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Software behind self-driving Uber crash didn't recognize jaywalkers

Nov 06, 2019 - 3:58 PM

The woman had been crossing the street 'at a location without a crosswalk; the system design did not include a consideration for jaywalking pedestrians,' the US National Transportation Safety Board says

UBER CRASH. Dashcam footage from the Uber vehicle shows the biker being lit up from the feet up by the self-driving vehicle moments before impact. Image from Twitter video @TempePolice.

Boeing 737 MAX flight control system key factor in Lion Air crash

Oct 23, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Grieving relatives express anger that investigators were not planning to blame Boeing or Lion Air for the disaster in their final crash report, expected Friday

LION AIR CRASH MEETING. Family members of Lion Air flight 610 victims, which crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff killing all 189 on board, register for a meeting with Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee in Jakarta on October 23, 2019. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Senate panels push for transportation safety board

Sep 30, 2019 - 2:10 PM

If created by law, the proposed National Transportation Safety Board would be the primary agency focusing on transport-related investigations

ROAD CRASHES. Since 2013, 3 cities in Metro Manila have consistently recorded the highest number of road crashes in the capital region. File photo

[Right of Way] A simple request: Clarity on MMDA's PUV lane policy

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:15 PM

How could the public, with all the outrage and frustration and venting online, translate words into action?

[Right of Way] Road safety: Why are PH motorists kept in the dark?

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Watch road safety advocate Vince Lazatin and 3M Philippines' John Vallinan transform a dark street into one with proper visibility with retro-reflective material used for signs and road markings

'Ridelihood' launched to train motorcycle couriers for free

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:39 PM

The first batch of riders will be trained on Sunday, August 18

[Right of Way] Why Metro Manila traffic will never be solved

Jul 26, 2019 - 5:16 PM

The status quo won't get us anywhere

[Right of Way] The city's most dangerous job?

Jul 12, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Road workers, such as traffic enforcers and street sweepers, face not only the hazards of getting run over by reckless motorists, but also long-term blood poisoning and hearing loss

Airbus to ask airlines to check wings of older A380s for cracks

Jul 09, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency says there are reports of cracks found in wings of in-service A380 airplanes

Waze says Makati is most accident-prone city in Philippines

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:51 PM

Manila, meanwhile, is the most flood-prone city

International laws spell out duty to rescue persons at sea

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:19 AM

This duty 'can be considered as another side of the right to life, which every individual enjoys under human rights law,' according to a 2016 paper

Tea Time with Vince and Frank: Are we deaf to noise pollution?

Jun 10, 2019 - 1:54 PM

We've been taking action against air and water pollution, but noise pollution has serious – and irreversible – consequences, too

[Right of Way] So you elected a congressman. Now what?

Jun 01, 2019 - 9:23 AM

Will our traffic woes become a priority for the incoming members of the 18th Congress?

Attacks vs journalists, social media blocks in Indonesia amid election riots – IFJ

May 23, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Media groups say at least 7 journalists were reportedly attacked while they were covering the protests, while social media platforms WhatsApp and Facebook were blocked

RIOT. Indonesian anti-riot police clash with protesters during a demonstration against Indonesia's President Joko Widodo's victory in the recent election in Jakarta on May 22, 2019. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Filipinos urged to protect data, be safe online during Holy Week

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) To prevent data breaches during the long break, the National Privacy Commission issues reminders to offices as well as people on vacation

[Right of Way] Visibility is everything: Motorcycle tail lights aren't optional

Apr 06, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Motorcycle crashes can be avoided if only visibility measures were strictly adhered to

7 Airbnb safety tips

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Essential advice to keep your Airbnb stay as secure as possible


[Right of Way] Is it time to do away with protocol plates?

Mar 23, 2019 - 9:27 AM

No. 8 plate on the road? Is it really necessary?

At least 60 killed in Ghana bus collision – police

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The buses were each carrying about 50 passengers at the time of the crash. One of the buses caught fire, leaving people burned beyond recognition.

MMDA, Sesame Street partner for educational campaign for kids

Mar 18, 2019 - 3:49 PM

Children in Metro Manila may now learn about road safety, waste management, and public safety in a fun manner with Sesame Street characters

EDUCATIONAL DRIVE. (Left) MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim and (Right) Will De Pippo, Director for Asia-Pacific of Sesame Street, sign an agreement for an educational drive for children at the Children Road Safety Park in Malate, Manila. Photo by: Lito Boras/RAPPLER  EDUCATIONAL DRIVE. (Left) MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim and (Right) Will De Pippo, Director for Asia-Pacific of Sesame Street, sign an agreement for an educational drive for children at the Children Road Safety Park in Malate, Manila. Photo by: Lito Boras/RAPPLER

New law requires seat belts for children in all motor vehicles

Mar 13, 2019 - 4:58 PM

The new law penalizes a driver transporting children without a 'child restraint system' in the vehicle, and bars kids below a certain height to take the front seat of a car

[Right of Way] Road Signs 101

Mar 09, 2019 - 12:23 AM

In this episode, we learn how road signs ought to be made – proper fonts, standard colors, material reflectivity

Tea Time with Vince and Frank: Is this a ticket trap?

Mar 02, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Right of Way's Vince Lazatin and VISOR's Frank Schuengel talk about notorious ticket traps in Metro Manila

[Right of Way] Contesting the MMDA’s yellow bus lane policy

Feb 23, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Have you encountered the same problem while driving along the bus lanes?

Baguio city personnel under fire for 'manhandling' taho vendor

Feb 10, 2019 - 7:30 PM

A viral video shows employees of the Baguio City Public Order and Safety Division accosting a man selling taho

[Right of Way] What can we learn from the MMDA Quezon Avenue barrier problem?

Feb 07, 2019 - 4:11 PM

The barrier disrupts the normal flow of traffic along Quezon Avenue

Tea Time with Vince and Frank: Climbing 'Mount EDSA'

Feb 02, 2019 - 7:28 PM

Are you up for the Kamuning footbridge challenge?

[Right of Way] Is the MMDA road diet a good idea?

Jan 26, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Vince does the math based on the MMDA's numbers

Fatal air crashes and deaths up in 2018 – watchdog

Jan 02, 2019 - 8:08 PM

Aviation Safety Network records more than 500 people killed in 15 plane crashes in 2018

MARCH 12 AIRPLANE CRASH. Nepali rescue workers gather around the debris of an airplane that crashed near the international airport in Kathmandu on March 12, 2018. File photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

[Right of Way] Risky behavior: The problem with MMDA’s yellow bus lane policy

Dec 22, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Is it safe to cross two bus lanes in a short distance in order to make a right turn?

Trump panel recommends guns in schools to keep U.S. students safe

Dec 19, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The Federal Commission on School Safety panel, set up after the February massacre in Parkland, Florida, when a former student shot dead 17 people, recommends schools consider arming staff and using veterans as guards

CRIME SITE. In this file photo taken on December 15, 2012, police guard the entrance to the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut. Sandy Hook was the scene of a horrific shooting that left 26 children and teachers dead. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Road traffic deaths swell to 1.35M each year – WHO

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:18 PM

'These deaths are an unacceptable price to pay for mobility,' says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

[Right of Way] The future of cities: How do you solve a problem like Manila?

Dec 02, 2018 - 9:56 AM

Urban and transport planners weigh in on solutions for a metropolis suffering from overdevelopment

DepEd, Stairway Foundation, and IMMAP launch #BeCyberSafe

Nov 26, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The project aims to inform and educate the public on how children can be safe online

Victory bus offers financial help to road crash victims’ relatives

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:42 PM

The financial assistance will cover medical and burial expenses, plus P180,000 cash

DEADLY COLLISION. A motorcycle, tricycle, and bus collide in Sta Cruz, Zambales, on November 17, 2018. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

3 dead, 5 injured in Zambales road crash

Nov 18, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Most of the casualties are minors

Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Poe's father-in-law injured as car falls off Greenhills parking building

Nov 18, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Senator Grace Poe says her father-in-law Teodoro Llamanzares 'has a few fractured ribs and bruises.' No one else is hurt in the incident.

CRASH. The damaged vehicle is shown flipped after it fell from the 3rd story of the Greenhills Promenade car park. Photo from the Philippine National Police

[Right of Way] The fault in our signs: Sign blindness

Nov 15, 2018 - 3:45 PM

With the prevalence of ads masquerading as road signs, Metro Manila's shopping malls have become key landmarks in a metropolis that has no defined center

[Right of Way] Solving the traffic problem in one easy step

Nov 10, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Move people, not cars

With mobile app, pharmacy logbooks to go digital by 2020

Nov 04, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Information from the electronic Drug Safety System developed by startup mClinica may help authorities fight outbreaks and understand the underlying causes of diseases

NEW TECHNOLOGY. A pharmacist takes a picture of a customer's prescription using the electronic Drug Safety System. Screenshot from mClinica

Undas travel tips for drivers and commuters

Nov 01, 2018 - 12:13 AM

Here are some reminders and the government hot lines

LONG WAIT. Line for a bus ride to Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija at Five Star has reached Montreal Street in Quezon City on October 31, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

[Right of Way] Why traffic rules matter

Oct 27, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Ever heard of the broken window theory? That probably explains the chaos in Metro Manila's streets.

Grab to train drivers as emergency first responders

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:40 PM

Grab drivers will no longer just get you to your destination. The company's plan is for them to become emergency first responders and aid in busting crime, too.

French health watchdog wants to ban sunbeds

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:00 AM

'We recommend banning all activities linked to artificial tanning,' says Olivier Merckel, an expert at the Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety

CAUSES CANCER. In this file photo taken on July 31, 2009, a young woman lies on a sunbed or tanning bed in Santiago. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Crime City? Killings in Cebu rise as mayor, cops feud

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Half a year before Rodrigo Duterte launched his drug war in 2016, killings in Cebu City totalled 32. In the same months in 2018, the police recorded 69.

CRIMINAL CITY? The skyline of Cebu City as seen from the city hall. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Senate approves bill requiring car safety seats for kids on final reading

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Under Senate Bill 1971, children aged 12 and below cannot be left unattended inside a vehicle

APPROVED. Senate approves the bill requiring child restraints in private vehicles. Rappler file photo

India suspends bus driver for letting a monkey 'drive'

Oct 07, 2018 - 3:00 AM

'Passengers' safety is paramount and the driver cannot risk it by allowing a monkey on the steering,' the government's road transport corporation says

NEW DRIVER. An India bus driver allowed a monkey to take the steering wheel, caught in a viral video on October 1, 2018. Screengrab from Animalbuff

[Right of Way] Where the sidewalk ends: The woes of being a pedestrian in Metro Manila

Oct 04, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Why are sidewalks an afterthought in the construction of the metro's road network?

What you need to know about road safety, whether you’re a driver or a pedestrian

Sep 24, 2018 - 3:05 PM

3M’s #DriveForRoadSafety advocates for traffic safety and mobility to change and save lives