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VIDEO - How a Driverless Car Sees the Road

video iconFrom the video's description on the TED web site:

Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is ... the driver. Chris Urmson heads up Google's driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver's seat. He talks about where his program is right now, and shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next.

Q&A - Written Trip Inspection Requirements for Mini Bus

Q&A ImageI drive a mini bus for our seniors home. It has space or 6 ambulatory and 8 wheelchair passengers. Is there a requirement for us to have a written report of our Pre and Post trip inspections?

WORTH READING - Empower Children in Road Safety

Exclamation Mark SignEvery now and again I run across something that makes me stop and say to myself "I wish that I had thought to write about that!" Today's example dropped into my inbox from the One Crash is Too Many web site and it's about empowering your children in road safety. The particular part that struck me was teaching your child that they are not to accept a ride from someone that doesn't provide a seatbelted position for them to ride in. If this does occur, they should politely refuse the ride and call you for help. It's simple and effective!

Q&A - Stock Diesel Pickup Too Noisy

Q&A ImageI live in Applegreen apartments in Richmond. I own a 2001 Dodge ram Diesel truck. I just got a letter complaining about my truck being too loud. It is louder then a gasoline engine but has no modifications done to it whatsoever. I have been trying to find the noise regulations applicable to my problem. Would you be able to assist me?

Q&A - Unlicenced Car on My Property?

Q&A ImageI live in Castlegar. I received a notice from the city Bylaw office regarding a car I have parked on my property. According to bylaw 1158 #1(h).  I am not allowed to have an "unlicensed" vehicle anywhere on my property. Am I the only one who thinks this is nuts? Its my winter car; A 2000 Chrysler Neon.

More Advance Warning Needed

men working signWhen the road maintenance contractors undertake work on our highways they are hard to miss. The Traffic Control Manual for Work on Roadways tells them all about setting out advance warnings to give drivers plenty of opportunity to realize that they are approaching a hazard. What is often missing is the equivalent for short term, small scale occurrences. This had added importance now that we have the slow down, move over law.

Q&A - Passenger Compartment Load Security

Q&A ImageI got checked by a road monitor for an oil company and he said I needed a cargo net between the back seat and the front seat. I've never heard of that. He said it was the law in case something loose hit me in an accident. I've never seen a net in another truck and can't find a law that applies

READING - Vision Zero International, June 2015

Vision Zero International LogoVision Zero showcases cutting edge technology designed to improve the safety of road users. The June 2015 edition includes:

A Defensive Driver Always Signals

Turn SignalDuring the question and answer portion of any group presentation that I give, someone always asks about the use of turn signals. They are either curious to know what they must do or are being sarcastic about the drivers that they see around them that  never signal. It's usually the latter but when asked to articulate, most drivers don't know exactly what is required of them by law and what a defensive driver will choose to do for safety.

NZEVs in My Neighbourhood

NZEV SignI saw a new sign beside the road in my neighbourhood last week: NZEV Zone Begins. This means that I might now encounter Net Zero Emission Vehicles in my local travels. Also known as Low Speed Vehicles (LSV) or Neighbourhood Vehicles, these electric vehicles are designed to operate at speeds of 40 km/h or less.

NZEVs are vehicles that bear a national safety mark issued by Transport Canada. They must meet minimum safety levels which include: headlights, turn signal lamps, mirrors, parking brake, glazing requirements for a windshield and have seat belt assemblies present. Finally, there is the maximum speed capability of 40 km/h.

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