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Justin Wilson's Fatal IndyCar Crash Re-Ignites The Closed Cockpit Debate

With any tragedy in motor racing, there are always calls to improve safety. Now one of the biggest debates in racing has been reignited by the death of IndyCar driver Justin Wilson: whether to phase out the open cockpit race cars found in Formula One, IndyCar and similar series in favor of cars with closed cockpits.… » 8/26/15 10:04am Wednesday 10:04am

These Idiots Pointed A Laser At A Police Helicopter 

If pointing a laser at an aircraft is a bad idea (trust me, it is a very bad idea) then pointing a laser at a police air unit is basically like calling ahead to make yourself a reservation in jail. This video shows three individuals in Vaughan, Ontario doing exactly that. If you’re in the mood for some justice porn… » 8/19/15 8:41pm 8/19/15 8:41pm

The Nürburgring Is Removing Speed Limits And Remodeling For 2016

After a brutal crash at the Nürburgring last March resulted in the death of a spectator, track organizers had to step back and examine their safety situation. Speed limits were slapped on, feeding rumors that “The Green Hell” would lose its character. Don’t worry, the track will be running full noise again next year.… » 8/18/15 4:46pm 8/18/15 4:46pm

Why Danger Isn't The Key To Making Formula One More Exciting

In light of recent attempts to make F1 more exciting again, some have called for a return to the high stakes, womanizing days of yore, where F1 didn’t apologize for what it was and a simple off would certainly end your race. Here’s why Hooniverse’s Patrick Hoffstetter doesn’t think that’s the answer to F1’s woes.
» 7/16/15 3:17pm 7/16/15 3:17pm

How The New Mercedes-Benz E-Class Will Protect Your Ears In A Crash

The 2017 E-Class is shaping up to be a massive technological leap for Mercedes-Benz, packed with everything from car-to-X communication to using your smartphone to replace the key fob and remote park the new sedan. But a system called “Pre-Safe Sound” will blow your mind – and not your eardrums.
» 7/08/15 4:00pm 7/08/15 4:00pm

Report: 2015 F-150 Crew Cabs Get Better Safety Equipment Than 2-Doors

As the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests the 2015 Ford F-150, Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette noticed the crew cabs have extra “protection bars” that two-door trucks don’t get. If you think that sounds shady, IIHS seems to agree and has already started digging deeper. » 6/15/15 4:47pm 6/15/15 4:47pm

This Weird Vacuum Brake Thing Might Just Save Your Life

Let’s just get one FACT out of the way: most drivers on the road are just not good drivers. But the Swedish safety-obsessed wonks over at Autoliv (who last set up a nighttime animal-detection system for extra-effective deer hunting and/or avoidance) have found a way around that, with this funky autonomous braking… » 6/15/15 9:30am 6/15/15 9:30am

Self-Driving Cars Are Already Getting Into Accidents [Updated]

Update 06/21: Google has emphasized that none of the accidents its cars were involved with were the fault of its self-driving vehicles, and has updated its recorded miles to nearly a million. With that information, the accident rate for self-driving cars looks less unsettling and a lot more reassuring. » 5/11/15 10:23am 5/11/15 10:23am

This Gang of Flat Robots Can Autonomously Steal (Or Park) Your Car

Ever since cars first hit the road drivers have been terrible at parking, so it makes sense that we’re finally leveraging all the advancements we’ve made in robotics to do that for us. But instead of an automaton hopping into the driver’s seat, these flat but strong robots are able to lift a vehicle by its wheels and… » 4/28/15 12:26pm 4/28/15 12:26pm

Don't Park Under an Overpass During a Hailstorm

Many millions of us will experience severe thunderstorms over the coming weeks and months. When one of these intense storms crops up, a number of you will find yourselves driving into a major hailstorm, during which you may feel the urge to park under an overpass to protect your car. Don’t. » 4/23/15 4:05pm 4/23/15 4:05pm

Temporary Speed Limits Set For Sections Of The Nürburgring

Per DailySportsCar, temporary measures have been put in place by the Deutsche Motor Sport Bund to allow the banned race classes to resume racing at the Nürburgring. The bans have now been lifted, but now we have a 5% reduction in power, limits on fan access, and most peculiarly, speed limits on some sections. » 4/07/15 1:27pm 4/07/15 1:27pm

More Race Classes Banned At The Nürburgring

Several racing classes were banned from racing at Deutsche Motor Sport Bund-sanctioned events at the Nürburgring following last weekend's horrific accident. Now, per Sportscar365, that ban has been lifted for SP10 cars, but was extended to the Cup2, SP8T, E1-XP1, E1-XP2 and E1-XP classes, plus GT cars in H4. » 4/02/15 1:30pm 4/02/15 1:30pm

Allegiant Pilots' Union Uses Scare Tactics To Get Higher Pay

Just a day after being sued by the Las Vegas-based airline over an illegal strike, Teamsters Local 1224, which represents Allegiant's pilots and currently in negotiations with the airline for a new contract, has published a letter to passengers warning them about "persistent mechanical problems." » 4/01/15 1:45pm 4/01/15 1:45pm

Police Departments Offer "Safe Lots" For Craigslist Transactions 

You can find some great deals on bargain automobiles on Craigslist. However, recent stories about buyers and sellers being robbed or even killed illustrates the risk you take when dealing with an online stranger. Some police departments are responding by allocating a portion of their parking lot to ensure a safe sale. » 3/27/15 12:26pm 3/27/15 12:26pm

The New Materials That Are Revolutionizing Helmet Safety Right Now

Modern helmet construction hasn't changed significantly since the adoption of styrofoam impact absorption in the 1960s. But new materials and construction methods are improving safety, in some cases absorbing 30 percent more energy than their styrofoam equivalents. And you can buy helmets made from them today. » 3/18/15 6:42pm 3/18/15 6:42pm