safety

Mazda 6 sedans being recalled due to spider infestation, again

Mazda 6 sedans being recalled due to spider infestation, again

If you feel a sense of Deja vu, then don’t worry too much about it. The company is the same, the car model is the same and the problem is also the same. In 2011, Mazda recalled almost 52,000 Mazda 6 sedans because they were infested with yellow sac spiders. This year the number of cars to be recalled is 42,000 (US only); and this is despite Mazda putting covers on vent lines to keep the spiders at bay.

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Nest’s smoke snafu only validates the Internet of Things

Nest’s smoke snafu only validates the Internet of Things

"Why would I want to live in a smart home?" It's a common question, the cost of either building home automation tech into a new property, or retro-fitting an existing one with smart home tech, proving an insurmountable argument for most when faced with internet-connecting appliances, switches, and fixtures. Convenience is the usual answer, but as the Nest Protect glitch today demonstrates, safety may well be the real selling point of the Internet of Things.

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GM faces NHTSA skewering as blame-game hearing begins

GM faces NHTSA skewering as blame-game hearing begins

GM will apologize but not explain why it took more than ten years to address the ignition key issue that has forced the recall of 2.6m cars, as CEO Mary Barra along with representation from the NHTSA testify today. Acting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Friedman is expected to lay the blame at General Motors' feet, according to pre-submitted testimony, despite reports that the government agency itself opted not to formally investigate the car flaw all the way back in 2007.

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Reversing cameras for all cars from mid-2018 NHTSA decides

Reversing cameras for all cars from mid-2018 NHTSA decides

Reversing cameras will be a standard-fit feature on cars in the US from mid-2018, with the NHTSA deciding that the potential safety benefits from an eye in the bumper warrants the demand. Cameras piping a live feed from the back of the car to the dashboard are common on luxury models and SUVs, but new rear visibility requirement will mean that all models built from May 1st, 2018, will have to sport them, no matter how small or how cheap.

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Glass HUD app pits wearable against driver distraction doubts

Glass HUD app pits wearable against driver distraction doubts

Google is out lobbying against potential Glass driving bans, and now developers are joining the chorus of those demanding a more nuanced view of how distracting wearable-tech is for those behind the wheel. The Glass Explorer behind a new app that pipes vital car data like speed and fuel levels directly into your line-of-sight, Voidstar AutoHUD, argues that ergonomically and functionally there are reasons why "Glassholes" might end up safer drivers.

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Japan mobiles to receive email warning terror alerts and more

Japan mobiles to receive email warning terror alerts and more

Ever since the Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster that struck Japan in 2011, the authorities have been actively carrying out mock tweet-evacuation-drills and sending alerts to citizens using modern day technology. From April 1st, the Japanese Fire and Disaster Management Agency will be implementing a new system that will automatically send out email alerts to mobile phones, regarding any ballistic missile launches, terror attacks and other eventualities.

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Ducati Multistrada D-Air motorcycle offers a safer ride with airbag jackets

Ducati Multistrada D-Air motorcycle offers a safer ride with airbag jackets

Safety is one of the prime concerns of a motorcycle and unlike cars where airbags play an important saving factor; bikes typically can’t offer this feature. This was until motorcycle clothing company Dainese and motorcycle makers Ducati started experimenting with the idea of integrating an airbag for the rider and the pillion, into the biking experience. The result is the Ducati Multistrada D-Air model.

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Volvo car-to-car chatter warns of icy roads

Volvo car-to-car chatter warns of icy roads

Volvo has kicked off a car-to-car communications system where nearby vehicles can warn each other of icy road surfaces. One of the first such projects in operation out in the wild, the current fleet of fifty cars - set to grow over the coming winter - use mobile data networks to send road friction data to a centralized database, which then pushes out warnings to other cars in the same area.

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