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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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Buick adds AWD to 2014 Regal

Buick adds AWD to 2014 Regal

Buick has added AWD to the Regal and Regal GS, with the luxury sedan automatically switching to all-wheel drive both in the snow and ice, or when pushing hard. The system, which runs through an active Haldex module to push power to the rear wheels, can actually switch drive from front to back, or from one side of the Regal to another, with GM adding the ability to target a specific wheel if that's the one with the most grip.

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GM recalls almost 779k cars over fault linked to six deaths

GM recalls almost 779k cars over fault linked to six deaths

General Motors is recalling almost 779,000 cars over a fault linked to six deaths and more than twenty crashes, with the airbags of certain compacts failing to deploy. The issue, involving faulty ignition switches and too-heavy keyrings, has forced GM to recall hundreds of thousands of 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 cars, after investigations found that they could unintentionally slip into "accessory" or "off" modes and thus stall while on the road.

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Aston Martin begins massive recall after finding pedals could snap

Aston Martin begins massive recall after finding pedals could snap

Aston Martin has been forced to recall around 75-percent of all the cars it sold since late 2007, after discovering that parts of its accelerator pedals were made with substandard plastics and could snap while driving. The issue - which Aston Martin insists has caused no actual crashes or accidents of which the company is aware - stems from one of the famed brand's subcontractors using a counterfeit plastic to mold the pedal arms.

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US to mandate V2V car-to-car communications for safer roads

US to mandate V2V car-to-car communications for safer roads

US road safety legislators have outlined a plan to demand all new cars and trucks be able to intercommunicate wirelessly, with the aim of reducing car accidents through a dynamically-evolving mesh network detailing location, direction, and speed. The Vehicle-2-Vehicle (V2V) scheme revealed by the NHTSA would not, at least initially, allow cars to react independently to potential dangers out of view of their human drivers, though future iterations of the system could well tap into brake-assistance, lane-guidance, and other technologies showing up in modern vehicles.

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Former TSA agent admits “we knew full-body scanners didn’t work”

Former TSA agent admits “we knew full-body scanners didn’t work”

"We knew the full-body scanners didn't work before they were even installed," is the claim from former TSA agent Jason Harrington, alleging that not only were airport security staff aware that the X-ray scans were flawed, but that the instructors guiding them on them admitted it too. The flaws in each of the $150,000 Rapiscan Systems scanners - which the TSA switched from in early 2013 - were well known and lied about, Harrington writes at Politico, who also details the ways he and his former colleagues would look at what amounted to nude images of travelers.

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