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Smartphone apps to replace driver's license

Baton Rouge - The U.S. state of Louisiana residents has begun experimenting with a digital driving license, meaning that residents will be able to show their license on their smartphone instead of providing a physical copy.

'Look, a woman driver!': Saudis tackle onslaught of sexism

Apo - Long relegated to the back seat, Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time this week in a much-awaited rite of passage, but one crucial hurdle remains -- the attitude of men.

'Because I can': ride-hailing app welcomes Saudi women drivers

Apo - Reem Farahat waited for a ride request. Her phone pinged. "I've already cried twice," she said, heading out to work as one of Saudi Arabia's first female drivers for Careem.

At midnight, Riyadh erupts in cheers for a woman in a car

Apo - Every few metres someone -- a newlywed couple, a group of young girls with balloons -- stops Samar Almogren to cheer her on or flash her a thumbs-up.

Celebrations, tears as Saudi Arabia overturns ban on women driving

Apo - Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades Sunday as the kingdom overturned the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility.

Elation, nerves as Saudis rev up to lift women driving ban

Apo - Donning a virtual reality headset, Aziza sits behind the wheel of a racing simulator as Saudi Arabia prepares to lift its decades-old women driving ban -- and instantly slams the gas pedal: 70 mph, 80, 90...

Driving from Netherlands to Australia in an electric car

To drive from Netherlands to Australia by car is challenging enough; to do so in an electric car is something remarkable. This is what Wiebe Wakker has just achieved, in 827 days.

First Saudi women get driving licences

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Monday began issuing its first driving licences to women in decades, authorities said, just weeks before the historic lifting of the conservative kingdom's ban on female motorists.

First Saudi women get driving licences

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Monday began issuing its first driving licences to women in decades, state media reported."The first group of women today received their Saudi driving licences," the official Saudi Press Agency said.

Wearable technology contributes to distracted driving

A new study shows how the increase in availability of wearable technology is contributing to distracted driving, when drivers do not take precautions to deactivate or to remove the wearable device.

Truck tires become part of the Internet of Things

Truck tires are the latest aspect of vehicles to become part of the Internet of Things. This is to collect statistics relating to usage and safety, to help businesses to manage fleets of vehicles and to manage stock control.

Saudi Arabia's next revolution: female taxi drivers

Khobar - Hunched over platters of dates and Arabic coffee, Saudi women raring to drive once a government ban ends next June signed up for another revolution —- to be the kingdom's first female cab drivers.

Saudi woman booked for driving before lifting of ban

Riyadh - Saudi police have penalised a woman filmed driving a car, a spokesman said Monday, warning against violations of a ban on female drivers set to be lifted next June.

Saudi university to open driving school for women

Riyadh - A university in Saudi Arabia has said it will open a driving school for women, in a first for the ultra-conservative country after a ban on women driving was lifted.

Saudi 'historic' reform to drive women jobs growth

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's decision to allow women to drive had some sounding the death knell for ride-hailing apps like Careem, but its co-founder expects business to flourish and even plans to hire thousands of female drivers.

Repeal of women driving ban tests Saudi reform drive

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's historic lifting of a ban on women driving will be a litmus test for its king-in-waiting, who has sought to sideline the kingdom's arch-conservatives as he accelerates reforms, analysts say.

New software detects if people text and drive

Waterloo - Using mobile devices while driving is fraught with danger, especially those who engage in texting. This is a concern for businesses who require drivers to transport goods. To alert drivers, new software has been developed.

Poor sleep is as damaging as binge drinking

New research from Canada, which has used digital research techniques, has concluded that sleep deprivation, long term, can be as damaging as alcohol abuse over an equally long period.

Artificial intelligence helps to keep tired drivers awake

Tokyo - One risk with driving is feeling tired and losing concentration. Sleep related problems exacerbate this risk. To help drivers, Panasonic have developed an artificial intelligence platform.

Warning that concussion affects driving months later

Atlanta - After a person experiences mild concussion the effects slowly ebb away and the affected person returns to their normal routine. Things may not completely go back to normal, however, and medics have issues a new warning about driving.

Let women drive, urges Saudi prince

Riyadh - An outspoken billionaire Saudi prince wants an "urgent" end to his country's ban on women driving, saying overturning the law was a matter of women's rights and economic necessity.

Saudi advisory council rejects study of women driving

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's Shura Council, which advises the cabinet, has turned down a proposal to study the issue of women's driving, a Shura member told AFP on Wednesday.

The promise of flying cars could be right around the corner

Flying cars may not just be a figment of "Back to the Future." "We’re going to have thousands and millions of flying drones in corridors, and then we’ll also see people carrying," Peter Diamandis said. "You know, I think it’s an inevitability."

Golden Gate Bridge officials commit to buy netting despite cost

San Francisco - Public officials in charge of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge plan to press ahead with installation of steel netting beneath the roadway to stymie the dozens of people who attempt suicide by jumping from the structure each year.

Woman following GPS drives her car into Georgian Bay

Tobermory - The weather conditions Thursday night in Ontario were such that having a GPS in the car was really helpful to motorists driving in the rain and fog. But one woman, relying on her GPS, drove her car into Lake Huron.

Why do the same people take risks when driving?

Road traffic accidents are serious enough and when someone has had an accident they are normally more cautious next time. Not, however, it seems drunk drivers who are more inclined to repeat the offense. Psychologists explain why.

Uber agrees to pay $100 million to retain drivers as contractors

San Francisco - Leading rideshare company Uber has agreed to pay as much as $100 million to settle a class-action lawsuit from drivers who claimed they were employees rather than independent contractors.

Meth and driving a poor combo

Sonora - Driving under the influence of meth is a bad idea. Driving and carrying methamphetamine or heroin while under the influence lands two couples, in separate incidents, in jail.

Op-Ed: The top 10 cars we can't wait to drive in 2016

2016 is going to be a great year for cars. Many models are being revamped and reintroduced. Some new models are bold moves for major car manufacturers, whether it's in terms of performance or design.

Unveiled women drivers in Iran to have cars impounded

Tehran - Iranian women who fail to wear the veil when driving will have their cars impounded for a week and are likely to be fined, police warned Sunday.
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