EU regulator says Boeing 737 Max is safe to fly

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The Boeing 737 Max is a step closer to returning to the skies. The top aviation regulator in Europe said it’s now safe enough for use again, almost two years after it was grounded. The plane could be back in the air in the region by the end of…

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Tesla camera hack shows how your EV might monitor driving habits

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Elon Musk said the driver-facing camera in Tesla cars was to monitor future robotaxi service, but a sleuth suggests the company might be open to checking human drivers as well. Code investigator Green says they’ve found (via Electrek) the in-c…

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Alexa’s Auto Mode turns your phone into a ‘driver-friendly’ display

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Amazon wants to make it safer and easier to use your phone while you’re in the car. Today, it’s introducing Auto Mode in the Alexa App. The feature turns your phone into a “driver-friendly” display with large touch targets and easy-to-read vis…

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Amazon responds to backlash with increased protection for workers

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Early this week, workers from Amazon, Whole Foods and Instacart walked off the job to protest what they say is a lack of protections against COVID-19. Now, Amazon is sharing its plans to increase employee temperature checks and provide surgica…

Read More’s Date Check-In sends an SOS to friends in case of creeps

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Going on a date with someone you met online can be scary — not just because of the pressure to be charming, but also because of the horror stories of creepers and criminals that use dating apps to target their victims.’s latest security fe…

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Senator calls on Tesla to make Autopilot safety changes

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Tesla’s Autopilot driving assist technology has come under fire over safety concerns, and now a US politician wants changes to put drivers’ minds at ease. Senator Ed Markey has issued recommendations for Autopilot changes after Tesla both answered q…

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Regulators are the only ones who can save us from distracted drivers

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I ride my trusty Vespa scooter all around San Francisco. In the Bay Area, it’s more convenient for getting around than a car, and I can park almost anywhere. Riding on two wheels places you above most drivers and makes you hyperaware of others on the…

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Uber will test an audio recording safety feature in Brazil and Mexico

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A couple months ago, we learned that Uber was testing a feature that would allow riders to record audio through the app if they felt unsafe during a trip. Now, Uber is launching a pilot of that audio-recording feature in select cities in Brazi…

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This ‘O-29’ hum is the sound of Ford’s new hybrid SUVs

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Add Ford to the ranks of automakers adding sounds to notify pedestrians of oncoming electrified cars. The 2020 Escape Hybrid and Explorer Hybrid will both include a custom sound, O-29 (listen to it below) that plays when they’re moving at speeds up t…

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Senator urges Uber and Lyft to run fingerprint background checks

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A senator has called on Uber and Lyft to share details with each other about contractors they’ve banned to clamp down on dangerous drivers who’ve been kicked off one platform signing up to the other. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) has also urged t…

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Toyota, GM, NVIDIA and others team up on self-driving car chips

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Autonomous vehicles pose a whole bunch of R&D challenges. With so many aspects to consider — power consumption, safety, user interface and data management, to name just a few — creating a common computing platform for their use is a …

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Bosch will use tiny explosions to make EVs safer in a crash

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Electric vehicles have obvious benefits, but they also pose new risks. In the event of a crash, there’s a chance that damaged wiring could allow current to leak from the EV’s battery into the metal frame, posing a risk to occupants, rescue workers an…

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