AT&T researchers create app to track your teenager’s driving habits

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The app could also monitor an elderly driver’s aptitude over time.

AT&T researchers have created a system that reports on drivers’ real-time behavior and long-term driving trends by merging data from cars’ onboard computers and drivers’ smart phones.  It also reveals whether a particular mistake might have been caused by phone use.

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Smartphone App Finds Empty Parking Spaces for Drivers

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A smartphone app gives information about open parking spots.

The most agonizing everyday experience the urban driver must face?  The search for an empty parking place.

It is part sleuthing and part blood sport. Circling, narrowly missing a spot, outmaneuvering other motorists to finally ease into a space only to discover that it is off limits during working hours.

 

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Removing Traffic Lights Shown to Improve Flow and Safety

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“Naked Streets” without traffic lights gets rid of frustration

Portishead is a coastal town in England about 120 miles west of London. The town of 22,000 people experimented with turning its traffic lights off on a major road in September 2009. Despite the traffic chaos, the streets still seemed safe.

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Guardian Angel Hired By Swiss Police To Stop Drivers Speeding

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SLOW DOWN!!!

Drivers in Switzerland who spot a winged man dressed in white at the side of the road shouldn’t be alarmed – it’s not a vision, it’s a guardian angel.

Police in the state of Fribourg have hired the professional actor to deter motorists from speeding.

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Naked Man In Taxi-Lifting Adventure

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GIVE ME STRENGTH!

It all began when the nude man stopped the taxi by running out into the street in front of traffic.

As the perplexed driver got out of the car to see what was going on, the naked man grabbed the vehicle’s bumper and tried – without much success – to lift it off the ground. As a crowd of puzzled onlookers gathered to watch the spectacle, the man continued in his efforts to lift the car. Eyewitnesses reported that he would sometimes shout ‘please give me strength!’ as he struggled with the taxi…

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Funeral Home Offers Drunk Drivers FREE Burial

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The owner of a north Georgia funeral home has quite a deal if you plan to drink and drive on New Year’s Eve. Sign an agreement, and you can qualify for a free burial.

It’s a freebie that no one has signed up to accept.

“In today’s society, you have to go to the extreme sometimes to get their attention,” says Barry Miller, owner of McGuire Jennings Miller Funeral Home in Rome.

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TXTBlocker: Stops Texting While Driving

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TXTBlocker is a software and online service combo which locks off a registered mobile phone from making or receiving text messages or calls while in a car. It uses cell and GPS data to determine location and speed and decide whether the phone is actually in a car, and once it thinks it is, boom, the service is automatically limited.

 

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Ultimate See-Through Speakers

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Ferguson Hill’s transparent speakers

Check out Ferguson Hill’s transparent designed speakers. As you can plainly see, the FH001 is a horn speaker made of clear acrylic. Horns are among the oldest speaker designs because they are incredibly efficient, and they also extend the low-frequency range of the driver. As a result, the FH001 boasts an efficiency of 100dB/W/m and needs only 3 to 50 watts of amp power, making it ideal for tube-based power amps so beloved by many audiophiles. And its frequency range is an astounding 150Hz-20kHz (±5dB) with no crossover. (Pics)

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BMW Testing Emergency Stop Assistance System

BMW Testing Emergency Stop Assistance System

 BMW working on system that stops vehicles during a medical emergency

Senior citizens who are at heightened risk for heart attack and strokes or those with diabetes often stop driving to keep both themselves and other motorists safe in the event that they have a medical issue while behind the wheel. Others ignore the risk factors and continue to drive until something happens to themselves or others, while still others often suffer completely unforeseen medical events. Regardless of whether you are young or old, sick or healthy, BMW is working on a new safety system called Emergency Stop Assistant which will safely bring one’s vehicle to a stop during a medical calamity.
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