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May 15, 2018
<p><em>Photo via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ohio.JPG" target="_blank">ErgoSum88</a>/Wikimedia.</em></p> Ohio Paves Way for Autonomous Vehicle Testing

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is opening public roads in the state to autonomous vehicle testing in a bid to make Ohio a hub for smart vehicle technology.


<p><em>Photo of pedestrian crossing via <a href="https://pixabay.com/en/zebra-person-crossing-people-road-1901094/" target="_blank">Pixabay</a>.</em></p> Pedestrian Fatalities Up 46% Over Eight Years

Nearly 6,000 pedestrians lost their lives in crashes in 2016, which equates to 16% of all crash fatalities. That's a 46% increase in pedestrian fatalities since reaching their lowest point in 2009, according to a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).



Video: 15 Toyota Camry Parts Drawing Thieves

The 2016 Toyota Camry was the most stolen car model of 2016 and included 15 of the more commonly stolen parts, according to a recent report form the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).


<p><em>Photo of Traffic Light Information system courtesy of Audi.</em></p> Audi Expands Traffic-Light-Sensing Tech

Audi of America has expanded its Traffic Light Information to Phoenix and areas of Kansas City, Kansas, to bring its connected communication capability to 10 U.S. cities and 2,250 intersections now activated around the country.



<p><em>Photo of 2018 Chevrolet Equinox courtesy of GM.</em></p> Chevrolet Equinox Recalled for Door Window Issue

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling an estimated 379 2018 Chevrolet Equinox vehicles because the driver and front passenger window glass may not be properly tempered.


<p><em>Screenshot from Waymo crash in Arizona via ABC15.</em></p> Red-Light Runner Collides With Autonomous Waymo Van

A Waymo self-driving car was involved in a three-vehicle crash on May 4 in a busy shopping district of Chandler, Arizona, that was caused by a red-light runner, according to media reports.



<p>Drive.ai&rsquo;s self-driving, on-demand service will be operated in conjunction with Frisco TMA, a public-private partnership dedicated to bringing innovative last-mile transportation options to the growing population of Frisco. <em>Photo: Drive.ai</em></p> Self-Driving Startup to Launch Ride-Hailing in Texas

Drive.ai will gradually on-board partners into the program and allow Frisco residents access to its ride-hailing app beginning in July.


<p><em>Photo of Car-Net app courtesy of Volkswagen.</em></p> Volkswagen Adds Security Features to Car-Net App

Volkswagen is rolling out a few vehicle security updates in its Car-Net app on May 9 that include Curfew Alert and Valet alert that notify owners if their vehicles are being driven without permission, the automaker announced.


<p><em>Photo of 2017 Ioniq Hybrid courtesy of Hyundai.</em></p> Hyundai loniq Hybrid Recalled for Hydraulic Clutch

Hyundai Motor America is recalling an estimated 10,156 2017 Hyundai loniq Hybrid vehicles because the Hydraulic Clutch Actuator (HCA) inner oil seal may leak and may cause oil to accumulate in the cap area.


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