When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smart phones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. But are they really a good idea? Car companies answer with an emphatic yes. They say outsized dashboard displays that behave more like smart phones will boost revenue and attract buyers. And they also insist the new screens will make driving less dangerous, because of well-integrated voice controls and large touch screens that will keep drivers from fumbling with more dangerous mobile phones. But the increasingly elaborate screens have also sparked a broad debate about how much technology is appropriate in a car. "I think they (the screens) raise serious public safety questions," said Joe Simitian, the former California lawmaker who spearheaded the state's laws on phone use while driving. "From a legislative standpoint, this is going to be something legislators struggle with for years to come." “You can’t be looking at … [Read more...] about Car dashboards that act like smart phones raise safety issues
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Toyota's top U.S. executive told lawmakers on Tuesday that he is not certain the company has fixed its runaway car problems even though it has recalled millions of vehicles around the world. Although the automaker has blamed obstructing floor mats and sticky gas pedals for reports of cars accelerating out of control, lawmakers at a hearing on Capitol Hill appeared skeptical about the sometimes-conflicting accounts of what has gone wrong. "Do you believe that the recall on the carpet changes and the recalls on the sticky pedals will solve the problem of sudden, unintended acceleration?" Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) asked James E. Lentz III, president of Toyota Motor Sales USA. "Not totally," Lentz replied. "What do you need to do?" Waxman asked. "We need to continue to be vigilant and continue to investigate all of the complaints that we get from consumers -- that we have done a relatively poor job of doing in the past," Lentz said. The hearing before the House Energy and Commerce … [Read more...] about Toyota unsure how to solve safety issues
Ha Noi to step-up traffic control efforts Traffic on Dai Co Viet crossroads in the capital. — VNS Photo Truong Vi (22-12-2006) HA NOI —Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung, has told localities around the country to view traffic safety issues as a key task for 2007, especially in the lead-up to the Lunar New Year, or Tet, holiday. Hung spoke at a national conference on traffic safety held yesterday in HCM City, which was attended by representatives of police and traffic safety boards from 64 provinces and cities nationwide. Hung said a series of measures must be enacted quickly that would help reduce the number of traffic accidents. He asked the ministries of transport and culture and information as well as the national traffic safety committee to map out their own plans for traffic safety, and mobilise all resources to further public modes of transportation. "From 2007 to 2010, each city and province should strive to reduce traffic accidents by 10 per cent … [Read more...] about Ha Noi to step-up traffic control efforts
How do we curb the appalling number of road traffic accidents? (13-08-2007) Minister of Transport and Chairman of the National Committee for Traffic Safety Ho Nghia Dung talked with Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper about potential solutions for Viet Nam’s high traffic accident rate. Why has the number of traffic accidents, including serious accidents, been so high in the first six months of this year? The main reasons are a lack of awareness by the public about the need to obey traffic laws and poor management by the State. Rapid economic growth, in particular in the transport industry, which has grown at a rate of eight to nine per cent, has seen the number of vehicles on the roads increase significantly. There are currently about 20 million vehicles being driven nation-wide, and the people’s awareness of road safety issues, traffic management by the State and the quality of infrastructure, have not kept pace with this. What do you think about claims that the high rate of … [Read more...] about How do we curb the appalling number of road traffic accidents?
Vietnam seeks ways for overseas nationals to maintain nationality Vietnamese authorities are looking for ways to help millions of overseas Vietnamese maintain their nationality as the deadline for the regulation approaches, said a spokesman for the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In accordance with the Nationality Law 2008, overseas Vietnamese who do not have valid Vietnamese passports, or who had Vietnamese nationality before the law took effect on July 1, 2009, must re-register with Vietnamese agencies in the country where they reside in order to maintain their citizenship. The deadline for re-regislation was set for July 1 of this year. However, only around 6,000 out of the total 4.5 million overseas Vietnamese have completed so far. The figure is much lower than was expected. “Relevant authorities are checking into the issues related to the procedures before working out the best solution to ensure the legal rights and benefits for overseas Vietnamese … [Read more...] about Social News Headlines 22/4