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Toyota is building a dangerous city to challenge driverless cars

Toyota is building a dangerous city to challenge driverless cars

Toyota is opening a 60 acre test site for autonomous vehicles, with the Michigan facility being used for trials considered too risky for public roads. Expected to open by October this year, the site at Michigan Technical Resource Park will be managed by the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), the group at the automaker focused on developing both autonomous safety systems and self-driving vehicles for convenience.

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YouTube Kids promises safer choices for kids, parental controls

YouTube Kids promises safer choices for kids, parental controls

The Internet can be a scary place even for grownups who (at least should) know better. Imagine how even more dangerous it could be for young ones. As the biggest video source on the Internet, YouTube creates a dedicated YouTube Kids app to become a safe haven for children, basically anyone under 13 years old, to enjoy the treasury of the service's content. In light of recent criticisms and even legal complaints, YouTube is rolling out a few changes to give parents and kids better choices in what they consume and how they consume it.

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Tesla factory workplace conditions under investigation

Tesla factory workplace conditions under investigation

Tesla is under investigation by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health over workplace conditions. The probe follows a report published earlier this week claiming safety issues at Tesla's Fremont, California, facility, though the agency hasn't stated what triggered the investigation. On Monday, Tesla published a blog post denouncing the report, saying it "paints a completely false picture of Tesla and what it is actually like to work here."

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Phone use while driving is still a huge problem, but this is helping

Phone use while driving is still a huge problem, but this is helping

Apple's Do Not Disturb feature appears to be having a positive affect on driver safety, but the lure of the smartphone is still leading to plenty of dangerous driving a new study has concluded. While speeding remains the number one unsafe driving behavior, phone use while at the wheel is right behind it.

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2019 Lexus ES reveals one seriously big risk

2019 Lexus ES reveals one seriously big risk

Lexus is taking a risk, pushing the envelope on its best-selling sedan. The 2019 Lexus ES has been revealed, and gone is the shy, awkward car of before. This time around, you’re either going to love it or you’ll hate it. Lexus just hopes you don’t forget it.

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Android Auto Wireless reminded me of Google’s big Pixel mistake

Android Auto Wireless reminded me of Google’s big Pixel mistake

Google enabling Android Auto Wireless is great news, but Pixel phones' lagging behind iPhone in one key area does put the brakes on how useful the update is. Putting down your smartphone while you're behind the wheel is safety advice all of us would do well to remember. I just wish I could put my Pixel 2 XL down on a wireless charger when I do.

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Tesla complains to Congress over fatal Autopilot crash investigation

Tesla complains to Congress over fatal Autopilot crash investigation

Tesla has been removed as a party to the NTSB's investigation into a fatal Model X crash, with the agency taking issue with the automaker's premature public release of Autopilot information. The crash, on March 23, saw a Model X SUV collide with a barrier on the highway in Mountain View, California, killing the driver.

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Ford F-150 and Explorer recall: Almost 350k at rollaway risk

Ford F-150 and Explorer recall: Almost 350k at rollaway risk

Ford has recalled nearly 350,000 of its most popular vehicles, after discovering a fault that could see the pickups and SUVs roll away - even if they've been put in park. The transmission problem affects Ford's F-150 truck and the Expedition SUV, two of its strongest sellers, with the recalls affecting not only the US but Canada and Mexico.

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In 5.3 magnitude LA quake, this app gave an early warning

In 5.3 magnitude LA quake, this app gave an early warning

Every second counts when it comes to earthquake preparedness, but a few beta app users got more notice than others in today's 5.3 magnitude Channel Islands quake. A new app, QuakeAlert, developed by Early Warning Labs, is promising to give a vital heads-up on incoming tremors, and in future it could mean getting through natural disasters unscathed.

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Office 365 Personal users get business-tier security tools

Office 365 Personal users get business-tier security tools

Microsoft is enhancing security for non-business Office 365 users, adding advanced Outlook.com email encryption tools and ransomware detection for Office 365 Home and Personal subscriptions, among other things. With these changes, user data is better protected while keeping intruders from accessing the information. A couple features are rolling out today with the rest arriving in the next few weeks.

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Tesla: Autopilot was on – and ignored – in fatal Model X crash

Tesla: Autopilot was on – and ignored – in fatal Model X crash

Tesla has confirmed that Autopilot was enabled on the Model X that crashed, fatally, in California last week, though says the driver ignored multiple warnings before the incident. The crash saw driver Wei Huang collide with a concrete highway lane divider last Friday, March 23. He later died in hospital from his injuries.

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Tesla recalls 123,000 Model S cars over power steering issue

Tesla recalls 123,000 Model S cars over power steering issue

Tesla has announced the voluntary recall of 123,000 Model S cars over a potential problem with power steering. The affected vehicles were made before April 2016, according to the auto maker, which says Model 3 and Model X vehicles aren't impacted. At the heart of the issue is a possibly faulty power steering component that could experience "excessive corrosion."

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