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Uber Sensor Designed to Track Driver Behavior

Using smartphone sensors to peek over its drivers’ shoulders, Uber is promising to keep a closer eye on their behavior – while discouraging speeding or slamming on the brakes. The global ride-hailing company on Wednesday announced an extensive test of …

Toyota Recalling Nearly 1.5M Cars With Defective Airbags, Canisters

Toyota announced Wednesday it is recalling 1.43 million vehicles for defective airbags and another 2.87 million vehicles for faulty fuel emissions controls. Toyota Motor Corp. said it has not received any reports of injuries or fatalities related to either recall. …

New Research Uses Patterns to Predict Terrorist Behavior

Government agencies are having difficulty tracking potential terrorist attacks, since terrorists have developed new ways to communicate besides social media. A new framework developed by researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York is able to predict future terrorist …

Fixing Airport Security With Improved Training

Covering their ears, 192 future airport security officers watched from a grandstand as Larry Colburn detonates a plastic-explosives device like the one carried by the underwear bomber in a failed attempt to blow up a plane on Christmas Day 2009. …

Munich Re US, IBHS Launch New App Emphasizing Safer Homes

A new mobile app designed to help homeowners better understand how to strengthen their homes to withstand severe weather events has been released by Munich Re, US, and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). FORTIFIED Home On …

AIR: Average Atlantic Hurricane Season Expected

An average hurricane season is expected this year, according to AIR Principal Scientist, Dr. Eric Uhlhorn. During a recent webinar, Dr. Uhlhorn offered an analysis of the various 2016 hurricane seasonal forecasts and discussed factors, such as La Niña conditions …

Children’s Deaths Prompt Ikea Recall of 29M Dressers in the U.S.

Ikea, the world’s biggest furniture retailer, is recalling 29 million dressers and chests sold in the U.S. after the deaths of six children from tip-over accidents. The Malm and other models of chests pose a serious hazard, and consumers were …

Allstate Ranks Safest Cities for Drivers

For the first time ever, Brownsville, Texas, is the safest-driving city on Allstate’s 12th annual America’s Best Drivers Report. The report serves as an important safe-driving reminder as motorists prepare to hit the roads for the July Fourth holiday – …

PCI: Most Walkable Cities May Be Most Dangerous for Pedestrians

A recent online survey conducted in June 2016 by Harris Poll on behalf of PCI among over 2,000 U.S. adults shows that the U.S. cities that are considered the most walkable may also be the most dangerous for pedestrians. When …

Volkswagen’s Diesel Emissions Settlement Will Cost $15B

Volkswagen AG’s settlement with nearly 500,000 U.S. customers and government regulators over polluting diesel vehicles is valued at more than $15 billion cash, two sources briefed on the matter said on Monday. The settlement, to be announced on Tuesday in …

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