As Many As 303 Deaths Linked To Faulty Ignition Switches In Recalled Gm Cars

In-car emotion detector can sense when you have road rage, making driving safer

NHTSA could and should have initiated a defect investigation to determine why airbags were not deploying in Cobalts and Ions in increasing numbers, Ditlow wrote to federal safety regulators. GM vigorously challenged Friedmans findings in a statement. As knowledgeable observers know, FARS [fatality analysis reporting systems] tracks raw data. Without rigorous analysis, it is pure speculation to attempt to draw any meaningful conclusions, the automaker said. Because the raw data relates to all front-seat fatalities in which the air bags didnt deploy, the fatalities cannot be directly linked to the ignition problem. The 303 deaths could also be caused by other issues such as a faulty passenger seat air bag detection system. This is certainly a place from which to start looking at crashes to see what might be directly related to the ignition switch, said Sean Kane, president of Safety Research and Strategies, an independent, for-profit safety research company. We need further analysis to see how many of these are related directly to an ignition issue. Both the automaker and NHTSA have come under fire by safety experts for dragging their feet in issuing the recalls. Documents submitted by GM show the automaker was aware of the problem on a prototype Saturn Ion in 2001 and on production models in 2004.
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2003 Saturn Ion

The idea behind this system is that, when youre irritated or angry, you become a more aggressive driver and less attentive leading to more accidents.The same technology can also be used to measure tiredness and fatigue, by measuring the percentage of your eyelid closure, and then warning you to take a break before you fall asleep at the wheel. This work, developed by EPFLs Signal Processing 5 Laboratory (LTS5) in association with PSA Peugeot Citroen, uses an infrared camera placed behind the cars steering wheel to track the seven universal hard-coded emotions that your face can show. Fear, anger, joy, sadness, disgust, surprise, and suspicion are so intrinsic to human nature that they have very specific muscle movements movements that can be fairly easily picked up with an infrared camera and some computer vision software. As you can see in the video below, the software tracks your eyes, mouth, and nose, and from their movements it can work out what emotion youre currently experiencing. If your face registers anger or disgust for long enough, the software decides that you are stressed out and probably about to do something stupid. Because this is a prototype, all the EPFL system does is tell you when youre suffering from road rage but presumably a production version of the technology would do a lot more. Maybe it would pre-charge your breaks, ready for when you tailgate the guy in front of you? Or maybe, if your car has some autonomous driving features , they could quietly take over so you think youre still driving, but its actually your car thats preventing you from swerving out of your lane or piling into the car in front of you.
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Cars could soon monitor our EMOTIONS: Device reads facial expressions to prevent road rage

The scientists will aim to create a system that can work in real-time with a more advanced facial monitoring algorithm. The team is also working on a fatigue detector that measures the percentage of eyelid closure, which could one day be used to develop a safety system to stop people falling asleep at the wheel. They are also striving to detect distraction and on using lip reading and voice recognition, to give more of a clue to a drivers mental state. Volvo has launched a revolutionary safety device that scans for cyclists (pictured) and automatically brakes if a collision is imminent AND VOLVO ADDS A SCANNER THAT APPLIES THE BRAKES WHEN IT DETECTS A BICYCLE SWERVING INTO A CAR Volvo has launched a revolutionary safety device that scans for cyclists and automatically brakes if a collision is imminent. The Swedish car firm says the camera and radar-guided technology, which is being introduced into cars from May, could save hundreds of lives. The system comprises a radar scanner in the grille, a camera fitted in front of the rear-view mirror, and an onboard computer. It allows the car to identify cyclists who swerve into its path and reacts by slamming on the brakes. The driver is given a loud audible warning and a visible warning of a row of red lights flashing up on the windscreen. The new cyclist detector system comprises a radar scanner set into the cars grille, a camera fitted in front of the rear-view mirror, and a computerised central control unit.
Please see the full article at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2580969/Cars-soon-monitor-EMOTIONS-Device-reads-facial-expressions-identify-anger-prevent-road-rage.html

BMW shows off M4 Coupe MotoGP safety car

2014 BMW M4 Coupe 1 155x125 BMW shows off M4 Coupe MotoGP safety car

Always refer to the car seat manufacturer’s instructions to install a car seat, or better yet, have it properly installed at your local fire station. You can find additional child car seat inspection stations at the N.H.T.S.A. website . 3. Never text while driving. How dangerous is it to be distracted by the act of composing, sending or reading text messages while behind the wheel? Car and Driver Magazine conducted a test that evaluated drivers’ reaction times to brake lights while attempting to text on their cell phones, and compared them to those of driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent, the legal driving limit. Driving 70 miles per hour in a straight line, it took an unimpaired driver .54 seconds to brake while a legally drunk driver needed an additional four feet. But when the driver was sending a text, an additional 70 feet were needed to come to a stop.
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Car safety tips

The proposed upgrades include a first-ever side impact test for car seats sold in the U.S. that are designed for children weighing up to 40 lbs. In light of the recent proposed upgrades by NHTSA, and reinforcing the company’s commitment to car seat safety, UPPAbaby conducted preliminary tests using the new Q3s, 3-year old child dummy (40 lbs) in a variety of configurations, including: LATCH, seatbelt (lap, lap & shoulder) and carrier only. UPPAbaby is the first car seat manufacturer to aggressively test, meet and exceed these new proposed regulations and standards. Independent testing was held at an accredited lab used by NHTSA. SIP Testing Overview Side impact testing simulates a crash in which the vehicle carrying the car seat is struck on the side by another vehicle. Under the proposal, car seats would be tested in a specially designed sled test that simulates a “T-bone” crash. The new sled test simulates both the acceleration of the struck vehicle and the vehicle door crushing toward the car seat. The proposed test will use an existing 12-month old child dummy as well as a newly developed side impact dummy representing a 3-year old child (Q3s dummy). The UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat, currently available, exceeds all applicable federal safety standards and proposed upgrades and recommended guidelines by NHTSA.
Please see the full article at: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/13/ma-uppababy-car-seat-idUSnPnNEzMqCL+16b+PRN20140313

UPPAbaby Continues To Make Car Seat Safety & Safety Of Children A Top Priority

BMW shows off M4 Coupe MotoGP safety car (0) BMW M has recently revealed on a social website the M4 Coupe safety car for the 2014 MotoGP season. For last years MotoGP championship BMW had used an M6 Gran Coupe but now they have decided to go on with the all-new M4 Coupe to increase awareness of the first-ever M4. For obvious reasons, the safety car wears a traditional M livery and the typical lettering as well as a light bar. With the M4 safety car BMW is also displaying some of its performance parts such as the front skirt attachments, rear spoiler and diffuser which all have been made form carbon fiber. Under the hood power is derived from an inline-six 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine generating an output of 431 HP (317 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the car to achieve the acceleration from 0-62 mph (0-100 kmph) in just 4.3 seconds with the six-speed manual and in 4.1 seconds when equipped with the optional seven-speed M DCT. The model comes with an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 kmph) but BMW is offering an optional M Drivers Package which raises the limiter to 174 mph (280 kmph).
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U.S. safety watchdog group says 303 airbag-linked deaths in recalled GM cars

safety watchdog group says 303 airbag-linked deaths in recalled GM cars March 13, 2014 9:54 PM 0 shares . View photo A General Motors logo is seen on a vehicle for sale at the GM dealership in Carlsbad, California January 4, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake By Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators have recorded 303 deaths involving non-deployment of airbags in 1.6 million compact cars recalled last month by General Motors Co, according to a new study released Thursday night by a safety watchdog group. GM has said it has reports of 12 deaths in 34 crashes in the recalled cars, which include the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2003-2007 Saturn Ion. GM did not recall the cars until February, despite learning of problems with the ignition switch in 2001. The Center for Auto Safety said it referenced crash and fatality data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS). General Motors Co said late Thursday that the new report was based on “raw data” and “without rigorous analysis, it is pure speculation to attempt to draw any meaningful conclusions.” Clarence Ditlow, the center’s executive director, said, “NHTSA could and should have initiated a defect investigation to determine why airbags were not deploying in Cobalts and Ions in increasing numbers.” NHTSA has been criticized for not pressing GM to recall the cars with defective switches, despite receiving hundreds of consumer complaints in the past 10 years and implementing its own investigations of two fatalities related to the faulty ignition switches. GM said its investigation into the massive recall and the impact of the defective switch is “ongoing.” (Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Eric Walsh) Consumer Discretionary
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