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Toyota pays $1.2bn to get government off its pedals

Toyota pays $1.2bn to get government off its pedals

Toyota has agreed a $1.2bn settlement over its sticky accelerator pedal recalls with the US Attorney's Office, agreeing to the sum in order to finally put to rest the issues that saw it repair thousands of cars between 2009 and 2010. "Entering this agreement, while difficult, is a major step toward putting this unfortunate chapter behind us" Christopher P. Reynolds, chief legal officer at Toyota North America, said of the settlement.

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GM recalls jump again as 1.5m more cars at fault

GM recalls jump again as 1.5m more cars at fault

General Motors has recalled more than 1.5m more cars as its safety record comes under enhanced scrutiny, admitting that it expects fixing the faults - as well as the previously-announced ignition switch issue - to cost it around $300m to make right. The new recalls, in fact three separate issues, cover Chevrolet's Express and GMC's Savana, the Cadillac XTS, Buick's Enclave and GMC's Acadia, Chevrolet's Traverse, and Saturn's Outlook.

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Uber fills UberX insurance gap

Uber fills UberX insurance gap

Uber has tightened up its insurance policies for UberX drivers, in the aftermath of high-profile accidents that have called the liability of private drivers into question. The "insurance gap" policy means that, even if an UberX driver isn't carrying a passenger, as long as they're logged into the Uber app and available to accept a ride they'll be covered.

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Roadrage car tech tracks if you’re dangerous

Roadrage car tech tracks if you’re dangerous

Cars that can recognize when drivers are angry or irritated, and warn when emotional states might make them dangerous on the road, are in development in France, using dashboard cameras to track facial expressions associated with roadrage. The technology - which could, researchers suggest, be paired with lip reading AIs that could pick up on times when you cuss out the driver who cuts in front of you - initially reacts to expressions of anger or disgust.

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Stun-gun drone demos 80,000 volt perp put-down potential

Stun-gun drone demos 80,000 volt perp put-down potential

Drones capable of taking out terrorist training camps aren't new, but now one company is talking about how our domestic skies could be filled with unmanned 'copters toting non-lethal weaponry. Handiwork of Chaotic Moon, Project C.U.P.I.D. - Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone - was shown off at SXSW this weekend, a six-rotor remotely-controlled aircraft that carries an 80,000 volt stun gun with which it can bring down a crime suspect.

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Glass Traffic app throws wearables back into driver safety discussion

Glass Traffic app throws wearables back into driver safety discussion

A new traffic app for Google Glass is likely to throw the safety aspects of wearables back into question, as new hands-free technology butts heads with more traditional dashboard displays like Apple's new CarPlay. Traffic, the handiwork of Glass developer GlassVuz, fills in one of the gaps in the Google headset's navigation system, bringing real-time traffic data to the head-up display.

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GM expands car recall to 1.37m over switch safety

GM expands car recall to 1.37m over switch safety

GM has expanded its huge recall of cars over fears that they could stall while driving or even see the airbags fail to deploy properly, almost doubling the number of affected vehicles to more than 1.3m. The recall bump adds select Saturn Ion, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac Solstice, and Saturn Sky models to a list that already included Cobalts, the Pontiac G5, and Pontiac Pursuit, after GM discovered that substandard ignition switches could shut off the car's power inadvertently. The additions also raises the number of known incidents, GM admits.

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Google lobbying against Glass driving bans

Google lobbying against Glass driving bans

Google is fighting back against threats that Glass could be banned from use by drivers, lobbying US state officials in the hope of more nuanced guidelines than an all-out block on in-car wearable tech. The safety of head-mounted displays like Glass made headlines last year, after one "Glass Explorer" early-adopter was ticketed for distracted driving after being pulled over for speeding and found to be wearing Google's experimental gadget.

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