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Technology and Car Companies Are More Intertwined Than Ever
The line between the technology and automotive industries is blurring. The rise of rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft means that transportation is being tied ever more closely to your cell phone, while autonomous driving technology is turning your car into a computer. But these developments are expensive: Carmakers’ R&D budgets almost doubled to $89 billion between 2006 and 2016.
technology  safety  selfdriving  mobility  infotainment 
yesterday by automotive
St. Louis Alderman: Speeding and reckless driving is an epidemic, the city needs to do something about it |
A 20 year-old man is in critical-unstable condition following a violent crash Tuesday morning near the intersection of Natural Bridge and Shreve in St. Louis.

The Nissan sedan the man was driving was ripped in half when police say a driver in a black sedan ran a red light at the intersection and slammed into the victim’s car. Police say the driver of the second car was speeding and then ran away from the scene following the crash.

Crashes like this are a big reason why a St. Louis Alderman is calling for changes to city streets.

Alderman Jeffrey Boyd of the city’s 22nd ward says St. Louis drivers regularly speed, drive recklessly and ignore traffic lights and stop signs. Now he’s planning to do something about it.
stlouis  speed  injuries  fatalities  safety 
yesterday by mobikefed
Can falling bullets kill you?
The general consensus is that a bullet fired straight up—at precisely 90 degrees to the horizontal—is unlikely to kill a healthy adult when it returns to Earth. That's because, on the way down, air resistance prevents the bullet from returning to its initial velocity. The bullet would deliver a painful wallop but could only have a chance of killing you with a direct hit to the eye, ear, or mouth.

Things aren't likely to be much worse at angles just off the vertical. That said, bullets fired at an upward angle of 45 degrees or less can be far more lethal, since they're likely to hit someone on the ground while traveling at a much greater speed. In this case, gravity isn't directly opposing the bullet's motion, so the projectile stays at a higher velocity throughout its flight path. It's also more likely to maintain its initial, aerodynamically favorable orientation. Bullets fired vertically tend to fall nose-up or sideways, which creates a lot of drag.
news  org:lite  trivia  embodied  safety  arms  sky 
yesterday by nhaliday
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3 days ago by noahsussman
Texting and Driving? You Never Know Who’s Watching - WSJ
Police departments across the country are deploying officers dressed as construction workers or panhandlers as well as in buses to spy inside cars
technology  infotainment  safety 
3 days ago by automotive
Siemens supports Columbus DOT Smart City with Connected Car Traffic Control | auto connected car news
Connected Vehicle systems are able to communicate between vehicles and infrastructure and give drivers suggestions in real-time like speed recommendations, curve speed warnings or prioritization of specific vehicle fleets such as car-sharing or e-vehicles.
technology  safety  mobility 
3 days ago by automotive
Pedestrian and cyclist detection systems explained
Volvo's pedestrian and cyclist detection system, which debuted in 2013, uses a radar unit integrated into the car's grille, as well as a digital camera embedded in the interior rear-view mirror, to monitor a field of view several yards in front of the car. Data from both systems is sent to a central control unit which can distinguish and classify the moving objects, using their size and speed relative to the car itself to distinguish between the two. The radar and the camera can track the movements of both pedestrians and cyclists using their predicted travel paths, and if a collision risk is imminent the system can sound an audible alarm and then automatically apply the brakes.
technology  safety 
3 days ago by automotive
Nissan | Automaker Uses 19th-Century Tool to Fight Distracted Driving | Technology content from WardsAuto
The Nissan Signal Shield is a prototype compartment within the armrest of a Nissan Juke that is lined with a Faraday cage, an invention dating back to the 1830s.

The Faraday cage is made of a conductive material, such as wire mesh, which blocks electromagnetic fields. It is named after its inventor, the pioneering English scientist Michael Faraday.
nissan  nissanc  technology  safety  infotainment 
4 days ago by automotive
Safety technology is raising the cost of repairs and increasing the chances of insurance companies totaling vehicles
"In the past, if you had a front-end collision, you had damage to the engine or the front end," Tschippert said. "But now, with the number of airbags that can run from $1,000 up to $4,000 and all the sensors up front, you're seeing more totals."
technology  safety 
4 days ago by automotive
About the 2016 New Elevator Door Code
The 2016 new elevator door code, or the National Safety Code for Elevators was revised on November 30, 2016. These new standards are scheduled to go into effect on May 30, 2017.
residential  elevators  national  safety  code  for  2016  new  elevator  door 
5 days ago by Adventure_Web
The Best Way To Check Your Brakes For Safety
Staying safe on the road starts with proper brakes.
brakes  trucks  safety 
5 days ago by Adventure_Web

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