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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 15, 2020 at 09:30. 16 comments

60 People Treated After Delta Flight Dumps Jet Fuel on Los Angeles County

60 People Treated After Delta Flight Dumps Jet Fuel on Los Angeles County

Around 60 people in Los Angeles County were treated by first responders after a jet returning to Los Angeles International Airport dumped its fuel in mid-air, showering at least five elementary schools and a high school shortly before noon, CNN reported on Tuesday.

No one at any of the sites required hospitalization, Los Angeles School Police Department Sergeant Rudy Perez told the network....

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Jan 06, 2020. 10 comments

Garmin's New Dashcam Records Both the Road Ahead and Passengers in the Back

Garmin's New Dashcam Records Both the Road Ahead and Passengers in the Back

Instead of just recording what’s happening on the road in front of a car, Garmin’s new Dash Cam Tandem has a second rear-facing lens that also records everything happening inside the vehicle at the same time. It won’t make the job of an Uber driver even easier, but it will provide irrefutable proof of unruly passengers should they ever dispute their bad behavior.

Uber Hub Shows Drivers It...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Jan 06, 2020. 19 comments

Bosch's LCD Car Visor Only Blocks Your View of the Road Where the Sun Is In Your Eyes

Bosch's LCD Car Visor Only Blocks Your View of the Road Where the Sun Is In Your Eyes

Fully autonomous vehicles are already being tested on roads across the country, but there’s one feature in every car that feels like it hasn’t been upgraded in a century: the sun visor. So a group of engineers from Bosch set out to update this antiquated feature so that it blocks the sun without also blocking a driver’s view of the road.

14-Year-Old Genius Solves Blind Spots

Using some...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 13, 2019. 8 comments

Man Trapped in Car in Icy River Saved By Yelling, 'Siri, Call 911'

Man Trapped in Car in Icy River Saved By Yelling, 'Siri, Call 911'

An Iowa man recently survived what could have easily been a fatal road accident by shouting “Siri, call 911,” CNN reported on Thursday.

KIMT3 News reported that 18-year-old Charles City, Iowa man Gael Salcedo was driving to classes at North Iowa Area Community College when he slid on ice and was plunged into the Winnebago River near Mason City the morning of Dec. 10. Accuweather pegs the...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Dec 10, 2019. 5 comments

These Noise-Canceling Headphones Will Alert You to All the Dangers You Can't Hear

These Noise-Canceling Headphones Will Alert You to All the Dangers You Can't Hear

They’re effective at quelling the sounds of crying babies, but noise-canceling headphones can also tune out sounds you might actually want to hear, like the horn of an approaching car as you absentmindedly step out into a busy street. To make noise-canceling headphones safer, researchers are now teaching them to recognize and alert the wearer to sounds that represent imminent danger.

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Nov 21, 2019. 2 comments

Uber Plans to Record Audio of Rides in the U.S.

Uber Plans to Record Audio of Rides in the U.S.

A year and a half after Uber announced it was “getting serious about safety ” as a response to the horrific deluge of reports about drivers committing murders and sexual assaults, the ride-share giant is planning a program that will record audio of rides in the U.S.

Earlier this month, Uber unveiled its plans to pilot an in-app audio recording feature in Brazil and Mexico, beginning in...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Nov 06, 2019. 7 comments

NTSB Finds Uber Self-Driving Car in Fatal Crash Saw Victim, But Wasn't Programmed to Handle Jaywalkers

NTSB Finds Uber Self-Driving Car in Fatal Crash Saw Victim, But Wasn't Programmed to Handle Jaywalkers

Federal investigators have determined an Uber self-driving car that killed 49-year-old pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona in March 2018 lacked programming to either recognize or respond to the presence of jaywalkers on the road, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released 400 pages of documents on the fatal collision on Tuesday,...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Nov 02, 2019. 8 comments

Good News, Rich People! Garmin's New Nav System Will Land Your Private Plane for You

Good News, Rich People! Garmin's New Nav System Will Land Your Private Plane for You

Those worried about the safety of autonomous vehicles might be surprised to hear that most commercial aircraft can already fly and even land themselves. To date, it’s a feature that’s only been available on larger aircraft, but Garmin is now bringing it to smaller private planes with its new Autoland system. Thing is, unlike Garmin’s other products, it’s probably not for you.

Garmin is a name...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Oct 29, 2019. 6 comments

MIT Researchers Taught Autonomous Cars to See Around Corners

MIT Researchers Taught Autonomous Cars to See Around Corners

Researchers at MIT are helping autonomous cars deliver on the promise of safer roads with a new trick that lets driverless vehicles see around corners to pre-emptively spot other vehicles or moving hazards that human drivers would never see coming.

The Air Force's New Robot Can Fly Any Plane and Turn It Into an Autonomous Drone

Unmanned aircraft are the future of military aviation, minimizing...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Oct 22, 2019. 16 comments

Recalled Gun Holster Had One Job, Does the Exact Opposite

Recalled Gun Holster Had One Job, Does the Exact Opposite

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and Vista Outdoor have issued a recall notice for the company’s Blackhawk T-Series L2C gun holsters after the design was found to potentially “change the position of the safety switch on the firearm without the user knowing it.” So instead of keeping the gun safe and secure, there’s the chance it unknowingly makes it ready to fire.

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David Nield David Nield Oct 07, 2019. 10 comments

How to Avoid Backing Bad Crowdfunding Projects

How to Avoid Backing Bad Crowdfunding Projects

Kickstarter and Indiegogo are home to some of the most innovative tech ideas around, and there’s plenty of choices if you’re looking to invest in something cool, useful, or cutting-edge. Just before you part with your hard-earned cash, though, we’ve got some warning signs and red flags to help you tell the difference between a viable proposition and something that’s likely to crash and burn.

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Oct 03, 2019. 12 comments

Federal Safety Regulators Say They're Looking Into Reports of Tesla Smart Summon Crashes

Federal Safety Regulators Say They're Looking Into Reports of Tesla Smart Summon Crashes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) isn’t so thrilled with Tesla’s rollout of a feature that automatically summons the company’s vehicles in parking lots, telling Reuters they are investigating resulting crashes.

The smart summon feature, launched last week as part of Tesla’s optional $6,000 “Full Self Driving” package, allow a user to use an app to summon their vehicle...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Oct 01, 2019. 14 comments

Bosch Hopes Triggering Explosions Will Actually Make Electric Cars Safer When They Crash

Bosch Hopes Triggering Explosions Will Actually Make Electric Cars Safer When They Crash

Building an electric vehicle isn’t as easy as swapping a fuel tank for a battery and a gas-guzzling engine for an electric motor, it requires an extensive redesign of the car as we know it, including planning for new risks when an accident occurs. That’s where Bosch thinks intentional explosions could actually make electric vehicles much safer.

New Research Promises Electric Car Batteries...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Sep 29, 2019. 16 comments

FAA Orders Inspection of Boeing 737 Next Generation Jets After Discovery of 'Structural Cracks'

FAA Orders Inspection of Boeing 737 Next Generation Jets After Discovery of 'Structural Cracks'

Boeing, already having taken a $4.9 billion after-tax charge this year amid the ongoing fallout from two deadly 737 Max crashes, now has problems with a different line of planes.

Per CNN, the Federal Aviation Administration is ordering inspections of 737 Next Generation models (737-600, 737-700, 737-800, and 737-900) after Boeing reported that it had discovered certain planes had developed...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Sep 27, 2019.

Uber Plans to Launch Even More Safety Features It's Needed For a While Now

Uber Plans to Launch Even More Safety Features It's Needed For a While Now

Amid mounting criticism and lawsuits concerning Uber shortcomings when it comes to passenger safety, the company unveiled several new safety features planned to roll out along with an app-wide update it announced Thursday.

They’ll be among several added to the ride-sharing app in the last year since Uber announced it was “getting serious about safety,” a commitment long overdue given its...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Sep 26, 2019. 16 comments

Watch the DNI Testify About the Whistleblower Complaint Against President Trump on YouTube, Facebook, and More

Watch the DNI Testify About the Whistleblower Complaint Against President Trump on YouTube, Facebook, and More

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire will testify to the House Intelligence Committee this morning at 9:00 a.m. ET / 6:00 a.m. PT about the whistleblower complaint that President Donald Trump has been trying to hide from the American public. And there are plenty of ways to watch Maguire’s testimony live on YouTube, Facebook, and more, with plenty of links below.

Maguire will...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Aug 24, 2019. 3 comments

Twitter's Safety Consultants Say the Platform's Ghosting Them

Twitter's Safety Consultants Say the Platform's Ghosting Them

Let me go ahead and break out that “pretends to be shocked” gif.

Apparently, Twitter’s users aren’t the only ones disappointed in the platform . Members of the company’s Trust and Safety Council say Twitter has been failing to keep them in the loop for months regarding policy changes, according to a Wired report.

On Friday, Wired published a letter sent to Twitter’s staff earlier this week...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 14, 2019. 7 comments

FAA Bans Some Recalled MacBook Pro Models From Flying, Citing Fire Risk

FAA Bans Some Recalled MacBook Pro Models From Flying, Citing Fire Risk

The Federal Aviation Administration has “banned select MacBook Pro” units from flying in the air after Apple issued a warning that some contained batteries that pose a fire risk, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

The ban applies to some 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina Displays sold between September 2015 and February 2017; these were subject to a June 2019 Apple recall warning of a “fire safety...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 11, 2019. 14 comments

Russian Nuclear Agency Rosatom Confirms Radiation Leak Following Rocket Engine Test

Russian Nuclear Agency Rosatom Confirms Radiation Leak Following Rocket Engine Test

Russian nuclear agency Rosatom admitted late on Friday that a suspicious cloud of radiation that spread over the Arkhangelsk region was caused by an explosion at one of its facilities, the Guardian reported, involving experiments involving an “isotope power source for a liquid-fuelled rocket engine.”

Rosatom said that the accident, which temporarily sent radiation spiking up to 20 times...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Aug 06, 2019. 5 comments

Researchers Say This AI Can Spot Unsafe Food on Amazon Faster Than the FDA

Researchers Say This AI Can Spot Unsafe Food on Amazon Faster Than the FDA

It’s been most famously used to swap celebrities into movies and even erase unwanted mustaches , but the real power of artificial intelligence is its ability to spot patterns in large amounts of data and make startlingly accurate predictions. Researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health have now trained a deep learning AI to find dangerous food items potentially needing a...

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