Craning your neck to check for oncoming traffic can be a futile exercise when you're trailing a mammoth semi-trailer on a single lane highway. If only you could see through that huge mass of moving steel, right? After a trial last year, Samsung has again taken a "transparent" Safety Truck to the roads of Argentina for further testing, with a view to expanding the technology globally later in the year.
By transmitting misleading information to other road users, forgetting to cancel a turn indicator can be potentially dangerous. The Smart Turn System is a self-canceling device for motorcycles, designed to accurately determine when a maneuver has been completed before switching off the indicators.
Bosch has set up an independent supplier business for motorcycles in an effort to cement its position as a global market leader. Spearheading this offensive is the next generation ABS10, a new electric hub motor for eScooters and several electronic safety systems.
Last year, Delphi used its own technologies to "drive" a car autonomously from San Francisco to New York. The next stage of that tech is what the company calls "vehicle-to-everything" (V2E). It allows vehicles to communicate with streets, signs, traffic lights, other cars and even pedestrians – and it's currently being showcased at CES.
Living someplace that gets snow in the winter may have its perks, but the ice-melting salt that's spread on the roads isn't one of them. Besides the fact that it gets all over our cars and clothing, it also has to be reapplied throughout the winter, harming the environment in the process. If a new type of asphalt reaches production, however, salt-spreading may become a thing of the past.
Ford has created a suit of clothing that mimics the effects of driving while under the influence of drugs. The suit, dubbed the Drugged Driving Suit, is part of the Ford Driving Skills for Life program for young drivers. The goal is to use the suit, along with its Drunk Driving Suit sibling, to educate kids in a hands-on way about the effects of driving under the influence, even when they might "feel fine."
The European safety organization Euro NCAP has announced the introduction of a new test to ascertain the effectiveness of pedestrian detection and autonomous braking and collision avoidance systems from different manufacturers. The new Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) Pedestrian tests are based on real-world scenarios and utilize new life-like, moving dummies in a controlled environment.
Committing US$1 billion over the next five years, Toyota Motor Corporation has announced the establishment of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), a research and development center initially focusing on artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. The company is tasked with developing technologies to increase driving safety and improve mobility and quality of life, particularly for the elderly..
and Yamaha have joined forces in pursuit of the development and promotion of Cooperative-Intelligent
Transportation Systems (C-ITS) principally designed for powered two-wheelers. Aiming
at increasing safety for riders, this initiative will focus on developing ITS applications
tailored to the specific requirements of motorcycles and scooters.
It was just a couple of years ago that we first heard about See.Sense
bike lights. Using integrated sensors, they can determine when the
rider is doing things such as going through a road junction, navigating a
roundabout, or moving through lanes of traffic – they can also tell
when the sun is going down, or when vehicle headlights are approaching.
In all cases, the lights respond by shining brighter and blinking
faster. Now, their inventors have added even more functions by creating a
connected version of the lights, known as See.Sense Icon.