Monthly Archives: May 2015

self-parking car accident happened because driver didn’t have ‘pedestrian detection’

We reached out to Volvo for answers about what went wrong here, and the company’s response was also a bit disturbing. Volvo spokesperson Johan Larsson explained that the video is mislabeled. He said the car is not attempting to self-park. “It seems they are trying to demonstrate pedestrian detection and auto-braking,” said Larsson by email. “Unfortunately, there were some issues in the way the test was conducted.” The main issue, said Larsson, is that it appears that the people who bought this Volvo did not pay for the “Pedestrian detection functionality,” which is a feature that costs more money. “The Volvo XC60 comes with City Safety as a standard feature however this does not include the Pedestrian detection functionality,” said Larsson. The “City Safety system” kicks...
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A Beautiful Mind Mathematician John Nash Killed in Car Accident

On Saturday, Princeton University mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr., whose life was the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, was killed, with his wife Alicia, in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, NJ.com reports. He was 86. She was 82. State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams told NJ.com that the taxi driver lost control of his car as he tried to pass another, crashing into a guard rail. The Nashes were reportedly ejected from the car: “It doesn’t appear that they were wearing seatbelts,” Williams said. The taxi driver was flown to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick with non-life-threatening injuries, Williams said, and the passenger in the car the driver had been trying to pass, which also crashed into the guard...
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European Court of Justice asked to help establish liability over road crash payment

The Supreme Court has asked the European Court of Justice to decide key issues to establish liability for compensation paid out to a woman injured in a road incident. The ECJ ruling will have implications for dozens of other cases. The issue arises following a previous determination by the ECJ that Ireland had failed to properly transpose into national law, and within time, the provisions of a 1990 directive - the Third Directive - requiring that all passengers in motor vehicles should be covered by the insurance of the driver of that vehicle. The decision of the ECJ on the latest issue referred to it will ultimately determine whether the State or the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) is liable for compensation which it was agreed...
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Supply of rental property ‘at lowest in a decade’

According to the latest quarterly Rental Report by Daft.ie, there were fewer properties available to rent nationwide at the beginning of May than at any point since 2006, with just 4,300 properties compared to 7,200 a year previously. Overall, rental prices nationwide continued to ease slightly in the first three months of 2015 with the national average rent between January and March just over €960. That is 8.2% higher than at the same point last year, but down from the 10.4% increase in mid-2014. Year-on-year rents in Dublin continued to show the biggest increase up 8.3% - with the average monthly rent now just over €1,350. In other cities, rents continued to rise but at a slightly slower pace. In Cork, rents were 7.5% higher, similar to the increase seen in Galway of 7.4%. In...
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Lucky escape for Kilmore family after freak accident

A Wexford couple and their daughter had a lucky escape when a door from a passing school bus dislodged and smashed into their windscreen. Pat Creevey and his wife Eileen of Grange, Kilmore were travelling down Hill Street in Wexford on Thursday afternoon when the freak accident occurred. The couple's daughter Deirdre. a professional musician, was in the back seat of the car. Eileen said they were still in shock after the accident. 'We were just so lucky. If we had been going any faster I don't like to think what would have happened. We were travelling down Hill Street at around 2.15 p.m. on Thursday. We were only going around 10 or 15 miles per hour because we were looking for place to park as I...
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Australia’s first road-legal solar sports car revs up

It might work well in sunny Australia, not so sure it will be such a success in rainy old Ireland. AN ambitious team of undergraduate students from the University of New South Wales are on the brink of creating the Southern Hemisphere’s first road legal solar sports car. Having built and raced five generations of solar sports cars, SunSwift’s latest prototype eVe holds the world record for the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500 kilometres on a single battery charge. Now, the team are taking on the gruelling task of redesigning and rebuilding almost every aspect of the vehicle to make it street legal. Business Manager Rob Ireland said the challenge was in creating a solar powered vehicle that met the Australian Design Rules. “To be able...
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Bono still struggling to play FIVE months after accident

U2 front man Bono has admitted he is still struggling to play the guitar five months after a horrific cycling accident.The 54-year-old crooner broke his arm in six places as well as fracturing his eye socket, shoulder, elbow and hand.Despite surgery and intensive physio the rocker is still struggling with his arm.   “It feels like I have somebody else’s hand. I can’t bend these [fingers], and this is like rigor mortis. “But they say that nerves heal about a millimeter a week, so in about 13 months I should know if it’s coming back,” he said. Although having issues with his injury, the Dublin singer is heading on the Innocence and Experience tour with his band at the end of the month in Canada who have been hugely supportive. Read the...
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