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I still trust autonomous cars more than I trust you

I still trust autonomous cars more than I trust you

I told my grandmother about Mercedes-Benz’s self-driving F 015 concept the other week, and she was horrified. “However could you trust it to drive you safely?” she wanted to know, perhaps thinking of how her DVR regularly and unpredictably dumps her favorite recordings and extrapolating that to a crazed silvery space-pod crashing and taking her grandson with it. In fact, I told her, I trust autonomous vehicles far more than I do my fellow human drivers, and recent news of self-driving car crashes in California has done nothing to change that.

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Midsize SUVs may not be as safe as drivers think

Midsize SUVs may not be as safe as drivers think

Many midsize SUVs so popular for their perceived safety higher up than other road users are actually underperforming in key crash conditions, a new batch of IIHS testing concludes. The segment, which borrows the styling cues and elevated cabin of full-size SUVs but with a smaller footprint more suited to urban driving, has become increasingly in-demand, particularly among young families. However, according to IIHS there's no guarantee that they're up to some of the more common collisions.

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Google’s Password Alert Chrome extension foils phishing attempts

Google’s Password Alert Chrome extension foils phishing attempts

Phishing schemes are one of the more popular ways hackers and other nefarious sorts gain access to accounts that are not their own, and despite attempts to educate users on what to look for, these kind of attacks are still largely successful. Google, however, is working to further quash them with the introduction of a new Chrome extension called Password Alert, which points out to users when they attempt to log into their Google account on a website that is not Google’s own.

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Microsoft gives $1 million aid and free Skype in Nepal relief efforts

Microsoft gives $1 million aid and free Skype in Nepal relief efforts

Over the weekend, a strong earthquake struck Nepal with tragic consequences. The death toll continues to rise, with counts currently reported around 4000. Now is a crucial time for relief efforts as the golden window of time to rescue survivors elapses. In response, tech companies are springing into action, offering whatever services they can to help the relief effort. Microsoft is doing its part to provide relief by immediately making Skype calls for mobiles and landlines both to and from Nepal completely free of charge.

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Google Person Finder and Facebook Safety Check provide relief in Nepal Quake

Google Person Finder and Facebook Safety Check provide relief in Nepal Quake

Tragedy struck Nepal as a 7.8-magnitude earthquake caused damage throughout the capital, Kathmandu. The earthquake also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, endangering climbers. Sadly, Google executive Dan Fredinburg lost his life in the avalanche. To help with the recovery and relief efforts, Google and Facebook are stepping up to the plate, reminding the public of their respective Person Finder and Safety Check features which can be used to check on friends and family from half way around the globe.

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Smart headlamps could blink for snow

Smart headlamps could blink for snow

Laser headlamps may be gradually finding their way onto high-end cars, but the smart lights of tomorrow might allow drivers to see clearly through snow and rain to potential perils ahead. A team at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute is cooking up a smart headlamp system that rather than blanket the road with light, instead assesses what's in front of the car in real-time. By fragmenting the beams into a million smaller segments, each individually controlled, the car could potentially leave a falling droplet of rain in darkness.

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2015 Ford F-150 beats competitors with top safety rating

2015 Ford F-150 beats competitors with top safety rating

Ford's 2015 F-150 pickup truck has been bestowed with a top crash rating from federal regulators, it has been announced, showing that the switch to aluminum hasn't resulted in any safety compromises. It earned the score while elbowing out some competing trucks, including those from General Motors, which scored a single star lower than the newest F-150. This is also an improvement over the crash test safety rating of its previous steel pickup, promising good things for the auto maker's future.

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U-Haul is latest to tackle the issue of distracted driving

U-Haul is latest to tackle the issue of distracted driving

U-Haul is the latest company to target the growing issue of distracted driving, and it is doing so in the form of a free online course. The course includes a bunch of information about distracted driving and what exactly it is...something many people don't realize includes things as simple as reading a text message while driving. Many auto makers have also been tackling the issue in their own ways, particularly as governments push for technology that will help prevent the problem and institute new laws covering more devices.

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Closca Fuga folding helmet removes the inconvenience

Closca Fuga folding helmet removes the inconvenience

Using a bicycle to get around has its advantages: it takes up far less space than a car (and costs less), there's no monthly fuel charges or insurance premiums, and it burns a bunch of calories. The downside is that it can't be locked like a car, and so anything you leave on it while you're in the store is likely to be gone by the time you come back at...including the helmet. Stuffing the helmet into a backpack is one solution, but that is a hassle, especially if you're heading into a store that doesn't allow them, and soon the temptation to go without a helmet takes hold.

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Volvo’s reflective paint lights up cyclists at night

Volvo’s reflective paint lights up cyclists at night

Among the most important items bicyclists rely on to stay safe when riding at night are lights for their bike and reflective material either worn atop clothing or attached to the limbs. But Swedish car maker Volvo, which has a long track record of focusing on safety with their vehicles, has come up with something different as part of a collaboration with advertising agency Grey London and Albedoo100. It's called LifePaint, and it can be sprayed on bikes, clothing, and helmets in order to make them glow white when in the path of a car's headlights.

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