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The Brain4Cars system analyzes drivers' head movements to determine what they're planning ...

We keep hearing about systems designed to either alert drivers to impending collisions, to let them know that they've made a mistake (such as drifting out of their lane), or to tell them that they're getting tired. Brain4Cars, however, takes yet another approach. Created by scientists at Cornell and Stanford universities, it monitors drivers to determine when they're about to do something wrong, so it can warn them not to.  Read More

Intelligent Speed Limiter won't let drivers unknowingly exceed posted speed limits

While there certainly are drivers who knowingly exceed the speed limit, many others aren't even aware that they're doing so. Given that using cruise control isn't all that practical when driving around town, Ford has instead introduced the Intelligent Speed Limiter. The technology will debut on the newest incarnation of the automaker's S-Max vehicle.  Read More

The Verizon Vehicle Bluetooth speaker, with its one-touch controls

While you may or may not be a fan of General Motors vehicles, the automaker's OnStar roadside assistance service certainly looks like it could be useful at times. Well, US-based consumers with other makes of cars should soon be able to take advantage of a similar setup, when the just-announced Verizon Vehicle system launches.  Read More

Honda says its Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, which is set to debut in the 2015 Euro...

The emergence of adaptive cruise control in recent years has certainly been a welcome development, and now Honda is promising to take things one step further. It has today unveiled its Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC), a technology it claims is capable of predicting the chances of a car cutting into your lane up to five seconds before it occurs.  Read More

The VW Golf R Touch concept at CES 2015 (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag)

As technology in cars becomes increasingly complex, the need for making it simple to use becomes more pressing. This is the principle on which Volkswagen has based its Golf R Touch concept car. The vehicle's infotainment system is controlled by driver gestures and three large touchscreen interfaces.  Read More

Mechanic Advisor's Connection Key is deisgned to make auto maintenance and repairs less st...

Mechanic Advisors’ new product is designed to make the appearance of the dreaded check engine light that little bit less disheartening, by giving car owners a portal into the health of their vehicle. The device provides drivers with the same information available to their local auto repair shop, but what makes it truly unique is its ability to put them in touch with a suitable, trustworthy mechanic.  Read More

Project 360° is developing a system for integrating data from a suite of onboard sensors

Driver assistance technologies are becoming more common and more sophisticated with each passing year, but despite this, their function is still to reduce accidents rather than eliminate them – at least, for now. Volvo's project 360° is going the whole hog with a new technology that the Swedish car maker believes has the potential to eliminate deaths and injuries by a Volvo car or truck by 2020.  Read More

Vehicle-to-vehicle technology allows cars to communicate with one another – and with their...

Early this year, the US Department of Transportation’s (DoT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it would begin steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology, in a bid to prevent accidents. Now, the NHTSA has come one step closer to making V2V a reality.  Read More

Watching the fun at AstaZero

It seems like hardly a week goes by without our hearing about another automated safety feature for cars. Such technologies include systems that detect when drivers are getting tired, that allow multiple cars to safely travel together in speed-controlled "convoys," or that warn drivers when they're drifting out of their lane. Now, in order to help foster the development of more such concepts, a new Swedish test-track facility has begun operations.  Read More

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Performance Data Recorder gets a new Valet Mode

General Motors has announced that the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette will get a new Valet Mode for its Performance Data Recorder, which will allow owners to disable the infotainment system, lock any interior storage and record vehicle data – giving drivers peace of mind when their car is with a valet.  Read More

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