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Talking cars: How the US government wants to make V2V the law

Talking cars: How the US government wants to make V2V the law

The US government plans to mandate cars that can talk with each other, proposing wireless intercommunication between moving vehicles that will warn drivers of potential crashes and other perils that they might not ordinarily have spotted. Dubbed V2V or "vehicle to vehicle", the system could lead to more than a thousand road deaths from intersection collisions a year, the NHTSA says, in addition to making blind spots safer, flagging up times when it's dangerous to overtake, and pre-warn drivers of upcoming stop signs and lights.

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Apple bans two hazardous chemicals from production

Apple bans two hazardous chemicals from production

Apple announced today that it is banning the use of n-hexane and benzene from iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, and other production lines. It is extending this ban to include a requirement for its factories to test the substances it uses regardless of whether either chemical is included in the list of ingredients, ensuring neither substance ends up in production.

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The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

Speaking to your car's dashboard has been hailed by many as the answer to driver distraction, but most systems are flawed, respond poorly, and motorists don't really care about their features, research indicates. Automotive survey heavyweight J.D. Power went digging through reported vehicle quality, and found that lackluster infotainment - substandard voice control systems in particular - was a frequent complaint.

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Small cars slammed in tougher crash testing

Small cars slammed in tougher crash testing

Tougher crash testing has exposed the worrying deficiencies in some of the most popular small cars on the market, with safety regulators warning that the shortcomings could lead to head and leg injuries. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) put twelve small cars currently available in the US through the small overlap front crash test, which examines how a vehicle holds up to an offset impact such as when hitting a tree or utility pole, and as you can see in the video after the cut, the results aren't good.

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