Toyota's new pre-crash technology directs steering
Toyota is developing a safety technology that takes control of the steering so the vehicle can veer away when it isn't able to stop before impact.
Hunting for gaps
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers have developed a new model for the behavior of pedestrians and crowds. It can help to understand and prevent tragic crowd disasters, to develop better architectural designs and ...
Cell phones as life savers: Cars pinpoint pedestrians
Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have developed a process that cooperates with driver assistance systems in cars to pinpoint pedestrians and cyclists—even while they are hidden from view. ...
Seeing red: Why cyclists ride through traffic lights
You've probably seen it happen. You're driving your car and you come to a stop at the traffic lights. You're mindful of traffic infringement fines and public safety, then someone on a bike rides past you, ...
New way to guide a car: With your eyes, not hands
Tired of spinning that steering wheel? Try this: German researchers have developed a new technology that lets drivers steer cars using only their eyes.
A system that improves the precision of GPS in cities by 90 percent (w/ Video)
Researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid have developed a new system which improves the ability of a GPS to determine a vehicle's position as compared to that of conventional GPS devices by up to 90 ...
Automobile control research opens door to new safety features (w/ Video)
Researchers from North Carolina State University have created a computer program that allows a car to stay in its lane without human control, opening the door to the development of new automobile safety features ...
Development of single-passenger mobility-support robot "ROPITS" for autonomous locomotion on footpaths
Hitachi, Ltd. today announced the development of a mobility-support robot "ROPITS" equipped with a "specified arbitrary point autonomous pick-up and drop-off function" that can autonomously navigate to a ...
An artificial eye on your driving
With just a half second's notice, a driver can swerve to avoid a fatal accident or slam on the brakes to miss hitting a child running after a ball. But first, the driver must perceive the danger.
Pedestrians follow the herd instinct when crossing the road
The secret life of squirrels in New York City
A recent study has found eastern grey squirrels thrive in New York City's urban environment by adapting their behaviour according to cues from human pedestrians, and mostly by ignoring passers-by.
Dartmouth smartphone app targets driver safety
"CarSafe" is a driver safety app that detects dangerous driving behavior using dual-cameras on smartphones. This is the latest smartphone app to come out of Dartmouth and is featured in the September 25 NewScientist. The ...
At stoplights, pedestrians experience longer delays while cars are given priority
How long is too long to wait for the light to change? At stoplights, pedestrians often experience longer delays while cars are given priority.
Tech firms aim to keep wayward walkers on path
(AP) -- Todd Atwood says he doesn't worry too much about accidents when walking down the street using his iPhone to make calls, send text messages or check his e-mail. But he's seen the consequences of paying ...