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Third Tesla fire prompts battery safety inquiry demands

Third Tesla fire prompts battery safety inquiry demands

A third fire involving Tesla's Model S has prompted renewed calls for a full investigation into the electric car's safety, after the award-winning EV caught alight following a crash earlier this week. The incident, in Smyrna, Tennessee, saw the Model S hit a tow hitch in the middle of a lane on the highway, a spokesperson from Highway Patrol told Bloomberg, in the process "damaging the car’s undercarriage and causing the fire."

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Jeep recall over fire hazard being delayed for reasons unknown

Jeep recall over fire hazard being delayed for reasons unknown

Earlier this year, Chrysler agreed to recall over a million Jeeps due to a fire hazard that has, to date, claimed a few dozen lives. Such a recall came after the auto maker originally rejected a recall proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, having stated at that time that the pegged vehicles were "safe and not defective." For reasons unknown, the recall has not taken place despite several months having passed.

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Self-driving cars could save $450bn a year and 90% injuries says thinktank

Self-driving cars could save $450bn a year and 90% injuries says thinktank

Self-driving cars could cut crash and road injury rates by 90-percent and save the US economy by around $450bn each year, a new thinktank report suggests, though the technology risks being hamstrung by expensive components and a "disparate patchwork" of regulations. The independent research by the Eno Center for Transportation into autonomous vehicles such as Google's self-driving cars and similar projects from Nissan, Toyota, Mercedes and others argues that, since driver error is calculated to be the primary reason behind more than 90-percent of crashes, removing humans from their responsibility behind the wheel could save a huge amount of lives and money.

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Toyota to exhibit Automated Highway Driving Assist system next week

Toyota to exhibit Automated Highway Driving Assist system next week

Although a number of companies, which include Google, are setting their eyes forward to the future with fully or partially self-driving automobiles, car manufacturers still have their feet planted firmly on the ground of present-day concerns, which, of course, includes road safety. Responding to the need for safer driving and car technologies, Toyota has developed a system that brings the dream of an automated driving assistance of the future to answer the problems of today.

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Nest Protect smart smoke detector packs WiFi

Nest Protect smart smoke detector packs WiFi

Smart thermostat company Nest has revealed its second intelligent home device, the Nest Protect, a WiFi-enabled smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Aiming to do the same for home safety as the original Nest does for HVAC control, the Nest Protect tracks potential perils, warns you with both an spoken audio alert and pings to your iOS or Android device, and even notifies other Nest equipment so that they can respond too.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk tackles Model S fire head-on

Tesla’s Elon Musk tackles Model S fire head-on

Tesla's Elon Musk has commented publicly on the recent Model S fire that left one car partially destroyed and the company's stock tumbling, detailing the exact cause of the issue and arguing that the EV is still far safer than traditional gas-powered vehicles. The startup made headlines earlier this week when an owner's car in Seattle collided with a "large metallic object" and subsequently burst into flames, prompting speculation that it was less than safe. Far from that being the case, Musk says, it actually took a freak 25 ton impact to cause the fire.

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Tesla Model S battery pack fire results from debris collision, stocks tumble

Tesla Model S battery pack fire results from debris collision, stocks tumble

Yesterday in a city near Seattle, Washington, a Tesla Model S vehicle caught fire on the side of the road, something that took firefighters awhile to extinguish, their efforts requiring them to cut through the front of the car with a circular saw in order to get adequate access to the battery. The blaze was apparently triggered by a "large metallic object" in the road that hit one of the modules on the battery pack.

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