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New York Vision Zero

In 1997, Sweden was the first country in the world to adopt the so-called Vision Zero traffic safety program, whose purpose was to eliminate car crashes that led to deaths or serious injuries. This set of laws is based on the principle that nothing is above human life and health, so even some of the rules are annoying, the price is insignificant compared to the lives it saves. For example, wherever there’s a location with the slightest chance of a car hitting pedestrians, the speed limit is 19 mph (30 km/h). The only places where speed limits are higher is where pedestrian traffic is clearly separated from car traffic.

The system is also applied to traffic outside cities, so in areas where there’s a possibility of a side or frontal impact between two cars, the speed limit is 43 mph and the only places with a speed limit higher than that are highways. All these speed limits are set depending on the human tolerance to impacts (a pedestrian lives if hit by a car traveling slower than 19 mph and a driver will most likely survive a crash if speed is lower than 43 mph). [Read the full article…]

Road Safety Ad Video

No matter what, there’s one thing we always take seriously and that’s road safety. We like speed, we like cars, we like having fun with cars, but we never joke about safety. Because if you’re driving like a maniac or make a mistake, the worst part is that other people will get hurt, not only you. And speaking of mistakes, here’s just video that has just been posted by the New Zealand Transport Agency as part of a campaign trying to make drivers aware of the risks speeding brings. It’s one of the best ads we’ve seen lately and there’s not too much we can comment on, just watch it and learn: [Read the full article…]

ESC European Union

Starting with November 1, the Electronic Stability Control system became mandatory for all new vehicles sold in the European Union that weight less than 3.5 tons. Starting with November 1, 2015, the new law will also apply to all other vehicles.

According to stats provided by Bosch, the company that invented the system and introduced it in 1995, 84% of all new vehicles sold in the EU were already available with ESC as standard. The system is widely regarded as one of the most important safety innovations in the history of the automobile and many reports showed that more than 80 percent of all crashes caused by the driver losing control could be avoided if all vehicles came with ESC. In 2011 alone, the system prevented more than 33,000 accidents and saved more than 1,000 human lives, according to another study by Bosch. These results were reported in the European Union only, in a time when the system was offered as standard on only 40 percent of new cars. [Read the full article…]

Porsche Macan Moose Test

Swedish magazine Teknikens Varld has been performing the so called moose test ever since the 1970s and each year they “abuse” most new models with results being awaited by anyone slightly interested in car safety. Last week, it was the Porsche Macan’s turn to avoid the moose, only that it didn’t perform quite as expected. According to the Swedes, the front wheels locks in the middle of the evasive maneuver and the car will go straight ahead instead of following the path and getting back to the original direction. In real life, this translates into more time spent on the oncoming lane or the side of the road. Of course, no point in explaining what this would lead to.

“The behavior is extremely strange, which we don’t see too often and we’ve seen it, unfortunately, in more Macans,” said one of the guys in the testing crew. The tested Macans were loaded according to the manufacturer’s specs and several tests were also performed with some of the weight off (around 150 kg/330 pounds), but the results were the same. Here’s the video released by Teknikens Varld: [Read the full article…]

Volkswagen Texting Campaign

Texting while driving has become a serious issue around the world an in many countries is one of the leading causes of accidents. While some companies are working on finding ways to solve this problem “by force”, the most popular way of trying to prevent this behavior are different campaigns carried on by companies and authorities all over the world. And we’ve seen a lot of great road safety campaigns over time (here‘s one of the most recent) and now we have another one, this time from Volkswagen.

The German carmaker set up an elaborate campaign whose purpose was to show people, once again, that texting while driving is extremely dangerous. So what they did was take a cinema in Hong Kong full of people and before the movie started, they [Read the full article…]

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Daniel Ricciardo wins one of the most spectacular Formula One races in recent years

June 9, 2014

The 2014 Canadian Grand Prix offered what many see as one of the most spectacular recent races, after Mercedes ended their streak of wins due to both drivers having brake problems. Also, the small time gaps between the leading drivers generated several tense moments and overtakes in the last five laps, plus a major crash […]

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New details about the 2015 Volvo XC90’s infotainment system

June 4, 2014

The upcoming Volvo XC90 is an important piece in the Swedish carmaker’s strategy for the future and that’s why they’re doing their best to make it top notch. We already know the car will be packed with all sorts of technologies and Volvo has just released additional information about the car, this time about its […]

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Ford Lightweight Concept Car unveiled, 800 lbs lighter than regular Fusion/Mondeo

June 4, 2014

It looks like today we have to “contradicting” news coming from the Blue Oval. If earlier we reported that the upcoming 2015 Ford Mustang will be almost 300 lbs heavier than the current model, here’s the Ford Lightweight Concept Car based on the Ford Fusion/Mondeo which features a set of weight saving technologies that bring […]

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Nissan teases upcoming pickup ahead of next week’s debut

June 2, 2014

The Japanese carmaker has just posted this teaser photo on their official Instagram account, telling us to get ready for a big reveal on June 11. Even though there no other mention, we can clearly see the shape of a pickup truck, most likely the next generation Nissan Frontier/Navara. The current generation has been in […]

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Porsche getting sued over Paul Walker’s death

May 13, 2014

A lawsuit against Porsche has recently been filed by Kristine Rodas, the wife of Roger Rodas, who claims that there are some safety flaws in the Carrera GT, the supercar built by Porsche between 2004 and 2007 in a limited production run of only 1,270 units. Rodas was the one who was driving the Porsche […]

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Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan replaces the Golf Plus

May 6, 2014

The Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan is the latest addition to the German carmaker’s lineup and will soon replace the Golf Plus. Just like its predecessor, the Golf Sportsvan is a compact MPV whose purpose is to offer generous and practical interior space. Compared to the Golf Plus, the Sportsvan is 90 kg (200 pounds) lighter and […]

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European road fatalities dropped by half since 2001

May 4, 2014

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) recently published a report about the total number of road accidents that took place in 2012 on the Old Continent. According to statistics, the total number of deaths on European roads was 12,000 which even though it’s not small, it represents a huge progress compared to 2001, when 27,700 […]

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Apple patents technology that restricts texting while driving

May 4, 2014

Apple filed the patent application back in 2008, long before the tech giant developed projects that involved using the phone in car, such as Siri Eyes Free or Car Play. The technology that’s supposed to restrict texting while driving features a system that first detects whether the phone user is driving the car and if […]

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Lewis Hamilton wins in Bahrain after superb battle with Rosberg

April 6, 2014

The 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix offered one of the most exciting races in the past years and definitely the best one in the new 1.6-liter turbo engines era. The race was dominated by Mercedes and was marked by a splendid duel between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. The German started the race in pole position, […]

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Review: “Rush”, the story of the 1976 Formula One season

October 17, 2013

Even though it’s been almost a month since the new “Rush” movie started playing, we only got to see it last night. And, boy, were we impressed or what. I mean, I read a few things about the movie and saw that everyone was praising it (both car fans and people not that into motorsport). […]