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Volvo’s plans to integrate self-driving cars into real traffic

If self-driving cars were to be a thing of the present, the question would be how to integrate it into real-life traffic.  Well, Volvo cars has a complete system solution that makes it possible to integrate self-driving cars into real traffic – with ordinary people in the driver’s seat. The solution was presented last week via an interactive, online press conference.

As the Drive Me project enters its second year, Volvo Cars is moving rapidly towards the aim of placing 100 self-driving cars in the hands of customers on selected roads around Gothenburg by 2017.

Based on an extensive analysis of potential technical faults, Volvo Cars has designed a complete production-viable autonomous driving system. The key to making this unprecedented leap is a complex network of sensors, cloud-based positioning systems and intelligent braking and steering technologies.

Volvo Cars’ Autopilot system is designed to be reliable enough to allow the car to take over every aspect of driving in autonomous mode. The technology advances a crucial step beyond the automotive systems demonstrated so far since it includes fault-tolerant systems.

The main challenge is to design an Autopilot that is robust for traffic scenarios as well as for technical faults that may occur. It cannot be expected that the driver is ready to suddenly intervene in a critical situation. Initially, the cars will drive autonomously on selected roads with suitable conditions, for example without oncoming traffic, cyclists and pedestrians.


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The Kardashians open up about car crash

YOU magazine reported that Khloé Kardashian was involved in a car accident in Montana on Saturday February 21 while driving her sisters Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, and Kim’s daughter North West.

Khloé, the 30-year-old reality star, who co-hosted the the Oscar special with Giuliana Rancic at the 87th Academy Awards Sunday night, says they are all still pretty shook up from the accident, but they are just glad everything is okay.

“It was really scary yesterday, but we’re all good, we’re all safe,” Khloé said. “[We were] in Montana, hit some black ice, car spun out of control … like, a big rig got ice all over our car so we couldn’t see anything. So our car spun out of control and I gained control and ended up in a ditch,” she continued.

After the accident, Khloé’s sister, Kim Kardashian expressed how grateful she was that she and her family walked away injury-free from the accident.




This is the most dangerous road to drive on near Cape Town right now

Arrive Alive has warned that there has been an exponential increase in hijackings and other criminal activity on the R300 near Cape Town.

Most hijackers and attackers are targeting light passenger vehicles, but there’s also a great possibility that commercial vehicles can be targeted. In the latest attack a huge rock was reportedly thrown through a car’s windshield, striking the driver and dislocating his shoulder.

Photo by Arrive Alive
Photo by Arrive Alive

Our advice is to avoid the road where possible, especially at night or if you’re a woman driving alone as women are easier targets. However, if you can not avoid the R300, you need to have these emergency numbers on you at all times.



This is why it’s so important to look before you reverse

Paramedics have sent out an important message to drivers: be alert when you reverse your vehicle.

This report comes after several incidents in which the paramedics had to attend to children who became seriously injured, even fatally, when cars reversed into them.

In one incident, a one-year-old boy was killed when a family-friend accidentally knocked him over while reversing out of the driveway.

ER24 spokeswoman Chitra Bodasing said the incidents were attended to both at people’s homes and in public areas such as parking lots.

IOL News reported a Paramedic, Cameron Horner, commenting that it was important to make sure children were out of harm’s way at all times.

“Put them in the vehicle first or make sure somebody is holding them a safe distance away from a moving vehicle.

“If you are in an area where you know there are children, make sure you look around before reversing,” he said.

Psychologist and counsellor, Sarah Cohen-Schwarz , said children lost their trust for their parents in incidents like these, even if they are very young.

What to do in an emergency like this:

IOL News gives us the following advice in a case where a car has reversed into a person/child.

First ensure your safety. The vehicle needs to be switched off and prevented from further movement.

Try not to move the injured person unnecessarily as this may cause further injury. However, if the person is in danger or unable to breathe, sufficient movement to remove the person from danger or to open the airway should be done as carefully as possible.

Control visible bleeding by direct pressure on the wound with a clean dressing or piece of cloth.

Do not give the person anything to drink until professional medical help has arrived.




Have you been in a car accident? Read this!

Being involved in a car accident, no matter how big or small, can be a traumatic experience. Most regular drivers are likely to be involved in a car accident at least once in their lives. You can be the safest and most cautious driver around, but that doesn’t save you from the person who careens through a red light and into your car.

The latest study by British researchers suggests that at least one-third of all people involved in nonfatal accidents have post-traumatic stress disorder, persistent anxiety, depression, and phobias one year after the incident. The study suggests there may be “rather large psychological complications even more-so when the motor vehicle accidents have medically not been in the least bit serious.

Like other types of trauma, car accidents can cause long-term stress that affects your work and relationships and can eventually lead to depression, anxiety, and sleep problems

Talking about your accident is the first step to making peace with it. Get counselling instead of trying to deal with it yourself, and do it as soon as possible. Talk about the accident in as much detail as possible. You also have to try and “piece everything together” – this helps subside the fragmenting effect of trauma and gives you a sense of having gained a grip on your fearfulness.

Reclaiming your life and confidence takes time, and having a strong support system will aid the process. Supporting an accident victim usually involves considerable patience and understanding.

You may experience panic attacks when you get back behind the wheel but it’s recommended that you do it as soon as possible. Not only will you claim back your freedom but it will also give you the chance to feel in control on and off the road.