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Internet-connected vehicles may put hackers in the driver’s seat

By Robbie Webber A pair of researchers remotely attacked a Jeep Cherokee and disabled the accelerator on the Interstate outside St. Louis to demonstrate that increasingly-wired cars need better security. Although they are sharing their software hack with Chrysler so the company can patch the

Study confirms that 10-foot lanes make safer intersections

By Chris McCahill Side impact- and turn-related crash rates are lowest at intersections where average lane widths are between 10 and 10.5 feet, according to a study presented at the Canadian Institute of Transportation’s annual meeting last month. This challenges the long-held, but often

Automakers designing for pedestrian safety

By Bill Holloway Traditionally, improving the safety of pedestrians sharing roads with motor vehicles has been accomplished through policies aimed at reducing vehicle speeds and the likelihood of vehicle-pedestrian collisions. However, in recent years automakers have been working to design cars

Pedestrians losing last refuge in the public right of way to bicycles

The entire public street – building face to building face – used to be the realm of pedestrians. As transportation modes changed, the pedestrian got pushed farther and farther towards the edges, first by streetcars, and then by cars. Now the pedestrian may be losing the last refuge, the