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NVIDIA and Komatsu to bring AI to construction sites with drone surveillance

NVIDIA and Komatsu to bring AI to construction sites with drone surveillance

This week the folks at NVIDIA and Komatsu have announced a partnership to bring AI "to create safer, more efficient construction sites." At GTC Japan this evening NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang said that the NVIDIA Jetson AI platform would be at the center of this next-generation situation. Therein lies the brain of the heavy machinery of the future.

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LA fire forces police warning: Don’t trust map apps

LA fire forces police warning: Don’t trust map apps

As Los Angeles continues to burn, the LA Police Department has been forced to warn drivers not to trust their navigation apps, which may mistake roads where fires are raging for conveniently open routes. It's proved to be another example of how the Internet of Things may be heavily interconnected, but it isn't quite as smart as it really needs to be in order to be truly reliable.

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Only these 15 cars passed 2018’s toughest crash tests

Only these 15 cars passed 2018’s toughest crash tests

Only a handful of cars currently sold in the US qualify as the industry's safest, the IIHS has said today, with tougher tests slimming the number of models that get its top award. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been running its own crash tests in parallel to those of the NHTSA testing for decades now, most recently including small-overlap challenges that go beyond what the US government examines to model how vehicles handle real-world incidents. If you're in the market for a new car, it makes for a list you should be reading.

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Airlines restrict smart bags over lithium-ion battery fire risk

Airlines restrict smart bags over lithium-ion battery fire risk

Following an FAA recommendation that airlines ban some devices containing lithium-ion batteries from checked baggage that comes a crackdown on "smart bags" containing them. Delta and Alaska Airlines have both announced these bans and other major airlines have confirmed that they have similar plans in the pipeline. The move aims to protect aircraft from fires located in the cargo hold.

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Netgear Arlo recall: power adapters are a fire risk

Netgear Arlo recall: power adapters are a fire risk

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a new recall involving the power adapters included with the Netgear Arlo outdoor security cameras. The recall, which is dated December 5, 2017, is due to the fire hazard these adapters pose, the CPSC explained in a release. The outdoor cameras are designed to be weatherproof in order to withstand the elements, but the power adapter fails to meet the same standards, the agency states.

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Pokemon GO car accident surge blamed on distracted drivers

Pokemon GO car accident surge blamed on distracted drivers

Pokemon GO may have got gamers out of the house and exercising, but drivers playing the hit smartphone game are being blamed for a sharp rise in car crashes and injuries. The researchers, at Purdue University, compared car accident records with PokéStops, concluding that there was a higher than average incident rate at the game's virtual locations.

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BMW i3 recall affects every US car and freezes sales

BMW i3 recall affects every US car and freezes sales

BMW is recalling every single BMW i3 it has sold in the US, and has been forced to freeze sales after crash test concerns. The car, which is sold in pure-electric and gas-electric hybrid forms, has been on sale in the US since 2014, with new model year 2018 i3 cars due to show up in dealerships imminently. Now, though, nobody will be able to buy them.

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Hoverboard recall expands after two more house fires

Hoverboard recall expands after two more house fires

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a new round of recalls concerning various hoverboards, a move that follows two new house fires resulting from faulty boards. The issue of poorly made hoverboards catching on fire span back years now, but news on that front has been somewhat quiet. That changes with the CPSC's latest announcement.

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The best infant car seat is tech worth thinking about

The best infant car seat is tech worth thinking about

Car tech like Apple CarPlay and semi-autonomous driving aids are useful, but when it comes to infant safety a proper car seat is even more important. You might not think of infant car seats as being "technology" in the traditional sense, but the latest models have more in common with performance car engineering and cutting-edge science than you'd think.

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Android’s Do Not Disturb driving mode is going big in 2018

Android’s Do Not Disturb driving mode is going big in 2018

Google will unlocking Android's Do-Not-Disturb mode for developers, pushing road safety by reducing the potential distraction from phones like the Pixel 2. The company added the new mode with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: once turned on, it promises to automatically identify when the user is driving, and cut down on the number of alerts and notifications they receive during that time.

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FAA proposal seeks global airline ban on checked consumer gadgets

FAA proposal seeks global airline ban on checked consumer gadgets

It's no secret that lithium-ion batteries can be dangerous if they overheat, and now the FAA is warning that they pose a serious risk for airplanes if checked into baggage. Aircraft cargo sections are equipped with a system designed to put out any fires that start. However, a series of 10 tests conducted by the FAA determined that if a fire happens next to an aerosol can, it could ignite an explosion that happens before the system puts out the fire.

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The toughest crash test is getting even harder

The toughest crash test is getting even harder

What's arguably the toughest crash test in US automotive safety trials is getting an upgrade, with a new version of the small overlap test announced. IIHS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, is adding a second version of the challenge that will be focused on front passengers rather than the driver. It'll make it even tougher for automakers to score what has become a coveted safety award.

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