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Smartphone use tops road safety concerns in Australia

Nearly three-quarters of Australian motorists are worried about mobile phone use, and more than half are calling for a strong police presence to tackle the problem...

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Takata: FCAI website racks up 1.23 million registration checks
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Takata: FCAI website racks up 1.23 million registration checks

It appears the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) website dedicated to the Takata recall is resonating with motorists. Just a week after launch, it's racked up almost 780,000 visitors and more than 1.23 million registration checks. The website is part of a push by the industry to raise awareness about the huge number of Takata airbags still kicking around on Australian roads...


30km/h speed limits coming to Melbourne's north
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30km/h speed limits coming to Melbourne's north

Collingwood and Fitzroy residents in Melbourne will be subjected to a 30km/h speed limit trial from 'late September', as Yarra Council seeks to make life easier for pedestrians and cyclists in residential areas. The new limits, which are a first in Australia, will be applied to the residential zone bordered by Alexandra Parade, Hoddle, Johnston and Nicholson streets...


Australian motorists reveal their worst habits behind the wheel
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Australian motorists reveal their worst habits behind the wheel

Almost 40 per cent of Australian motorists have eaten takeaway behind the wheel, while nearly a third have driven in thongs, according to new research from finder.com.au. The firm's Safe Driving Report 2018 reveals 38 per cent of drivers have eaten while driving, 31 per cent have driven in thongs, 20 per cent have sent a text and 14 per cent have smoked...


NSW slow down, move over rules 'short-sighted' and 'ineffective'
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NSW slow down, move over rules 'short-sighted' and 'ineffective'

The National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA) has lashed out at the upcoming trial forcing New South Wales drivers to do 40km/h past emergency service vehicles on the side of the road, describing the rules as "half-baked" and "short-sighted". Announced earlier this week, the new rule will be trialled over a 12 month period starting on September 1...


NSW: 40km/h limit past emergency services to be trialled
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NSW: 40km/h limit past emergency services to be trialled

New South Wales motorists will need to slow to 40km/h as they pass emergency services on the side of the road, as part of a road rule trial kicking off on September 1. Drivers moving in both directions on undivided roads are impacted by the rule, and face a $448 fine and three demerit points if they don't comply...


Half of new car buyers don't prioritise safety - study
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Half of new car buyers don't prioritise safety - study

Crash testing is getting tougher around the world, and modern cars are safer than ever. It appears buyers could be taking that for granted, with new research finding more than 50 per cent of buyers don't have a car's safety rating as a top-three priority when making a purchase. According to a finder.com...


Mazda CX-8, Volvo XC40 score five-star ANCAP results
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Mazda CX-8, Volvo XC40 score five-star ANCAP results

The new Mazda CX-8 and Volvo XC40 have both been awarded a five-star safety rating by ANCAP, under the updated testing regimedescribed as the "toughest" to date. The XC40 scored 97 per cent for adult occupant protection, 84 per cent for child occupant protection, 71 per cent for vulnerable road user protection and 78 per cent in the safety assist category...


AEB: What pedestrian detection systems might not see
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AEB: What pedestrian detection systems might not see

Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection is one of the must-have safety features in modern cars, but it's not infallible. Whether it's false positives caused by reflective signs or systems failing during demonstrations, semi-autonomous safety assists can be fooled...


ANCAP encouraging buyers to get into new cars
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ANCAP encouraging buyers to get into new cars

The Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has launched a campaign encouraging car buyers to stump for the newest possible car, asking 'who would survive' a head-on collision between a 1998 and 2015 Toyota Corolla to illustrate how far passive safety has improved over the past two decades...


Standard AEB inclusion up tenfold since 2015 in Australia - study
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Standard AEB inclusion up tenfold since 2015 in Australia - study

A report from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has revealed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is included as standard in 10 times more vehicles than 2015. There are a few interesting takeaways from the research, but the most significant is this: just six of the top 100 models lines on Australia's sales charts had AEB as standard across the range (from the cheapest to most expensive variant) in 2015, representing just 3...


Tesla Model X: Autopilot could be at fault in fatal accident
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Tesla Model X: Autopilot could be at fault in fatal accident

A preliminary report from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says Autopilot may have steered toward the dividing barrier on US Highway 101 before a fatal accident involving a Tesla Model X earlier this year. It's worth mentioning up front, the investigation isn't complete, and the NTSB hasn't nailed down a probably cause for the crash...


2018 Ford Mustang upgraded to three stars in ANCAP testing
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2018 Ford Mustang upgraded to three stars in ANCAP testing

The updated 'FN' Ford Mustang has improved on its predecessor's woeful ANCAP result, but still only manages a three-star safety rating. Central to the improvement is the addition of autonomous-emergency braking, forward collision warning and lane-keeping assist across the range of vehicles built since December 2017...


Nissan Leaf scores five stars in Euro NCAP testing
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Nissan Leaf scores five stars in Euro NCAP testing

The 2018 Nissan Leaf has been awarded a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP, in an updated set of tests that the firm describes as the "toughest safety tests to date." It scored 93 per cent for adult occupant protection, 86 per cent for child occupant protection, 71 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 71 per cent for safety assist systems...


Ford Europe uses VR to put drivers in cyclists' shoes
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Ford Europe uses VR to put drivers in cyclists' shoes

It's easy to criticise cyclists from the heated comfort of a car, but life isn't necessarily easy for pedal-powered commuters – especially when drivers don't give them enough room. According to Ford, there are more than 250 million cyclists on the road across Europe, accounting for one in every 12 road accidents...


Hands-free phone users drive more cautiously - study
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Hands-free phone users drive more cautiously - study

Mobile phones and driving don't really mix: it's illegal to touch your smartphone in the car, even while stationary, and distracted driving is a known killer. A new study from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) put subjects through their paces using their mobile phone, hands-on and hands-free, to further explore the technology's impact on driver behaviour...


2019 Honda Accord to kickstart range-wide safety upgrade
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2019 Honda Accord to kickstart range-wide safety upgrade

Honda Australia has confirmed it will rollout its Honda Sensing active safety suite across its entire line-up of next-generation models, starting with the all-new Accord range confirmed for late-2019. The local arm's director, Stephen Collins, confirmed the news this week, while also noting the growing awareness and demand for the latest safety features in the Australian market...


Alfa Romeo Stelvio gets five-star ANCAP rating
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Alfa Romeo Stelvio gets five-star ANCAP rating

ANCAP has released its latest set of safety ratings this week, with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio scoring top marks, while the Citroen C3 scored a disappointing four stars. Based on tests conducted by sister agency, Euro NCAP, the Stelvio scored an impressive 97 per cent for adult occupant protection – just shy of the related Giulia sedan's record 98 per cent score...


Minimum bicycle passing distance becomes law in NSW
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Minimum bicycle passing distance becomes law in NSW

New South Wales motorists will need to abide new laws about minimum passing distance when overtaking cyclists, or face fines and the loss of demerit points. The new Minimum Passing Distance rule comes into force after a two-year trial, and mandates motorists leave a one-metre gap when overtaking cyclists below 60km/h and a 1.5-metre space over 60km/h...


Volvo Cars and Trucks to share live vehicle data
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Volvo Cars and Trucks to share live vehicle data

Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks will team up to share live traffic and safety data, in an attempt to form a critical mass of connected vehicles for improved safety. Although they both use the same name and badge, Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks are actually separate companies, which makes this the first time Volvo Cars has shared safety-related data with another company...