Driver says her F-150 window spontaneously shattered – KTRK

Patricia Jones loves her truck.

“That’s my favorite car of all of the cars I’ve had,” she said of the bright red Ford F-150 parked in her driveway.

It’s a 2016 with low mileage. She’s always wanted one. It’s a truck with a five star safety rating. Which is why what she says happened on the way to school a week ago was so shocking,

“All of a sudden we heard a big bang and the glass shattered and we stopped,” Jones explained. “(I) got out to look to see if anything had hit us and nothing. There (are) no marks, no anything, just shattered glass.”

Jones said there was the smell of burning electronics, so she took it to a local dealer.

Both the dealer and Ford say there was actually evidence of an impact. The dealer told Eyewitness News he believed the window did not spontaneously shatter.

There are,

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Smart Everything at Computer Electronics Show

The new smart electronic gadgets on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas may help drive you into an increasingly connected future.

In the case of Byton, a futuristic smart car that is one of the hits of the CES – a driver steps into a high-tech sensory experience.

From a tablet embedded in the steering wheel and five hand gestures, the motorist controls the vehicle.

Sensors monitor the driver’s heart rate, blood pressure and other vital statistics.

Other features include tiny cameras instead of side view mirrors, and seats that swivel to give the car a lounge-like feeling.

Aiming for the Tesla market, the first Byton electric SUV is expected to go on sale first in China in 2019, selling for $45,000, before becoming available in the United States and Europe in 2020.

US market for smart devices

For the 170,000 attendees at CES – one-third of

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Production up 68% at Morelos parts plant

A 1-billion-peso investment (over US $53 million) by the Japanese firm Sekisui Chemical in its Jiutepec, Morelos, plant will bump its production capacity by 68%.

The addition of a third production line has increased the workforce by 44% and its production of automobile windshields and high-strength laminated glass.

During an opening ceremony yesterday, assistant general manager Arturo Ríos Abdala described the startup of the new line as “the most important event in the 46 years the firm [has been in the state], placing it at the forefront of its segment in the automotive industry.”

President Pedro Córdova Nájera added that the project was a dream that had been 10 years in the making.

Also present was Morelos Governor Graco Ramírez, who said the state has the best logistics and power generation capacity, which guarantee investors sustainable production conditions, as well as the ability to readily ship their products to different markets.

Over the last two

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Colorado Division of Insurance recovered $8.5 million for consumers in 12 months

Consumers pocketed $8.5 million rightfully owed them by their insurance companies between July 2016 and June of this year thanks to investigations performed by the Colorado Division of Insurance’s consumer services team.

The division, which regulates the insurance industry in the state, has released its “Annual Report on Complaints Against Insurers.” It details investigations performed by the division during its most recent fiscal year, July 1, 2016, through June 30.

The division’s consumers services team opened 4,007 complaint investigations in that time and closed 3,912, according to the report. Both figures represent increases over the division’s 2015-2016 fiscal year when it closed 3,835 complaints and opened 3,686. Not all complaints are closed the same year they are opened.

The $8,517,970 recovered for consumers is $358,868 more the the previous year, the report says. The money comes in the form of additional claim payments, overturned benefit denials or refunds. The two coverage areas where investigators recovered

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GM and Cruise Finally Give a Peek behind the Curtain of Their Automated-Driving Program

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General Motors has noodled with the idea of automated vehicles since at least the mid-1950s, when the company produced a film with its Firebird II concept car that showed a family cruising down a highway autonomously. Now, more than six decades later, GM claims to be getting close to making its first highly automated vehicles a commercial reality.

Although it has shown glimpses of three generations of automated Chevrolet Bolt prototypes over the past 18 months, GM has remained remarkably mum about the technical details. On Monday, the automaker and its Cruise Automation subsidiary finally shared more about its current-generation program and allowed a small group of reporters to go for rides near its San Francisco headquarters.

As in Waymo’s automated Chrysler Pacificas, GM has equipped each seat with a tablet that provides a display of what the sensors are seeing, the

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Philadelphia police unveil cars with bulletproof windows

Philadelphia police have 150 new patrol cars on the way with a feature that no other major municipality has: bulletproof windows.

The vehicles have ballistic shields affixed to the front door panels and what is dubbed ‘transparent armor’ backstops a large portion of the original equipment glass in the front windows.

It all makes this modified car resistant to pistol and shotgun ammunition.

“It is cutting edge in the sense that it provides protection for police officers seated in the vehicle from gunfire,” said Commissioner Richard Ross.

The protection does not extend to the windshield but it does cover the front sides of the vehicle .

Last year two Philadelphia officers, Jesse Hartnett and Sylvia Young, survived being shot while sitting in their patrol cars.

“We believe ballistic protections like this would have probably protected them from any of those gunshots aimed at them,” said Ross.

The protection packages add about $1,300 dollars to the cost of

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Philadelphia police unveil cars with bulletproof windows | 6abc.com

Philadelphia police have 150 new patrol cars on the way with a feature that no other major municipality has: bulletproof windows.

The vehicles have ballistic shields affixed to the front door panels and what is dubbed ‘transparent armor’ backstops a large portion of the original equipment glass in the front windows.

It all makes this modified car resistant to pistol and shotgun ammunition.

“It is cutting edge in the sense that it provides protection for police officers seated in the vehicle from gunfire,” said Commissioner Richard Ross.

The protection does not extend to the windshield but it does cover the front sides of the vehicle .

Last year two Philadelphia officers, Jesse Hartnett and Sylvia Young, survived being shot while sitting in their patrol cars.

“We believe ballistic protections like this would have probably protected them from any of those gunshots aimed at them,” said Ross.

The protection packages add about $1,300 dollars to the cost of

... read more at: http://6abc.com/philly-police-unveil-cars-with-bulletproof-windows/2559328/