accident avoidance

  • Toyota's Intelligent Clearance Sonar, displaying a dashboard warning - image: Toyota

    With the unintended acceleration debacle now in its rearview mirror, automaker Toyota is employing technology to ensure that this won’t happen on future models. Intelligent Clearance Sonar and Drive-Start Control will (hopefully) eliminate accidents caused by pedal confusion or improper gear selection. Intelligent Clearance Sonar detects objects that may be out of the driver’s line of sight, and automatically brakes the car to avoid a collision. Drivers are first warned by an alarm, followed by a loss of engine power and an application of the brakes, to a complete stop if...

  • Nissan camera-based Blind Spot Warning
    Nissan: Camera Based Accident Avoidance Tech Due Soon

    The trouble with current accident avoidance technology is that it's usually reserved to the more expensive vehicles available on sale. That's not to criticize it of course. Just like ABS, traction control, airbags and other safety technology, it simply costs a lot to develop and initially the cost...

  • Vic Gundotra, SVP for Google
    Google Guru Sings Mercedes Praises (& So Should You)

    Who has the toughest job on Planet Earth? Some would say the president of the United States. Others would point to the thousands of low-paid migrant workers who keep food on our tables. For folks in the tech world, though, the title might go to Vic Gundotra, Google's chief of social networking. And...

  • Impressive crash protection
    Canadian Engineer Develops Cheaper Collision Detection Tech

    Nobody, save for perhaps stunt drivers, likes to crash. Even if you're lucky enough to escape injury, accidents invariably mean months of insurance nightmare, dozens of phone calls to people you dislike conversing with, considerable expense and almost certainly time off the road. General consensus...

  • Traffic
    'Talking Car' Technology Could Reduce Accidents, Save Lives

    The first image that comes into your head when talking cars are mentioned is probably the smiling face of Lightning McQueen from the Disney Pixar film Cars, voiced by Owen Wilson. In reality though the concept of 'talking' cars is less fun-filled but a lot more useful and could save thousands of...

  • Traffic
    Audi Launches New Project To Make Commuting Comfy

    Urban mobility is a hot topic these days -- and rightly so. Roughly 50% of the world's population now lives in urban areas, and by 2030, that figure should hit 60%. As cities and megacities grow, navigating them swiftly and efficiently will become critical for economic, social, and safety reasons...

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