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Inattentive drivers causing more collisions than impaired and speeding drivers combined: OPP

August 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Inattentive driving is linked to more collisions on Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-patrolled roads so far this year than speeding and alcohol/drug-related collisions combined, the police service reported on Tuesday. Since Jan. 1, 2017, driver distraction has been reported as the primary cause in 6,360 road collisions, the OPP said in a press release. By comparison, speed was the primary cause in 4,700 crashes, while 1,158 of incidents involved a driver who consumed alcohol or drugs.
As well, a total of 47 people have died to…

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55% of poll respondents will not ride in a fully autonomous vehicle, Gartner survey finds

August 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An online survey from research and advisory company Gartner, Inc. has found that 55% of polled respondents “will not consider riding in a fully autonomous vehicle.” The Gartner Consumer Trends in Automotive survey polled 1,519 people in the United States

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Emergency broadcast station being considered in New Brunswick following January ice storm

August 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New Brunswick’s primary electrical utility in the province, NB Power, and the province’s Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) said on Friday that they considering creating a dedicated emergency broadcast station to provide essential information to people in the province in times of crisis. The consideration is one of 51 recommendations contained in a provincial review of the Atlantic Canada storm in the winter of 2017, released on Friday. From Jan. 24-26, an ice storm hit central and eastern New Brunswick, from Miscou Island to Sackville. The intense low-pressure system resulted in…

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TSB urges fishing industry to recognize ‘interdependency among safety issues’

August 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The frequency of fatal accidents involving Canadian fishing vessels is too high and crew members will continue to be at risk until “the complex relationship and interdependency among safety issues is recognized and addressed,” the Transportation Safety Board of Canada

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Lyft forms own autonomous vehicle unit, will open network

July 24, 2017 The Associated Press

DETROIT – Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing service said it

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Health Canada reviewing safety of BBQ brushes, says nine injured since 2011

July 18, 2017 Brennan Doherty - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Health Canada is conducting an investigation into the safety of wire-bristle brushes used to clean barbecues, with plans to conclude the probe by the end of the summer. The agency said the risk assessment on the brushes comes

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Cladding may have helped spread London high rise fire, experts say

June 15, 2017 Gregory Katz - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LONDON – The official cause may not be known for months. The death toll is unclear – and rising. No one has said exactly where the fire started. But experts suspect recent renovations at the Grenfell Tower, including newly installed

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CN to spend $500 million on technology with eye on driverless truck threat

June 14, 2017 Ross Marowits - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Canadian National Railway says it will spend $500 million over the next five years on technology to improve its safety, efficiency and competitive edge, partly in response to the potential threat posed by driverless trucks. CEO Luc Jobin

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Shipping losses continue to decline but “perfect storm” of regulation, cost savings and cybersecurity looms: AGCS

June 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Large shipping losses have declined by 50% over the past decade, but a “perfect storm” of regulation, cost savings and cybersecurity looms, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s (AGCS) fifth annual Safety and Shipping Review 2017. The report, released

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Toronto considering zoning, licensing and taxation rules for short-term rental platforms

June 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The City of Toronto will soon consider recommendations to adopt new rules for short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb – which are unregulated – to address concerns ranging from noise to safety and taxation, notes a municipal backgrounder. The Report

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Safe Driving

June 9, 2017 Jack Rozint, Vice President of Sales and Service, Mitchell Auto Physical Damage Solutions

New vehicle safety features, including crush-resistant materials and driver-assist technologies, are reducing highway risk, but they also present a challenge to collision repair providers.

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More drone activity anticipated, safety-first approach essential: SCOR newsletter

June 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An agile and flexible response by all parties is needed in light of the new and little-understood risks expected to emerge with the anticipated increase in drone activity over the next few years, SCOR experts write in a recent technical