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Uber announces new global ‘code of conduct’, safety guidelines

Uber announces new global ‘code of conduct’, safety guidelines

No stranger to controversy, Uber is as much PR-spin company than it is ride-sharing entity. Following some serious allegations about passenger safety, the latest being the alleged rape of a passenger in India late last year, Uber said they’d pen some guidelines for best practices on how to react to such events. Now, the company has a code of conduct for drivers, as well as incident response teams and a safety advisory board. Perhaps most assuring is Uber’s commitment to working with law enforcement fully.

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Ford issues three recalls for cars hit with different problems

Ford issues three recalls for cars hit with different problems

Ford has announced a trio of recalls for different models hit with different issues. This includes some of its F-Series Super Duty ambulances, its Lincoln MKT limo and hearse cars, its Police Interceptor vehicles, and its Explorer SUVs. The recall was announced today, and in total includes more than 220,000 cars, SUVs, and trucks located in the United States and Canada. Though several models are affected, it is the Explorer SUVs that primarily make up the brunt of the recall.

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Chevy Malibu hit with GM’s latest sunroof recall

Chevy Malibu hit with GM’s latest sunroof recall

General Motors is the latest auto maker to recall some vehicles due to overly sensitive controls -- in this case, the problem affects the Chevrolet Malibu. The affected cars span the 2013 to 2015 model years, and are afflicted with a problem we've been seeing a crackdown on lately: controls that are too sensitive, causing a setting to be changed (in this case, the sunroof to close) with only the slightest touch. Almost 92,000 of the Malibu vehicles are affected.

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Mercedes-Benz recalls cars over faulty tail lamps and fire risk

Mercedes-Benz recalls cars over faulty tail lamps and fire risk

Mercedes-Benz is recalling a bunch of cars across a few different models due to a potential issue that could arise with its rear tail lamps, and a separate issue that could potentially result in a fire. The news came to light today in documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on its website. The tail light problem was first discovered back in December, and though it has now come to light, there's no word yet on when the recall will be taking place. Likewise, there's no schedule yet for the fire risk recall.

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Ford apes Tesla with speed-spotting car cameras

Ford apes Tesla with speed-spotting car cameras

Ford is adding speed limit sign recognition to its range, with the first implementation of the company's traffic sign scanning tech showing up - among other geeky add-ons - on the new S-MAX. Dubbed Intelligent Speed Limiter, like Autopilot on the Tesla Model S, the system uses cameras to keep an eye out for posted speed limits and then varies the amount of fuel reaching the engine to keep a legal pace. According to Ford, it could mean the difference between staying on the right side of the law and losing your license, particularly if driving abroad where the limits might be unexpectedly lower.

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Chevy’s 2016 Malibu may help teens become safer drivers

Chevy’s 2016 Malibu may help teens become safer drivers

When your teen driver is finally ready to hit the road, a lot of emotion is flying around. They’re reliving that feeling of euphoria about a new form of mobility, and you’re worrying like crazy. While it might be a nerve-wracking experience for parents, Chevy might be able to help. The 2016 Malibu has some interesting features that may help your teen become a better driver, and give you a better idea of how they drive while you’re not around.

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Litelok bicycle lock makes security lightweight

Litelok bicycle lock makes security lightweight

If you commute by bicycle, the odds are high that you've invested in a nice bike...which means you've also invested in a nice lock to help ensure someone doesn't nick it while you're in the office. Good bike locks are usually heavy bike locks, however, otherwise a pair of bolt cutters make them just about as useless as no bike at all. One company wants to free cyclists from the burden of heavy bike locks, however, and so it has developed the Litelok, a lock that is exactly what it sounds like: lightweight.

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Honda boosts Takata air bag recall by 104k cars

Honda boosts Takata air bag recall by 104k cars

Honda has announced plans to expand its Takata air bag recall by another 104,000 vehicles. This follows closely after an advertisement campaign initiated by the auto maker that aimed to inform owners about the existing recall and encourage them to get their vehicle serviced, assuming it was covered by the recall. Honda has been hit particularly hard over past months with this particular issue, and at least six deaths have been linked to the faulty air bags being used.

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Twitter adds new feature for reporting tweets to police

Twitter adds new feature for reporting tweets to police

Among Twitter's latest efforts to combat trolls and the other abusive users on its platform is a new method for reporting threats to the police. The social network has just rolled out the feature, adding it as an option on the screen that is presented when filing a report about a threatening tweet. The new feature is available today, and utilizes the user's own email address to provide a stock notice for law enforcement containing all of the relevant information.

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Toyota recalls RAV4 EVs over faulty Tesla-supplied components

Toyota recalls RAV4 EVs over faulty Tesla-supplied components

Toyota has announced plans for another recall this year, this time to fix an issue resulting from components supplied by Tesla Motors, the auto maker has announced. The RAV4 EVs are the only model affected by this, and a software issue in the propulsion system is pegged as the root cause, potentially resulting in the affected vehicles shifting themselves into neutral -- something that'll make the car stop accelerating, and could cause a crash depending on the driving situation when this happens.

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