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Wait untill some hacker puts a UHF tone on the radio that you can't hear and puts your UBER self driving Tesla in debug mode and activates the new federal standard auto mobile Hallon system to purge the cars interior.
 

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Step Aside Uber And Tesla: Waymo Will Launch The World's First "Self-Driving Transportation Service" This Year

by Tyler Durden
Sat, 06/02/2018 - 17:00


In the race for autonomous driving and "autonomous driving as a service," Google's Waymo is lapping its competitors including Uber and Tesla.
According to media reports, Waymo is going to be launching 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica minivans, which it will be adding to its fleet in anticipation of launching its self driving transportation service as soon as this year. These minivans will be equipped with the company's autonomous driving software, which puts Waymo ahead of companies like Uber and Tesla, both of which are also working on pushing into the new, burgeoning self-driving industry.





The push to launch these vans comes as a result of a partnership with Chrysler and as the company looks to create an autonomous ride sharing program that can be hailed with an app. The Daily Mail reports:

Google-owned Waymo is adding as many as 62,000 Fiat Chrysler minivans to its autonomous fleet in an expanded collaboration announced by the companies on Thursday. Delivery of the Chrysler Pacifica minivans was expected to begin later this year, with the automaker also exploring the potential to build Waymo technology into a self-driving car it might add to its model line-up for consumers.
'FCA is committed to bringing self-driving technology to our customers in a manner that is safe, efficient and realistic,' chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne said. 'Strategic partnerships, such as the one we have with Waymo, will help to drive innovative technology to the forefront.'​

The article then notes that Waymo will likely be the first company, before Uber and Tesla, to launch the first truly self-driving vehicle later this year, and that Uber and Waymo could eventually wind up working together to get Waymo's software into Uber vehicles:

Waymo plans to launch the 'world's first self-driving transportation service' this year, with people able to summon rides from driverless vehicles using a smartphone application. The announcement came a day after Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi reportedly said at a Code technology conference that the company is speaking with Waymo about putting its cars to work at the smartphone-summoned ride service.​
Uber early this year negotiated a settlement with Waymo over trade secrets purportedly purloined from the self-driving unit of Google-parent Alphabet. Uber suspended its own autonomous car testing in April after an accident that killed a woman pushing a bicycle in a street in Arizona.​
Waymo CEO John Krafcik has publicly contended that the fatal accident involving a self-driving Uber car would not have occurred with his company's technology.​

In addition to Waymo working on its partnership with Chrysler, the company is also collaborating with Jaguar Land Rover, which is said to be toying with the idea of launching a higher-end, self-driving electric car service (just in case not everyone wants to be seen being ushered around in a Chrysler Pacifica):

Fiat and Waymo first announced a self-driving car partnership two years ago, and said that engineers from their companies have been working together since then. Fiat has delivered 600 Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo so far, the companies said. Earlier this year the companies said 'thousands' more would be added.​

Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover in March announced they have joined forces on a posh, self-driving electric car tailored for a ride-hailing service run by the Google-owned firm.​
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Waymo and Jaguar said they aim to develop a 'premium self-driving electric vehicle' based on a new I-PACE model.​



The news about Waymo's surprising progress comes in the wake of recent disturbing headlines from Tesla and Uber regarding their cars‘ self driving capabilities. Tesla has been dealing with the media fallout from several deadly accidents linked to the the "autopilot", while Uber has reportedly suspended its self-driving tests after a woman was killed in Arizona some months back after being stuck by an autonomous vehicle.

Waymo has so far been luciky to sidestep any bad press and has been silently executing on this partnership and pushing its software forward.

Meanwhile, the great race to be the first to roll out a truly self-driving vehicles is only accelerating, and just yesterday SoftBank announced that it would make a $2.25 billion investment into General Motors' autonomous driving technology. On Thursday morning, tech-investing giant SoftBank Vision Fund announced it would invest $2.25 billion in General Motors Co.’s driverless-car unit valuing it at $11.5 billion, creating a new player in the ongoing fierce battle between tech companies and startups to become the first to commercialize autonomous vehicles.

The deal will provide not only a major financial backer - a la what Uber tried to do with Warren Buffett and failed - but will also "afford GM increased flexibility with respect to capital allocation" as it plows more money into developing a network of autonomous ride-share vehicles, targeted for sometime next year, GM said.



Opening the Cruise subsidiary to SoftBank’s giant fund allows it to access capital that investors have been reluctant to grant the 110-year-old auto maker. GM will retain an 80.4% stake in GM Cruise and invest $1.1 billion in the business.

During a press conference Thursday morning, GM Chief Executive Mary Barra called it a “landmark” investment that gives GM Cruise the capital it needs to get its driverless-car business to market.

With the Softbank investment and the news that Waymo is working with Chrysler and could be working with both Uber and Jaguar, there is no doubt that the race for full autonomous has now officially been put into high gear.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018...a-waymo-will-launch-worlds-first-self-driving
 

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Charred aftermath of Tesla crash scene is released as investigators reveal the autopilot car SPED up seconds before crashing into a barrier killing an Apple engineer

  • Preliminary report also found Tesla didn't brake or try to steer around barrier
  • The accident on U.S. 101 in Silicon Valley killed the driver, Walter Huang, 38
  • Full investigation into causes of the crash is expected to take at least a year
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Are Truck Drivers a Dying Breed? New Big Rig Self-Driving Tech Revealed (Sponsored)
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From the I shit you not file...………..

Driverless vehicles have serious health and safety benefits but the public needs to learn to trust them, psychology expert claims

  • Driverless cars have many benefits but research suggests the public is sceptical
  • Very few people appeared to be aware of the substantial social benefits
  • Professor Simone Pettigrew from the School of Psychology at Curtin University has revealed the extent of the public's mistrust for driverless technology
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Elon Musk reveals Tesla's Model 3 can now park itself after 'Summon' software update

  • The self-parking feature was already available in the Model S and Model X
  • Tesla owners push a button on a remote to have their car park itself
  • Called Summon, it also allows the vehicles to open and close garage doors
  • Tesla regularly beams over-the-air software updates to its electric vehicles
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I wouldn't ride in a Fiat Pacifica minivan with a driver, never mind without one.
Think about it, a Fiat with the brains of a google web search? What could go wrong?
 

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PCMag Takes a Ride on a Self-Driving Shuttle
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The COAST autonomous shuttle is a low-speed self-driving vehicle the company hopes to deploy in cities, college campuses, and theme parks. PCMag hopped on for a demo in New York City.
 

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Waymo self-driving cars to ferry Walmart shoppers to and from stores in Arizona trial

  • Later this week, Walmart and Waymo will launch a test pilot
  • Gives early riders savings on groceries each week when they are ordered online
  • While orders are being prepared at the store, Waymo vehicles will transport the rider to and from Walmart to collect their groceries
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Apple will launch a self driving car between 2023 and 2025 and it will overtake the iPhone as the firm's 'star product,' analyst predicts

  • Longtime Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities has issued a new report that predicts Apple could launch an Apple Car between 2023 and 2025
  • He believes Apple's expertise in AR and services will make it a leader in the area
  • Few details have been made public about Apple's ambitions in the auto market
  • Separately, Kuo also predicted that Apple could release AR glasses by 2020
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Kroger launches groundbreaking self-driving grocery delivery service in Arizona

  • Kroger is partnering with self-driving car startup Nuro to test its driverless grocery delivery vehicles at a Scottsdale, Arizona Fry's Food Store
  • Customers can order same- or next-day delivery via Kroger's web or mobile app
  • Each car has a safety driver behind the wheel that can override in emergencies
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Volvo releases fully autonomous 360c concept car that transforms into a bed, office and robo-taxi
Volvo's transforming robo-taxi: Firm unveils fully autonomous 360c concept car that turns into a BED and an office

  • Volvo on Wednesday revealed its new autonomous concept car, called the 360c
  • The sedan requires no human driver and re-envisions in the interior so that it can be used as a living room, bedroom or work space with full mobile connectivity
  • Volvo didn't note the car's pricing or specs, but said it may be ready by 2021
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Renault's futuristic EZ-PRO is an all-electric vehicle with customisable pods that can serve as an office workspace, coffee truck or a delivery van

  • Concept design unveiled by automaker Renault gives a glimpse at the autonomous delivery vans of the future
  • The vehicles can either follow one another by 'platooning' in a chain, or find their own path independently
  • The leader pod hosts a human concierge who supervises the delivery of all goods and services
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Google's Waymo admits its self-driving car crashed after its human driver dozed off at the wheel and accidentally turned off its self driving mode

  • One of Waymo's self-driving cars crashed into a median after its driver fell asleep
  • Crash occurred in June on a freeway outside of Waymo's Mountain View offices
  • Waymo said the car's bumper and tires were damaged, but driver was unharmed
  • It comes after an Uber self-driving car struck and killed a pedestrian in March
  • Waymo CEO John Krafcik had said the Uber crash wouldn't have occurred with his company's technology, noting the cars had clocked more than 4.9M miles
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Want the best self driving car out there? DON'T buy a Tesla, Consumer Reports says as Cadillac beats Elon Musk's car in first test of semi autonomous systems

  • CR published first ranking of partially automated driving systems
  • Cadillac's Super Cruise was top-rated, above Tesla's Autopilot
  • Testers said it 'does the best job of balancing high-tech capabilities with ensuring that the car is operated safely and that the driver is paying attention'
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Trump Administration will rewrite safety rules to permit fully driverless cars on roads that could see the steering wheel and brake pedals REMOVED

  • The U.S. Transportation Department's has updated self-driving vehicle development guidelines
  • Safety advocates say the approach means the government will continue to rely on industry to police itself
  • Companies are investing billions of dollars into self-driving research and development
  • The new guidelines are voluntary, rather than being regulations, which 'could stifle innovation'
  • Steering wheels could be removed - something General Motors has requested
  • Safety advocates relaxing of guidelines is unsafe as a number of self-driving cars have been involved in 'multiple crashes resulting in at least three fatalities.'
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Autonomous Vehicles And The Rise Of Mobile Sex Workers


by Tyler Durden
Tue, 11/13/2018 - 23:25


Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) have the potential to revolutionize the way people live, work and travel across cities... oh, and have sex, according to a new study from the Annals of Tourism Research titled: “Autonomous vehicles and the future of urban tourism.”



Co-authors Scott Cohen, a tourism professor at the University of Surrey, and Debbie Hopkins, a transportation instructor at the University of Oxford, discovered that CAVs have the potential to reshape the night-time visitor economy.

It’s only a natural conclusion that sex in autonomous vehicles will become a phenomenon,” Cohen told The Washington Post, citing convenience and the interior redesigns of CAV automobiles.



Hopkins & Schwanen said mass market penetration and growth in public acceptance of CAVs could be as early as 2025, first in parts of Asia, Europe, and the US, and are forecasted by some to be the primary means of transportation globally by 2040.

The academics searched over 150 studies on the future of automobiles and attempted to envision the technology’s impact on the night-time visitor economy: How could CAVs transform the sex industry?



Silicon Valley transportation analyst forecast that the economy is less than a decade away from the series production of driverless cars - some futurists predict that traditional taxis will be obsolete.

With no driver costs, auto and tech companies could reinvest more into the customer experience. Interiors may become more spacious with bedding and or a massage chair, analysts said.



Enter “hotels-by-the-hour” on wheels, Cohen said, "a fleet of rolling love making bedrooms." Tourists could summon the autonomous vehicle with a prostitute of their choice via the app on a basic smartphone.

“It is just a small leap to imagine Amsterdam’s Red Light District ‘on the move,’ ” Cohen and Hopkins wrote. Sex, they noted, “plays a central role in many tourism experiences. ”​
Given the potentially short timeline until CAVs enter the mass market, mobile prostitution could disrupt the entire underground economy by the mid-2020s: "While [driverless cars] will likely be monitored to deter passengers having sex or using drugs in them,” the authors warned, “such surveillance may be rapidly overcome, disabled or removed."

Cohen said law enforcement agencies should prepare for such looming threats, indicating that CAVs could provide cover for black market participants.

Missy Cummings, a mechanical engineering professor at Duke University, told The Washington Post that major tech firms and automakers across the world are currently developing and testing autonomous vehicles.

Back in March, one of Uber's test cars killed a pedestrian. It was later learned Uber employees had disabled the automatic-braking features so the vehicle would not slow erratically during testing, The Washington Post said.

Kate Devlin, the author of “Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots,” said a fully tinted driverless vehicle cannot hide everything.

“Self-driving cars track a lot of data,” she said.​
Devlin warned that autonomous vehicles would be collecting data on the occupants inside. Unlike a hotel room, they will have artificial intelligence monitoring cameras, microphones, and sensors. This means implications for sex workers are even more complicated:

“Would this be good in terms of sex workers’ security in that it could provide location information for safety,” Devlin said, “or could such data be used against sex workers where such work is criminalized?”​
Sex on wheels could be coming to a city near you by 2025. It would not shock us if silicone robots replace human sex workers by that time.

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'Drunk' Tesla driver, 45, arrested for 'falling asleep behind the wheel while his car was on autopilot mode' driving down the highway at 70mph

  • California man Alexander Samek, 45, was arrested Friday morning at 3.37am
  • He was found passed out behind the wheel of his Tesla Model S car by officers
  • His car is believed to have been on autopilot mode going down Highway 101 at 70mph while the driver was asleep
  • California Highway Patrol officers had to drive in front of his car to slow it down
  • He allegedly failed a field sobriety test and was arrested
  • Officers suspect that his car was on autopilot mode, investigation to take place
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'We shouldn't be hitting things every 15,000 miles': Uber employee warned firm of self-driving safety risks five days before autonomous car struck and killed a pedestrian

  • A new report claims an employee warned Uber of its self-driving car safety risks
  • Robbie Miller, a testing-operations manager, emailed Uber executives just five days before an autonomous car struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona
  • In it, he claimed Uber's self-driving cars were routinely involved in accidents
  • In the email, Miller says 'poor behavior of the operator' was usually the cause
  • During fatal accident backup driver was watching The Voice on her phone
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Damning report reveals the 'deadly recklessness' of companies racing to put self-driving cars on public roads, after leaked email shows Uber was warned of safety risks just DAYS before one of its vehicles killed a pedestrian

  • Uber, Google and Tesla have all exhibited elements of 'recklessness' in their development of self-driving cars, as shown by recent accidents and crashes
  • Experts say tech giants involved need to be held accountable for the safety risks
  • Comes as Uber resumed testing self-driving cars following fatal crash in March
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Hackers Use Little Stickers To Trick Tesla Autopilot Into The Wrong Lane

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Elite hackers from China have found a way to trick a Tesla Model S into going into the wrong lane by strategically placing some simple stickers on the road.

Keen Labs, widely regarded as one of the most technically ingenious cybersecurity research groups in the world, developed two kinds of attack to mess with the Tesla autopilot’s lane-recognition tech.

First, the researchers sought to make alterations to lane markings, first by adding a large number of patches to the line to make it appear blurred. It worked, but as the patches looked much too conspicuous, the Keen hackers decided that it’d be too difficult to carry out in the real world.

So the researchers tried to create a “fake lane.” They discovered that Tesla’s autopilot would detect a lane where there were just three inconspicuous tiny squares strategically placed on the road. When they left small stickers at an intersection, the hackers believed they would trick the Tesla into thinking the patches marked out the continuation of the right lane. On a test track, their theory was proved correct, as the autopilot took the car into the real left lane.

“Our experiments proved that this architecture has security risks and reverse-lane recognition is one of the necessary functions for autonomous driving in non-closed roads,” the Keen Labs wrote in a paper. “In the scene we build, if the vehicle knows that the fake lane is pointing to the reverse lane, it should ignore this fake lane and then it could avoid a traffic accident.”

In other attacks, the Keen crew claimed to have the ability to remotely control the steering wheel and start up the windscreen wipers. In the former, via a complex series of steps that broke through some of the security barriers put up around the onboard network, Keen discovered a way to control the steering wheel with a gamepad, though they were in the vehicle at the time. While that initially sounds serious, the attack didn’t work when a car had been taken manually from reverse to drive mode at any speed above 8 km per hour. However, when in cruise control, the attack worked “without limitations.”

As for the windscreen hack, it’d be tricky, in a real-world scenario, to deploy the specially-crafted image that fooled the Tesla into believing it was raining. But the fake lane would be easy to recreate using cheap materials, Keen Labs said.

Tesla hadn’t responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.

It’s not the first time Keen Labs has exposed potential problems in the safety and security of Tesla's digital systems. Back in 2016, the hackers discovered a way to remotely take control of a Tesla’s brakes.

In March, during the CanSecWest security conference in Canada, prizes totalling more than $900,000 were on offer to anyone who could hack a Tesla. Only one team demonstrated a successful exploit: a hack of the onboard browser that let researchers Richard Zhu and Amat Cama display their own messages on the infotainment system. They walked off with $35,000 and the car. None of the car’s control systems were commandeered, however.

UPDATE: A Tesla spokesperson told Forbes that it had addressed the vulnerabilities regarding remote control of they steering wheel before the Keen researchers had even been in touch. As for the other issues, the spokesperson added: “The rest of the findings are all based on scenarios in which the physical environment around the vehicle is artificially altered to make the automatic windshield wipers or Autopilot system behave differently, which is not a realistic concern given that a driver can easily override Autopilot at any time by using the steering wheel or brakes and should always be prepared to do so, and can manually operate the windshield wiper settings at all times.”

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Autonomous Vehicle Breakthrough Won’t Happen Anytime Soon

By Jon LeSage - Apr 04, 2019, 12:00 PM CDT


Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are expected to become the platform for radical transformation in the automotive sector. Traditional internal combustion engine vehicles will be replaced by electric vehicles used for shared rides and automated functionality, experts say.

The real question becomes: When will it happen? The problem for adoption of AVs in the near future is that consumers don’t buy into it.

Half of U.S. adult survey respondents in a new study by Reuters/Ipsos believe that autonomous vehicles won't be as safe as traditional vehicles. Nearly two-thirds participating in the survey said they would not buy a fully autonomous vehicle.

About 63 percent would not pay more for a self-driving feature on their vehicle. These “connected car” features — such as backup cameras, lane-changing systems, and self-parking capability — are finding interest and adoption among car shoppers.

But nearly two-thirds balk when it comes to paying significantly more for their new car with the added features. Forty-one percent of the remaining survey respondents said they would not pay more than $2,000 — a cost that’s expected to go up even higher when fully autonomous vehicles come to market.

That's bad news for Uber, Lyft, Tesla, Alphabet’s Waymo unit, Apple, and many other companies investing heavily in the technology that is failing to leave the test stage.

Waymo has deployed a small fleet of self-driving vans to provide rides for customers in Arizona, after having put an impressive number of miles on road tests in previous years. General Motors will be testing out self-driving Chevrolet Bolts through its GM Cruise unit, and automated mobility services through its Maven car-sharing unit.

Developers of AV technology have worked hard at building public trust and commercial demand, but that has failed to change direction. Fatal crashes tied to Tesla’s Autopilot option, and a pedestrian who'd been killed last year by an Uber vehicle operating in test mode, have waved red flags over AV safety.

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The new study’s findings are similar to those in a 2018 Reuters/Ipsos poll. Those findings were consistent with survey results released by Pew Research Center, the American Automobile Association and others.

That barrier must be crossed with corporate and government managers who make large vehicle acquisitions for moving people and goods. Fleet operators in trucking, package delivery, shuttle buses, and other sectors, are interested in the cost benefits that may come from AVs of the future — but like consumers, they’re showing concerns over the trustworthiness of the new technology.

Very few of them have seen one of these test vehicles on roads, and even less have taken rides in test AVs. Experts say that suspicion of unknown technology can block acceptance. That has also been the case for sales of electric vehicles, which still face bypassing resistance from most car shoppers


“People are comfortable with things they know,” said investor Chris Thomas, co-founder of Fontinalis Partners and Detroit Mobility Lab. “When everybody understands the game-changing attributes of automated vehicles, how they can give you back all that time to read or work or sleep, they will start to ask about the value of that recaptured time.”

Auto executives such as Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Ford chairman Bill Ford, and General Motors CEO Mary Barra, agree with Silicon Valley tech giants such as Apple and Alphabet that AVs are the wave of the future. But not all of these executives would agree. One of their chief counterparts has voiced concerns over the negative impact of Boeing having to recover from fatal crashes in its 737 airplanes.

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche expressed concerns over acceptance of AVs in aircraft and ground transportation vehicles Tuesday at the Auto Motor and Sport conference in Stuttgart. His concerns over public acceptance of AVs came from two recent crashes of Boeing’s 737 MAX airplanes. Investigators are analyzing whether Boeing’s software-based automated flight control system is to blame.

“What is very important is the psychological dimension. If you look at what is happening with Boeing then you can imagine what happens when such a system has an incident,” Zetsche said.

“Even if autonomous cars are 10 times safer than those driven by humans, it takes one spectacular incident to make it much harder to win widespread acceptance,” he said.

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While Boeing has come to dominate global commercial aircraft sales, along with Europe’s Airbus, the company is seeing huge fallout from the crashes — unlike what’s usually seen after fatal airplane crashes. Major airlines are cancelling orders for the 737, and travelers are opting out of flights.

Lithuanian traveler Skirmantas Strimaitis, who was flying from Vilnius to the northern Italian city of Bergamo for a skiing holiday, found out he was the only passenger onboard the Boeing 737-800. The Novaturas travel agency said that it had chartered the plane to fly a group home from Italy through one-way ticket sales. Strimaitis was the only person who bought a seat on the flight.

Whether Boeing’s automated flight control system is deemed responsible for the fatal crashes or not, public perception of AV technology is being further tarnished.

“If there’s one (airplane) crash a year, it creates huge backlash — and airplanes are far, far safer than cars,” said future vehicle expert Dan Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis.

By Jon LeSage for Oilprice.com

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