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Edmunds: Safety Tech is Making Auto Repairs More Costly

Vehicle safety technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Today’s cars can watch your blind spot, help keep you in your lane, automatically hit the brakes in an emergency, and more. But while the technology helps prevent accidents, there …

Volvo Plans to Equip Cars with Sensors to Stop Drunk or Dangerous Drivers

Volvo Cars is planning to fit its next generation of autos with cameras and sensors that will detect drunk or distracted drivers and intervene to stop dangerous rides. From the early 2020s, Volvos will have the ability to notice if …

40 Nations, Excluding U.S. and China, Agree to Require Automatic Braking

Forty countries led by Japan and the European Union – but not the U.S. or China – have agreed to require new cars and light commercial vehicles to be equipped with automated braking systems starting as soon as next year, …

Headlights of the Future Could Offer Safety Benefits

Most people don’t turn on their car’s headlights and think, I wish they were brighter. Shuji Nakamura is not most people. The Nobel Prize-winning illumination scientist has spent the past five years developing a laser-based lighting system. His company, SLD …

Toyota Plans to Share Self-Driving Crash Avoidance Technology

Toyota Motor Corp. – in an unusual move for the cut-throat car business – has decided to share with rivals an automated safety system that uses self-driving technology to keep cars from crashing. The system, known as Guardian, will take …

Adaptive Headlights That Dim Themselves Could Be Coming to U.S.

U.S. auto safety regulators are moving to allow a new generation of brighter, self-dimming headlights that won’t blind other drivers on the road ahead. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing to permit so-called adaptive driving beam headlights on …

Owners of $3 Million Bugatti Get House Calls When a Recall is Needed

Bugatti Automobiles SAS makes some of the world’s most exclusive cars, yet even owners of the $2.99 million Chiron supercar aren’t immune from the nuisance of an occasional recall. But the French manufacturer does what it can to soften the …

Latest Fatal Jeep Crash Sparks Criticism of Recall Fix to Prevent Fires

A fatal accident this week involving a Jeep SUV has revived criticism from safety advocates that a federally sanctioned recall plan to keep the vehicle’s fuel tank from igniting in rear-end crashes didn’t go far enough to protect motorists. Vicki …

Call for Tractor-Trailer Side Guards Continues

Fifty years after actress Jayne Mansfield died in a Buick that slammed underneath a tractor-trailer, auto safety advocates say regulations inspired by that gruesome crash need updating to prevent hundreds of similar deaths annually. “We’re asking Congress to pass a …

As More Cars Take to the Road, Deaths Reach Highest Since 2007

U.S. motor vehicle deaths last year topped 40,000 for the first time since 2007 as cheap gasoline and a healthy economy encouraged motorists to drive more, according to new estimates released Wednesday by the National Safety Council. Roadside fatalities last …