safety

Self-driving cars could save $450bn a year and 90% injuries says thinktank

Self-driving cars could save $450bn a year and 90% injuries says thinktank

Self-driving cars could cut crash and road injury rates by 90-percent and save the US economy by around $450bn each year, a new thinktank report suggests, though the technology risks being hamstrung by expensive components and a "disparate patchwork" of regulations. The independent research by the Eno Center for Transportation into autonomous vehicles such as Google's self-driving cars and similar projects from Nissan, Toyota, Mercedes and others argues that, since driver error is calculated to be the primary reason behind more than 90-percent of crashes, removing humans from their responsibility behind the wheel could save a huge amount of lives and money.

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Toyota to exhibit Automated Highway Driving Assist system next week

Toyota to exhibit Automated Highway Driving Assist system next week

Although a number of companies, which include Google, are setting their eyes forward to the future with fully or partially self-driving automobiles, car manufacturers still have their feet planted firmly on the ground of present-day concerns, which, of course, includes road safety. Responding to the need for safer driving and car technologies, Toyota has developed a system that brings the dream of an automated driving assistance of the future to answer the problems of today.

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Nest Protect smart smoke detector packs WiFi

Nest Protect smart smoke detector packs WiFi

Smart thermostat company Nest has revealed its second intelligent home device, the Nest Protect, a WiFi-enabled smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Aiming to do the same for home safety as the original Nest does for HVAC control, the Nest Protect tracks potential perils, warns you with both an spoken audio alert and pings to your iOS or Android device, and even notifies other Nest equipment so that they can respond too.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk tackles Model S fire head-on

Tesla’s Elon Musk tackles Model S fire head-on

Tesla's Elon Musk has commented publicly on the recent Model S fire that left one car partially destroyed and the company's stock tumbling, detailing the exact cause of the issue and arguing that the EV is still far safer than traditional gas-powered vehicles. The startup made headlines earlier this week when an owner's car in Seattle collided with a "large metallic object" and subsequently burst into flames, prompting speculation that it was less than safe. Far from that being the case, Musk says, it actually took a freak 25 ton impact to cause the fire.

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Tesla Model S battery pack fire results from debris collision, stocks tumble

Tesla Model S battery pack fire results from debris collision, stocks tumble

Yesterday in a city near Seattle, Washington, a Tesla Model S vehicle caught fire on the side of the road, something that took firefighters awhile to extinguish, their efforts requiring them to cut through the front of the car with a circular saw in order to get adequate access to the battery. The blaze was apparently triggered by a "large metallic object" in the road that hit one of the modules on the battery pack.

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iPad close to takeoff and landing approval

iPad close to takeoff and landing approval

Restrictions on using electronic devices during takeoff and landing could be lifted, after a regulatory committee told the FAA to loosen its guidelines on when gadgets like iPads, Kindles, and other hardware can be turned on. The recommendation by the Aviation Rulemaking Committee, which comes after a year-long investigation into the potential safety issues, is believed to include select smaller gadgets, while laptops and other larger hardware would still need to be stowed, albeit for physical reasons of potential crash danger, rather than because of whatever electrical signals they might give out.

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Crash-avoidance tech rated as safest “smart cars” named

Crash-avoidance tech rated as safest “smart cars” named

Independent testing on crash-avoidance systems has begun for the first time in the US, with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) putting auto-braking and other technologies through their paces. The new program - which has started out testing 2013-14 model year midsize cars and SUVs - assigns one of three levels of performance to the systems it reviews, either basic, advanced, or superior. So far, out of 74 vehicles tested, the IIHS has found seven worthy of the top-tier superior rating.

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Toyota and Nissan announce recalls over rollaway risk and sensor issues

Toyota and Nissan announce recalls over rollaway risk and sensor issues

Both Toyota and Nissan have issued recalls for select models they offer, with Toyota recalling a tad under 700,000 Sienna minivans and Nissan recalling over 900,000 models. In Nissan's case, some of its cars are experiencing problems with an accelerator sensor that could fail, causing the car to stall. Toyota's Sienna minivans, meanwhile, have an issue with a shift lever making a rollaway situation possible.

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Attention-operated vehicle uses EPOC headset to detect distraction, shut down car

Attention-operated vehicle uses EPOC headset to detect distraction, shut down car

Distracted driving, whether due to cell phone usage or other reasons, is a major cause of car crashes and the related fallout both in the U.S. and abroad, something that has prompted the NHTSA to propose an in-car system to automatically block cell phones. The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia, more commonly called RAW WA, has come up with a more novel solution involving a so called attention-operated car.

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