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The German city of Augsburg installed pedestrian signals in the ground at busy crossings so texting walkers know when it is safe to cross.

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New Zealand's new public-service announcements get a chuckle – and are spot-on.

Safety watchdogs that track distracted-driving figures haven't yet quantified the impact of cell-phone use behind the wheel. But any driver who has glanced at their fellow motorists and found they're all glued to their screens knows it's a growing problem.

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According to the Lyft mobile application's update text, the Waze integration has arrived and is "rolling out nationwide."

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Waze is now alerting drivers in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington when they approach historically dangerous intersections.

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After security threat, company suspends service.

Nissan has disabled an app used by thousands of Leaf owners after researchers discovered cyber vulnerabilities.

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There Are Far Too Many LED Screens In This EV

Nissan introduces the Teatro For Dayz Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, which is packed with ways to distract the driver.

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EV Drivers Indicate They Are Quite Likely To Buy Another

Ford survey finds that electric vehicle owners want a wider-range of uses for their plug-in vehicle smartphone apps and they really love their cars.

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NTSB Warns Pilots Device Distraction Could Lead To Mid-Air Collisions

Distractions aren't just for drivers. The National Transportation Safety Board issued a warning to pilots last week that said the presence of technology, such as cell phones and tablets, in the cockpit could lead to mid-air collisions.

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Hyundai has a patent for a way to disable smartphone features, like calls and texting, by using specific software and antennas inside the vehicle. It can even limit these restrictions simple to the area around the driver's seat.

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The digital tar pit will eventually consume us all, but for now, we're still able to watch it swallow our analog lives. One of the next items to succumb could be your driver's license, at least as soon as Iowa straightens out the kinks. The Hawkeye State is working with MorphoTrust USA on an driver's license app for Android and iOS phones that can be used as a state-approved ID. Notably, the app wouldn't replace a laminated paper version, but either could be used to conduct business. Iowa is alr

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Hyundai has launched a Blue Link update that makes the app's features work through smartwatches.

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Apple has filed for a patent to let your smartphone also act as a car key. While some automakers have apps that already do that, this solution lets users selectively share the functionality with other devices.

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A company called Gotham Air is hoping to take ridesharing to the skies. Somewhat like Uber for helicopters, the service lets customers reserve flights from Manhattan to either JFK or New Liberty airports. The company claims it can shuttle people from place to place in as little as six minutes.

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The Breeze is a tiny, personal breathalyzer that syncs with your smartphone to estimate when you might be sober again. If you don't feel like waiting around, the app can also hail a cab, contact Uber, call a designated driver, show nearby restaurants and even find a local hotel to sleep things off.

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Free app would display an image of an Iowa citizen's driver's license

A fully realized "digital wallet" is inching closer to reality with Iowa's planned driver's license app.

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You No Longer Need A Card To Share A Car

For all the smarts in the Smart cars used in Car2go, the cars haven't been smart enough to talk to users' smart phones. At least, not in the way you might want them to talk to each other. Until now, Car2go users have had to carry a special card with them to gain access to the broad network of carsharing vehicles. Now, you can get in and drive using your phone and the Car2go app.

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New technology isn't as safe as early adopters claim

The first scientific study on wearing Google Glass while driving has shown that the high-tech eyewear and smartphones are equally distracting.

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Automotive head-up displays were once limited to high-end luxury sedans and sports cars, but in recent years they have started trickling down to affordable models like the latest Mini Cooper and Mazda3. Navdy, a startup from San Francisco, is aiming to broaden this tech even more with its new, portable device that combines all of the features of a HUD with apps and smartphone controls.

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Back in April, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released voluntary guidelines covering the use of in-car infotainment and communications in the hopes that automakers would reconfigure their systems to make them safer. But on Tuesday, NHTSA administrator David Strickland said at a congressional hearing that the administration has the authority to set vehicle smartphone guidelines and will release new voluntary guidelines next year, casting a wider net than the ones released in A

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Smartphones can enhance driving by acting as GPS systems, but Hudway takes the concept to the next level with its app, which turns any device running iOS (and in February 2014, Android) into a heads-up display that can be viewed on your windshield in low-visibility and low-light situations.

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The next time you fume when you see the numbskull in the car next to you texting from behind the wheel, consider this: mobile-phone applications are actually causing people drive less and use public transportation more.

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