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Categories: Safety

Fiat 500 Gets IIHS Top Safety Pick

On: Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 9:31AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The tiny Fiat 500 is the car that relaunched the Fiat brand in the United States. And Chrysler/Fiat hopes that the 500 will provide a solid start to a run much improved from its last foray in the American market, when Fiats earned the nickname "Fix It Again, Tony."

So far, the car has some serious accolades on its side including a 2009 World Car Design of the Year award and a recent Kelley Blue Book recommendation as a top back-to-school car. And now it's met one of the biggest challenges that tiny cars face head on and come out the victor: the 500 has received a prestigious "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

GM Expects Partially Autonomous Cars By 2015

On: Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 5:14PM | By: David Walter

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Believe it or not, many newer cars found on the road today already feature the building blocks for partial or fully autonomous platforms. Cameras, sensors, GPS and wireless technology are currently used to supply information to both the driver and the car. However, if these tools were to be combined with car-to-infrastructure communication, what once was thought as mere science-fiction could quickly become reality.

If you’re like me, that still seems like a rather large “what if” scenario, but Alan Taub, GM’s Vice President of Global Research and Development, seems much more optimistic.

“Vehicles that partially drive themselves will be available by the middle of the decade with more sophisticated self-driving systems by the end of the decade," said Taub at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Orlando last Sunday.

Drop In Accidents Linked To BlackBerry Outage

On: Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 2:50PM | By: David Walter

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Surprisingly, Apple's new iPhone 4S wasn't the only phone making headlines last week. For three days (Tuesday through Thursday), millions of BlackBerry users in Europe, Africa, India, the Middle East, Latin America and parts of North America were left without services like messaging, email and internet due to a major server crash. While the outage may have inconvenienced BlackBerry owners (and really damaged RIM’s [Research In Motion – makers of BlackBerry phones] reputation), it may have made roads in the Middle East a safer place.

According to The National, traffic accidents fell 20 percent in Dubai and 40 percent (with no fatal accidents) in Abu Dhabi during the days of BlackBerry’s disruption.

Mercedes Recalls Nearly 7,000 Cars!

On: Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 9:14AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Although dated earlier than today, Mercedes just recently issued a recall for quite a number of its diesel models produced during various (and specific) time periods during the last two years.  The E-Class, GL-Class, ML-Class, R-Class, and S-Class diesel models are all being brought back because it seems they have a penchant for depositing fuel on the roadway, which can obviously cause the roadway to become dangerously slick for other drivers or even catch fire under the right conditions.  Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov


BMW To Introduce Laser Headlights Within Three Years

On: Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 4:16PM | By: Chris Weiss

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BMW recently spent some serious time detailing its ConnectedDrive technologies of the future in a comprehensive press kit. Turns out, at least one of those technologies isn't that far away. The company said that laser headlights will make a production debut within two to three years.

Hanafi Abdul, BMW's optical systems designer, explained to Inside Line that the laser headlights are actually production ready now, but are waiting for the right vehicle. That vehicle will most definitely be the i8, which was the first vehicle to feature the laser headlights in concept form, but the laser headlights may even debut before the i8 on a separate vehicle, according to Abdul. The production i8 will debut in about two years at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Checking Your Bulbs May Be A "Bright Idea" But I'm Too Awesome A Writer To Stoop To Such Punnery

On: Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 2:47PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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There have been quite a few how-to-ish articles posted around here but none has covered my particular automobile-upkeep-related pet peeve (OK, one of my many): burned-out bulbs.

Now I know what you’re thinking: “borrrrrriiiinnnnng.”  Well, you are not far from Truthsville on that one. But seeing as how the burned-out taillight is practically the state symbol of Michigan these days—I’m still waiting to hear back from the governor on my idea, though, so it’s still “unofficial”—MANY of you need to need to be bored with this.

Bored into ACTION, that is!

Teenagers And Cars

On: Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 12:32PM | By: Peter C Sessler

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About two Sundays ago, we lost power at around 12:30 AM and it didn't go back on until three or so hours later. I wondered why this happened—there weren't any storms that night and by morning I had forgotten about it.

A week or so later, I read in the local paper that a 17-year-old girl had run into a pole with such force that it caused the power outage; it also cost her life. Such a waste.

Unfortunately, this is not a rare occurrence these days. Does it seem to you that more and more kids are having accidents today or is it me? There is a local garage where they bring the wrecked cars and it amazes me that there are always so many. A good 30-40% are cars that were driven by young people. What are the reasons for this?

6,000 New Corvettes Being Recalled!

On: Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 9:34AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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So it seems that even the venerable American sports car can be subject to faulty manufacturing from time to time. Under normal circumstances, 5,755 model call-backs doesn't represent a huge recall, but being that Corvettes are "mass produced" in relatively low numbers to begin with, nearly 6,000 represents a fairly sizable percentage of the total number of 2011-2012 models running around out there. It seems that the rear hatch hinges for some of these sporty cars were not made to handle load imposed on them in the event of a crash and could cause the hatch to fly off in the event of an accident, causing even more destruction.  

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov

Volkswagen Recalls 168,000 Diesel Cars!

On: Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 11:20AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Volkswagen has just released a recall that will call back 168,275 diesel cars that include Jetta, Jetta Sportwagen, Golf, and Audi A3 models because of a very odd potential defect. It seems that one of the fuel lines could potentially crack due to injection pulses matching the natural frequency of the line during specific engine conditions. This could then lead to fuel leakage and potentially an engine fire. Read on to get the full report from safercar.gov

More Tickets In The Mail? U.K. Looking At Tire Cameras

On: Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 11:30AM | By: Chris Weiss

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A couple weeks ago, I opened up my mailbox to find a nice, little ticket from the NJ Turnpike Authority. You see, I had been driving with an EZ-Pass automatic pay scanner, but apparently the scanner didn't work on this particular toll both. Unfortunately, the license plate camera did, and I was stuck opening a stupid traffic ticket.

Frankly, I could live without the surprise tickets created by Big Brother-like technology spying on our vehicles. But it's a growing reality. In the U.K., such sensors may not apply just to missed tolls and red lights; they may be able to check your tires for illegally low tread patterns.

Survey Says...Two-Thirds Of Drivers Use Too Much Tech

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 5:34PM | By: Chris Weiss

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There's a growing rift in our technologically savvy society. On the one hand, you have the crowd that can't go five minutes without texting inanities to friends, surfing the Web on a tablet computer, and tapping into GPS to find out what local businesses are around and what Yelp reviewers think of them. On that same side of the aisle, you have automakers that are all too eager to appear hip and modern. On the other side, you have people that would prefer to be safe over cool and connected, people that don't believe the car should be a four-wheeled computer.

Well, if the results of a recent MetLife survey are accurate, it would appear the latter crowd is a lot stronger than the former—at least as it pertains to other drivers.