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Ford recalls whopping 540k cars over Takata airbags

Ford recalls whopping 540k cars over Takata airbags

Ford has vastly increased the number of vehicles it is recalling over ongoing fears around Takata airbag problems, with more than half a million cars now on the list including Mustangs and the Ford GT. The announcement today sees around 447,310 new vehicles now being summoned back into dealerships for attention, after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requested further replacements of drive-side airbags following continued concerns that the safety tech could injure or even kill when activated.

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Harley Davidson recalls 4,688 FLS Softail motorcycles

Harley Davidson recalls 4,688 FLS Softail motorcycles

Automotive recalls have been extensive this year, and the issues have touched on a variety of systems: brakes, tires, air bags, fuel, and more. A large recall is currently underway over Takata airbags believed to be defective, for example, and GM is still working its way through the massive recalls it has initiated over the past year. Now Harley Davidson has surfaced with its own recall, but the reason is relatively tame in comparison to these other recent auto industry troubles.

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BMW to demo automated multi-car parking tech at CES 2015

BMW to demo automated multi-car parking tech at CES 2015

Wouldn't it be nice.if you could just leave your car at the parking entrance and it will just navigate through the maze and find a nice, cozy, empty spot all by itself? And wouldn't it be even swell if you could "summon" your car when it's time to leave and just wait for it at the exit, again confident in the knowledge that your trusted metallic steed will know how to make its way through? That is exactly the technology that BMW hopes to wow the public at CES 2015 next year.

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Jaguar Land Rover wants to make your car pillars disappear

Jaguar Land Rover wants to make your car pillars disappear

Beautiful as your car's frame might be, some consider them as visual obstructions that keep drivers from getting the full view of their surroundings to help them make safer choices. What if you could make that frame disappear without actually making them disappear? That contradiction is exactly what Jaguar Land Rover is trying to develop with its 360-degree Urban Widescreen, which turns a car's pillars seemingly transparent, without actually changing the material and form of the pillars themselves.

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Study finds ridesharing services safer than taxis

Study finds ridesharing services safer than taxis

Ridesharing services -- Uber in particular -- have taken a lot of flak from taxi companies and critics in general over safety concerns. A new study looked into this matter by comparing the driving quality of drivers representing ridesharing companies with taxi drivers and non-commercial drivers. What they found likely won't be surprising to those who have used both types of commercial transportation: the ridesharing drivers were safer than taxi drivers.

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FAA releases report showing uptick in drone incidents

FAA releases report showing uptick in drone incidents

We've previously heard about incidents where drones have gotten too close to aircraft, but the number of incidents is considerably higher than anticipated, according to data from the FAA. Since the first of June, there have been 25 reported incidents where small drones came within a few feet or few seconds of crashing into aircraft, most of which happened during landings and takeoffs. This comes at a time when the FAA is looking to severely restrict commercial drone usage through various regulations.

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Takata airbag fight escalates as feds set ultimatum

Takata airbag fight escalates as feds set ultimatum

The fall-out from the Takata airbag recall continues to intensify, with US federal safety regulators giving the Japanese company a deadline to take responsibility for the flawed safety tech and agree to a national replacement program. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had told Takata earlier this month that it wanted all cars in the US fitted with the potentially dangerous airbags to be recalled, but the parts firm has held off from complying, likely because of the associated cost and legal liabilities for the millions of vehicles that would impact. Now, the NHTSA is putting its foot down.

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Mazda recalls 100k cars over tire pressure issue

Mazda recalls 100k cars over tire pressure issue

Mazda has recalled nearly 100,000 vehicles over potential issues with the tire pressure sensor, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In affected vehicles, the car may fail to alert when tire pressure has dropped below a certain range under specific conditions, something that could potentially lead to crashes caused by under-inflated tires. The recalled vehicles will be serviced at a related dealership once notices are sent out; the solution involves reprogramming the software that controls the pressure monitoring system.

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Cyclists now have their own glow in the dark road

Cyclists now have their own glow in the dark road

The Netherlands seems to have a fascination with things that glow in the dark. Just after completing the "smart highway", a.k.a. highway N329 in Oss with glow in the dark road paint, designer Daan Roosegaarde is at it again, this time in Nuenen, to shed some light on a bike path during the night. It uses the same technology but applied on a smaller scale and with more styling this time around. The effect is both enchanting and slightly disturbing, which perhaps presents a predicament to cyclists in the area.

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XPUZMAG is the rubik’s cube of door locks

XPUZMAG is the rubik’s cube of door locks

The nature of home security is evolving, and door locks with it. We've seen all varieties of alternative ways to secure your home -- some that drop the "key" component entirely, others that promise better security by rising from the ground. A company is Taiwan has come up with its own design, and it is the Rubik's cube of door locks: the XPUZMAG looks like a shower drain and promises to be incredibly hard to pick, unlike traditional key locks commonly in use in homes and businesses.

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