Robot Dog the New Security Rover

Larry Snow with the Secure Transportation and Executive Protection News podcast for Monday, May 14th, 2018.

In Vehicle News

A report from the New York Times found that dozens of people have been poisoned by carbon monoxide after failing to shut off the keyless ignition on their vehicles.

Since 2006 at least 28 people have died and 45 others have suffered injuries from the gas after they thought they had turned off their vehicles, the Times found.

The report highlights the efforts by some groups to push for new regulations from automakers to combat the problem.

Keyless ignition allows drivers to start their cars with the press of a button while an electronic key fob remains in their pocket or purse. The technology first entered the American market in the early 2000s.

In 2015, a class action lawsuit claimed there had been 13 carbon monoxide-related deaths linked to keyless ignition cars. A judge dismissed the suit in September 2016.

The Times report, published Sunday, indicates the problem may be more widespread than previously thought.

The Society of Automotive Engineers, a leading standards group for the auto industry, seven years ago called for requiring automakers to include warning signals — such as a series of beeps — to alert drivers if their cars were left on, according to the Times report.

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In Terrorism News

Investigators working to understand why a 20-year-old French citizen born in the Russian republic of Chechnya went on a stabbing rampage in central Paris detained the dead suspect’s parents and a friend Sunday, French officials said.

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Family of suicide bombers attacks 3 churches in Indonesia, killing 7, police say

Here’s the report from CNN.Com

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In Technology News

From the Guardian.Com

SpotMini: headless robotic dog to go on sale in 2019

Former Google robotics outfit Boston Dynamics, famed for its advanced humanoid and canine automatons, has announced that it will begin sale of its headless robotic SpotMini next year.

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