOS 12 at WWDC ]]> Mon, 04 Jun 2018 10:08:32 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_apple0601_1500x845.jpg
Apple will be showing off the company's latest updates today at the Worldwide Developers Conference. iOS 11 brought big changes to the iPhone, and controversy, when Apple admitted to slowing down older models to extend battery life. 
 
Now, the pressure is on for IOS 12. 
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<![CDATA[Scottish Hospital Is Ready to Treat Cryptocurrency Addicts]]> Sun, 03 Jun 2018 02:39:08 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bitcoin-GettyImages-919078630.jpg

A Scottish hospital is ready to begin treating people with cryptocurrency addictions, NBC News reported.

Castle Craig Hospital, a residential rehab center that treats alcohol, drug, behavioral and gambling addictions will now treating crypto-addiction within its gambling program, the center’s website says. The compulsive need to check the price of cryptocurrency or to make trades can turn into an all-consuming addiction, and has the potential to have a disastrous impact on peoples’ finances, while also affecting their lives, the center said in a news release.

Jeremy Gardner, managing partner at Ausum Ventures, who runs the Crypto Castle, a San Francisco residence serving as a hub for blockchain startups and crypto investors, told NBC he sees how a crypto-rehab program could benefit some. 

"The 24/7, ultra-volatile nature of cryptoasset markets compounded with the highly social nature of the crypteconomy provide a rush unlike few other financial markets, and certainly has the potential to be addicting," he said. "I've met too many people who have sacrificed their mental and physical well-being for this pursuit, and I can see how an attempt at taming their passion might be healthy."




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<![CDATA[Facebook Faces Investors, Protesters at Shareholder Meeting]]> Thu, 31 May 2018 19:04:52 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fb_protest_0531_2964506.JPG

Facebook faced investors on Thursday at its annual shareholder meeting after a year of privacy and data scandals.

The company, along with CEO Mark Zuckerberg, were in the hot seat with tough questions inside the meeting and protesters outside.

The mixed bag of reactions at during the meeting included accusations of Zuckerberg acting like Russian President Vladimir Putin to praise for a high stock price. Others also flew a plane overhead to get their message across with a banner that read "You Broke Democracy."

Even with a new study released Thursday saying Facebook is losing some young people to other social networks, the company stock price continued to rise -- almost reaching a new all-time high.

Business and tech reporter Scott Budman has more in his video report above.



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<![CDATA[Misspelling Web Addresses Can Lead to Trouble, Experts Say]]> Thu, 31 May 2018 01:57:00 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/computerGettyImages-860264044.jpg

A simple typo in a web address can lead internet users to look-alike sites capable of installing malware, stealing sensitive personal and financial information or even locking up computers, NBC News reported.

"Typosquatting" occurs when malicious sites are registered under a similar URL to a popular website, which can result in internet users being led to the site rather than receiving an error message, like espn.cm or turbotax.cm. John Breyault, who runs the National Consumers League's Fraud.org, said the scam is "definitely getting worse." His website recently issued a fraud alert about it. 

"You may go to a site that looks totally legitimate, but when you enter your Social Security number, bank account number or passwords, you’re giving scammers access to those websites where they can transfer funds, set up lines of credit or access your email and start using it for phishing attacks," Breyault told NBC News.



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<![CDATA[Reports: Google Won’t Renew Pentagon Contract to Use AI]]> Sat, 02 Jun 2018 11:30:59 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/466915567.jpg

Google won’t renew a contract with the Pentagon that provides the company’s artificially intelligent algorithms to interpret video images and improve the targeting of drone strikes.

That’s according to reports in Gizmodo, Buzzfeed, and The New York Times Friday.

The reports said Google Cloud business head Diane Greene told employees of the decision not to renew the 18-month deal past the end of 2019, when the current contract ends.

Google representatives did not respond to a request for comment.

The so-called Project Maven had riled Google employees, including several who quit and thousands of others who signed a petition asking CEO Sundar Pichai to cancel the project and enact a policy renouncing the use of Google technology in warfare.



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<![CDATA[#CoffeeWhileBlack: Oakland Coffee Shop Talks Retail Racism]]> Tue, 29 May 2018 15:46:44 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/223*120/blackcoffee.JPG

As coffee giant Starbucks closes over 8,000 stores for an anti-bias training stemming from the arrest of two black men in Philadelphia last month at one of its stores, at least one independent coffee shop is saying it’s not enough.

Keba Konte, the founder of Oakland-based Red Bay Coffee, traveled to Philadelphia to hold a discussion on Tuesday about “the state of black coffee" which was streamed live on a 360 cam from the Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia via the Facebook page for Essence, a black culture and lifestyle magazine.

For an hour, six speakers, which included local African-American business owners — one of them wearing a T-shirt that read "Latte Gang" — discussed race, diversity and the challenges of running a black business in modern-day America, and urged coffee drinkers to support small independent, black-owned coffee shops.

“Even before I opened up a brick and mortar business myself, I was very intentional about where I was spending every dollar and the impact of it,” Konte said.

At one point, the group talked about the incident involving #BBQBetty — the Oakland woman who turned into a viral meme for calling the police on a couple of black men grilling along Oakland’s Lake Merritt.

Founded in 2014, Red Bay is a black-owned and women-led coffee company. It also includes formerly incarcerated members of the community.

Konte believes racial bias training by Starbucks is a good first step to starting a conversation about inclusion and diversity in an industry where there’s a dearth of African-American representation. But he doesn’t think it’s enough, calling the chain’s discussion “a necessary but ultimately insufficient racial bias training.”

"Until Starbucks makes some deep structural changes to reverse its legacy of racial bias — which is also built into American society — they'll continue to have incidents," he told Business Insider. "The only way you can reverse corporate culture is by changing the leadership. That has been my experience."

The roundtable kicked off a tour of two other black-owned coffee shops in Philadelphia - Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books and Franny Lou’s Porch.

The goal? “Shining a spotlight on the larger implications of what happened at Starbucks, promoting the importance of inclusive and fair business models as a way to advance racial justice, and encouraging people in Philadelphia and on social media to support black-owned alternatives to Starbucks,” according to a statement on the Red Bay Coffee Shop website.

One local black coffee shop owner told the audience that she tries to make her African-American customers comfortable with “coffee culture.” “They need to know that it’s a place you can just come in and chill,” she said.

Konte wants to seize this moment sparked by the Starbucks controversy and turn it into an opportunity. He says that following the incident in Philadelphia last month, and the #ReplaceStarbucks movement that came after the backlash, his coffee shop reported a jump in sales, similar to a trend seen in black coffee shops nationwide.

“It’s an opportunity to put us in the center of the conversation, which is where we should be, because we are a mission-driven coffee company,” Konte told the SF Chronicle. “This is something I can do something about in my industry.

“It matters giving young black people an opportunity to see themselves in other professions that they might not know, and letting them know that coffee came from Africa. It’s your cultural inheritance,” he added.



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<![CDATA[This is How European Data Privacy Laws Help US Users]]> Tue, 29 May 2018 07:07:57 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2018-05-29+at+9.43.39+AM.png

Strict privacy guidelines designed for European customers is starting to show benefits for users in the United States as well. The General Data Protection Regulation adopted by the European Union was designed to let users take control of their own data, which covers user information release, restriction and deletion. 

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<![CDATA[New Uber Feature Connects You to 911 in an Emergency]]> Tue, 29 May 2018 05:25:21 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/914593316-Uber-App.jpg

Uber unveiled a new security feature Tuesday that allows you to connect directly with a police dispatcher at the tap of a button.

The "call 911" feature in Uber's app also displays your location information, the make and model of the driver's vehicle, and its license plate number, NBC's "Today" show reported.

An Uber pilot program in six cities will go further. The ride-hailing company's "call 911" button will automatically send information about the car's location and driver directly to police.

Cities kicking off the pilot program are: Denver, Charleston, South Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Naples, Florida; and Tri-Cities, Tennessee.



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<![CDATA[FBI Urges Internet Users to Reboot Home Routers]]> Tue, 29 May 2018 04:16:41 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/reboot_router_0528_2926440.JPG

The FBI on Monday went public with a warning, urging people to reboot the internet routers in their homes because Russian hackers have targeted hundreds of thousands of the devices.

The FBI said malware capable of shutting down web traffic and collecting private information can come through internet routers. But it may only take a minute to make sure a router is safe by unplugging the device and waiting at least 30 seconds before plugging it back in. That simple action will reboot the system and disrupt any malware being sent to the router, according to internet security experts.

Experts from Silicon Valley say nearly half a million routers are already under attack. Hackers are using the devices as a way to get into networks and see data. And instead of trying to get into businesses, the hackers are targeting private homes.

The source of the malware program, known as VPNFilter, was traced to the Sofacy Group, also known as A.P.T. 28, Fancy Bear and Pawn Storm, according to a report from Forbes.

It is reportedly the same group that hacked the Democratic National Committee ahead of the 2016 presidential election, the Forbes report said.



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<![CDATA[Electric Scooters Found in San Francisco Bay]]> Mon, 28 May 2018 16:29:36 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/05282018LimeBike_2926078.JPG

It appears someone is throwing electric scooters popping up all over San Francisco into the Bay.

Hardy Chambliss said provided photos and videos to NBC Bay Area showing electric scooters in the Bay -- apparently tossed there by someone and left there by the scooter company.

Chambliss then said he contacted the company through e-mail to report the incidents. The response he received back from LimeBike was a kind of form letter, Chambliss said.

"It was to the effect of 'we heard you and we thank you and we've told our San Francisco operations manager,'" he said.

NBC Bay Area contacted LimeBike on Monday and received a similar response regarding the scooters left in the Bay.

Chambliss said after several days LimeBike did pick up one scooter, but left another in the Bay near Pier 14. Chambliss ended up using a grapling hook and recovered the scooter himself.

Chambliss said he is teaching his boys to protect the Bay by picking up trash.

"I'm just hoping they learn because this is going to happen again," he said. "It's happening all over the world. It shouldn't be unexpected."

The scooters have certainly struck a chord in the city.

Since mid-March, scooter companies, including LimeBike, have been the subject of 1,873 complaints.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports 503 scooters have been impounded -- 208 of them belonging to LimeBike. The scooter companies have racked up $46,000 in fines, most of them yet to paid.

San Francisco has warned the companies they have until June 4 to get permits for their dockless scooters. After that date any scooter without a permit could be impounded along with a $100-a-day fine.



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<![CDATA[How to Update Privacy Settings Across Social Media]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 23:58:11 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/social-mediaGettyImages-957668860.jpg

With strict new European privacy regulation taking effect on Friday, several social media companies are reaching out to users with updated privacy policies, NBC News reported

Customers will have control of their data under the new regulations and companies will be held liable for misuse of data. 

Facebook's "Basic Privacy Setting & Tools" page tells users how to manage all of their privacy settings on the social networking site. On Twitter, users can delete location tags from their Tweets and decide whether to share their data with the company's business partners. 

Meanwhile Instagram has an explainer for users to learn how to set their accounts to private, and to opt out of being suggested to other users. And Google has a portal that gives users a look at how to control which data the company collects from them. 



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<![CDATA[Barack Obama Visits Airbnb Office in San Francisco]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 15:52:41 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BarackObama_MainAdobe.jpg

While the rest of the country was busing talking about North Korea, the NFL and the Warriors on Thursday, Barack Obama was spotted hanging out in San Francisco.

Obama was visiting the offices of Airbnb to meet with the company's CEO Brian Chesky, whom he had named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship in 2015.

Airbnb confirmed the visit in a statement:

"Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky invited President Obama to participate in a discussion at Airbnb headquarters earlier today. President Obama and Brian have a relationship going back to 2015, when Brian was named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship."

At first there were reports of the former president — who just signed a deal with Los Gatos-based Netflix along with former first lady Michelle Obama to produce shows — coming out of the Adobe office in the SoMa, but it turns out he was actually at Airbnb.

Adobe employees tweeted that they saw him at the Airbnb building across the street.

Tamara Aparton, spokesperson for the San Francisco Public Defender's office, posted a photo of him. Obama apparently even said something on the lines of: "get back to work."

Obama apparently also played a round of golf while he was in the city. According to Sacramento Kings senior director of media relations John Jacobs, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive played golf Friday with Obama at the San Francisco Golf Club. Here's a photo Ranadive tweeted Friday morning.


Anybody else catch a glimpse of him? Tweet us at @nbcbayarea and let us know.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include a comment from Airbnb.



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<![CDATA[Echo Device Recorded Family, Sent Audio to Random Contact]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 15:17:12 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/alexa-commands.jpg

An Echo device in the home of a Portland family recorded a conversation, which it then sent to a random person on their contact list, CNBC reported.

A report from Seattle TV network KIRO7 said the family was alerted by a colleague in Seattle who had received the audio file of their conversation.

After confirming the audio file was indeed a recording of their private conversation, the family unplugged all of their Alexa-powered devices, the report said.

In a statement to CNBC, Amazon blamed the incident on Alexa misinterpreting background conversation as a set of commands.

"As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely," the company's statement says.



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<![CDATA[The View From the Top of Salesforce Tower]]> Wed, 23 May 2018 14:53:10 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Quik_2018-05-22_22-58-17_1200x675_1240442435938.jpg

Here's what San Francisco looks like from 1,070 feet. NBC Bay Area was able to tour the top of the new Salesforce Tower when it officially opened on May 22. It was a foggy day but the views were still pretty great.

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<![CDATA[Tesla: Autopilot Was Not Engaged in East Bay Pond Crash]]> Wed, 23 May 2018 21:47:54 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/TeslaCrowCanyonCrash.JPG

Tesla said Wednesday that they have been able to recover enough data to confirm that autopilot was not engaged when a Bay Area driver veered off a road in a Model S, plunged into an East Bay pond and died.

"We have been able to recover enough data from the vehicle to confirm that Autopilot was not engaged at the time of this accident," Tesla said in a statement.

Tesla's autopilot system has come under the spotlight after two deadly crashes, including one in Mountain View this past March.

The most recent crash occurred sometime over the weekend when a 34-year-old man behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S crashed into a pond along Crow Canyon Road between San Ramon and Castro Valley, authorities said Monday morning.

Based on preliminary evidence, the driver — identified as Danville resident Keith Leung — appeared to veer from Crow Canyon Road just south of Bollinger Canyon Road near San Ramon, smash through a fence and crash into the pond, authorities said Monday. 

"The vehicle was severly damaged...This is something again that is very tragic," CHP Officer Daniel Jacowitz said Monday. "The driver really didn't stand a chance in a way on this. It's sad. It really is."

It wasn't immediately known if alcohol or drugs played a role in the wreck, according to Jacowitz. It was also unclear if Leung was speeding in the 35 mph zone. An investigation is ongoing.

Investigators do not know exactly when the solo-vehicle wreck occurred. The owner of the property where the Tesla crashed called at about 7:50 p.m. Sunday and told authorities that his fence was damaged and that a vehicle appeared to hurtle into the pond, according to the CHP.

CHP, the Alameda County Fire Department and a dive team with the Alameda County Sheriff's Department worked together to recover the car, which was found roughly 65 feet from the edge of the pond, Jacowitz said Monday. 

Leung's body and the car were pulled from the water early Monday. Leung was found seated in the driver's seat, Jacowitz said.

Christina Calara, Leung's friend, was having a tough time after learning of his passing.

"It's hard to believe this has happened," she said.

Calara said Leung was a musician.

"He loved music," she said. "It was absolutely his passion."

Alameda County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Ray Kelly said Monday there was still a lot of unknown reasons as to what caused the crash.

Leung's father told NBC Bay Area on Monday his son was always alert when using the autopilot function and usually used it only on the highway.

Tesla on Monday released the following statement:

"We are deeply saddened by this accident, and we are working to establish the facts and offer our full cooperation to local authorities. Tesla has not yet received any data from the car and does not know the facts of what occurred."

Crow Canyon Road near Bollinger Canyon Road was closed as a result of the crash, but it later reopened Monday morning, according to the CHP.

Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call the CHP.




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