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11When trouble hits, Portland will turn to bikes for disaster relief

Forget FEMA. Portland, Oregon's relief – if and when the Big One hits – might just come in the form of an army of bike riders. Most likely fueled by caffeine rations.

490Spare Tires No Longer Standard In Many New Cars

One woman found out the hard way that her car didn't come with a doughnut

A spare tire use to be standard equipment in a new car, an extra layer of safety distressed drivers could count on to get them out of a jam. But those days are over.

21New Ford Police Interceptor tech protects cops' backsides

It was only a matter of time before law enforcement agencies would realize the potential of driver-assist technology for use in their Ford Police Interceptors, and, now that they have, those back-up cameras and radar systems won't be used just for parking, but for security, as well.

18How Mercedes is using QR codes to help accident victims

Mercedes-Benz is working on a system that may help emergency workers quickly and safely rescue trapped occupants in wrecked vehicles. The system pairs rescue sheets that show firefighters, police and paramedics information on exactly how and where to use rescue sheers to extract trapped passengers, the location of major hydraulic lines, air bags and electrical cables as well as other important vehicle data with QR codes. Using two stickers with the codes prominently displayed, rescue workers can

29Uncle Sam's shopping list for government fleets

Edmunds has taken a closer look at which vehicles are most heavily favored by the federal government by evaluating percentage of model sales in 2011. Not surprisingly the Chevrolet Caprice topped off the list with a whopping 79.2 percent of sales going to government agencies, while the out-to-pasture Ford Crown Victoria took second with 57.2 percent of total sales. But that's pretty much where the predictability comes to a close. The Chevrolet Express van takes a distant third with 10.7 percent.

7Volkswagen presents new Sharanbulance at RETTmobil emergency vehicles expo

What you see here is an ambulance. It's based on the Sharan, a van Volkswagen offers in certain overseas markets. We shall therefore call it the Sharanbulance.

27Video: First responders learn EV rescue techniques on Chevy Volt

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315"Crash tax" bill sent to man after minor accident - you could get one too

If you are involved in or are a witness to an accident, what's the first thing you should do? Call #911, right? While we're certainly not advising against using the emergency service, making that call may wind up being rather costly to either yourself or the victim. Proof of such can be seen in the case of Cary Feldman, who was traveling through Chicago Heights, IL on his motor scooter when he was stuck from behind.

58Alabama Slammer: Seized Porsche 911 becomes newest member of Hoover PD

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11VIDEO: French motorcycle cop training is not easy, but looks fun

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1Bertone's emergency plan expected today

The coachbuilder has long since evolved from being the small design house it once was into a major manufacturing facility, with capacity to produce 70,000 cars each year. But in order to break even, it needs to build at least 30,000 per year. It was building a special-edition MINI, but that ended over a year ago, and production of the Astra convertible ended two years ago. Over the last three years, according to reports, Bertone has lost €37.3 million ($55.4 million).

6Survive in your car for just $25

We've never had the pleasure of being stranded in our cars, relying on our dormant Order of the Arrow skills. Turns out, though, you only need $25 to ensure your co-pilot doesn't turn into a giant pot roast before your eyes. The resourceful folks over at Backwoods Home have given considerable thought to the possibility of riding out a stranding and coming out of it well-fed, clear eyed, and rested.

AddSan Francisco will use biodiesel in emergency fleets

The City of San Francisco announced Thursday that the city's fire department will begin a six-month pilot program to use B20 in fire trucks and other emergency vehicles. The pilot program will be limited to the SE part of SF, and biodiesel use will likely expand to the fleet citywide after completion. The San Francisco Fire Department did a six-month study on using B20 in two fire trucks, six engines and one ambulance before announcing the pilot program. There are currently 800 alternative fuel

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