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Self-driving demolition derby: Delphi says it was cut off by Google

Self-driving demolition derby: Delphi says it was cut off by Google

Consider this the first call to battle between Silicon Valley's self-driving vehicle titans! Delphi Automotive, best known for their Audi Q5 that became the first automated car to drive coast-to-coast, has that it nearly had a collision with one of Google's self-driving prototypes earlier this week. And it was totally Google's fault! But that's surely not the road rage talking, right? Thankfully there was no accident — it was merely a close call — but it is believed to be the first time two automated vehicles have been in such a situation.

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Autoliv emergency brake exerts 15,000 newtons of force to stop your car

Autoliv emergency brake exerts 15,000 newtons of force to stop your car

Back in the day, the parking brake was known as the emergency brake. I grew up thinking that if you really needed to stop, you cranked that handle up to get the car stopped. After driving for a few years, I realized that locking up the wheels is the best way to lose control of the car, which is why we have anti-lock brakes. The challenge in preventing accidents with other cars and pedestrians is not only to get the brakes activated more quickly, but also to get the brakes themselves to function better.

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California releases data on accidents involving self-driving cars

California releases data on accidents involving self-driving cars

California have given in to pressure and released data on self-driving car accidents that have happened. We've heard reports here and there in recent times, and this data drop largely reflects what we've been hearing. According to the report, which details six accidents involving self-driving cars, in most of these accidents the autonomous vehicles were in a self-driving mode, but the accidents were caused by other (human driven) cars. It doesn't appear there were any injuries of either driver in the incidents, indicating they were all minor.

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Nest Protect 2nd-gen adds Split-Sensor and silencing

Nest Protect 2nd-gen adds Split-Sensor and silencing

Nest Protect has been updated, with a smaller, more effective second-generation version promising more convenience and safety features. The revamped smoke and carbon monoxide alarm now uses a brand new twin-sensor system which Nest claims is both even faster at detection than before, as well as less likely to go off accidentally such as when you're burning the toast.

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Nest updates to protect from smoke and temp extremes

Nest updates to protect from smoke and temp extremes

Nest is pushing out a new software update for its smart learning thermostat, further integrating it with the Nest Protect for handling fires. The new firmware, which is being released today, will automatically control the HVAC system to avoid pushing smoke around the home. Meanwhile, it will also include the ability to warn users if their home is reaching dangerously high, or low, temperatures.

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Land Rover develops tech to warn you and the city about potholes

Land Rover develops tech to warn you and the city about potholes

Land Rover has just unveiled its new technology that aims to not only help drivers avoid hitting potholes in the road, but help get them fixed. Sensors on a vehicle detect when it drives over a pothole, recording it with GPS location data, and then sending it to local road authorities who will hopefully go out and fix them, as well as other vehicles. The system can also recognize broken manhole covers, and other cars receiving the messages can warn their drivers in advance.

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NTSB wants collision avoidance tech to be a standard feature

NTSB wants collision avoidance tech to be a standard feature

Just as buyers don't pay extra for seatbelts, they shouldn't have to pay extra for collision avoidance systems either. This was the line of reasoning presented by the National Transportation Safety Board as it reiterated its position that such features should become standard in any modern car instead of an optional buy-in left at the discretion of consumers. In the NTSB's ideal situation, the US government would mandate all car makers to install such assistive technology, potentially decreasing chances of vehicular accident but also potentially increasing prices.

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Google reports self-driving car accident #12

Google reports self-driving car accident #12

Google has revealed that one of its self-driving cars has been involved in a vehicular accident, though it was not the fault of the autonomous car -- rather, a person-driven vehicle rear ended one of Google's self driving cars while it was stopped at a red light. Concerns about the safety of driverless cars has been around for a long time — far longer than current self-driving car efforts —- and some view incidents like this with a knee-jerk reaction. Still, of the driverless car incidents that have been reported, very few are the fault of the car itself.

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Uber hit with another harassment case in New Delhi

Uber hit with another harassment case in New Delhi

Another sexual harassment case involving Uber has surfaced in New Delhi, where a driver for the ridesharing service has been arrested for allegedly kissing a rider’s hand, then attempting to kiss her on the mouth, at which point she ran away. The driver who has been accused, Vinod Kumar, reportedly has been driving with Uber since May 4, and was arrested following a preliminary probe into the claims. According to an unnamed police official, the driver “is in police custody and” is being questioned about the matter.

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