Safety Board's Plan To Stop Semi-Trucks From Crushing People

The National Transportation Safety Board says more than half of the semi-trucks that hit pedestrians had no idea they'd crushed somebody. They're aiming to fix that with blind-spot mitigation tech, and protective side skirts. » 4/09/14 5:34pm 4/09/14 5:34pm

How Much Info About Your Plane Do You Really Need To Know?

In the shadow of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 investigation, there have been calls from industry experts and insiders to make the industry more transparent, specifically making more information about the plane, its cargo and its history available. But what do passengers really have a right, versus a need, to know? » 3/25/14 2:04pm 3/25/14 2:04pm

FAA Review Concludes 787 Dreamliner Is Safe After "Teething Pains"

After a fourteen month-long investigation, the Federal Aviation Administration has concluded the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is "soundly designed and safe to fly," yet recommended changes to Boeing's manufacturing process and oversight. » 3/20/14 3:41pm 3/20/14 3:41pm

Do Safer Cars Make NASCAR Drivers Behave More Recklessly?

In 1975, Dr. Sam Peltzman hypothesized that more automobile safety regulations lead to offsetting behavior by participants; that is, as drivers gain comfort through safety enhancements, they drive more recklessly. This phenomenon is known as the Peltzman Effect, and with the Daytona 500 just a few days away, it's… » 2/20/14 12:10pm 2/20/14 12:10pm

How Snowstorms Reveal the Wasted Space on Our Roads

During any of the several recent catastrophic blizzards that have draped the country with snow, you might have seen people tagging their photos #sneckdown. No, it's not a protective garment you wear to keep your neck snow-free (although that could also come in handy!). It's a word coined by transportation geeks. » 2/07/14 2:17pm 2/07/14 2:17pm

Recover Control of Your Car During Different Types of Skids

Winter can throw some pretty nasty driving conditions your way: icy roads, reduced vision, and darker evenings. If you live in an area where ice and snow are a big part of winter, make sure you understand how to recover from common types of skids. » 1/22/14 3:41pm 1/22/14 3:41pm

Murphy's Law Is Wrong: Managing Safety in Motorsports

I had the privilege to, for likely the only time in my life, communicate with triple world champion Sir Jackie Stewart. Few men, if any, have been greater or more effective advocates for safety in Formula 1. Being a transportation safety professional, I was eager to ask him about F1's current safety programs. I have… » 11/08/13 12:30pm 11/08/13 12:30pm

SmartWater Booby Trap Secretly Turns Thieves Green for Weeks

If you're planning on stealing anything from the London Borough of Brent, you might want to think twice—or at least hope you look good in green. The Brent Police Department has a crazy new secret weapon that covers crooks head to toe in a semipermanent emerald, ultraviolet glow. And they have no idea until it's too… » 9/30/13 2:16pm 9/30/13 2:16pm

How to Build a Heads-Up Display for Your Car

Heads-up displays (transparent displays that let drivers see data without looking down) are built-in on some modern luxury cars, but if you're not lucky enough to have one, here's how to make your own. It's a relatively cheap and easy project, but you'll need some soldering experience and familiarity with Arduino. » 8/14/13 11:24am 8/14/13 11:24am

Emergency Braking Systems Stop These RC Cars From Destroying Your Home

More and more vehicles are coming equipped with emergency braking systems that can stop a car before it hits something. And as CCP realized, the same technology could be just as useful with a remote control toy. After all, you're putting an untrained, unlicensed kid in control of a small car that can seriously bang up… » 6/14/13 4:11pm 6/14/13 4:11pm