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Mon, 5/22/2017 - 4:20 pm by Kirsten Rincon

Uber Technologies has announced that it will expand its Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) outside of the U.S. for the first time. The transportation network company, which is headquartered in San Francisco, California, has chosen to expand their research development center in the Canadian city of Toronto.

The ATG differs from most Uber offices in the sense that their sole focus is aimed at the hardware and software of autonomous vehicles. Employees who work within the ATG are dedicated to developing both the algorithms of self-driving cars as well as the mechanics and robotics that execute given commands.

The new ATG research center in Toronto will be located in the backyard of the

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Thu, 5/18/2017 - 12:01 pm by Kirsten Rincon

On Monday, May 1st, Nissan Motors announced their plans to embed their Signal Shield into certain car models. The Signal Shield is an armrest based on a 19th century technology commonly referred to as a Faraday cage. This cage is intended to block electric fields from reaching your mobile device thus making it impossible to connect to cellular signals, data, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Built into the armrests of Nissan’s acclaimed Juke crossovers, the Signal Shield is intended to help drivers keep their hands off their smartphones while driving. Once the lid closes on the armrest housing your mobile device, it won’t allow any text message, calls or email alert notifications from entering the phone.

Once a driver removes their phone from the

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Tue, 5/16/2017 - 12:52 pm by Kirsten Rincon

A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry has found that medicated ADHD patients are less likely to be involved in car accidents than people who opt out of treatment.

The study examined over 2.3 million people in the United States that suffer from attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a neurodevelopment disorder that impairs abilities to focus and impulse control in patients causing excessive fidgeting, talking or tapping.

"Core symptoms of ADHD may interfere with the competencies necessary to drive safely, predisposing those with the disorder to greater risk for accidents and injuries," said Zheng Chang, lead author of the study and a researcher in the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

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Fri, 5/12/2017 - 12:36 pm by Kirsten Rincon

Last Monday, Oregon House members passed a new legislation that would establish harsher penalties for drivers who are caught using a non-hands-free device while driving.

The new legislation is titled House Bill 2597, and it specifically states that Oregon drivers caught using a “mobile electronic device” will be charged a hefty fine of up to $2,000. This bill is a result of an alarming increase in traffic injuries and fatal accidents that have been caused by distracted drivers.

Oregon is not the only state facing these dangerous driving habits. Several states across the U.S. including New York, California and Washington have also been subject to a rise in distracted driving fatalities.

In 2015,

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Wed, 5/10/2017 - 1:08 pm by Kirsten Rincon

Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year in the U.S. and an additional 2.35 million are left injured or disabled. Recent studies have shown that although drunk driving had been the leading cause for a majority of these accidents, drug-impaired driving has surpassed it by a large margin. Law enforcement officials across the U.S. are now scrambling to narrow down ways to identify “drugged” driving and determine how it can be stopped.

The Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility reported that 43 percent of fatally injured drivers tested positive for drugs, while 38 percent tested positive for alcohol.

This study has marked the first time in U.S.

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Fri, 5/5/2017 - 3:45 pm by Kirsten Rincon

After eight years and over three million miles, Google has officially announced that Waymo, its new autonomous car company, is ready to take on passengers.

The first rides will take place in Phoenix, Arizona where a few hundred riders will be chosen to test ride the fleet of self-driving cars. The majority of Waymo vehicles are Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid minivans.

For the past two months, Waymo had already been offering rides to a small group of people within the Phoenix area. However, the company is now expanding its services with an open application to the general public in Phoenix.

Waymo recently released a video which featured one of the first families lucky enough to test out the search giant’s

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Tue, 5/2/2017 - 4:18 pm by Kirsten Rincon

The Illinois State Police Department has issued a warning to all high school students within the state to drive safely to and from their prom festivities.

In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of drunk driving-related crashes resulting in death and injuries. Statistics show that a third of alcohol-related teen traffic fatalities occur between April and June, which is considered the peak of prom season. A AAA survey of teens between the ages of 16 and 19 found that 41 percent said it was likely that they or their friends would consume drugs or alcohol on prom night.

"These numbers show a significant rise in deaths and injuries from underage drivers who drink. Young people

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Fri, 4/28/2017 - 1:03 pm by Kirsten Rincon

Drivers license laws in the U.S. typically allow teens to obtain a learner’s permit by the age of 16 and an unrestricted license to drive by the time they turn 18. However, for teens who struggle with autism, it is not so simple.

Individuals with autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), are more likely to experience difficulties with social interaction, communication, “highly focused interests and/or repetitive activities,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As the number of people diagnosed with autism grows, more research is being conducted to evaluate driving trends within the autistic community. On average, adults with autism earn their

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Wed, 4/26/2017 - 1:07 pm by Kirsten Rincon

Last week, the Arizona House announced its plans to debate possible legislation that would ban distracted driving involving cellphone use. This ban will focus on drivers with a learner’s permit and, if passed, will only be enforced during the first six months after a teenager has been issued an unrestricted license to drive.

Arizona is currently one of the four states without a statewide ban against cellphone use while operating a motor vehicle. Even though certain local municipalities have placed restrictions against distracted driving, there is still much opposition to a statewide ban.

The proposal for a debate arrives a mere two days after Speaker J.D. Mesnard reintroduced the legislation that had been

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Tue, 4/25/2017 - 1:43 pm by Kirsten Rincon

Distracted driving is an issue throughout the United States, and it is responsible for taking countless innocent lives each year. Although most states have issued numerous warnings and implemented serious bans on texting and driving, the problem does not seem to be going away.

In honor of April being the start of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, police departments in Texas, Washington and New Jersey have launched several different campaigns and received grants that will place a whopping number of officers on the lookout for distracted drivers.

Perpetrators in Washington should expect to be issued a $136 ticket if caught using a cell phone or smartphone while driving. Similarly, a total of 200 state, county and local law enforcement agencies across

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