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Mercedes-Benz Vito and Viano are Australia’s First 5-Star Commercial Vehicles Mercedes-Benz Vito and Viano are Australia’s First 5-Star Commercial Vehicles

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) today announced the first Australian 5-star rating for a light commercial van. The vehicle: the Mercedes-Benz Vito.

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ABS: Mercedes-Benz and the Invention of the Anti-Lock Braking System ABS: Mercedes-Benz and the Invention of the Anti-Lock Braking System

It was 31 years ago that Mercedes-Benz presented the second-generation anti-lock braking system (ABS), developed together with Bosch, to the press in Untertürkheim, Germany.

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2009 Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle 2009 Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle

2009 is a year in which Mercedes-Benz celebrates several anniversaries in the safety field: in August 1939 the automotive safety pioneer Béla Barényi started his work at Mercedes-Benz in Sindelfingen. Regarded as the father of modern car safety, he invented a multitude of pioneering safety features. One example is the principle of the crumple zone, a trailblazing innovation which entered series production at Mercedes-Benz 50 years ago in 1959. With the help of its in-house accident research...

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BMW Voice Control System BMW Voice Control System

Starting in September 2009, BMW is presenting a truly innovative, cutting-edge technology for voice control in the automobile allowing even more reliable and convenient operation and control of navigation systems and infotainment functions. Introducing this new system, BMW is raising the driver/vehicle dialogue to a new level of excellence. For the first time, one single voice command is sufficient to completely transmit the driver's destination into the navigation system. The driver's...

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BMW Stopping Safely in a Medical Emergency BMW Stopping Safely in a Medical Emergency

BMW engineers are developing a system that will safely bring a car to a controlled stop on the side of the road in a health-related emergency. The system automatically activates an autonomous driving mode when it detects that the driver has a serious medical problem, and carries out a controlled emergency stop. The car switches on the hazard warning lights and manoeuvres carefully – taking into account the traffic around it – to the outer edge of the road, before drawing to a...

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High-Beam Assist Paves Way for New Headlamp Technologies High-Beam Assist Paves Way for New Headlamp Technologies

Gentex Corporation, the leading supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors to the worldwide automotive industry, announced today that it has shipped its one-millionth SmartBeam® High-Beam Assist system and expanded the SmartBeam product line to include new levels of camera-based forward-lighting functionality. SmartBeam is a first-of-its-kind headlamp automation feature that uses a custom CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) image sensor and algorithmic decision-making to...

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Acura Achieves Another Historic First in Safety Testing Acura Achieves Another Historic First in Safety Testing

For the first time in the history of automotive safety crash testing, an automobile nameplate has simultaneously earned top government and IIHS safety ratings for every vehicle in its line-up. On March 25, 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA*), as part of its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing, awarded the all-new 2009 Acura TL performance luxury sedan a 5-Star rating - its top rating - for side impact crash safety for both front and rear passenger seating...

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Toyota Recommends Servicing for Safer Holiday Motoring Toyota Recommends Servicing for Safer Holiday Motoring

With families looking at more affordable holidays this year, Toyota Australia believes road trips will be on the rise and says vehicles need to be prepared. Taking a few preventative maintenance measures to ensure Toyotas - both old and new - run smoothly and efficiently will save Toyota owners money in the longer term. "Of course, the best thing Toyota owners can do for the family before travelling any significant distance by road is to book their vehicle in for a service, if a...

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IIHS Introduces New Roof Strength Crash Testing IIHS Introduces New Roof Strength Crash Testing

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is launching a new roof strength rating system to help consumers pick vehicles that will help protect them in rollover crashes. Twelve small SUVs are the first to be put to the test. Only 4 earn the top rating of good. The Volkswagen Tiguan has the strongest rated roof and the Kia Sportage has the weakest among the 2008-09 models evaluated. This new rating system is based on Institute research showing that occupants in rollover crashes benefit from...

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New Volkswagen Golf Gets Highest Safety as Standard New Volkswagen Golf Gets Highest Safety as Standard

Once again the latest Golf has received five stars in the EuroNCAP evaluation: the European crash test programme awarded the new Golf the highest score of five stars, even according to the stricter and more comprehensive assessment criteria. Furthermore, the Golf received the highest overall rating of any vehicle. In the latest rating of the EuroNCAP all safety and assistant systems of the individual vehicles are now being assessed. Up until now, safety systems such as the Electronic Stability...

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World's First Rear-seat Center Airbag Developed by Toyota World's First Rear-seat Center Airbag Developed by Toyota

TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announces it has developed a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) rear-seat center airbag-the first*1 in the world-to help reduce the severity of secondary injuries incurred by rear-seat passengers in a side-on collision. The new airbag is fitted in a large, fixed, rear-seat center console that comes in a version of a Toyota model to be launched in Japan in the near future. When the vehicle is hit side-on, the airbag deploys from the top of the console to act as...

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First Australian Built Wagon To Achieve 5-Star Safety Rating First Australian Built Wagon To Achieve 5-Star Safety Rating

GM Holden’s VE Omega Sportwagon has become the first locally manufactured wagon to receive a maximum five star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The result reflects the long list of safety features found standard across the VE Sportwagon range including six airbags, rear park assist and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) which incorporates Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Electronic Brake Assist (EBA) and Traction...

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Honda Accord Euro Achieves Top Euro NCAP Overall Safety Rating Honda Accord Euro Achieves Top Euro NCAP Overall Safety Rating

The 2008 Wheels Car of the Year, the Honda Accord Euro, has been re-assessed as one of the safest cars according to the new independent crash testing results from Euro NCAP. Euro NCAP has developed a new rating scheme which focuses on the vehicle’s overall safety performance and has awarded the Accord Euro 5 stars. This replaces the previous rating system, where the Accord Euro had a 5 star adult occupant, 4 star child occupant and 3 star pedestrian protection scores. The new rating...

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Self-Inflating Tire Technology Triumphs at Technology Awards Self-Inflating Tire Technology Triumphs at Technology Awards

The Self Inflating Tire (SIT), a new invention of Coda Development, has scooped the prestigious Tire Technology of the Year award at the Tire Technology Awards for Innovation and Excellence 2009, which were presented at Tire Technology Expo yesterday (February 18, 2009) in Hamburg, Germany. Coda Development's Self Inflating Tire system is primarily designed to aid fuel economy and safety. As well as benefiting drivers through the elimination of unpopular pressure checks and inconvenient tire...

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Euro NCAP Safety Test Awards Five Stars to Mazda 6 Euro NCAP Safety Test Awards Five Stars to Mazda 6

The new Mazda6 (known as the Mazda Atenza in Japan) with European specifications has been awarded the five-star maximum rating by the European New Car Assessment Programme* (Euro NCAP) in its 2009 combined safety performance test. This accolade officially makes Mazda6 one of the safest cars in the world. For 2009, Euro NCAP has implemented a more stringent evaluation system that awards a single overall vehicle safety rating combining the scores achieved in four areas of assessment: Adult...

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Toyota iQ and Avensis Achieve Top Euro NCAP Safety Rating Toyota iQ and Avensis Achieve Top Euro NCAP Safety Rating

The Toyota iQ may be the smallest four-seater car on the market, but is also one of the safest according to new independent crash testing results from Euro NCAP. Euro NCAP, which has developed a new rating scheme which focuses on the vehicle's overall protection performance, awarded the tiny traffic buster 5-stars. iQ's British-built big brother, the new Avensis, also earned a 5-star rating.

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Ford Tests Active Crash-Avoidance with Car-Shaped Balloons Ford Tests Active Crash-Avoidance with Car-Shaped Balloons

Ford is testing an array of new "active" crash-avoidance and driver-aid technologies it will introduce in 2009 by driving prototypes into large, car-shaped balloons to help customers avoid real accidents. Engineers use the balloons as target practice at Ford's Dearborn Development Center to test the company's new Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning with Brake Support technology, one of the next-generation safety features Ford has developed to meet growing consumer demand...

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Hyundai Sonata 2.4 Petrol Achieves 4.5 Star GVG Rating Hyundai Sonata 2.4 Petrol Achieves 4.5 Star GVG Rating

Hyundai Motor Company’s Sonata 2.4 petrol engine now achieves a 4.5 star Green Vehicle Guide (GVG) rating. Minor modifications were implemented in December 2008 production, further reducing emissions and resulting in an improved air pollution rating - this has boosted the overall score. The Hyundai Sonata 2.4 petrol engine now ranks amongst the greenest cars in the GVG’s large segment, offering both prospective private and fleet buyers a greener choice.

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Volvo Cars Receives Paul Pietsch Award 2009 for City Safety Volvo Cars Receives Paul Pietsch Award 2009 for City Safety

Volvo Cars has been honoured with the prestigious Paul Pietsch Award 2009 for its innovative low-speed collision avoidance system, City Safety, which is fitted as standard to the new Volvo XC60. Stephen Odell, president and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation, accepted the award from German automobile journal "auto motor und sport" in Stuttgart last Thursday. "We are proud to receive this award because it stands for technical developments which represent a lasting change in the...

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Toyota Announces Safety Recall on Select Vehicles Toyota Announces Safety Recall on Select Vehicles

Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. will launch a Safety Recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) involving approximately 134,900 Yaris vehicles sold in the United States. The Yaris is equipped with driver and front passenger seat belt pretensioners that retract the seat belts to begin absorbing the occupant’s forward momentum when a severe frontal impact is detected. On 2006 through 2007 model year Yaris, Toyota has determined that the seat belt pretensioner...

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Nissan and West NEXCO Road Information System Nissan and West NEXCO Road Information System

West Nippon Expressway Co., Ltd. (West NEXCO) and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced a cooperative effort to research systems to help prevent accidents and furnish road information to drivers. West NEXCO, which operates expressways in western Japan, and Nissan will enhance and complement existing information systems using information technology (IT) to provide road and traffic condition information to help improve safety and driving comfort on expressways.

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Nissan Participates in Its-Safety 2010 Industry-Wide Test Nissan Participates in Its-Safety 2010 Industry-Wide Test

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today announced it will participate in "ITS-Safety 2010", a large-scale test of future automotive Intelligent Transportation Systems, with four advanced safety prototype vehicles. Nissan ITS technologies include Driving Safety Support Systems (DSSS) and Advanced Safety Vehicle (ASV). The "ITS-Safety 2010" test is targeting technology to be partially applied in FY2010. Conducted by the "ITS Promotion Committee", a private-public joint...

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Audi World's First Led Headlights Audi World's First Led Headlights

The order book opened in Britain for the V10 engined Audi R8 this month (1 January) and with it the German car manufacturer demonstrated another element of its pioneering Vorsprung durch Technik technology. The range-topping R8 is the first car in the world to be equipped with all-LED (light emitting diode) headlamps. For the first time the high intensity diodes have been used for low beam and high beam settings, as well as for daytime running lights and indicators, intensifying the sports...

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Ford Self Parking System Announced Ford Self Parking System Announced

Ford's new ‘active park assist' makes Parallel parking a Breeze for Lincoln MKT and MKS owners The often stressful and frustrating task of parallel parking soon will be as easy as pressing a button for owners of the Lincoln MKS flagship sedan and all-new Lincoln MKT seven-passenger luxury crossover, thanks to an exclusive new technology from Ford Motor Company called Active Park Assist. Available in mid-2009 as an option on the 2010 Lincoln MKS sedan and new Lincoln MKT crossover, Active...

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Volvo Maps Driver Behaviour as Part of EU Research Project Volvo Maps Driver Behaviour as Part of EU Research Project

A fleet of 100 Volvo V70 and XC70 vehicles will take part in a three-year European Union research project called EuroFOT (Field Operational Tests) enabling Volvo Cars to monitor the behaviour of drivers and their reaction to complex traffic situations. The initiative involves 28 partners from the automotive industry and academia, including the SAFER research centre at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, which will help assess the data collated by the Volvos taking part in...

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Volvo Technology Helps Drivers Avoid Accidents with Pedestrians Volvo Technology Helps Drivers Avoid Accidents with Pedestrians

Volvo Cars will introduce the next generation of preventative safety technology in the Volvo S60 Concept being unveiled at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit next month. Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and pedestrian detection reacts when a pedestrian walks out in front of a car. The system will activate the car's full braking power if the driver does not respond to the danger. This groundbreaking innovation will be a key feature of the all-new Volvo S60...

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Audi: LED Technology & Light Design Audi: LED Technology & Light Design

Audi was the first automobile manufacturer to recognise the potential of revolutionary LED lighting technology and then incorporate it during development of its vehicles. The brand with the four rings has since acquired a technological edge putting it years ahead of the competition, and is a key driver of this innovation. Crucial for the exterior design: Not only during the day but also at night, all Audi models are recognisable at a glance thanks to LED daytime running lights. And each Audi...

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Bentley's Power on Ice Programme Bentley's Power on Ice Programme

Bentley will host an extraordinary driving experience in February and March 2009 …with the remote snowscape of Finland as a backdrop. Harnessing the power of 560 horses on a surface of pure ice. It may seem like a contradiction in terms, but in actual fact these two elements form the basis of a truly unique driving experience. The British luxury car manufacturer Bentley is offering its customers and any other interested parties the trip of a lifetime in the far north of Europe. And not for...

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Honda Demonstrates Life Saving Motorcycle Technology Honda Demonstrates Life Saving Motorcycle Technology

Honda has reinforced its commitment to road safety by revealing a motorcycle to car communication system to help reduce accidents. Industry research at the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium in Germany has shown that the majority of accidents involving motorcycles are caused by perception failures. Honda’s new system aims to significantly reduce these incidents. Both the causes and the consequences of motorcycle accidents are different to those involving only cars, as the majority of...

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5 Star EuroNCAP Impossible without ESC 5 Star EuroNCAP Impossible without ESC

Today, Euro NCAP moves closer to its vision “for safer cars” with the release of details about the scoring behind the organisation’s new car safety rating. With the implementation of the new rating scheduled for 2009, vehicles tested by Euro NCAP from this date will undergo a much tougher and more comprehensive assessment. Euro NCAP also reveals its high ambitions for manufacturers: without ESC, the achievement of five stars will no longer be possible. Euro NCAP’s new scheme will see the...

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Toyota Announces World First Rear Window Airbag Toyota Announces World First Rear Window Airbag

TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announced today that it has developed an SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) rear window curtain shield airbag—the world's first*—to protect rear passengers' heads in the event of a rear-end collision. The innovative airbag deploys from the roof lining above the rear window in the form of a curtain-like barrier. Together with the headrests, the airbag minimizes impact to the head from a colliding vehicle or parts of the hit vehicle, thus helping to reduce the...

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Crash Avoidance Robotic Car Inspired by Flight of the Bumblebee Crash Avoidance Robotic Car Inspired by Flight of the Bumblebee

What better way to advance the development of crash prevention technology than to mimic some of the best proponents of collision avoidance in the natural world? Bees. In a surprising project that will be unveiled at CEATEC, the humble bumblebee has given engineers at Nissan Motor Co.’s Advanced Technology Center a strategic hint at how to design the next generation of crash-avoidance systems. Based on joint research with the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at Japan’s...

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Locusts to help Volvo Locusts to help Volvo

To most of us the Swedish car brands have always been renowned for making the safest cars in the world. To stay ahead of the competition they seem to have employed the services of the humble locust to help with research of a new collision avoidance safety system. “Imagine you are a locust in a swarm of locusts flying over a field trying to find food. There is almost chaos in the swarm but no traffic rules. Still the individual locusts are able to avoid collusions. They are really masters...

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Honda's New Multi View Camera System - (Global) Honda's New Multi View Camera System - (Global)

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that it has developed a multi-view camera system which displays views from multiple wide-angle CCD cameras on the vehicle’s navigation screen to reduce blind spots, support smooth parallel or garage parking, and support comfortable and safe driving in a 3-way intersection where there is limited visibility or on narrow roads. This new multi-view camera system will be applied first to the all-new Odyssey which is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in October of this...

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Honda Develops World's First Driver-Side i-SRS Airbag System - (Global) Honda Develops World's First Driver-Side i-SRS Airbag System - (Global)

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that it has developed the world's first driver-side i-SRS airbag system that continuously stages the volume of airbag-inflating gas, thereby combining enhanced occupant protection with reduced occupant impact. Honda plans to implement the new continuously staged inflation i-SRS airbag system on the driver's side of the Life minicar to be released in Japan in November 2008.

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Bosch Parking Assistant - Stress-Free Parking - (Global) Bosch Parking Assistant - Stress-Free Parking - (Global)

In the face of increasing traffic congestion, less parking spaces available, and rising demands for driving convenience, the Bosch parking assistant makes day-to-day driving much easier, by taking the stress out of parking. This new Bosch system uses ultrasonic sensors to precisely measure parking spaces, and then moves the car into a space without drivers having to steer the vehicle themselves. As fast as parking with an experienced driver, the Bosch parking assistant is now available for...

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Volvo to introduce new systems for alerting tired drivers - (Australia) Volvo to introduce new systems for alerting tired drivers - (Australia)

Volvo Car Australia will introduce Driver Alert Control, a world first in passenger cars that seeks to alert the driver to lapses in concentration, along with its Lane Departure Warning system from October 2008 as part of its MY09 model line-up.

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Mercedes-Benz to introduce Attention Assist into series production in spring 2009 - (Global) Mercedes-Benz to introduce Attention Assist into series production in spring 2009 - (Global)

Accident researchers at Mercedes-Benz are acutely aware of the danger in nodding off at the wheel (the "one-second nap"). In the view of these specialists, long holiday journeys without intermediate breaks involve a high risk of overtiredness, whose signs drivers often fail to notice in time. For this reason Mercedes-Benz has developed the innovative driver support system Attention Assist. This is able to recognise driver fatigue at an early stage, and warn the driver that a break is...

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Lotus introduces ‘Safe and Sound' Hybrid - (Global) Lotus introduces ‘Safe and Sound' Hybrid - (Global)

Lotus Engineering, the world renowned automotive consultancy division of Lotus, has developed technologies to synthesise external sound on electric and hybrid vehicles to counteract the growing concern these ‘quiet’ vehicles pose to pedestrians and cyclists. A simulation of a real engine sound is used on the ‘Safe & Sound’ Hybrid technology demonstrator vehicle, making it instantly recognisable that the vehicle is in motion.

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Ford FG Falcon Australia's First 5-Star Car - (Australia) Ford FG Falcon Australia's First 5-Star Car - (Australia)

The petrol FG Falcon sedan range was awarded the maximum five-star safety rating with a total score of 34.6 points (out of a possible 37 points), giving it the highest score ever recorded by a locally-produced car in Australia by a significant margin.

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Nissan's Nissan's "Collision Free" Prototype - (Japan)

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has unveiled an All-Around Collision Free prototype incorporating two all-new technologies – Side Collision Prevention (SCP) and Back-up Collision Prevention (BCP). Incorporating the available Distance Control Assist (DCA) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems, this latest prototype vehicle further extends Nissan’s “Safety Shield” concept to help protect the vehicle and its occupants from potential risks coming from multiple directions.

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Electronic Stability Control (ESC) should be fitted for all vehicles - (Australia) Electronic Stability Control (ESC) should be fitted for all vehicles - (Australia)

Australia’s leading vehicle safety organisation, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), supported the Federal Government’s announcement it is moving to have the leading-edge safety technology, Electronic Stability Control, fitted as standard on all new Australian cars.

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Still too few small cars with ESP® - (UK) Still too few small cars with ESP® - (UK)

The number of vehicles equipped with the ESP® electronic stability program rose again in 2007. Last year, the share of newly registered passenger cars in Europe equipped with this anti-skid system passed the 50 percent mark for the first time – an increase of seven percentage points. Robert Bosch GmbH, which gathers these statistics every year, expects this figure to continue to rise in the years to come. "Worldwide, just under every third new vehicle is equipped with ESP® at present – by...

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Bosch integrates yaw-rate and acceleration sensors in the ESP® control unit - (Global) Bosch integrates yaw-rate and acceleration sensors in the ESP® control unit - (Global)

In May 2008, Bosch started production of a new version of the ESP® brake control system which integrates sensors for yaw-rate measurement and lateral acceleration in the electronic control unit. This integration is a world first. In the past, these sensors were installed separately in the interior of the vehicle, within a common housing and connected via the wiring harness to the ESP® electronic control unit. "Integration significantly reduces both the space requirement in the vehicle and...

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Audi A4 Earns Five Stars In The Euro NCAP Crash Test - (Australia) Audi A4 Earns Five Stars In The Euro NCAP Crash Test - (Australia)

The new Audi A4 has been awarded the top rating of 5 stars by Euro NCAP following testing for passive crash safety. The results achieved by the new Audi A4 for adult protection in frontal and side crashes as well as child and pedestrian protection make it one of the safest vehicles in its class.

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The Finest in Lighting Technology: First Full-LED Headlamp for the Audi R8 - (Global) The Finest in Lighting Technology: First Full-LED Headlamp for the Audi R8 - (Global)

The range of equipment available for the Audi R8 sports car now includes the first full-LED headlamp. In addition to the daytime running light which features 24 LEDs per headlamp, light-emitting diodes are also used for the turn signals, the low-beam and the high-beam headlights. The Euro 3,590 option rounds out the list of equipment available for the high-tech, mid-engine sports car.

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Mazda Tests Car-To-Car Safety Systems - (Japan) Mazda Tests Car-To-Car Safety Systems - (Japan)

Mazda has started public road trials of its advanced safety vehicle, Mazda ASV-4. The system uses vehicle-to-vehicle communications to alert drivers of oncoming vehicles at blind intersections or on twisting roads where visibility is limited.

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5 Stars Remain Elusive as Utes Score 2, 3 and 4 Stars - (Australia) 5 Stars Remain Elusive as Utes Score 2, 3 and 4 Stars - (Australia)

Recent crash testing by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has demonstrated that more can be done to improve occupant protection in utilities sold in Australia, with a number of utes testing 2, 3 and 4 stars for safety.

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Review: Driver Skills Australia – Defensive Driver Training Review: Driver Skills Australia – Defensive Driver Training

No matter how skilled of a driver you are, or that you think you may be, it’s no easy task to correctly react in a situation that could put your own life at risk, or even others. With some easy-to-learn techniques that you can master in the span of a few hours, you could save yourself and others from an accident and more importantly death.

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