The relentless spread of smartphones might actually prove useful in boosting controls on the state of road infrastructures. Researchers from Boston’s MIT are convinced that a large number of data can be obtained from sensors embedded in mobile devices.
New vehicles registered after March 31 will have to be equipped with a standard satellite tracking device capable of sending an emergency call alerting the closest rescue team in the event of an accident. Older models could adopt a universal eCall kit
"Thermal runaway" is the main issue with electric cars. According to the US Federal Agency NHTSA, batteries can ignite as a result of mechanical shocks, electrical or thermal problems. Recent cases show that the likelihood of this happening is very low and can be traced back to accidents. Here's how to prevent and manage them
The multiplication of safety systems such as cruise control, forward collision warning and traffic sign recognition will inevitably lead to more maintenance work. But servicing a "smart" vehicle is anything but simple, it requires specific skills and equipment.
Starting next year, all newly registered vehicles must be equipped with an on-board e-Call service device. A system that will significantly improve road safety (a 10% reduction in the number of road accident victims per year is hoped for), and one that aftermarket specialists would do well to become familiar with.
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