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Honda's DSRC safety system warns the driver their path is about to intersect with a motorc...

Here's a term almost all motorcyclists run across in their first couple of years on the road: SMIDSY. It stands for "sorry mate, I didn't see you" and it's the standard apology we get when we're sprawled across the bonnet of a car after its driver has pulled out in front of us. Bikes are tougher to see on the road for a number of reasons, so Honda is looking into the idea of using Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) to give drivers advance warning when a SMIDSY situation could be coming up.  Read More

The HelmetHub dispenses and receives bike helmets

Bike-sharing programs are a good idea, particularly for people who occasionally find themselves in need of some last-mile transportation. It’s pretty doubtful, however, that such people are always going to be packing a bike helmet. That’s why the HelmetHub helmet vending machine was invented.  Read More

A special polymer material created by UCLA professor Vijay Gupta has been found to reduce ...

One of the most feared football-related injuries is concussion. With the new NFL and NCAA college seasons just about to kick off, fans will be praying that none of their team suffers any serious impact collisions that could end their season or result in memory loss or depression later in life. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) biomechanical engineering professor, Vijay Gupta, is testing a special polymer material that when applied to the inside of helmets, can reduce G-force impact by 25 percent.  Read More

Casco's SPEEDmask mechanism (left) and the slider mechanism from ABUS (right)

The old adage that there’s more than one way to skin a cat was borne out at Eurobike 2013 with two companies showing racing helmets that each take a slightly different approach to integrating visors. Both systems allow the visor to be moved out of the way while riding, but one flips out of the way, while the second retracts into the helmet.  Read More

Ford is studying space robots like NASA's Robonaut 2 in its efforts to develop safer conne...

Ford has turned to space robots in an effort to make driving safer and more efficient. The motor car company has embarked on a three-year research partnership with the telematics department of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia to study communications systems for space robots as a way of improving technology currently under development to produce cars able to communicate directly with one another and with the internet.  Read More

Tesla's Model S has achieved a 5 star NHTSA safety rating  (Photo: NHTSA)

With glowing reviews and positive sales, Tesla's Model S seems to be on a roll in 2013. Now the EV has joined the 1 percent of vehicles to have achieved a 5-star safety rating in testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), scoring a record 5.4 rating in its overall Vehicle Safety Score (VSS) ... and breaking a roof crush testing machine in the process.  Read More

StayBoy Lock is a sturdy lock and lead designed to prevent dognapping

Dognapping was immortalized by Disney’s Cruella de Vil’s glamorous villain in the movie 101 Dalmatians, and it is every dog owner’s worst nightmare. It was the fear over having his own dog stolen that prompted Phoenix, Arizona resident and inventor Jim Allen to create a device to secure dogs when out doing errands, traveling or just having fun outdoors. And so the StayBoy Lock project was born and launched on Kickstarter, where it’s currently seeking funding.  Read More

Is there light at the end of the tunnel? (Image: Andreas Eldh)

It's been an exceedingly ugly fortnight on Twitter. Following a successful campaign orchestrated by journalist and feminist Caroline Criado-Perez to have a woman reinstated on Bank of England banknotes, she has been subjected to a relentless campaign of harassment, with rape and death threats being received by Criado-Perez at a rate of nearly one per minute on July 24, the day it was confirmed that her campaign had been a success. After being the platform for sustained threats and abuse for almost two weeks, Twitter has finally begun to act.  Read More

The SafeHarness is a portable seat belt that can be quickly and easily added to existing b...

Given how diligent most of us are about putting on our seatbelt when we get in a car, it seems funny that we think nothing of riding on highway-going buses that don’t even even have seat belts. While it’s possible that coach manufacturers may be required to install safety restraints on new buses in the future, that will still leave a lot of belt-less older buses on the road and in use. That’s why Blake McCauley and Charles Bedell have created the SafeHarness portable seat belt.  Read More

Ford's surveillance system monitors the area behind the police cruiser

Ford has found a new use for some of the vehicle sensor systems that help drivers monitor traffic. A new surveillance mode developed in collaboration with California-based Intermotive Inc. uses these sensor systems to give police officers "eyes on the back of their heads," making them aware of any potential dangers behind their vehicles.  Read More

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