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An annual ranking of the most accident-prone drivers has pegged Worcester and Boston, MA motorists as the worst in the country among large urban centers.
I tagged along for a two legs of MINI Takes the States, an epic cross-country road rally that’s put on by the company. I participated in just two sections of this continent-spanning trip, but that was still enough for me to experience four Midwestern states and some 700 miles of America. But there’s much more to than this event than just the sliver I experienced.
NPR’s comic car show Car Talk will be off the air after 25 years of chatty advice at the end of this September according to the show’s two hosts.
Are you a Bostonian who hates potholes? There’s an app for that, or at least there will be soon. The city is behind a new app for Android called Street Bump which addresses the problem.
Available this summer, the app picks up on potholes using a smartphone’s accelerometer, which is the device that measures movement. When you go over a bump in your car and the app is on, it will report the location to the city’s database. The Street Bump advises the city of the size and the location of the pothole with a GPS coordinate.
The Street Bump app gives Boston the ability to keep drivers informed of real-time road conditions, as well as keep the city on top of potholes that can be fixed while they are still small. Other cities in the U.S. have plans in place to follow suit with similar apps.
There are still a few bugs to work out of the Street Bump app (that’s why you’ll have to wait until the summer to download it) and there may be an iPhone app that may come at a later date. We will keep you posted on the latest developments.