thousands of people are being evacuated from five tower blocks in north london, so that urgent fire safety work can be carried out. the buildings in camden have the same type of cladding that contributed to a huge blaze last week at grenfell tower. at least 79 people are known to be dead or missing after the blaze. qatar's neighbours have called for the closure of aljazeera as the gulf‘s political crisis escalates. the broadcaster says it's a bid to "silence freedom of expression". the white house says the tension between qatar and other gulf nations is a family issue which should be resolved locally. europe's most senior official has criticised the uk's offer to eu nationals after brexit, claiming it could "worsen the situation" for them. european council president donald tusk said the plan was "below expectations" — and german chancellor angela merkel said there had been "no breakthrough". now on bbc news...click. this week, driving arizona. teaching
rail alternative, the traffic he drives the locals to destruction. it's led some of the big thinkers to suggest radical alternatives. elon musk has started digging a tunnel he envisages a network of car and passenger carrying tubes underneath cities in the future. how boring. meanwhile, back in the almost real world, a more modest way to reduce traffic. it are electric cars are belong a whole apartment block. it creates a closed car share system. vehicles to be booked out by residents only and used for up to three hours at a time. this is not a car you would use to dry to work and back because you would hold it for the day. you would use this car for convenience — popping out to the occasional errand. we believe that a
2—car household can be reduced to one. experts say that every share vehicle takes 11 off the road so we work with developers on communicating that with policymakers at inner—city, to reduce car requirements and parking requirements. they are just starting out and hope to roll out a new areas and then new cities across the us by the end of the year. further into this future, they would like to see shared vehicles being available wherever there are large groups of people. for some, this sort of thing will be an interim stop before we get to fleets of self driving cars, cruising the streets and digging is up cruising the streets and digging is up whenever we want. no one needs to own a car at all. how is that getting on? uber has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. its founder has resigned
after coming under pressure from investors following a flurry of public controversies including complaints of sexual harassment and bullying at the company. this departure comes after the dismissal of 20 staff who have all been fired asa of 20 staff who have all been fired as a result of the scandals plaguing the start—up. while the corporate culture may be in disarray, it is pressing ahead with ambitions tech projects. if you have used a ridesharing app before, you know the drill, one app, one smart phone and a button to push to summon a car. here in arizona, if you push the button there is a good chance that the car will arrive, but it'll a self driving car. the university city of tempe arizona is one of the two locations including pittsburgh indians will be near where uber is
testing a fleet of autonomous vehicles. a host of sensors have been fitted. they become the highs of the car on the road, informing systems that dry the car as well is trying to predict the actions of other road users and pedestrians. all things which humans take for granted but are difficult for machines to achieve. i am taking arrive in a self driving uber. there are two men in the front seat. what are two men in the front seat. what are you doing here? in the drivers seat here i am monitoring what is happening. i'm still technically a driver. this vehicle has to be taught what is going on around it. if in the event that a car does not know how to react, that is where i can take over. so you are the safety driver. i am a safety driver. and
you are the safety laptop operator. from the laptop i can monitor all of the predictions. i can see where the car is going, where it wants to go. this is feedback that goes directly to our engineers. it will help improve the next iteration. so what you hear is the car determining that wa nts to you hear is the car determining that wants to change lanes but other vehicles around us are too close. so it decides against that. 0ver over the course of our ride, the driver does take a draw for a short time. but the majority of the ride is poor, performed autonomously. whom it is not publicise how often the humid drivers take over. it has not been plain sailing. 0ne the humid drivers take over. it has not been plain sailing. one of the autonomous ca rs here not been plain sailing. one of the autonomous cars here in phoenix was involved in an accident. nobody was injured but a self driving car was left on its side. and a pilot testing programme in san francisco
was stopped after an argument with the telephone department of motor vehicles over permits for autonomous ca rs. vehicles over permits for autonomous cars. 0n vehicles over permits for autonomous cars. on top of that, the self driving car company owned by google's parent firm alphabet has accused uber of stealing trade secrets. uber denies using or receiving stolen technology. thankfully, back in arizona, my right continues without incident. a robot car. that is a science fiction movie. i'm a little disappointed because the car is driving itself without any hassles. this is like any normal cab ride. and uber is not alone when it comes to testing self driving. the state of arizona is quite accommodating, allowing self driving cars from many companies on its roads. we are several years away from fully autonomous cars taking to
the highways and, it seems, the road to fully self driving vehicles is still a bumpy one. some american freeways have carpool lanes which you can only use if you are carrying more than one person in the car full of the idea is that those lanes at least are travelling at a decent speed. now they are order planning similar lanes for autonomous vehicles and they are calling mum hyper lanes. —— calling them hyper lanes. self driving cars will be whizzed along at speeds of over 100 miles an hour while. you would use exit stations in your local neighbourhood and once you enter the station, your car will start to dry itself and they will be launched on toa itself and they will be launched on to a hyper lane and after a point the car can to a hyper lane and after a point the carcan dry to a hyper lane and after a point the car can dry itself and you can sit back and continue sipping your coffee and checking of phones. hyper lane plans to use existing highways to create these hyper lanes.
customers will pay surge pricing to ease congestion and arrive as quickly as possible. also plans to use the service for parcel delivery and autonomous buses. however, to put even a test version of this in place it will cost $12 million per mile. so for the time being, it looks like autonomous cars will be stuck in traffic with the rest of us. it's time for this week's tech news and what a week. google released its first update for three years. the us official for the department of homeland insecurity said that russian security that are —— they said netflix was designed for kids
but come on, that looks like fun. and could we soon be seeing the queen in a geewhiz? probably not. at the queen's speech outlined plans for petrol stations around the uk to go electric. it is part of a government plan to push more electric cars onto the roads. and more news for the uk's roads this week. driverless cars of them given the green light to enter trials later this year. a collaboration between jaguar, ford later this year. a collaboration betweenjaguar, ford has been showing off autonomous cars to provide real—time traffic information. and what if you could tackle a mario level out and about. super mario brothers level has been created through a hollow lens in a new york park. unfortunately, it is not yet available to the general consumer. the abundance of everything here in the us is evident
and it is thanks in no small part to having one of the best educated and most skilled workforces in the world. it is from right here that the education was born, the x prize. it into the finalists have been announced in london this week and dan simmons will take a look at some of them in a minute but first it's how travels to tanzania to see what is in store for those offering something new to the next generation. travelling a long way from any town or city, to visit some of the 200 children in this village in northern tanzania. we are booting up a tablet, the first one. the interesting thing here is that most of these children, all of them, in
fa ct, of these children, all of them, in fact, have not seen a tablet before. not only that, a lot of them will would not have gone to school before so the learning process itself is brand—new. the whole programme is in swahili to the local children can understand. i think they will need more tablets. this is one of about 150 villages in tanzania chosen as a testbed for the global learning x prize. within a few months, 4000 ta blets prize. within a few months, 4000 tablets will be given out, designed to teach seven to 11 years old to read, write and do maths over the next year. the most effective app will wind $10 million. the prize here, however, will be much more valuable. 0lder here, however, will be much more valuable. older children can walk or two quattro hours to get to and from school. for younger children, that is simply too far. she has been
lucky. she is one of those chosen to ta ke lucky. she is one of those chosen to take part in the x prize challenge. at the start, she has not seen a ta blet at the start, she has not seen a tablet before so she is not used to touching screens and when it comes touching screens and when it comes to reading, she only knows one or two words in a sentence. butjohn sings the tablet will help eventually to read fluently. back in the capital, the world food programme is testing solar panel stations that will monitor the progress of each child when a recharge. that way, if a tablet breaks, the youngster can get a new one without having to start lessons from the beginning again. in london this week, 11 semifinalists are seven different countries were chosen from the nearly 200 teams that entered. they will refine the softwa re that entered. they will refine the software before the final five chosen to go to tanzania to speak in the year—long project with the children. there are about 60 to 100
million children with no access to a school. and then there are 250 million who go to school and to leave without ever having learnt to read or write. these are children in botswa na read or write. these are children in botswana in brighton, in boston, it does not matter. kids go to school all over the world and they go, they don't learn. why is that? that is the question we are trying to address. in our greatest desire, every single child on the earth will have access to world—class education in palm of their hand. every single child has the potentialfulfilled. that is the dream. it is not far—fetched, it is possible. that is the dream. it is not far-fetched, it is possible. we hope to be back next year to see how the teams get along. but for now it is time to say goodbye. we have brought some biscuits to say thank you and suddenly be the difficulties faced
will become clear. there are only 20 or so tablets for each village. to prevent jealousy, the tablets or so tablets for each village. to preventjealousy, the tablets will be locked wordly run education programmes to were doing assessment of the social and emotional feedback of the social and emotional feedback of such learning because we expect to get some criticism. we engage with psychologists and anthropologist, educationalists, to try to understand what to the child. if it's an ethical option? because children at school are socialised. it is learning much more thanjust simple education. it is learning to be part of a group will stop now they all have tablets. nobody is talking to anybody. this is my first
time to see people learning by using ta blets. time to see people learning by using tablets. it is my first time. so the sena said. there are about six or seven children around each tablet and we have seen more. the education department from tanzania is here as well looking at this project. so there is a lot at stake. notjust $10 million, it could be the answer to the whole country's education problems and even the whole of africaposmac virtual reality is no longer in its infancy. at this festival in sheffield, developers are trying new ways to get our attention. i could see the eyes to make world through the eyes of a baby. —— i could see
the eyes of a baby. —— i could see the world through the eyes of a baby. the trend now is easy moving towards how far we can go with the medium to make the virtual world feel realistic. in my shoes and secrete a sense of intimacy. i have been to some amazing places in virtual reality. i have even had some workouts in virtual reality. —— in my shoes tries to create. but now, this is trying to create emotional engagement. this 0liver, who is go to take part. we are going to pretend to be strangers, which is not true. we have met a couple of times. then we are going to pretend we are in a long—term relationship. things are moving fast. and then going to be on a tinder date. says a link. again he is thinking. -- said something. -- i can hear what he is
thinking. i am a man on a day with a lady. the situation feels intense. —— say. lady. the situation feels intense. -- say. no, that in order mean. you can meet people online and they can turn out to be murderers. 0h can meet people online and they can turn out to be murderers. oh no, get me out of here. she is touching me... yes, he likes that. this date is terrible. why are we holding hands? goodness, no, this is going really badly. 0h, crikey. it was good fun, the experience, and i can see that it is possible to engage you in an emotional way, and i think the fact that i could feel that uncomfortable was the fact that i could feel that u nco mforta ble was really the fact that i could feel that uncomfortable was really quite something. i wanted to get up and leave the day when it got awkward, and when you try to hold my hand, we
we re and when you try to hold my hand, we were acting, i was just like, and when you try to hold my hand, we were acting, i wasjust like, no, and when you try to hold my hand, we were acting, iwasjust like, no, no getting out of you. meanwhile, here is something else just up the censors. “— is something else just up the censors. —— get me out of here. is something else just up the censors. -- get me out of here. with your help to share our story, we can finally have the land is recognised as ours. “— finally have the land is recognised as ours. —— lands. finally have the land is recognised as ours. -- lands. commissioned by greenpeace, manaruku is the story of the indigenous people of the amazon ra i nfo rest. the indigenous people of the amazon rainforest. and to make it seem real, humidifiers are heaters, and fans, and scents are at hand. 0k, that really is not only forest. that was really good. then why the cherries vibrating. i do know what that means. we have been working
with the mandaru ku that means. we have been working with the mandaruku to protect their land, when they are facing huge threats from mining, hydraulic exams, and logging. we wanted to emphasise the sense of presence that you get in virtual reality. it is difficult when you can just see something to feel you are there. we wa nted something to feel you are there. we wanted to make it as vivid and immersive as possible. elsewhere, companies are working on the next generation of 3—d sound for voter reality. this company is the producer of audio technology that is used in smart phones worldwide. i could hear things going for a speaker here or is bigger there, but now this had tracking device means that if i am wearing a headset, when i tell me had backwards or around, if there was a sound overhead, say, it should sound like it is coming from up there. i could not test that
element, but long—term, that is certainly the plan that best softwa re certainly the plan that best software hopes to achieve. —— that this software. the kit is still pretty bulky, so you are unlikely to forget that you're wearing it. although maybe some sort of reminder reality is still a good thing. that was lara, and now time for some fun and games with these two clowns. not being rude, they are actually trained circus clowns. but they're also the bosses of a company called two bit circus, and they want to build an enormous high—tech fun house in downtown los angeles. protect that ball. so we are building what we call a micro amusement park. it's a 50,000 square feet entertainment complex dedicated to the future of fun. the future of fun!
that's a catchphrase. well, you know, here's the thing. there is this period of time when kit comes out of the lab, before it's ready for the home, that it's perfect for out—of—home. you know, you can do some vr in your home right now, but it is so much cooler if it's social like this and has environmental effects and all sorts. motion platforms, your friends can play with you. brent and eric have been making high—tech games and showpieces for corporate events for a few years. their planned amusement complex will be a permanent home to some of their greatest hits. along with new experimental experiential oddities being developed by their team of computer scientists, roboticists and engineers. we've got machines that can cut metal and cut wood, we can prototype our circuit boards here, we have people writing software. and the beautiful thing about this
place is that at the end of almost every day, there is something new to play with. it is maximum fun. the philosophy here seems to be tinker first, think later. i don't actually know the point of this game. neither does anyone else here. this is the ultimate play space and a great coming together of people with many different skills. we are drawing on multiple industries. so we have a lot of people from the games industry here. so all of the development that's gone into sophisticated 3—d game engines like unity and unreal, we can put that to work building immersive environments. my background and the background of some others here is in robotics and sensors. and we bring, we come with a completely different toolkit. but the combination of those two things makes programming around
here really exciting. but there is still one big build remaining. we are standing right in the middle of our micro amusement park. most of it is going to be a big open space. the kitchen will be in that corner. a100 seat interactive supper club is going to be over there. with $15 million backing from companies including intel and japanese ventures, brent hopes that this 50,000 square feet space in downtown la will become the first of many two bit circuses around the world. you are opening in... february? early, early 2018. ok, i think you've got a bit of work to do. we've got some work to do, it's a little empty, you can see, it will be a lot more fun when we are done. but, yeah, from the moment we break ground to the moment we are ready to open, its four, five months. well, if they can pull it off this is going to be an incredible space and a perfect excuse for us to come back here in january to see how they got on.
ok, that's it for this week, follow us on twitter and facebook for loads more stuff throughout this and every week. let's see what the weather's got in store for this weekend and it is looking a little mixed, not a completely dry one scobbie some showers around at sunshine too. it is going to be windy in northern parts of the uk, particularly scotland, and here it will feel fairly cool. this cooler weather's been rolling off the atlantic for the last couple of days. some beautiful pictures coming in, here's one from scotland. that heatwave we had in the south is now a distant memory. this is what the weather map
looks like right now, there is a weather front crossing the country giving us a fair bit of cloud out there, some spots of rain too. to the south of the weather front it's actually a warm night, so temperatures by the end of the night will be hovering around 16 or 17 in places. to the north of the weather front, it will be a lot fresher, for example in scotland it could be down to single figures just outside of town. starting with scotland at 9am, a mixed bag, quite windy, especially in the north, winds freshening during the day, showers as well. further south across the country, also a little mixed. you can see in places there is a bit of brightness and a few spots of rain and none of this rain will be heavy, just thicker cloud and fleeting dribs and drabs of rain and that's pretty much it, but not cold. first thing in the morning you'll see around 17 or 18. what about glastonbury?
not looking soggy, there might be some dampness around, a little bit of light rain but actually most of the day it should be relatively bright, most the time overcast but bright, with temperatures just around 20 degrees or so. then in the afternoon they'll be a little bit of rain especially across the valleys into north—western england, but blustery showers across scotland. winds could be up to gale force here and the best of the weather on saturday will be across eastern and south—eastern areas and hear temperatures in the sunshine if it comes out for any lengthy period of time could be 23. how are we doing compared to the rest of europe? it has cooled off in paris, temperatures down to 26, it's been well in the 30s as well, the real heat is just across the mediterranean, where it should be at this time of year. back to the uk, saturday night into sunday, low pressure still close to the uk. a lot of isobars here so a windy day in scotland, again up to gale force wind very blustery through the lowlands especially in the morning, the winds will be buffeting those trees. to the south of that also breezy but actually in the afternoon after a cloud—ish morning, the afternoon is looking a lot brighter with temperatures of 23
in london and a cool 16 in glasgow. have a good weekend. clement welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe — i'm gavin grey. our top stories: 4000 residents from five london tower blocks are evacuated over safety concerns following last week's devastating grenfell tower fire. i have a daughter, wife, a cat and i don't know where we will go or what we will do. i've also got a job that needs to be done. qatar's neighbours call for the closure of aljazeera... as the gulf's political crisis escalates. the broadcaster says it's a bid to "silence freedom of expression". european leaders criticise the uk's offer to eu nationals after brexit —