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Health Group Calls for Radical Speed Bump Redesign

Monday

Speed bumps linked to 25,000 deaths a year caused by pollution Speed bumps in their current guise could be abolished after a health group linked the traffic calming measures to 25,000 deaths a year caused by pollution as a result of frequent acceleration and deceleration. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), is calling for a redesign of the current speed bump, to ensure vehicles do not need to sharply decelerate and then accelerate, in



Pittsburgh Pulls Ahead in Driverless Tech Race

Monday

With Carnegie Mellon's help, investment in city rivals Silicon Valley The brainpower of Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, the bumpy terrain and a high concentration of college students who don't own cars are among many reasons this Rust Belt metropolis has attracted more autonomous driving investment than anyplace outside Silicon Valley. Last week, a group of journalists rode in the latest iteration of Delphi's driverless Audi SQ5 on a 10-minute course that included several uphills, downhills, curves



Self-Driving Cars Could Eliminate Urban Crashes

Monday

The golden age of pedestrians is waiting for us. As the auto and tech industries pour millions into developing autonomous vehicles, some of the biggest gains will be realized by those who aren't even riding in self-driving cars. Transportation experts see the dawning era of autonomous transportation as a chance to tame speeding cars and trucks, creating a vastly safer world for drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. Speed is a factor in every crash, experts say. The



Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Explosions Reportedly Caused Due to ‘Aggressive Battery Design’

Monday

Samsung allegedly knew of the dangers of the Galaxy Note 7 battery design, but still went ahead with it. Samsung is currently believed to be investigating what caused the Galaxy Note 7 battery to explode, and is set to come out with an official statement before the end of this month. Before that however, an independent team of hardware engineers cracked open a Galaxy Note 7 and claims that Samsung's aggressive design for the battery might



Ford Recalls 680,000 Cars Due to Seat Belts That May Not Hold in Crash

Monday

Ford is recalling more than 680,000 midsize sedans mainly in North America because the front seat belts may not hold people in a crash. The recall covers certain 2013 to 2016 Ford Fusion, 2013 to 2015 Lincoln MKZ and 2015 and 2016 Ford Mondeo cars. Ford says heat generated when the seat belt pre-tensioners deploy can cause cables to break. If that happens the belts may not hold people. Ford says it knows of two injuries



Boom State Colorado Looks to Technology to Solve Traffic Woes

Friday

Olivia Mannix moved to Colorado from the New York tri-state area to attend the University of Colorado Boulder, and then moved to Denver to start a marketing company for the recently legalized cannabis industry. She didn't expect the traffic to follow her. "Traffic has gotten progressively worse over the years and probably will only get worse," said Mannix, 27. Construction from new businesses and a greater volume of vehicles on the roads over the last four years



Ford Foresees Urban ‘Mobility Revolution’

Friday

Automaker will work with cities to tailor services Ford Motor Co. has an ambitious vision for the city of tomorrow, one that doesn't necessarily include selling more cars and trucks. The automaker wants to create futuristic urban utopias where curbsides don't get clogged by illegal parking, eco-friendly bicycles help commuters navigate the final mile of their trips to work, and key arteries leading into and out of downtowns aren't stifled by heavy traffic during rush hour. Ford's smart



EPA’s Surprise Move to Keep Strict MPG Rules

Friday

Fuel economy rules put in place by the Obama administration back in 2012 call for cars and SUVs to have much higher fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. Those rules were supposed to be revisited this year so regulators could loosen them up, if necessary. The EPA announced Wednesday that it doesn't think the requirements should be eased. Auto industry groups say they were caught off guard by the announcement. They wanted more



Bill to Speed Medical Innovations Passes House

Friday

Senate gets measure that also would change regulatory process for new devices. The U.S. House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a wide-ranging medical research bill designed to fund scientific innovations and cutting-edge therapies while also getting medical devices and drugs to market faster. The 21st Century Cures Act covers everything from a "cancer moonshot" designed to cure that dreaded disease to money to address the nation's opioid addiction crisis to a precision medicine initiative. It also outlines new,



Nestlé Reformulates Sugar and Says It Will Use Less in Its Candy

Friday

The new product is sugar, but is made differently so less goes into the stomach but consumers still get the sweet taste. Call it sugar lite. Nestlé, the international food behemoth, announced Wednesday that it had developed a way of restructuring sugar, allowing the company to reduce the amount of sugar in its candy products. "It is sugar, but it is assembled differently so it can disassemble easily in your mouth with less going into your gastrointestinal tract,"



Study: Handwashing Compliance in Child Care Facilities is Insufficient

Thursday

Child care personnel properly clean their hands less than a quarter of the times they are supposed to, according to a study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control , the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). A new study from the University of Arkansas used video cameras to record handwashing habits and compliance among child care workers at an early childhood center in northwest



U.S. Auto Safety Agency Wants You to Complain More

Thursday

The U.S. government wants more people to complain about auto safety problems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing a rule requiring automakers put labels on sun visors of all new vehicles with instructions on how to file safety complaints. The labels would be glued to passenger visors and tell people that complaints could bring an investigation or a possible recall. The agency uses consumer complaints to spot safety problems. In 2015, it didn't have



Air Traffic System Glitch Causes Flight Suspensions in Hong Kong

Thursday

Hong Kong's civil aviation chief said this week that a newly installed air traffic control system briefly blanked out in the afternoon, forcing a 15-minute suspension of departure traffic. The Autotrac III flight data processor failed to display flight details up to 26 seconds, leading airport authorities to halt outbound flights for 15 minutes to "ensure flight safety," Director General of Civil Aviation Simon Li told reporters. He said the problem-plagued system's U.S. manufacturer Raytheon Co. is



U.S. Regulator’s Letter to GM Highlights Scrutiny of Driver-Assist Systems

Thursday

A letter from US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) counsel Paul Hemmersbaugh to General Motors (GM) regarding its upcoming Super Cruise driver assist program has been reported by the Wall Street Journal and Reuters to raise some concerns as well as provide details on GM's plans. According to Reuters, the letter indicates that GM's system will allow drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel for extended periods. But it will also stop



Advanced Robotics Shaping the Future of Manufacturing

Thursday

Today's manufacturers are staying ahead of the innovation curve by making their facilities even smarter than their products. As manufacturers race to meet consumer demands for faster supply chains, more customized products, and competitive pricing, the industry landscape is quickly evolving. In fact, today's factory appears more like a state-of-the-art tech lab than a traditional assembly line—a place where operational technology, information technology, and advanced robotics converge to make production lines more efficient than ever. A



Transport Canada Lags in Responding to Vehicle Safety Issues, Auditor General Finds

Wednesday

Transport Canada has an out-of-date regulatory framework that fails to respond quickly to safety risks or stay current with safety issues being investigated by manufacturers in their own vehicles. That's the conclusion of Auditor General Michael Ferguson, after examining the regulatory agency's record in a report to Parliament tabled Tuesday. Ferguson found that Transport Canada's oversight of vehicle safety defects and recalls was "adequate," but it failed to identify safety defects early and to influence manufacturers' recalls,



GM Developing Air Filtration System Specifically for China

Wednesday

Given public concern about air pollution and growing demand for indoor air purifiers, General Motors (GM) engineering team in China is working on a solution, the automaker states in a press release. GM China Engineering is developing an advanced filtration system for global use that uses a combination of proven technologies. It adds three layers of protection for consumers, to filter most airborne particles, help clean the air inside the vehicle via an air ionizer,



South Korea Moves to Ban Sales of Nissan Models Over Fabricated Reports

Wednesday

South Korea's government said Tuesday it is considering to ban sales of two car models sold in the country by a local subsidiary of Nissan Motor. Co., accusing it of submitting fabricated documents to get certification. The Environment Ministry said it detected problems in the certification documents for the Qashqai, a sports utility vehicle produced by Nissan, and the Infiniti Q50, a sedan manufactured as part of an alliance among Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Renault



China Arrests Managers After Plant Collapse Kills 74

Wednesday

Nine executives are being held responsible by the Chinese government for a power plant accident where 74 workers were killed when an under-construction cooling tower collapsed, state media reported this week. Those under detention included the board chairman of engineering firm Hebei Yineng, a major builder of power plants that has a record of workplace deaths, state media reported. The chief manager, deputy manager and director of engineering for the project were also detained. Laborers were building



Firm’s Supersonic Challenge: Revive Speedy Travel at a Low Price

Wednesday

Ask a harried air traveler about the basics of modern flight, and you'll probably elicit surprise when they discover commercial airplanes fly only as fast as they did in the 1950s. Given the range of aerospace advances in the past half-century, plus the technological leaps in almost every other area of human endeavor, it seems reasonable to ask: Why can't we fly faster? That's the question driving a startup called Boom Technology, which says it's time



When Problems Arise, Take Time to Find the Root Cause

Tuesday

Samsung's recall of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone has turned into a fiasco. The company's management has fallen victim to an age-old quality problem - the failure to properly identify the root cause of a defect. When reports of Galaxy Note 7 phones catching fire began to mount, Samsung management pushed hard for a solution. As reported in the Wall Street Journal , scans of some of the devices showed a bulge on batteries made by a



Voice Recognition’s Rough Road

Tuesday

Vehicle systems improve but are still among most 'difficult-to-use' cockpit technologies Years after voice recognition was introduced in vehicles, why is this technology still beset by glitches? Google Now, Apple Siri and Cortana serve millions of smartphone owners, but automakers are still trying to develop reliable and effective systems. According to the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Initial Quality Study, 23 percent of all problems reported by car buyers involved infotainment, and voice-recognition systems remain a huge part of



Self-Driving Truck Hits Road as Ohio Discusses Research

Tuesday

A self-driving truck will begin traveling on two Ohio roads next week after state officials announce details of new investments to support innovative transportation technology. A vehicle from self-driving truck maker Otto will travel a 35-mile stretch of U.S. Route 33 on Monday in central Ohio between Dublin and East Liberty, home to the Transportation Research Center, an independent testing facility. It will travel in regular traffic, and a driver in the truck will be positioned



Phone Makers Asked to Cut Driver Distraction

Tuesday

U.S. safety officials called on smartphone makers to add features that would keep motorists from using functions linked to a surge in deaths due to distracted driving, a proposal that drew immediate opposition from the electronics industry. The voluntary guidelines proposed Wednesday asked device makers to take steps such as blocking some video displays and preventing manual text entry while vehicles are under way. "As millions of Americans take to the roads for Thanksgiving gatherings, far too



Lax Laws, Flawed Recall Blamed for Malaysian Air Bag Deaths

Tuesday

Nida Fatin Mat Asis was slumped lifeless in her car seat, bleeding profusely from her nose and mouth, after her Honda hit a lamppost and skidded into a ditch. Her husband was slightly injured, and their baby wasn't hurt at all. Her husband, like Nida a government doctor, had no idea what had happened until the post-mortem came in: A broken metal canister, later identified as part of an air bag inflator, had shot through her



An FDA Reform Could Be on the Horizon

Monday

Republicans in Congress are pushing to pass long-stalled legislation by January that gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new powers to more rapidly approve drugs and medical devices. Over five years, the complex legislation would include $550 million in additional funding for the agency, as well as $1.75 billion annually in added spending for the National Institutes of Health. The bills have had bipartisan support in Congress during the past two years. They’re backed by the



Apple Offers Free Batteries for iPhone 6S With Shutdown Issues

Monday

Apple is offering free battery replacements for the iPhone 6S after determining some phones may unexpectedly shut down. "A very small number" of iPhone 6S devices manufactured between September and October 2015 are affected," Apple said in a statement Monday. The company didn't give details on problems with the batteries. Apple said the battery problem is "not a safety issue"—unlike in the case of its rival, Samsung, that pulled its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after reports of the



Hazardous Toys Still Available Online

Monday

Annual report of potentially dangerous playthings warns recalled items may still await web shoppers. Shopping for toys online? Watch out for toys that have been recalled for lead, powerful magnets and other hazards, because they can still be available for sale in online stores, a report released Tuesday cautioned. U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund's 31st annual "Trouble in Toyland" report, a survey of potentially hazardous toys, listed 44 toys totaling 35 million units recalled by



Seat Belts Debated After Fatal Bus Crash

Monday

A crash that killed five children in Tennessee is reviving discussion over whether school buses—considered among the safest vehicles on the road because of their height and bulk—should also be equipped with seat belts. Only six states require seat belts on large buses. Many others, including Tennessee, have considered but dropped such legislation in recent years out of concerns including cost. Among those saying it is now time to reconsider is Tennessee state Rep. Joanne Favors, who



Death Toll in Construction Accident in China Rises to 74

Monday

The death toll from the collapse of scaffolding at a construction site in eastern China rose to 74, state media said Friday, in the country's worst work-safety accident in more than two years. Two others were injured after the work platform at a power plant cooling tower that was under construction collapsed Thursday, sending iron pipes, steel bars and wooden planks tumbling down on the workers, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The cooling tower was being