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"Thrombus" car thief threat

"Thrombus" car thief threat

Once again I want to share my new development, the result of a restless attitude towards interesting ideas that want to be realized. The device is completely author's and really deserves attention, judging by the title, you already understand. "Tromb" is a wireless anti-theft module designed for ...

Baby car seats have an expiration date!

Baby car seats have an expiration date!

I do not have children of my own and is not expected in the near future, but recently I was still puzzled by the issue of child car seats. My brother and his family came to visit me and it was not immediately clear whether they would drag their car seat or whether I should look for a rental or used one on the spot while they were visiting. And here one mo ...

Simple truths of road traffic.

Simple truths of road traffic.

Every year it becomes more and more difficult to drive along the roads of our vast Motherland. It's not about traffic jams and increased speeds, but about people. When my father taught me to drive in the late eighties, there was almost no transport on the roads of Moscow and the region. And those that were still present were controlled by experienced in ...

An unexpected option: how Ford is rethinking seat belts

An unexpected option: how Ford is rethinking seat belts

Greetings, dear readers! Safety belt. What can you think of for this piece of textiles, the only task of which is to keep people in the chair in the event of an accident? If it seems to you that there is nothing to invent, then you are simply not familiar with the developments of Ford! Throughout its history, the seat belt ev ...

Don't sit down - it will kill! The USA has identified the deadliest cars

Don't sit down - it will kill! The USA has identified the deadliest cars

Greetings, dear readers! Every new car, before going on sale, goes through mandatory certification crash tests and independent passive safety tests. But what about safety in real accidents? The American portal iSeeCars.com, which specializes in ...

Have you evacuated the car? See how they do it in Barcelona.

Have you evacuated the car? See how they do it in Barcelona.

In each country, evacuators work differently. Now I live in Barcelona and I was able to capture the local process right from above. Below I will tell you about each action and at the end there will be a detailed video. Finding free parking in Barcelona is difficult. Incredibly difficult. I have all the parking under my windows - for res ...

Is there a future for mechanical anti-theft devices?

Is there a future for mechanical anti-theft devices?

The more cars on the road, the more people who want to get cheap parts for them, which means there will always be those who want to satisfy this demand. The only trouble is that they will try to satisfy him by criminal means and at your expense ... that is, at the expense of your car. A long time ago, when ...

How airbags kill people. The Rise and Fall of Takata

How airbags kill people. The Rise and Fall of Takata

In one of the previous posts, I wrote about the Russian recall of Nissan cars for free replacement of airbag gas generators. To help you understand why this is so important, I will next tell you the whole story of the rise and fall of the manufacturer of gas generators Takata, as well as what can happen to “...

Why movie heroes drive like devils and what does the traffic police have to do with it?

Why movie heroes drive like devils and what does the traffic police have to do with it?

Hello! For today's post, I was inspired by the media, which on Friday brought up a rather old and very interesting topic. The Ministry of Culture, together with the State Traffic Safety Inspectorate, is actively working on recommendations for filmmakers and encouraging the creation of the main good characters in films as exemplary and ...

"Well, stupid!" © How bridges in Russia and the USA show human stupidity

"Well, stupid!" © How bridges in Russia and the USA show human stupidity

Greetings, dear readers! The satirist Mikhail Zadornov was able in his entire career to give out the main pearl, which glorified him forever - the famous phrase "Well, stupid!" to the Americans lives among the people. True, the Russians can argue with this. The test drive made me write this material.

Features of New York parking!

Features of New York parking!

I'll start right away with something useful, if you are a tourist and first came to New York, and you probably spent a few days on a thorough study of Manhattan, then there is no point in renting a car. It will be much faster on the subway, only you have to spend a little brain activity to master the ra ...

How Rescuers Learn to Rescue Truck Drivers in Serious Accidents

How Rescuers Learn to Rescue Truck Drivers in Serious Accidents

A car is a source of increased danger. Unfortunately, drivers often forget about this. They do not look at the road, do not control the distance, look for cigarettes in the glove compartment, fall asleep while driving, and so on. The result is an accident, the severity of which depends on a large number of factors. Speed, nap ...

Why people will continue to die on Swedish roads

Why people will continue to die on Swedish roads

Many, of course, have heard or read about the Vision Zero road safety program that the Swedes are promoting. According to her, people should not die on the roads. At all. Zero deaths, zero. I haven't been to Sweden for a long time, but here I spent a whole week, and even all the days behind the wheel. Great occasion to take a look ...

From drunk to pregnant woman: how Ford makes cars comfortable for everyone

From drunk to pregnant woman: how Ford makes cars comfortable for everyone

Greetings, dear readers! Modern technologies make it possible to simulate, if not all, then many of the operating conditions of a car even before the appearance of a real car, which makes it possible to adapt equipment to a variety of conditions of predicted operation. But is it possible to prepare the car for driving ...

Clouds over security, or new amendments to traffic rules

Clouds over security, or new amendments to traffic rules

Gorgeous was the discussion to the last post about the Swedish profanation of traffic safety! The expected majority of predictable comments were far from absolute. It's nice that there are so many thinking people on D2 - they even remembered Robespierre, even walked around Chubais. But I never thought to return to ...

Total recall: traffic rules for those who have been driving for a long time

Total recall: traffic rules for those who have been driving for a long time

Usually, the most accurate and careful drivers are those who have just graduated from a driving school and received a fresh license from a traffic police officer. Novice motorists remember more rules, but over time, some points fall into the palaces of memory. This can easily lead to a fine. Mn ...

Safety bag. Explosion for life.

Safety bag. Explosion for life.

Greetings, dear readers! Every driver knows that a car is a real means of increased danger and this danger, without exaggeration, threatens every moment from the moment the movement starts. As for security, there won't be many additional means of protection, so ...

Bad manners on the roads around the world

Bad manners on the roads around the world

Many people driving a car consider themselves to be drivers, and they make mistakes, even though they have a driver's license issued on a general basis by the traffic police. To become a real driver, each person must not only follow the rules of the road, but also be a real ja ...

Saved Shniva, hurt a man

Saved Shniva, hurt a man

It was in early May this year. The local WhatsUp group "JAMMED" received a message that in the mountains above Kislovodsk, near the television tower, a Chevrolet Niva rolled down a slope, could not get out on its own, asking for help. They wrote that the power of one car would not be enough to pull them out, it was necessary ...

Safety belt. Brilliant simplicity.

Safety belt. Brilliant simplicity.

Greetings, dear readers! There are several major breakthroughs in the history of the development of cars, when new inventions began to be used by all manufacturers and sometimes even became mandatory. One of such important events was the concern for the safety of the driver and passenger, symbols ...

Push to the side of the road and turn off the engine!

Push to the side of the road and turn off the engine!

Greetings, dear readers! Chase! What's a detective story without her? One runs, the other catches up ... this is the immutable law of the genre. A detective without a chase, it's like a life without love (c) "Beware of the car". Said in 1966, but it was relevant long before the release of the film, and especially after ...

Does ABS shorten the braking distance? In general, my attitude to electronics

Does ABS shorten the braking distance? In general, my attitude to electronics

Again the snow piled up ... how much more grip the wheels have under traction! Rear-wheel drive drives well only around the front wheels ... Something I digress. Does the anti-lock braking system shorten the braking distance? On the one hand, the topic is primitive, on the other, it is in demand, which is easy to verify, read ...

German Autobahn. Why is top speed not dangerous?

German Autobahn. Why is top speed not dangerous?

The German autobahns are a unique phenomenon that motorists all over the world are familiar with at least by hearsay, but they do not know much about them, mainly that they have no speed limits. But this is not entirely true, besides there are many other facts worthy of mention. Official his ...

Thousand kilometers of "White Hell"

Thousand kilometers of "White Hell"

20 minutes before departure, I was left without a passport at Ivalo airport beyond the Arctic Circle in Finland and almost left for Amsterdam on Lada Vesta. Now it seems to me that I missed the excellent finale of my journey to the northernmost training ground, which is called “A Thousand Kilometers of White Hell”. The name "White Hell" ...

Winter reinsurer

Winter reinsurer

If anything, I'm thinking about myself. For most, I'm sure all this will be the revelations of Captain Obvious. I can congratulate them and advise them not to read further - they will not find anything new here. But for someone, ay-hope, it might be useful. I grew up in a family that relied on for its transportation needs ...

Do you love your children? (reasoning about the child seat)

Do you love your children? (reasoning about the child seat)

Children die in cars, and for some reason, parents are afraid to let them go for a walk in the yard and do not consider it necessary to put them in special car seats and fasten their seat belts. Paradox! My friend and colleague Leonid Klimanovich and I decided to speculate on this topic. It was one thing ...

Shame article

Shame article

Modern power windows close the car windows with a force of up to 300 Newtons. This means that thin glass with a thickness of literally 3 mm can press with a force of 30 kg on a person's hand or neck. This is especially dangerous for children in the rear row of seats and can lead to fatal injuries. The driver can ...

Greetings from England or 6 days on Moscow highways

Greetings from England or 6 days on Moscow highways

As I promised, I would like to share my impression of the Moscow highways. Was in Moscow for a total of 6 days between January 2 and 12. I drove a rental VW Jetta with a gun and studded tires. First of all, good news - stories about treacherous arrogance and recklessness of Moscow drivers about ...

Ford develops Glare-Free Highbeam

Ford develops Glare-Free Highbeam

Greetings, dear readers! We live in a world of modern technology, when yesterday's fiction and double-filament halogen lamps turn into something more and complement passive safety systems. Many are familiar with the situation on the track, when it is scary to move at night, even with the permitted ...

About the attitude of parents to children

About the attitude of parents to children

Here is a softened version of one of the records about child seats. All parents love their children. Love, besides deep sympathy, is also caring. Caring is a complex of actions in relation to any object, aimed at its well-being. Well-being is not only happiness, but also security. Safe ...

About safety. How I started to buckle up

About safety. How I started to buckle up

Good day to everyone and everyone with the past holidays. Today I want to talk about driving safety. I know this topic is stubbornly ignored by our people. And when I write comments on the topic of security, people, as a rule, do not answer my words or write something rude and unpleasant in response. That was…

How to choose a child car seat

How to choose a child car seat

I am sure that the safety of a child in a car is important for the vast majority of my readers. Today I will share with you my experience in choosing a good child car seat. Background When my little one was 8 months old, he finally grew out of an old Inglesina child seat, which I ...

Glass defrosters. Check in the case.

Glass defrosters. Check in the case.

Hello everybody! Anyone who reads my blog will remember that at the beginning of winter I purchased several bottles of glass defroster under different brands for testing. Let me remind you that they were all manufactured at the same enterprise in the city of Aleksin, Tula region, which aroused suspicion, h ...

Fear and ethics on autopilot. Soul against steel and electronic brains (part 3)

Fear and ethics on autopilot. Soul against steel and electronic brains (part 3)

Since 1910, when the four-wheel braking system first appeared, car manufacturers have implemented everything that could keep a person behind the wheel safe. The only link that remains by the elimination method is the driver. From the moment of writing the first post about autopilot and the second ...

Didn't even slow down.

Didn't even slow down.

Night, Moscow. Suddenly the house is shaken by a blow, and of such force that the chandeliers begin to swing. I run up to the windows, I see - in the trash the broken Nissan Juke. The road in this place is as straight as an arrow, with perfect asphalt. The driver did not try to brake, but simply flew into a tree at a speed of over 70 km / h. Head-on.…

Unmanned vehicles. Part 25: Now in Russia

Unmanned vehicles. Part 25: Now in Russia

A couple of weeks ago at the GTC 2017 conference, I met and talked to colleagues from Yandex who are working on an unmanned vehicle. "Excellent, it's high time!" - I thought, not knowing exactly what stage the project is at. Nowadays, technologies are developing so quickly that at one of the stands m ...

Unmanned vehicles. Part 22: Waymo, formerly known as Google (video)

Unmanned vehicles. Part 22: Waymo, formerly known as Google (video)

At the end of last year, Google spun off the self-driving vehicle development team into a separate company, Waymo. The Google logo has disappeared from all prototypes rolling around the district, but everyone, out of habit, continues to call them Google cars. Recently, the company of Lexus and "koloboks" was ...

Unmanned vehicles. Part 23: The balance of power as of early 2017

Unmanned vehicles. Part 23: The balance of power as of early 2017

The reason for this post was a funny "rating", which was released by a little-known research firm Navigant Research. In their opinion, Ford is leading in the field of unmanned technologies together with GM and Daimler. Waymo and Tesla are ranked as "contenders" along with Hyundai, Toyota and other Nissan. I AM…

Unmanned vehicles. Part 26: Gingerbread man retired

Unmanned vehicles. Part 26: Gingerbread man retired

Waymo (formerly Google Self-Driving Car Project) has officially announced that it will no longer test prototypes of its own production. I called them koloboks and panda-karas, googlers - "Firefly" (firefly). If you were going to California to see them on the road with your own eyes - everything was lost, you can go ...

Unmanned vehicles. The film industry has been preparing us for a long time

Unmanned vehicles. The film industry has been preparing us for a long time

Greetings, dear readers! Recently, we hear with enviable regularity about the successes of various scientific centers striving to exclude human participation from the process of driving. People have different attitudes towards this news, some are looking forward to the opportunity to convey this nepotism ...