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Official: Cadillac CT6 will get high-res streaming video rearview mirror

Filed under: Sedan, Safety, Technology, Cadillac, Luxury Cadillac is preparing a big upgrade to the humble rearview mirror, adding a streaming video function that it claims will improve a driver’s field of vision by 300 percent. The new system will debut on the 2016 CT6 flagship. The streaming system, which eliminates the visual obstructions caused [...]

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Report: GM ignition switch recall fund reaches 100 approved claims for deaths, injuries

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, GM The General Motors ignition-switch compensation fund has the macabre task of determining whether to pay settlements to those who claim to be hurt by the automaker’s faulty parts. The group, led by star attorney Kenneth Feinberg, has been accepting claims since August 1, and the latest statistics have brought to [...]

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Recalls: Ford blows up Takata airbag recall by over 447k vehicles

Filed under: Performance, Recalls, Safety, Ford ​ Ford is the latest automaker to announce an expansion to its Takata driver-side airbag inflator recall, and the latest increase adds an additional 447,310 vehicles to the nationwide total. The company says that this expansion comes at the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The expanded [...]

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Report: Kiwi seniors accidentally lock themselves in Mazda3 for 13 hours, nearly die

Filed under: Budget, Etc., Safety, Hatchback, Mazda It’s an over-played trope that senior citizens are bad with technology. Its regular use as a comedic device, though, overshadows a more dire circumstance that comes when elderly citizens are paired with gizmos and gadgets they don’t fully understand. A couple from New Zealand spent the night in [...]

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Report: 11-year-old Arkansas girl pays cabbie $1,300 to drive her to Florida boy

Filed under: Etc., Government/Legal, Safety, Police/Emergency An 11-year-old girl from Arkansas is back at home after stealing $1,300 from her grandmother and taking a long-distance cab ride to meet a boy in Florida. Catching her wasn’t too difficult, though. After her parents reported the girl missing, police found calls to the boy and the taxi [...]

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Reflective Bicycle Coating

If you loved the Lumen bicycle’s retro-reflective coating but wish you could have it on your bicycle, hit up Hub Powderworks. They can coat your bike’s frame in the same grey coating that sends light back towards its source. Hat Tip Link Price: $529-$599 Continue Reading from the Source

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Report: South Dakota yanks double-entendre ‘Don’t Jerk and Drive’ campaign [w/video]

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Videos The South Dakota Office of Highway Safety just can’t take its own suggestive joke. The government organization recently started a public service campaign with the far too easily mocked name Don’t Jerk and Drive. It was supposed to educate drivers on how to handle hitting snowy or icy patches of [...]

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Report: Uber enabled surge pricing in downtown Sydney during hostage crisis [UPDATE]

Filed under: Etc., Safety, Technology, Australia, Smartphone UPDATE: Uber spokesperson Katie Curran sent a statement about the company’s response. It can be read below. Ridesharing service Uber is facing some controversy in Australia after implementing its so-called ‘surge pricing’ during the just-ended hostage crisis in a Sydney cafe. The flood of people trying to leave [...]

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Report: 10 automakers shack up in Detroit hotel to talk Takata airbags

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota Since Takata has decided not to take the lead concerning potential issues with its airbag inflators, the automakers have. Perhaps that’s unsurprising, since it’s the automakers, not Takata, that will take a beating on the dealership floor if consumers decide its [...]

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Official: Takata airbag recall claims 209k Chrysler, Dodge vehicles

Filed under: Sedan, Truck, Wagon, Recalls, Safety, Chrysler, Dodge Chrysler is expanding the scope of its front passenger side Takata airbag inflator recall yet again to include 139,115 additional vehicles for a total of 208,783 units now needing these parts replaced. The latest campaign affects the passenger side inflators of the 2003-2005 Dodge Ram 1500, [...]

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Recalls: Mazda expands scope of vehicles affected by Takata airbag recall to 330k

Filed under: Coupe, Sedan, Recalls, Safety, Mazda Earlier this week a Reuters report indicated that Mazda was considering a nationwide expansion of its recall for vehicles equipped with Takata airbag inflators. The company has now confirmed said expansion, with the vehicle count jumping from 86,770 to 330,000 affected in the US. As before, the affected [...]

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Cobi Smart Bicycle Add-on

Cobi is a modular system that adds modern features to bicycles. It has a smartphone dock, a thumb controller, an automatic headlight and rear lights/turn signals. Its mobile app has a map, stat trackers, a theft alarm and more. Hat Tip Link Price: $115++ Continue Reading from the Source

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The Government Admits Drone Rules Won’t Be Ready Until at Least 2017

It looks like we’ll have to wait a few more years before order can be restored to a sky increasingly full of drones. Despite having set a deadline for September 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration admitted it’s going to take even longer than expected to finish its rules for commercial drones. The Government Accountability Office [...]

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Video: Streetpong is the cure for pedestrian boredom

Filed under: Europe, Safety, Toys/Games, Design/Style, Technology, Videos A group of Germans have come up with an ingenious way to prevent jaywalking and entertain pedestrians at the same time. It’s called Streetpong, and the idea is already at work in the real world at one lone intersection. Streetpong adds a small touchscreen to the buttons [...]

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Video: Streetpong is the cure for pedestrian boredom

Filed under: Europe, Safety, Toys/Games, Design/Style, Technology, Videos A group of Germans have come up with an ingenious way to prevent jaywalking and entertain pedestrians at the same time. It’s called Streetpong, and the idea is already at work in the real world at one lone intersection. Streetpong adds a small touchscreen to the buttons [...]

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Report: Acura TLX sales stopped over rollaway fears

Filed under: Sedan, Recalls, Safety, Acura, Luxury A bad indicator that could convince customers that affected cars are in park, even when they aren’t, has pushed Acura to issue a stop-sale for the V6-equipped TLX sedan. The company has already alerted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the potential safety defect. According to Consumer [...]

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