Volvo to Offer Driver-Focus Cameras - Does the Concept Threaten Our Privacy?
Volvo has decided to offer a driver-facing camera in its cars within the next one year, citing it as a safety feature. With privacy being a real issue these days and AI intruding the personal space, is this a wise move? Also, how are the introverts and camera-conscious people supposed to drive with camera staring at their face at the all time?
IIHS picks its safety stars of 2018
The Jaguar I-Pace fails emergency braking test
The Jaguar I-Pace is the first all-electric SUV from the legendary British manufacturer and, while it is filled with high-end technology to the brim, it seems to fall short in one important area: accident prevention. More precisely, it seems that the car’s automatic emergency braking system, or AEB, only hits the brakes when the car is running at an extremely low speed.
Norwegian publication Dinside 20 år gathered 29 cars (four others didn’t have AEB systems at all) to test their ability to stop at speed if an obstacle appears in front of them and the person behind the wheel does absolutely nothing. The publication tested all 25 cars that did have this safety feature which should, on paper, apply the brakes when it determines that the driver won’t take any sort of evasive action. However, the system inside the Jaguar I-Pace proved lackluster which is all the more intriguing considering the fact that it worked fine on the E-Pace.
Watch Mercedes Crash the 2020 EQC Electric SUV
The Mercedes-Benz EQC is the first all-electric model part of the EQ family, Mercedes’ range of vehicles designed from the get-go with electrification in mind. The EQC hasn’t yet reached third-party crash testers such as the EURO NCAP or the NHTSA, but the car apparently passed with flying colors the German automaker’s own internal crash tests.
Unveiled publically at this year’s Paris Motor Show, the EQC is Mercedes’ first bet for the new-generation EV market. It’s a compact luxury SUV, similar to the gas-powered GLC-Class, that will be on the market next year. Mercedes-Benz revealed that it already put the EQC up against a few rigid structures for some in-house evaluatory crash tests at the Mercedes-Benz Technology Center for Vehicle Safety (TFS).
Is The 2018 Fiat Panda a Death Trap? Here’s the Crash Test Video
Back in 2015, EuroNCAP rated the 2014 Fiat Panda Cross with three-star safety rating. Four years before, the same organization - the European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP), tested the car and granted it a rather high four-star rating. Fast forward to 2018, and a recent safety evaluation tallied the Fiat Panda up as erringly bad. It received zero stars after EuroNCAP safety test performed in Brussels.
Is this now a worse car than it was before? How did it devolve? How can anyone buy it?
Well, let me tell you right away, the 2018 Fiat Panda is still the same car that it was in 2011. It did not change - at all. However, the EuroNCAP testing procedure is not the same. It is dramatically stricter, now requiring far more in terms of active safety gear. It also uses different dummies for testing (with a system that recognizes potential injuries better than before), and it tests the car for speed assistance, lane support, seat-belt reminders, and automatic emergency braking. None of this was required back in the day.
To answer the question from the title of this article I have to tell you that the latest 2018 Fiat Panda is not actually a death trap. It is just a simple city car that actually “meets or exceeds federal safety requirements in every market in which it is sold.”
The 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL Scores a Disappointing One-Star Rating in Euro NCAP Crash Testing
Watching This IIHS Simulation of a T-Bone Crash Will Inadvertently Exercise Your Sphincter Muscle
We have seen many bone-jarring videos of red-light runners getting wrecked - literally wrecked. But some people still don’t realize what a bad idea it is to jump a signal. For those folks, and for others as a humble reminder, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) posted a video demonstrating how dangerous it can be to break the rules.
Uber Moves to Resume Autonomous Testing on Public Roads
Uber wants to resume testing of its autonomous vehicle systems eight months after a Volvo SUV, part of the Uber test program struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. Now, Uber wants to kick off testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and hopes to regain public trust.
Back in March, a Volvo XC90 SUV equipped with Uber’s self-driving systems hit a pedestrian who was crossing a street at night in Tempe, Arizona. Although the person was hit away from a crosswalk, Arizona officials quickly suspended Uber’s permits that allowed it to test the new technology on public roads in the aftermath of the incident.
Now, Uber has released a detailed safety report to showcase the lengths it will go to to ensure that future testing of the autonomous technology will be carried out safely. The company stated that it carefully analyzed what went wrong and that it has improved the onboard systems and now wants to resume testing in Pennsylvania.
Watch the Carbon Fiber Polestar 1 Smash Into a Wall
Carbon fiber is a wonderful material. Offering both high strength and low weight, carbon fiber combines two characteristics seemingly at odds with one another to form a very desirable end product, something which is particularly valuable in an automotive application. After all, cars need to be strong in a crash, but lightweight to cover performance and efficiency. As such, we see the big makes utilizing carbon fiber across multiple segments. Now, Polestar (Volvo’s performance offshoot brand) is putting the value of carbon fiber on full display with this official crash test video of its latest Polestar 1 performance coupe.
Think Having a Kid Means Giving Up Sports Cars Forever? Not with these Compact Booster Seats from MiFold
As someone who’s looking to start a family in the near future, I’ve noticed that there’s a whole new world of craziness awaiting me. It’s bad enough that I’ll soon be trading off my first baby – a very-well-maintained 1991 Acura Legend – for a safer, more family-friendly car like a Volvo or Subaru. I just came to terms with that when I realized that I’m in over my head when it comes to finding a car seat that I trust enough to actually use. That’s when I stumbled across the company Mifold and its range of booster seats. Sure, it’ll be a few years before I have to worry about booster seats, but holy crap are these things awesome. They are compact, light, safe, and some of them even look cool.
After browsing the MiFold webpage a bit, I got to thinking about giving up my Legend, and the fact that I may not be able to have a truly fun car anytime in the foreseeable future – at least not if I want to take my mini-me with me, anyway. Then it hit me – with something like this, I may not have to give up my Legend after all. With a booster seat so compact, parking my little car for a few years might actually be an option. Think about it – a four-year-old can easily fit in the back of a small sports coupe. With a booster seat small enough, there’s no real reason to give up your sports car as long as it actually has a back seat. Sure, you can’t haul your infant around in it but, once they are old enough for a booster seat, why not introduce them to the wonderful world of sports cars a little earlier? The point is that, for those of us who thought that starting a family meant trading off our beloved sports cars forever, there may be a solution. That is, assuming you can get the wife to agree and that you can afford a new family car without selling your other pride and joy, of course.
Either way, I’ve listed all of MiFold’s products below because I think they are cool and wanted to share them with you. If it convinces even a few of you to start using a booster seat for your little one, or helps you hang on to your four-wheeled love, then I’ll consider this mission accomplished.
Tesla Claims Model 3 Achieves "Lowest Probability of Injury" Ever Tested by NHTSA
Tesla’s compact Model 3 sedan is clearly one of the safest cars on the market today, receiving a perfect 5-star safety rating after being tested by the NHTSA. To add to that, Tesla has claimed that the Model 3 scored the lowest probability of injury score ever recorded by the NHTSA.
The Model 3 is fresh off receiving a 5-star rating from the NHTSA after completing the full NCAP tests earlier this year. The smallest Tesla was awarded five stars across the board, including each sub-category, and for standard safety equipment. Now, Tesla posted on their blog that the Model 3 is also the car with the lowest likelihood of injury in case of a crash out of all the cars ever tested by the NTHSA.
Learn more about how safe the Model 3 is and why NHTSA doesn’t quite agree with Tesla
Tesla Model S Driver Rams Into A Nissan SUV Despite Autopilot’s Warning
This is the latest Autopilot crash; but it wasn’t the system’s fault. A couple, who was too busy engrossed in something else other than focusing on the road, rear-ended a Nissan SUV despite the system warning and chiming its brains out. How can one trust a machine blindly?
NHTSA Gives the 2019 Tesla Model 3 a Five-Star Safety Rating
The Tesla Model 3 has passed the NHTSA test with flying colors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has tested the rear-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3, and the car has scored a five-star rating across all the categories. This is not something new for Elon Musk’s company, though, as all Tesla cars previously have done the same.
Crash Test Video: Euro NCAP Gives the 2019 Suzuki Jimny a 3-Star Rating
The Jimny has been the talk of the town for as long as we can remember. While every manufacturer focused on crossovers, Suzuki decided to refresh the rugged-looking Jimny, and the audience welcomed it with open arms. However, the little off-roader that could has failed the Euro NCAP crash test, managing to score just three stars.
The Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee Fail Miserably in Recent IIHS Crash Testing
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has flagged the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee after both SUVs scored an overall rating of “poor” in the agency’s recent crash test examination. According to results of the passenger-side small overlap front crash tests, both SUVs showed a high risk of injury to a front passenger with potentially fatal ramifications.
Nissan Introduces Easy Tire-Fill Alert System Because It’s Too Hard to Do it the Old-Fashioned Way
15 years ago, before the age of tire pressure monitoring systems, we checked out tire pressure once a week when filling up the gas tank. From there we would proceed to add air to any of our car’s tires and go about our lives until the next fill-up unless we notice a tire looking a little low. Well, nowadays we have tire pressure monitoring systems that tell us when a tire drops below a certain pressure level. Nissan wants to take that a bit further, though and has introduced the Easy Tire-Fill alert system.
This system essentially prevents the need for us to check tire pressure as we add air to our tires. It’s routinely simple, leave the ignition key on with the engine off and add air pressure. When pressure is right, the horn will honk. Overpressure the tire, and the hazard lights will kick on along with another quick honk of the horn. Nissan claims this system will help consumers save money as underinflated tires can rob you of gas mileage and shorten the life of your tires, but is a system like this even necessary?
No, it isn’t. It’s ridiculous, actually. It’s not hard to pull out your old pressure gauge and check your tire pressure. Most air pumps even have a built-in gauge to make life even easier. All this system does is prove how lazy we as consumers can be. Sure, it’s a cool novelty I guess, but it’s an outrageous technology that we really don’t need. Oh, it does cut down the time it takes to fill underinflated tires by half, but you know that’s about 30 seconds of your life once a month or so at best.
Watch Tesla Fail Miserably at Trying to Rollover the Model X
Say what you will about Tesla or its rascal CEO Elon Musk - the various models in Tesla’s lineup perform incredibly well in safety tests, and that’s a fact. Such is the case with the Model X SUV, which just aced the NHTSA’s rollover test with the lowest probability of tipping over “of any SUV.”
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EU Commission to Implement 11 Mandatory Car Safety Features, Including One That Prevents Speeding
In three years, all new cars sold in Europe must come standard with at least 11 different safety systems including an “intelligent speed assistance” system. That system will be paired with traffic-sign recognition and will automatically set a car’s maximum speed based on the current speed limit on any given road. That means that by 2021 it may be impossible to break the speed limit. And, while that may be the most invasive of the 11 systems, it’s only the tip of the iceberg and a preview of how moderated driving will be in the very near future.