*You’ve got to love scientists. They never stop thinking outside of the box. Now a group of scientists in Spain are working on the HARKEN device, a seat belt that will alert you and wake you up if it feels you are in danger of falling asleep at the wheel.
HARKEN measures the driver’s heart rate and breathing via a sensor system embedded in both the seat belt and seat cover, and if the rates drop too much, a warning alarm goes off.
Jose Solaz of the Biomechanics Institute in Valencia, Spain, where the HARKEN device is being developed, said: ‘The variation in heart and respiratory rate are good indicators of the state of the driver as they are related to fatigue. HARKEN can monitor those variables and therefore warn the driver before the symptoms appear.’
*Some people go berserk when the repo man tries to take their ride. Just ask the tow truck driver of an attempted repossession in Spartanburg, South Carolina. A video of the incident is now going viral. Authorities say the woman who previously owned the truck, broke the windows and bit the repo man! The “bitten man” and owner of Mission Towing and Recovery, Scott Fowler, does say that the bite is getting better, but he told the court on Tuesday that the video is causing him to get death threats from someone.
When Fowler found the early 2000s Cadillac Escalade, he went to work. But the owner was not going to let it go down like that. So when he loaded the car up to tow onto the street, 29 year-old Lakeisha Smith got in and revved up the engine, had the tires screeching, all in an attempt to get the truck down from the bed, to no avail. Continue reading →
Have you seen this man? He is accused of crashing into a car that carried three women, all related, and then he left the scene, where two of the women died, and one has just been taken off of life support.
It happened in St. Petersburg, Florida last Friday evening.
The hit-and-run driver has been identified as Marquice Lamonz Anderson, 27, and police believe he is in hiding because he is aware that he is a wanted man.
Word of the ID came on Friday night as members of the community filled a city block, to light candles and remember the aunt and her two nieces — all three of them single mothers. Continue reading →
*While this story is still developing, it is being reported that if you are one of the unfortunate families that had a death occur due to the result of the ignition switch defect that led to widespread recalls, an announcement made today by GM fund administrator, Kenneth Feinberg, says the corporation has offered to pay at least $1 million compensation to your family for your loss.
According to NBC News, GM has linked 13 deaths to the flawed ignition switches, though federal regulators have said there is a strong chance that the part is to blame for more fatalities. Claims can be submitted beginning Aug. 1. Here’s how the fund’s protocol breaks down. Continue reading →
*You know how some thoughts just come into your head, seemingly out of nowhere? Well, just recently, as I was crossing the street, I wondered if in this crazy world of ours, where there is still so much racial hatred and ignorance, if there are people who would actually take their hatred out on a pedestrian because of their race.
Now, a new study that tested the willingness of drivers to stop for people depending on their race has shown up and along with it comes some disturbing conclusions. Continue reading →
*Many of us use valet when we are out and about. Especially if we find ourselves running late, going out for the evening to a crowded venue and don’t want to spend time looking for a parking space. And yes, we have all heard the stories of the valet taking our nice sportscar on a joy ride.
But what if the valet doesn’t even get that far? What if he, say, pulls out of the parked space right in front of an oncoming car.
*What! This is unbelievable: a self-cleaning car? You mean to tell me I won’t have to spend my hard earned $9.95 on a car wash anymore?
According to Nissan, heck no!
The car dealer claims they have developed a new self cleaning paint for cars called “Ultra-Ever Dry.”
It’s a “specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint” that creates a “protective layer of air between the paint and environment” so that ”drivers may never have to clean their car again.”
*Uber, the San Francisco-based ride-sharing company that competes with traditional taxi companies by providing rides for lower fees and pick ups from a one-touch app on your phone, announced on Friday that their UberX fees are being raised by $1.
The charge is a $1 “Safe Rides Fee” and it is on every ride taken through its UberX service.
Uber offers several ride options, with UberX being its least expensive. The rides are conducted by nonprofessional drivers who use their own vehicles that have been vetted by Uber through background checks and vehicle inspections. Continue reading →