Safety Equipment


Will self-driving technology prevent tragedies?

3:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
A Continental AG engineer flipped through PowerPoint presentation slides with statistics on how many people are killed every year in distracted driving-related accidents. But the presentation last week came at a terrible time -- hours after I found out that a 24-year-old friend had been killed in a vehicle crash.... Read More »


Subaru ad to bring near-death back from holiday

10:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2013
After focusing on reliability, relationships and "love," in its ads, Subaru of America is going back to the well with a creative theme broached a few years ago: a near-miss with death.... Read More »


Ford testing car that can park completely on its own

11:54 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2013
Ford is developing a self-parking car that can deal with narrow parking spots -- with or without a driver behind the wheel. The technology, called Fully Assisted Parking Aid, is being tested on a track in Belgium. Though it has not been officially tied to any vehicle, the company says it's interested in integrating the technology in the future.... Read More »


Subaru leads new IIHS ratings of automatic braking technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
Subaru engineers worked for nearly 20 years to ready EyeSight, a package of cameras and software that scans the road ahead for danger. All that in-house work paid off today, when the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Subaru Legacy and Outback top honors in its first ratings of automatic braking systems.... Read More »


Denso acquires 50% of German driver-assistance company

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2013
Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso is acquiring a 50 percent stake in ADASENS Automotive GmbH, a German producer of driver assistance systems. Denso will work with ADASENS "to help accelerate and advance the development of active safety technologies," Denso said today in a statement.... Read More »


Denso acquires 50% of German driver-assistance company

Sept. 26, 2013 06:01 CET
Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso is acquiring a 50 percent stake in ADASENS Automotive, a German producer of driver assistance systems. Denso will work with ADASENS "to help accelerate and advance the development of active safety technologies," Denso said today in a statement.... Read More »


DOT sued over delayed backup-camera mandate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2013
Consumer groups are taking the Obama administration to federal court over its about-face on backup cameras. In a lawsuit filed today in federal court in New York, two individuals and four organizations, including Consumers Union, asked a judge to order the Department of Transportation to set rear visibility standards for light vehicles, as required by a 2008 law.... Read More »


Feds study interlocks that force seat belt use

3:52 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2013
Four decades after a failed push to outfit cars and light trucks with devices that force drivers to buckle up, regulators and the auto industry are giving interlocks another chance.... Read More »


Honda Odyssey gets high marks on new IIHS crash test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2013
The 2014 Honda Odyssey received the top rating on a stringent new crash test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, giving the updated minivan critical bragging rights with safety-oriented shoppers.... Read More »


Lentz testifies on Toyota's brake override questions

12:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2013
Toyota decided not to market its brake-override system as "safe stop" to avoid promising more than the mechanism could deliver for driver safety, the company's top U.S. executive told a California jury.... Read More »


Silverado, Sierra pickups first in class to get 5 stars under tougher U.S. crash tests

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2013
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra have received five-star overall safety ratings from U.S. safety regulators, giving GM a marketing edge over rival pickups.... Read More »


Breakthrough or bauble? Safety lab is on the case

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
As marketing machines and tech blogs hum over the new generation of crash-prevention technologies, a complex question hangs over the whole field: Do they work, in the real world, well enough to trust over a driver's own reflexes? Researchers are used to crashing cars into barriers to see how they fare, but the new wave of technology defies such techniques.... Read More »


A safer ride for Rover and Rex

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2013
Safety-minded Subaru has a new pet project: crash tests for dogs. This year, the automaker started funding first-of-its-kind research by the nonprofit Center for Pet Safety to study the dangers of driving with a dog.... Read More »



Crash warning devices must earn drivers' trust

6:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
It's unclear when -- if ever -- automakers will equip cars with vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems that would prevent fender benders at intersections. But one supplier, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., is developing such a system to help motorists avoid pedestrians and cyclists.... Read More »



Why the road to autonomous vehicles is uphill

1:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
To hear a panel of industry experts describe it Tuesday afternoon, taking consumers into the world of fully autonomous self-driving cars is going to be a long and challenging trip. For starters, consumers don't particularly want it.... Read More »


Qualcomm develops sytem to avoid pedestrians, cyclists

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
It's not clear when, if ever, automakers will equip their cars with vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems that would prevent fender-benders at intersections. But one supplier -- Qualcomm Technologies -- is trying to design such a system to help motorists avoid pedestrians and cyclists.... Read More »


Onboard device can help guard driver's safety

5:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
As far as infotainment is concerned, the next big thing may be electronic nannies. Andrew Brown Jr., Delphi Automotive's chief technologist, says it would be possible to design infotainment systems that could limit a motorist's activities if road conditions look dangerous.... Read More »


Denso expects safety technology boom

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Denso Corp., the world's No. 2 parts supplier, expects its safety technology business to surge starting in 2015, when tougher European auto safety standards take effect.... Read More »


U.S. cites Ford for asbestos violations at Buffalo plant

4:08 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2013
Ford has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for eight violations covering asbestos exposure at a stamping plant in Buffalo, N.Y. OSHA said Ford could face up to $41,800 in fines for failing to protect workers from asbestos-containing material at the plant, the agency said Wednesday.... Read More »


Safety tech supplier Mobileye says equity is worth $1.5 billion

9:55 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2013
Mobileye, whose collision-avoidance technology has been adopted in cars made by the likes of BMW and General Motors, said on Sunday it had raised money from five investors that valued its equity at $1.5 billion, highlighting the market potential for driver-assistance systems.... Read More »


Gouging windshield wipers start safety push led by Honda

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5, 2013
With federal regulators considering rules or incentives to make pedestrian accidents more survivable, Honda and Volvo have led automakers making design changes that bring safety advances to the outside of vehicles.... Read More »


Head-up display sales poised to soar, IHS says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2013
With automakers' and regulators' emphasis on safety, sales of vehicle head-up displays are poised to skyrocket, research firm IHS Automotive says. But companies must use caution to ensure that the technology does not create a safety hazard by distracting drivers, an IHS analyst says.... Read More »


Backup camera rule for cars in U.S. pushed back to 2015

4:47 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2013
A rule that would require backup cameras in new cars sold in the United States is being delayed until 2015 as regulators consider giving incentives in their safety ratings to vehicles containing that technology.... Read More »


Suzuki airbag warning lights probed by NHTSA

10:28 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2013
Federal safety regulators say they have opened an investigation into problems on two models of Suzuki vehicles for potentially malfunctioning warning lights for front passenger seats.... Read More »


Lithium ion batteries subject to increased testing standards

4:07 pm U.S. ET | June 14, 2013
Underwriters Laboratories, the 119-year-old company that develops product safety tests, is strengthening its lithium-ion battery standards after a string of high-profile battery failures that shed light on the technology's weak spots.... Read More »


Latest digital edition
Digital Edition Archive
Table of Contents
 Automotive News
Special Report
How a Texas Toyota store solved used-car-supply challenge

How a Texas Toyota store solved used-car-supply challenge

Mike Shaw Toyota in Corpus Christi, Texas, needed more used cars. But driving 150 miles to the nearest auction was time-consuming and costly. Mon., April 14
» Watch the Video
News by Brand

Rocket Fuel