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April 2013 Archives

New guidelines introduced to curb distracted driving

Distracted driving has become a safety issue in Houston and throughout Texas with the proliferation of smartphones and interactive media equipment in new cars. More than just talking on cell phones, distracted driving includes texting while driving, paying attention to turn-by-turn GPS modules and mobile DVD players.

Will Glass be banned behind the wheel?

Google is remarkably low-key when it comes to promoting new products compared to rivals Apple, Samsung and IBM. Indeed, much is said about its research into autonomous vehicles, but its upcoming Glass project may be the next big thing in the mobile computing industry. Essentially, through Google Glass (which is a pair of glasses that a person could use much like a cell phone) users could take pictures, create speech-driven text messages, and even have pop-up reminders that they will see without reaching to a cell phone.

Kids and backover accidents

Automakers' focus on vehicle safety has changed from crashworthiness (i.e. being able to survive crashes) to crash avoidance (i.e. being able to stay away from accidents). To that end, new technology is being offered on new models that include, proximity sensors on front and rear bumpers, and backup cameras that give a driver a view of what is directly behind the vehicle.

Fog bank causes 95 car pile up

An early spring fog led to a massive pileup on mountain highway in southwest Virginia. Nearly 100 cars were ensnarled in 17 mile stretch of chain reaction accidents. In what was viewed as a demolition derby, car after car slammed into each other, not being able to stop in time to avoid accidents.

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