Here’s How Audi’s Vehicle-to-Everything Tech Will Boost Road Safety

Photo credit: Audi
Photo credit: Audi

From Autoweek

If there is one piece of car technology we remember being promised about a decade and a half ago that is slowly coming true without hype, vaporware or unrealistic promises of transforming the automotive industry overnight, it’s cellular vehicle-to-everything technology, known in tech circles as C-V2X. It has the added benefit of sounding like the name of a background droid from Star Wars, and refers to the ability of cars to communicate with infrastructure, such as traffic lights and traffic monitoring systems, to increase safety and efficiency.

You might already take real-time traffic displays in your navigation system for granted, but C-V2X takes that a step further, allowing cars to communicate with each other and to communicate with traffic-related devices in their surroundings. This technology has already seen a limited rollout in Audi Q8 vehicles, displaying a countdown to green traffic lights to allow

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Watch for Me NC Program promotes bicycle and pedestrian safety

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) Drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists in Beaufort, Greenville, New Bern Pine, Knoll Shores, and Washington will be seeing increased safety information as N.C. Department of Transportation kicks off its 2020 Watch for Me NC awareness campaign.

Drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists will see and hear safety messages that will better educate them on relevant laws and safe behaviors. 

  • Delivery bag inserts: Watch for Me NC inserts with driver, bicyclist and pedestrian safety tips are going in food delivery bags (English and Spanish).
  • Car toppers: Ride share vehicles will have toppers on their vehicles that share important safety reminders for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
  • Pandora radio: During ad breaks, listeners will hear bike and pedestrian safety tips.

“It’s great to be partnering with Beaufort, Greenville, New Bern, Pine Knoll Shores and Washington to proactively deliver safety messages to help raise awareness and reduce fatalities among pedestrians and bicyclists in

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot said City Hall would only issue parking tickets for safety violations early in the pandemic. 35,000 car owners received tickets anyway.

With schools closed, restaurants shut down and an economic collapse looming in the early weeks of the pandemic, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced plans to stop ticketing, booting and impounding cars throughout the city to ease financial pressures on Chicagoans.



a sign on a pole: A city parking sign in the 700 block of West Adams Street where Xavier Santos received two parking tickets in early April amid the coronavirus pandemic.


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A city parking sign in the 700 block of West Adams Street where Xavier Santos received two parking tickets in early April amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The only ticketing that is going to be happening is if there is a car or other vehicle posing some kind of public safety threat. But the normal ticketing should be suspended until April 30,” she said during a March 18 news conference. “So, for example, an expired meter that is otherwise legally parked and not posing a public safety threat, you should not be getting ticketed.”

Try telling that to Michaela Spence of Bronzeville, who

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‘For public and officer safety:’ Edmonton city police mum on possibility of third armoured vehicle

Edmonton city police have two armoured vehicles in their arsenal but remain coy on what funding is available for a third.

City police spokeswoman Cheryl Voordenhout said the the force currently has a Ballistic Armoured Tactical Transport (B.A.T.T.) vehicle and a Grizzly vehicle.

“Armoured vehicles are essentially police rescue vehicles,” said Voordenhout. “In the case of an event involving weapons, these vehicles would be used for public and officer safety.”

Voordenhout added that questions regarding funding for armoured vehicle replacements or purchases would have to be answered through the Freedom of Information and Privacy (FOIP) unit. She said requests for operational information regarding specialized police equipment is beyond the scope of the communications depatment.

The country’s Department of National Defence has donated at least five armoured vehicles to police agencies since 2007: the Grizzly armoured personnel carrier to Edmonton city police that year; two Cougar armoured vehicles to the B.C.

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Bicycle Safety – Riding Tips

The Fundamentals – Hand Signals – Hazard Recognition – Tips to Avoid Collisions

Even if you are an experienced cyclist, it’s a good idea to review the fundamentals periodically. You may also want to review them with younger cyclists in your family.

The best guideline is:          Be Alert. Be Wary. Be Seen.

            Be Alert                     Scan ahead, center, left and right.

            Be Wary                    Pay attention to vehicles, pedestrians and others on the road.

            Be Seen                    Use your horn, hand signals and light to be seen by others on the road.

 

 

10 Tips for Safer Cycling

  • Wear your helmet. Follow this simple rule and you reduce your risk of serious injury by as much as 85 percent.
  • Keep your head up and look ahead, not at the ground. You need to see what is coming up so you have time  to react and maneuver.
  • One person per bike. Riding with unsecured
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Bicycle Safety | Motor Vehicle Safety

How big is the problem?

Deaths and Injuries

In 2015 in the United States, over 1,000 bicyclists died and there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries.3

Cost

Data from 2010 show fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries to bicyclists resulted in lifetime medical costs and productivity losses of $10 billion.3

What are the major risk factors?

  • Adults aged 50 to 59 years have the highest bicycle death rates.3
  • Children (5-14 years) and adolescents (15-19 years) have the highest rates of nonfatal bicycle-related injuries, accounting for more than one-third of all bicycle-related injuries seen in U.S. emergency departments.3
  • Males die 6 times more often and are injured 4 times more often on bicycles than females.3
  • Most bicyclist deaths occur in urban areas and at non-intersection locations.4
  • Among bicyclist deaths, 37% had alcohol involvement either for the motor vehicle driver or bicycle rider.4

How can bicycle-related injuries

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Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans

Overview

On July 19, 2018, FTA published the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) Final Rule, which requires certain operators of public transportation systems that receive federal funds under FTA’s Urbanized Area Formula Grants to develop safety plans that include the processes and procedures to implement Safety Management Systems (SMS).  

  • The PTASP rule became effective on July 19, 2019.
  • FTA published a Dear Colleague letter on July 19, 2019, to alert the transit industry of the July 20, 2020 safety compliance deadline.

The plan must include safety performance targets. Find additional guidance on planning and target setting on FTA’s Performance-Based Planning pages. Transit operators also must certify they have a safety plan in place meeting the requirements of the rule by July 20, 2020. The plan must be updated and certified by the transit agency annually.

The rule applies to all operators of public transportation systems that are recipients and

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Hokey Spokes – Brilliant Bicycle Safety Light System 0

 

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  What are Hokey Spokes?

Hokey Spokes Hokey Spokes are transparent “blades” that attach to your bicycle spokes. As these blades spin during riding, a computer inside the blades modulates the internal LED lights so that design images and custom text appear.

The user can decide how many spokes in a variety of colors they want to place on the bicycle wheel. Up to 6 “Blades” can be placed on each wheel. The more blades, the more visibility and persistence of vision at lower speeds. 2 Blades/Wheel look good, 3 Blades/Wheel look great, and more than three look amazing. The rider above has 3 Blades/wheel.

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KDOT: Bicycle Safety

 

                

           
        
                   

In Kansas, bicyclists are required to follow the same    rules of the road as motorists.  Please ride safely, be courteous to other    roadway users, and abide by all Kansas traffic laws.  Always ride a well-maintained    bicycle and know your riding limitations.  You should be able to ride comfortably    with minimal strain at least half of the total distance planned to be covered    each day of your tour.

   

     

Helmets:  Bicyclists are strongly encouraged to wear American National Standards Institute   (ANSI), or the American Society for Testing and Materials  (ASTM), or Snell Memorial Foundation  (Snell) approved helmets at all times.

Paved Shoulders:  Bicyclists are strongly encouraged to ride on paved shoulders which are equal to or greater than three feet in width whenever they are available.

Ride to the Right, With Traffic:  Ride with normal traffic flow and ride to the right side of the roadway.  If lane width allows, stay within

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