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Self Driving Car Technology Blamed For First Fatality

22 Jul

On May 7th, 2016 a Tesla Motor Model S driver, 40 year-old Joshua Brown, was killed while using Tesla’s Autopilot mode. Driving on the highway, the bright sky confused the car’s sensor system, which failed to activate the brakes when an 18-wheel truck and trailer crossed the highway in Williston, Florida. The Model S drove straight towards […]

The Dangers of Pokémon GO

11 Jul

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Pokémon have invaded reality–augmented reality, that is. Thousands of people who have “gotta catch ’em all” have been running into streets, private property, police stations, holes, robbers, and even a dead body since Nintendo released the new app Pokémon GO.  What is Pokémon GO? Pokémon GO is an augmented reality game available as an app on smartphones. The […]

“Textalyzer” May Come to New York

25 Apr

What is “Textalyzer”? Backed by the Israeli Firm, Cellebrite, which assists FBI agents with decrypting phones, including the terrorist’s iPhone from the recent San Bernardino attack, the Textalyzer device would allow police officers at a crash scene to see if the perpetrator had been texting. In lieu of New York’s texting and driving laws, the aim of […]

Can Google’s Flow Platform Help Decongest City Traffic?

4 Apr

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A parent company of Google, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs aims to create the Flow platform designed to help the United States smooth out the heavy traffic seen in major cities. Sidewalk Labs is considered a “smart city” company and strives to solve the urban problems of today. What is the Flow Platform? Described as a “transportation […]

Google’s Self-Driving Car Hit A Bus

7 Mar

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Many expected a self-driving car to cause an accident at some point, and on February 14th, 2016 it finally happened. In Mountain View, California one of Google’s autonomous Lexus SUV’s side-swiped a city bus. What went wrong with Google’s self-driving car? According to the New York Post, no police report was filed for the incident. […]

China Invents Mind-Controlled Cars

24 Feb

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Car companies across the globe, which includes Japan, Germany, and the United States, are hard at work developing self-driving cars. Toyota has even set a goal to finish the autonomous car in time for the Summer Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo. However, Nankai University students in Tianjin China have taken a step in […]

New AAA Study Shows The Dangers Of Voice-Activated Devices

17 Feb

By now we know the dangers of texting while driving and how distracting talking while driving can be too. Yet, despite the risks, people continue to drive distracted. Automotive companies thought they found a solution to this problem with hands-free devices, including voice acted controls to help drivers keep their eyes on the road and […]

New York City Launches Drive Smart

14 Oct

What is the Drive Smart Demonstration Pilot Protect (DOT)  On August 2015, New York City launched a new protect commonly called “Drive Smart” or DOT and plans to continue it through August 2016. Designed to gather data and learn the daily driving habits of 400 volunteer New York City residents, the program places a small car […]

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Summary

30 Sep

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History of Volkswagen Scandal Last December, Volkswagen said that up to 482,000 of its vehicles in America may have been emitting more NOx (nitrogen oxide) than emissions tests reported. Last week, Volkswagen confessed that it might have gotten the number wrong. Now an estimated 11 million Volkswagen vehicles emit 40% more nitrous oxide than the Environmental Protection […]

Is Uber Affecting New York Traffic?

16 Sep

If you’ve been around New York City or spoken with someone who works there, then you’ve probably heard of Uber, the app based for hire vehicle (FHV) company  that has been causing a storm of controversy. Many people, including New York’s Mayor, Bill de Blasio, accuses Uber of slowing traffic by up to 12%, though […]