The Week in Traffic Safety: September 10, 2013

Introducing, the car that reads your mind – and your heart and liver

Nissan has unveiled Nismo, a “smartwatch” (i.e. automated wristband) that displays the vitals of drivers (heartbeat, body temperature, social media performance) and their car (fuel efficiency). Future incarnations of this technology could include a car-watch combo that measures the driver’s sobriety before agreeing to start the engine. Nissan is also developing “mind-reading” capacities for Nismo. Read Full Article Source: Fast Company

Toyota in trouble

Toyota has issued a recall for almost 800,000 hybrid sedans and cross-overs, for the second time.  Specific Toyota makes and models have continued experiencing suspension problems – despite an August 2012 recall and rerelease – due to improperly tightened nuts on the vehicles’ suspension arm.  The company has notified National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and expects the recall to be completed by mid-February. Read Full Article Source: NBC News

This is scary stuff

Forget driverless cars. Twenty to 70 percent of your vehicle’s operations – the steering, the brakes, the gas gauge, the horns, lights and seatbelts – are already computer controlled and, therefore, vulnerable to hacking. That’s what computer security teams proved during a recent hacker event in Detroit. Using a laptop — and later a Bluetooth connection — the teams fully penetrated and manipulated a car’s control networks, demonstrating how accidents could be caused remotely. Both Ford and Toyota have responded, saying their models are protected from unauthorized commands. But research from the University of Washington and University of California at San Diego indicates car hacking might be more possible than we’ve been led to believe. Read the Full Article Source: Huffington Post

Los Angeles-based dev team made the app to settle your car insurance claim

RoadView, a “black box” app conceived at the recent TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, enables cars to capture momentary, real-time data including 60 second video documentation, time of day, weather, location, and even the driver’s breaking speed. The surveillance is triggered by internal changes (air bag deployment, for example) or voice command. Of course this will be useful in determining accident causes, but RoadView could also catch rare occurrences such as a meteor shower. Read Full Article Source: TechCrunch

This press release can keep your kids safe

Going back to school means more contact between kids and cars. Monday through Friday, students take bus rides, walks, bike trips, and car rides to get to school. In fact, research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found most accidents involving underage pedestrians happen when kids are traveling to school (7 am to 8 am) or from it (3 pm to 4pm). In response, they’ve issued a release on recommended practices to help keep these wee-walkers safe during throughout the school year. Full Release Here Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration   Image: dfirecop on Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/28111950@N00/

Author: Dana Henry

Dana Henry is a Content Strategist for Traffic Safety Store. After years working as a reporter and editor for print and online publications, Dana has developed her focus on emerging technology and innovation. She resides in Philadelphia and is an avid cyclist.

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