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    Podcast: It's been 5 years since Cash For Clunkers, was it a success? [w/poll]
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    CARS set out to kill two birds with one stone: jumpstart slow automobile sales and get a large number of older cars off the road. A lot has happened since 2009. President Obama was re-elected. The Arab Spring saw popular uprisings overthrow dictators across the Middle East and North Africa. ...

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    Video: Shocking distracted driving ad is a brutal wake up call
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    It used to be that most of the car-related public service announcements on TV focused on preventing drunk driving and getting people to buckle their seatbelts, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched grisly new ads combatting distracted drivers with the slogan "U ...

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    Video: Yellow-lights being shortened leads to more traffic tickets issued
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    Red light cameras don't appear to be going away, so it should come as no surprise that neither are the controversies around them. We're told again and again that they're about safety, not revenue collection, yet year after year, the studies and headlines compete to support and tear down those ...

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    Report: Authorities remove violent video games from rest stops [w/poll]
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    The Boston Globe reports the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has removed violent video games from American state-owned travel centers following last month's mass shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. As the story goes, Andrew and Tracey Hyams were traveling with their 12-year-old ...

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    Official: Fox's Glee fights back against distracted driving [w/videos]
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    In attempt to combat car accidents and fatalities caused by distracted driving, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Ad Council have teamed up with the hit Fox television show, Glee, to produce a pair of public service announcements aimed at younger drivers. These PSAs were introduced as ...

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    Study: World's largest-ever road test of connected vehicles [w/video]
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    Vehicle-To-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-To-Infrastructure (V2I) communications are going to play a big role in future automobiles when it comes to autonomous vehicles, but in the near term, these technologies are being looked at as a way to make the roadways safer by reducing crashes and congestion. ...

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    Study: Electronic crash-avoidance systems get thumbs up from consumers in federal testing
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    Starting last fall, eight carmakers worked with the Department of Transportation on a study assessing drivers' acceptance of accident-avoidance technologies. The initial six-month program in the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Program put people on closed roads in cars that communicated wirelessly ...

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    Featured: Distracted drivers are bad - end of debate.
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    Recently, Deborah Hersnan of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) defended the group's proposal to bar all phone calls made behind the wheel of a car - including those made hands-free. She pointed out that any call can be distracting, and she and other board members pointed to ...

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    New DOT mobile app tells you how safe your bus is
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    If you're an Autoblog Canada reader, we suspect you probably prefer not to leave the driving to others – regardless of who they are. But even car nuts like us have occasion to take the bus every so often. The dog can be a cost-efficient way to go pick up a car you've spontaneously bought on ...

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    Tests conducted to see if drivers freak out when their car takes over
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    Automobiles are getting smarter, and it's possible that cars may be able to handle most of the driving duties in the not-too-distant future. Are motorists ready to enter that reality? The Department of Transportation (DOT) is curious to find out, and tests are about to get underway to find out ...

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