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    Report: Volvo's pedestrian airbags may already be on their way out

    As proof of just how quickly automotive technology can advance, just check out the Volvo V40. Developed with an external airbag aimed at better protecting pedestrians in the event of a collision, this innovative safety device could be phased out soon in place of more advanced active safety ...

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    Official: Honda demonstrates new Vehicle-to-Pedestrian safety tech [w/video]

    We're fresh from a balmy rooftop deck in downtown Detroit, where Honda held a meeting this week to discuss and demonstrate a few upcoming advanced safety features. A clear focus of the mini event was the company's new Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) technology, with a suite of Vehicle-to-Motorcycle ...

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    Video: Tire-carrying pedestrian gets a lucky bounce

    Dash cam videos out of Russia and Eastern Europe always manage to crank the pucker factor up to surprising levels, but this might be one of the closest calls we've seen yet. As a man was casually crossing the street with a pair of tires in hand, a Lada Niva driver hit the brakes a little too late ...

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    Report: IIHS survey says D.C. residents like speed and red-light cameras

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released a study this week that seems to go against what critics and the media have been reporting for years. According to the report, some people – more specifically, a large majority of the residents in Washington D.C. – actually ...

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    Video: Brazilian crosswalk guardians pick up, carry car out of intersection

    To promote National Traffic Week in Brazil, a group has posted a video of how it is taking pedestrian safety into its own hands. The Hermann Blumenau Rotary Club is being called the "Brazilian Crosswalk Guardians," and this video shows exactly why. When what looks to be a Fiat Panda rolls into ...

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    Official: GM developing Wi-Fi app to help pedestrians avoid being hit [w/video]

    Since even the threat of serious injury or death isn't enough to keep people engrossed in their phones from walking out into traffic, General Motors is developing a new pedestrian safety technology that will sense the phone itself. Using Wi-Fi Direct, a peer-to-peer wireless standard that's like ...

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    Official: Volvo protecting pedestrians with airbags on outside of new V40 [w/video]

    Above all else, Volvo is known in car circles as being the foremost innovator in technologies intended to improve the safety of its vehicles. While we most often think of the safety of a car's internal occupants, it's important to remember than a two-ton weapon of mass destruction moving at ...

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    Report: Land Rover Defender to soldier on until 2017

    Autocar reports that the Land Rover Defender will be around a good bit longer than we thought. The vehicle may stay on dealer lots until at least 2017 thanks in part to a new 2.2-liter diesel engine that can meet more stringent EU6 emissions standards. Originally, a successor to the long-running ...

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    Official: NHTSA assessing pedestrian warning systems for hybrid and electric vehicles [w/poll]

    The addition of pedestrian warning systems on sometimes near-silent vehicles like the electric Nissan Leaf and hybrid Toyota Prius has been the subject of much debate, but with the U.S. House and Senate passing a measure that requires hybrids and plug-in vehicles to emit an audible sound to warn ...

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    Report: Patent shows Porsche working on pop-up hood for next 911

    Europe is a dangerous place to be a pedestrian. With crowded cities characterized by gridlock and narrow streets, you have to be on your game every second to avoid getting bowled over by a raging, overzealous motorist. All too often, that spells tragedy. With one-sided car-on-human accidents on ...

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    Senate unanimously rules in favor of noisy hybrids, electric cars

    Regardless of whether or not there's an actual need for pedestrian warning systems for hybrid and electric vehicles, the U.S. Senate has voted unanimously to approve a measure that would make the noise-adding setup standard on all vehicles that can operate – even if just momentarily – ...

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    Video: Volvo suffers another auto-stop safety system failure in public fashion

    Volvo V60 Pedestrian Detection test failures – Click above to watch the videos
    Volvo's new Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake is under scrutiny after a series of demonstrations for journalists in Australia went awry in rather spectacular fashion. During the presentation, an ...

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    2011 Volvo S60 hands-on demonstration w/video

    2011 Volvo S60 T5 in action – click above for high-res image gallery
    An impact with an automobile will crack a human's bones like lobster claws at a clambake; an outcome Volvo aims to fight with technology. Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, a system that uses radar and cameras to ...

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    U.K.-based team develops hood-mounted airbag for pedestrian safety

    These days, it's nearly impossible to find a new automobile that doesn't come equipped with a barrage of airbags to keep the driver and passengers safe in the event of an crash. That's all well and good, but what about the pedestrians that happen to be in the vehicle's line of fire?A team in the ...

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    Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act introduced to protect the blind from quiet cars

    2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for a high-res image gallery
    According to the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, just introduced by U.S. Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Arlen Specter (R-PA), "New vehicles that employ hybrid or electric engine technology can be silent, rendering them ...

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    Jaguar XK outside favorite, wins top safety award

    Plowing into pedestrians is best avoided altogether, but if there's no way around it them, ambulatory targets will appreciate it those thoughtful enough to be driving a new Jaguar XK. That's the word, as the World Traffic Safety Symposium (WTSS) has just granted Jaguar's revitalized coupe ...

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    New York Auto Show: Audi's TT latest in auto erotic couture

    Audi's 2007 TT coupe received a suitably haute couture introduction in the fashion capitol of North America, New York City. Flanked by coathanger models wrapped in the latest stylings of designer Doo.Ri Chung, the press conference also featured an appearance by German supermodel Tatjana Patitz, ...


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