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Bike 'superhighways' could cut Victorian congestion - RACV

Victoria is already in the midst of huge infrastructure changes, but the solution to the state's congestion and packed public transport system could be 'cycling superhighways' on 10 high-traffic corridors...

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2019 Mitsubishi Triton bullbar: AEB tech's big change to frontal protection bars
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2019 Mitsubishi Triton bullbar: AEB tech's big change to frontal protection bars

The bullbar industry is set to face a new challenge, as more utes come equipped with autonomous emergency braking systems that need a clear view over the bonnet. As is the case with the recent Ford Ranger – which is available with AEB and has a factory-approved, AEB-compatible bullbar – the new Mitsubishi Triton has a completely redesigned bullbar, so it doesn’t impede the AEB cameras in the windscreen...


NYPD calls on map app Waze to remove RBT locations
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NYPD calls on map app Waze to remove RBT locations

New York Police Department (NYPD) has written to Waze, one of Google's mapping services, calling for it to remove 'DWI checkpoint' locations from its app. Unlike regular Google Maps, the Waze app lets drivers report obstacles, traffic, mobile speed cameras and 'DWI checkpoints', known locally as random breath test (RBT) stops or booze buses...


2019 Toyota RAV4 preliminary specs revealed
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2019 Toyota RAV4 preliminary specs revealed

Toyota Australia has announced further details about the upcoming 2019 RAV4, claiming it'll offer class-leading safety across the range. Regardless of trim, the mid-sized SUV will come with adaptive cruise control, pre-collision safety system (autonomous emergency braking) with pedestrian/cyclist detection, lane-departure warning, road sign monitoring, and automatic high-beam as standard from the base model...


Autobahn to remain derestricted, despite climate push
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Autobahn to remain derestricted, despite climate push

Germany will maintain its derestricted sections of autobahn, despite a government-appointed report suggesting lower limits could help cut carbon emissions. Speaking with reporters in Berlin, a government spokesperson said there are "more intelligent control mechanisms" than a 130km/h speed limit...


Hyundai debuts multi-impact airbag
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Hyundai debuts multi-impact airbag

Hyundai has revealed the world's first multi-impact airbag, designed to protect drivers in collisions where the first collision isn't necessarily the most dangerous. In scenarios where the airbags might not deploy after the first impact – say a car crashing into another car, below the main airbag trigger threshold – the Hyundai system is capable of detecting the occupants' positions, and firing faster than the initial airbag system...


"Safety doesn't come at a price" in child seats - study
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"Safety doesn't come at a price" in child seats - study

The cheapest child restraints are sometimes the safest, according to a new study from the NRMA. Conducted alongside Kidsafe NSW, the NRMA test put nine restraints through their paces in safety and ease of use. None of the seats tested scored a perfect five stars, while four snagged a four-star rating...


2019 Suzuki Jimny hit with three-star safety score
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2019 Suzuki Jimny hit with three-star safety score

The new Suzuki Jimny has been hit with a “below average” three-star rating by Australia’s peak automotive safety body - matching the poor score issued by European authorities. Testing found “structural weaknesses” in the body, the crash-test dummy head “bottomed out” through the airbag and struck the steering wheel, and there were shortcomings with the safety assistance technology...


Passing lanes reduce crashes, speed up traffic - study
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Passing lanes reduce crashes, speed up traffic - study

Passing lanes can reduce accidents by 16 per cent on highways, according to a new study from the Australia Road Research Board (ARRB). The report found overtaking lanes added to two-lane, two-way roads – the likes of which feature prominently in rural and semi-rural Australia – also reduce congestion by 10 per cent. Dr...


Downward road toll trend "encouraging", but more can be done – ANCAP
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Downward road toll trend "encouraging", but more can be done – ANCAP

ANCAP chief executive, James Goodwin, has joined the Deputy Prime Minister celebrating a drop in deaths on local roads in 2018. A total of 1146 people were killed on Australian roads in 2018, down from 1224 in 2017. Although driver, passenger, cyclist and motorbike deaths were down, pedestrian fatalities rose from 161 to 176...


2019 Kia Cerato gets split ANCAP safety rating
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2019 Kia Cerato gets split ANCAP safety rating

ANCAP has awarded the 2019 Kia Cerato with a split four-/five-star safety rating in its latest round of testing, due to a difference in standard AEB systems depending on variant. Despite all trim levels featuring autonomous emergency braking as standard, the system fitted to the S and Sport grades is a camera-only setup that isn't designed to detect 'Vulnerable Road Users' like pedestrians and cyclists...


Mercedes ESF 2019 to showcase future of safety
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Mercedes ESF 2019 to showcase future of safety

Mercedes Benz says it plans to show a safety vision concept later this year that will demonstrate the future safety technologies from the German manufacturer. It will mark ten years since the last ESF vision concept debuted in 2009 and will see Mercedes-Benz showcase technologies that are both currently viable and also ones which may still be some time away...


Federal Labor promises National Office of Road Safety
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Federal Labor promises National Office of Road Safety

The Federal Opposition has promised to establish a National Office of Road Safety, should it win the 2019 Federal Election. The proposal was announced at the Labor Party's national conference in Adelaide, with the party arguing "after decades of decline, the road toll is again heading in the wrong direction"...


Mobile phone detection camera trial heading to NSW
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Mobile phone detection camera trial heading to NSW

Sydney drivers will take part in a trial of world-first mobile phone monitoring cameras, as part of a New South Wales Government push to curb distracted driving. The pair of new cameras will be deployed on the M4 and Anzac Parade from January 2019, but motorists caught during the trial won't be fined...


ANCAP: BMW X5, Holden Acadia score five-star ratings
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ANCAP: BMW X5, Holden Acadia score five-star ratings

The new BMW X5 and Holden Acadia have been awarded top marks in the latest round of ANCAP safety ratings. Both SUVs managed five stars, with the Holden impressing with strong performances in the protection of adults (94 per cent), children (87 per cent), and Vulnerable Road Users (74 per cent), along with Safety Assist (86 per cent)...


External airbags could reduce injuries by 30 per cent
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External airbags could reduce injuries by 30 per cent

ZF has been looking into the impact external airbags could make on car accident injury rates. Turns out, it's potentially huge. According to the company, its prototype external side airbag could lessen occupant injury severity by a whopping 30 per cent in perpendicular crashes. Obviously, ZF hasn't just strapped a heap of steering wheel inflators on the side of a car...


508, Q3, S60/V60, X5 score five-star Euro NCAP ratings
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508, Q3, S60/V60, X5 score five-star Euro NCAP ratings

Euro NCAP has awarded five-star safety ratings to several new models, including the Audi Q3, BMW X5, Peugeot 508, along with the Volvo S60/V60. The Q3, 508, S60 and V60 all scored over 90 per cent in the area of Adult Occupant Protection, while the X5 managed 89 per cent – largely due to the driver's knee airbag not deploying properly in the front offset test...


Fiat Panda gets zero-star Euro NCAP safety rating
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Fiat Panda gets zero-star Euro NCAP safety rating

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been dealt another blow in the latest round of Euro NCAP crash tests, with the 2018 Fiat Panda failing to score even a one-star rating. Last tested in 2011, the third-generation Panda lacks any form of active safety equipment – with seatbelt reminders the only feature to score points in the area Safety Assist...


2019 Jeep Wrangler handed devastating 1 Star Euro NCAP result
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2019 Jeep Wrangler handed devastating 1 Star Euro NCAP result

The all-new 2019 Jeep Wrangler has been given a stinging one-star safety rating in the latest round of assessments from independent body, Euro NCAP. The fourth-generation JL Wrangler, revealed earlier this year, was already out of the running for a five-star rating due to its lack of autonomous emergency braking at launch...


ANCAP: Focus, G70, I-Pace and Santa Fe get five-star ratings
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ANCAP: Focus, G70, I-Pace and Santa Fe get five-star ratings

ANCAP has awarded five-star safety ratings to the Ford Focus, Genesis G70, Hyundai Santa Fe and Jaguar I-Pace this week. The two SUVs managed 94 per cent for adult occupant protection, while the Focus and G70 posted 85 per cent and 81 per cent respectively. Interestingly, the Focus managed an impressive 87 per cent score for child occupant protection, which was better than the other three models...