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The Weekly Roundup 8.28 Edition

by Cassie August 28, 2015

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Senators Aim to Fund Tech that Disables Your Car if You’ve Been Drinking

Technology has been developed to tackle safety issues in many different ways. Recently, U.S. Senators are backing a bill that will fund the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), a system that will disable a driver’s vehicle if he or she is intoxicated. The bill aims to give $48 million in funding over 6 years to develop the DADSS technology so that it can be implemented in all car models. The unique DADSS does not rely on the driver blowing into a Breathalyzer. Instead, the technology is able to detect alcohol on a person’s breath through a console above the steering wheel and test for alcohol in the blood stream through a sensor in the start button or on the wheel. This technology could be utilized in the vehicles of people who have been convicted of a DUI, to prevent them from driving while intoxicated. Ultimately, the DADSS wants to make our roads safer and help to eliminate fatalities caused by drunk drivers.

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Background Noise Could Strengthen Your Passwords

Online account breaches are one the biggest threats to modern personal security. Strong passwords can alleviate some of your risk, but new two-factor authentication methods may be your best bet to protect your personal information. Two-factor security sends a 4-digit pin to your phone when you sign into an online account that you must then type in along with your password. While this method is effective, it can be time consuming and tedious. Swiss researchers have developed a tool called Sound-Proof that will enable you to use two-factor authentication to secure your accounts without having to unlock your phone and search for a pin. Sound-Proof simply sends a signal to your phone when you log into an account and the phone and the computer record the noise around you. If the sounds match up, you are granted access to your account. Tools like Sound-Proof will hopefully spawn even more technology that will allow individuals to personally ensure account security.

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Hyperloop Tube Moves Closer to Reality

The Hyperloop, a tube encased train proposed by Elon Musk, is inching closer to creation. This is evident by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies’ (HTT) new partnerships with the Swiss company, Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum and LA based engineering firm, AECOM. The aim of the project is to revolutionize travel by propelling passengers at speeds of up to 800 miles per hour in a partial vacuum. With the latest addition of Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum, it appears that HTT is preparing to move forward in the production of the Hyperloop. Craig Hodgetts, who is working on the project, believes that we could see the high speed train become a reality before 2030. We have seen Elon Musk spur on change in the automotive industry with his Tesla electric cars; his spirit of innovation may now reshape the way we travel long distances.

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School Bus Safety Tips

The back to school season is upon us, and many children will be riding the bus every day to and from school. Here are some safety tips to share with your children for their daily school bus commute:

  • Designate a spot for your children to wait for the bus that is away from traffic
  • In inclement weather, dress your kids in brighter colors so that the bus driver can see them more easily
  • Do not board the bus until it comes to a complete stop
  • File onto the bus one at a time so that no one trips
  • Find a seat quickly and use the safety belt if one is available
  • When you get off the bus, make sure to cross the street in front of the bus so the driver can see you
  • Follow the bus driver’s instructions and avoid distracting the driver


The bus can be a fun and exciting new experience for your child. Use these tips to make sure they are happy and safe on their ride.

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