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Ford recalls 129k cars over wheel snap fears

Ford recalls 129k cars over wheel snap fears

Ford has been forced to recall almost 129,000 vehicles, after discovering that the wheels on certain 2010-2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan cars could fall off. The issue, Ford told [pdf link] the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was spotted when lug-nut tightening was found to cause fracturing; if the drivers ignored the subsequent vibration warning signs, the wheels themselves could potentially detach from car.

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GM to debut first center-mounted airbags in 2013

GM to debut first center-mounted airbags in 2013

General Motors has announced that it will be offering the industry's first center-mounted airbags in select vehicles starting in 2013. The new airbag deploys from between the front seats and aims to protect drivers from side collisions on the passenger side but also provides additional protection to both the driver and passenger during side impacts or rollovers.

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Volkswagen Temporary Auto Pilot demo gives car intelligence

Volkswagen Temporary Auto Pilot demo gives car intelligence

Self-driving cars are still quite a few years off, but Volkswagen hopes that its so-called Temporary Auto Pilot (TAP) could help avoid a few accidents until then. The system, demonstrated for the first time on a new Passat test mule, uses a barrage of sensors to momentarily assist in the control of the car, keeping it positioned in the lane, under the speed limit and automatically slowing when workers are in the road.

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Aerospace consulting firm creates tsunami escape capsule

Aerospace consulting firm creates tsunami escape capsule

I've never really thought much about tsunamis until the last few years. The horrific tsunami that hit Japan after the earthquakes this year has many people all around the world scrambling to figure out a better way to protect people that live in areas where a tsunami is possible and to predict when the massive waves might occur. In some instances, even knowing that the tsunami is coming might not give people time to get to safety.

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Boeing confirms “elevated” WiFi causes 737NG system glitches

Boeing confirms “elevated” WiFi causes 737NG system glitches

Boeing has admitted that WiFi tests have shown certain Honeywell display units are affected by the wireless technology, prompting the airplane manufacturer to put in-flight connectivity system installations on hold. However, the issue - which saw "momentary blanking" of Honeywell Phase 3 Display Units (DUs) - only occurred during ground testing "at elevated power levels" which, Boeing tells Flightglobal, would not be "experienced during normal operation of typical passenger WiFi systems."

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Rearview Cameras Required in All Cars by 2014, So Says USA Transportation Department

Rearview Cameras Required in All Cars by 2014, So Says USA Transportation Department

For reals! Did you even know that some cars had these? It's essentially a camera whose image is displayed within the vehicle, allowing drivers to see everywhere their car would normally impair, namely, right behind, where kids most often are right before their parent backs over them. The USA Transportation Department has now proposed requirements of cars that they improve rear visibility to such a degree that these accidents would no longer occur, most cars being able to meet these requirements by adding a rear-mounted video camera with in-vehicle displays.

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Mobileye C2-270 camera system helps prevent collisions when driving

Mobileye C2-270 camera system helps prevent collisions when driving

A company called Mobileye has announced that its latest product designed to keep drivers from running into pedestrians, other cars, and bikes has launched. The new system is called the Mobileye C2-270 and it uses the EyeQ2 vision chip inside that is able to detect pedestrians, vehicles, bicycles, and lane markings. The device is available as an off the shelf system for alerting and prompting drivers in the seconds right before an accident occurs.

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iSAVE External Air Bags for Cars Meant to Keep Pedestrians Safe

iSAVE External Air Bags for Cars Meant to Keep Pedestrians Safe

We can't say for sure, but there must be a lot of cars hitting a lot of walking people in Japan, because they have a very, very "healthy" fascination with keeping cars from hitting them. Or, in this case, if they are going to hit them, they might as well hit them without much damage to their face (or rest of their body). Though, depending on how fast the car is going, we're not sure airbags on the outside of the frame will do much to save anyone.

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