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    Report: GM app will let you scan a license plate then text that driver
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    Ever look at something and think, "Who the heck thought this was a good idea?" No? Well, you're about to. General Motors' Chinese research and development division has come up with a new Android app that will allow people to scan license plates and send messages to the vehicle's owner, regardless ...

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    Video: VW 'Eyes on the road' ad brings danger of texting and driving to the movies
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    Distracted driving continues to be a scourge to road safety around the world. In the US, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ran a graphic commercial in April appealing to young people about the dangers of texting and driving. In Hong Kong, Volkswagen helped with a technologically ...

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    Video: NHTSA launches first-ever national distracted driving campaign with brutal ad
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    It used to be that most of the car-related public service announcements on TV focused on preventing drunk driving and getting people to buckle their seatbelts, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched grisly new ads combatting distracted drivers with the slogan "U ...

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    Report: Deborah Hersman, head of NTSB and vocal critic of auto safety efforts, stepping down
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    The National Transportation Safety Board will be getting a new boss, as the current head has announced she'll be stepping down. Deborah Hersman had a controversial tenure as head of the NTSB, strongly criticizing efforts in automotive safety. Hersman was a vocal opponent of talking and texting ...

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    Report: Apple CarPlay drawing early safety concerns [w/video]
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    Apple's CarPlay infotainment system hasn't made it into a single vehicle yet, and it's already drawing criticism for distracting drivers among safety advocates. The new tech unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show pairs users' iPhones with the car's dashboard display to make calls, dictate messages and ...

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    Report: Google hires lobbyists to fight bans on Glass while driving
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    Cat videos have much to do with many of our ills, and they've come up again in discussions various states are having about whether to preemptively ban Google Glass while driving. It was August 2013 when news reports began delving into potential bans and penalties in the US and UK for using Google ...

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    Report: Mazda ad showing Facebook updates while driving criticized by Senate committee [w/video]
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    Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-WV, held an all-day summit on Thursday to discuss the dangers of using modern technology while driving, during which an ad that Mazda aired during the Super Bowl was used as an example of the worrisome future towards which we're headed. While ...

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    Followup: Driver ticketed for wearing Google Glass sees charges dismissed
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    The California woman who was ticketed for wearing Google Glass while driving has had her ticket dismissed. The Verge, which originally broke the story we reported on at the end of October, reports that Cecilia Abadie's case was dismissed because it couldn't be proven that the device was actually ...

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    Study: Kids more distracting than texting while driving
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    There is no shortage of distractions inside cars these days, but one new study suggests that the biggest drain on a driver's attention might not be what you think. According to The Telegraph, the Monash University Accident Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia has shown that children – ...

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    Report: New York cops to use unmarked SUVs to catch texting drivers
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    Texting while driving is dangerous, and to ensure the safety of its motorists, New York has made it a primary offense for a driver to use a cell phone at all. The problem with a ban on texting while driving, though, is that it can be hard for police to enforce the law since most people text with ...

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    Video: Grand Theft Auto-style short ends with distracted driving PSA
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    Government agencies and private companies alike are trying to get the word out about the dangers of distracted driving. While many – including the recent mini-movie from Wernor Herzog – involve telling the tales of real lives affected by distracted driving, a recent film competition ...

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    Report: Woman ticketed for driving with Google Glass
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    A California woman, Cecilia Abadie, was cited by the state's Highway Patrol for speeding and distracted driving. Why the distracted driving charge? She wasn't speeding while talking on her cell phone or sending a text message, she was wearing Google Glass – the tech-enabled headset, which ...

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    Study: Kids drive distracted more than their parents think
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    Having children must instill in parents a certain sense of naïveté (this is, after all, coming from someone without children). It must be incomprehensible that this tiny human, which you raised and sacrificed for, would be anything other than good, and right and just. They would never ...

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    Official: New York adding 'texting zones" on highways
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    The state of New York announced on Monday it will be instituting so-called texting zones for drivers who just cannot wait to send an LOL or emoji to their BFF. There will be 91 zones at first, all of which will take advantage of existing rest areas, in a trial program instituted by New York ...

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    Report: Hyundai, Kia and U of M studying 'highway hypnosis'
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    Next up on the hot-button list of things that can kill you behind the wheel: "highway hypnosis." That's the zombie-like, autopilot phase you get into on a long highway drive when there isn't much to distract you, like curves or traffic. Digging further into what it is and how to combat it, ...

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    Study: Americans who consider drunk driving 'a serious threat' declines 21% in 3 years
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    Alternate titles for this story could have been "American drivers growing stupider," "Number of boneheads on the road increases," "Natural selection having greater influence on American drivers." We don't mean to make light of the latest study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, but it's ...

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    Report: New study finds talking on mobile phones while driving doesn't increase crash rates
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    Don't tell Ray LaHood, but a study from Carnegie Mellon University and the London School of Economics has said "Hold the Phone!" to the argument that talking on a mobile phone while driving raises the risk of a crash. Said one of the study's two authors, "Using a cell phone while driving may be ...

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    Video: Watch Werner Herzog's intense anti-texting-while-driving documentary
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    People, if there are any doubts as to just how dangerous texting while driving is, you need to watch this documentary, entitled From One Second to the Next, created by Werner Herzog for AT&T and co-presented by Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile. The short film starts out by saying that more than ...

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    Video: CarTube answers what happens when you add YouTube to cars
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    We've already found out what can happen to people when they drive while operating their cell phones, and it can be tragic. There are plenty of studies on distracted driving that show use of mobile devices while behind the wheel is both dangerous and increasingly commonplace, and the obvious ...

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    Study: Study suggests voice-controlled technology in the car is less safe than thought
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    Technology has become so mobile that we bring it everywhere we go, including behind the wheel of our cars. Thus, the cell phone in our pocket has become the main target of anti-distracted driving advocates, as making and taking phone calls while driving, as well as texting, have arisen as ...

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