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EEG Headrests Helping Drivers Stay Focused on the Road?

EEG Headrests

For years, drivers have take head restraints for granted, often erroneously believing they are there to rest one’s head against, instead of to prevent whiplash in a rear-end collision.  But a company called Freer Logic wants to move head restraints forward into the 21st century, by using them to monitor drivers’ brains through the use…

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Evasive Steering Assist: Fords to Automatically Steer Around Road Obstacles

Evasive Steering Assist

With the release of its Evasive Steering Assist, Ford is aiming to reduce collisions by automatically steering around obstacles in the roadway ahead. When faced with an obstacle just ahead, most drivers will go ahead and start to turn the steering wheel, to steer around the object. But many times drivers turn the wheel too…

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Self-Honking Horns to Prevent Pedestrian Injuries

Self-Honking Horn

The most vulnerable road users of all, pedestrians are at great risk of injury and death, should a vehicle-pedestrian collision occur.  That’s why Volvo, always a prolific purveyor of safety technologies, has created a system that detects nearby pedestrians.  What’s new about this is that once a pedestrian is detected, the vehicle will automatically sound…

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Route 66 in Missouri to Feature Roads Made from Solar Panels

Solar Roadways

Later in 2016, Missouri will lead the way in testing sections of roads made from solar panels.  The panels will capture energy from the sun, and provide self-illuminating road markings and signage.  Each modular panel will allow for quick repairs, an advantage over the traditional approach of repaving entire sections of roadway. Created by Solar…

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Next Airbags to Deploy on the Outside of Vehicles?

External Airbag

It’s no surprise that side impact collisions can cause great injuries to a vehicle’s occupants; their bodies are so close to the door that injuries can be much greater than even a head-on collision.  To address this, vehicle manufacturers have been offering side impact airbags for years, and these are very effective in crash situations.…

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