Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Safety

The robotic arm is capable of calculating the path of moving objects, moving to intercept ...

Researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have developed a robotic arm capable of processing and catching moving objects in just a fraction of a second. The team, that works at the institute’s Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory (LASA), was able to teach the robot to understand the path of the object and intercept it at blistering speed. As well as being extremely cool to watch, it’s possible that the technology might find safety-oriented applications in the future.  Read More

The Vidameter is an ambitious smartband that aims to take a hand in fitness, well-being an...

The fitness tracking wearable is far from a new concept. Basic devices such as heart rate monitoring wristwatches have been around for decades, while the last few years have seen an explosion of smartwatches and other wearable tech that either cater for, or are specifically designed for fitness enthusiasts. However, while the Vidameter may look like just another wearable, it actually has a much bigger mandate in mind, aiming to take a hand in personal safety and general well-being as well as fitness.  Read More

The drones will be used to speed inspection of the easyJet fleet (Photo: easyJet)

Airliners aren't the cheapest form of transportation to run – not the least because of the costs run up by the detailed inspections required by safety regulations on a regular basis. easyJet and Bristol Robotics Laboratory have announced that they've entered into a partnership to adapt drones for inspecting easyJet’s fleet of 220 Airbus aircraft as part of a larger package of technological innovations designed to make inspections between flights faster and more efficient.  Read More

One ideal location for the SAFE+ Shelter is within an existing parking space outside a hos...

The events of March 11, 2011 are still very much in the minds of the Japanese people and it's no surprise that we've seen a number of tsunami safety pod designs emerge in the years since. This example from the Tajima Motor Company, the Tsunami Floating Shelter SAFE+, aims to provide a last resort option for emergency workers who have left it too late to escape. The company plans to produce 1000 units in 2014, with the aim of doubling that to 2000 in 2015.  Read More

Icon's Airframe Statistic - a motorcycle helmet with a message

The numbers you see on each section of this helmet represent the likelihood of that section taking an impact in a crash ... and they tell a very powerful story that's guaranteed to create arguments with other riders.  Read More

Variability in steering wheel movement has proven to be a tip-off that drivers are getting...

Driver drowsiness is a major cause of accidents, so it's not surprising that a variety of technologies have been developed for its detection. Most of these systems require the use of prominent hardware such as eye-tracking cameras, reactive testing devices, or even Google Glass. A team from Washington State University Spokane, however, has developed a system that detects drowsy drivers through inexpensive electronics that monitor movement of the steering wheel.  Read More

The KP1 system is capable of transmitting video footage of a traffic incident within 60 se...

SmartWitness, a UK-based manufacturer of vehicle safety systems, has unveiled the latest in its line of traffic incident cameras, the KP1. The system was showcased at last month's Commercial Vehicle Show 2014 in Birmingham, UK and is capable of compressing and transmitting video footage over 3G or 4G within 60 seconds of an incident occurring.  Read More

From backpack to child seat in about a minute

Volvo isn't afraid to try new things with inflatables. Those things include its pedestrian airbag and now a child safety seat concept. The new concept has nothing to do with crash-activated airbag systems though, it's a child seat with a fully inflatable structure designed to make the seat lighter and more portable.  Read More

The straps of the Commuter X4 act as additional focal points, making it easier for drivers...

When Ed Ward was knocked off his bike and into a busy London junction, he was determined it wouldn't happen again. But, rather than give up cycling, he set out to improve bike safety lights. His latest creation, the Commuter X4, is a wearable, fiber optic rear bike light designed to help drivers spot cyclists, as well as judge their distance, width and speed.  Read More

The Brainy Bike Lights headlight

Which catches your attention quicker, an illuminated pedestrian symbol, or a plain old light? According to research conducted at the University of Oxford, the human brain will always notice known symbols faster than it notices generic lights, particularly in environments where there are already various other lights present. With that in mind, a group from the university has now developed Brainy Bike Lights – bicycle head- and tail lights which feature an LED "cyclist" symbol instead of just a row of bulbs.  Read More

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