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Don't let your tyres get tired: regulations keep vehicles safe

Don't let your tyres get tired: regulations keep vehicles safe
Hitting London's roads in 1896 was the world’s first motorised commercial vehicle, with a top speed of seven miles per hour and a payload capacity of 1,500kg. As vehicles have become larger in size and weight, new regulations have been introduced to keep our roads safe. Here, Richard Moorse, Head of technical at tyre pressure monitoring company, TyrePal discusses the regulations that are in place for today’s commercial vehicle tyres.
6th October 2017

Contact with speeding drivers could save 50 lives a year

Contact with speeding drivers could save 50 lives a year
A recent report on road casualties in Great Britain has revealed a four percent rise in speed related road deaths. In response to this, Insure The Box, the pioneer of telematics insurance and a champion for Road Safety has calculated that 50 road deaths and 750 serious injuries could be prevented per year if all motor insurance providers communicated with customers who habitually speed.
3rd October 2017

There's no turning back now

There's no turning back now
When Breakthrough magazine spoke to Zona’s CEO, John Hale, he was in the midst of a whirlwind of media attention around his innovative product, designed to save motorcyclists lives. News of his product had been published in the previous week’s New Scientist, and it was also featured in the high profile motorcycling publication, Motorcycle News. So it was evident there was a lot of interest in what John was doing. But it was far from a new idea as Breakthrough found out.
3rd October 2017


AI can detect those who text and drive

AI can detect those who text and drive
In newer vehicles, automated safety features make getting behind the wheel safer than ever. Some cars now provide an alert when the vehicle drifts out of its lane or if another car is driving up in a blind spot. The services do a good job of making drivers more aware of their surroundings and forcing them to pay more attention. But they are not perfect. Author: Justin Tejada, The Connected Car
28th September 2017

Pulsed laser dioes meet high automotive demands

Pulsed laser dioes meet high automotive demands
  LASER COMPONENTS has announced that the first of its products has achieved qualification for use in the automotive industry. Pulsed Laser Diodes (PLD) with a wavelength of 905nm are key components for the LiDAR technology (Light Detection and Ranging) used in autonomous driving.
22nd September 2017

The importance of checking tyres for pressure and wear

The importance of checking tyres for pressure and wear
According to data collected by electronic health check provider, autoVHC, the average UK dealership failed to replace 66% of severely worn or faulty tyres in July 2017. Tyre condition is one of the most common causes of road accidents in the UK. Here, Peter Tillotson, Business Development Manager at tyre pressure monitoring specialist, TyrePal, discusses the importance of tyre safety when purchasing vehicles.
20th September 2017

Confidence-inspiring SUV designed for city living

Confidence-inspiring SUV designed for city living
A new standard of safety and user experience is being brought to the table from the premium carmaker, Volvo Cars. The company is introducing the features in the small SUV premium segment with the launch of the new Volvo XC40 this autumn. Developed around the challenges of modern city life, the XC40 aims to make the daily urban commute less stressful and more enjoyable, as drivers in the segment can now rely on the award-winning safety, connectivity and infotainment technologies known from Volvo's acclaimed new 90- and 60 Series cars.
12th September 2017

Self-driving cars protect road workers in Colorado

Self-driving cars protect road workers in Colorado
When we hear the phrase 'autonomous vehicles,' the mind often goes to the most advanced version of these things. To many people, a self-driving car is nothing short of an automobile with Level 5 autonomy, one that can navigate urban traffic and around accidents and find the perfect parking spot at a moment's notice. While no version of this car currently exists, plenty of vehicles that are already on our roads do have autonomous features. Author: Justin Tejada, The Connected Car
1st September 2017

Run-time software receives certification for ISO 26262

Run-time software receives certification for ISO 26262
  As of 21st August 2017, the AUTOSAR Run-time Environment (RTE) from Vector fulfills the requirements of ISO 26262 up to ASIL D. exida – an internationally recognised specialist in functional safety. By using the new RTE, ECU developers can avoid much of the effort required to qualify the generated RTE for safety-related applications.
31st August 2017

Could street sign graffiti confuse autonomous vehicles?

Could street sign graffiti confuse autonomous vehicles?
Depending on your point of view, graffiti can be either an act of vandalism that is a blight on city streets or a legitimate, albeit underground, art form. However, for autonomous cars, graffiti can represent something altogether different. It can be a dangerous physical hazard. Author: Sam Chase, The Connected Car
31st August 2017


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