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Road Safety

Salt-impregnated asphalt de-ices itself

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.Read More

Automotive

Ford makes suit to simulate drugged driving

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."Read More

Automotive

Euro NCAP ratings to take autonomous pedestrian detection systems into account

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.Read More

Automotive

Toyota Research Institute to further AI and robotics research

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..Read More

BMW, Honda and Yamaha collaborate to increase motorcycle safety

BMW, Honda 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.

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Bicycles

See.Sense Icon bike lights know what's going on, and communicate with your phone

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.Read More

Bicycles

Cotlo's Corvus smart bike knows when cars are coming from behind

Even if motorized bicycles turn you off, perhaps you still appreciate some of the electronic bells and whistles that are included on many e-bikes. If that's the case, then a "smart bike" might be more to your liking. One of the latest to catch our eye is the Cotlo Corvus, which features a car-detecting rear radar system and a built-in OLED display. We came across a prototype at Interbike 2015, and got the goods.Read More

Bicycles

Breathalyzer bike lock stops drunken cyclists in their tracks

When you compare it to the wreckage a drunk driver can cause, an inebriated cyclist mightn't seem all that great a threat. But in reality any road user with impaired judgement can wreak havoc through an ignored stop sign or traffic light, whatever their choice of ride. The Alcoho-Lock is aimed at preventing cyclists from hopping in the saddle when they've had one too many, working in much the same way as breath-test locks for drunk drivers.Read More

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