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Single Pilot Operations for Air Cargo a Test for Autonomous Flying

Aerospace and innovation have gone hand-in-hand since the days of Orville and Wilbur Wright. Airplanes were once simple metal tubes powered by propellers. Long-haul flying meant four engines and at least three pilots on the flight deck at all times. …

Why Nice People Finish Last When It Comes to Money

Nice people may be at greater risk of bankruptcy and other financial hardships compared with their less agreeable peers, not because they are more cooperative, but because they don’t value money as much, according to research published by the American …

London Market Insurers’ Profits Remain Under Pressure with Excess Capacity: Fitch

The profitability of London market and Lloyd’s insurers is expected to remain under pressure in 2018, despite the fact that rates improved slightly following the catastrophe losses in the second quarter of 2017, according to Fitch Ratings in a new …

Efficiency, Insurtech, Auto Uncertainty Drive Insurance M&A Activity, Says S&P

After one of the most active years for mergers and acquisitions in property/casualty and life insurance, market conditions point to a continued push for deals, according to analysis by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Through the first nine months of 2018, …

Update: Tropical Cyclone Luban in Arabian Sea Could Threaten Oman, Yemen

Tropical Cyclone Luban has strengthened in the Arabian Sea to the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane, according to Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Weather Underground, quoting the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. The tropical cyclone is expected to weaken to a …

It’s Not Easy to Teach Robot Drivers to Think Like Humans

Robot cars make for annoying drivers. Relative to human motorists, the driverless vehicles now undergoing testing on public roads are overly cautious, maddeningly slow, and prone to abrupt halts or bizarre paralysis caused by bikers, joggers, crosswalks or anything else …

Insurance Industry in Best Position to Advance Consumer Trust in Automated Driving

While the race to automated vehicles picks up speed, a new survey reveals consumer are skeptical of the technology and the safety claims of its advocates, a new survey finds. Also, the insurance industry may be in the best position …

Crowdsourcing App Promises Real-Time Alerts on Flooding Risk

When flood waters rise, more data helps better predict and monitor changing conditions. Soon there will be an app for that. The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a Smart and Connected Communities $1.5 million grant to a team of computer …

#MeToo Brings Positive Changes and Unintended Consequences to Workplaces

Has the workplace changed in the year since New York Times reported the first allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein? At the very least, many powerful men have altered their behavior, according to a new survey from the Society for …

Report: California Self-Insured Workers’ Comp Claim Frequency Rose Last Year

Workers’ compensation claim frequency reported by California’s private self-insured employers rose last year, the first increase in a decade, according to the California Workers’ Compensation Institute. The CWCI issued a report on Monday that shows the incidence of both indemnity …