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ISO Quality Planning, a company specializing in helping insurance companies identify risk, has compiled a list of the most heavily ticketed vehicles on the road, and lead feet everywhere can check it out.
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The group analyzed traffic data on 1.7 million drivers and established the probability of a driver of a given line of vehicles being ticketed. The Hummer and Scion tC dominated the list, receiving 463% and 460% over the average, respectively. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Jaguar XJ sedan and the Chevrolet Suburban attracted a mere 11% and 16% of expected tickets. Given that both the Hummer and the Jaguar are high-cost vehicles, it flips the idea that a huge price tag automatically means more police attention.
The president of ISO Quality Planning Raj Bhat offered this theory when questioned about the Hummer’s ranking on the list:
‘The sense of power that Hummer drivers derive from their vehicle may be directly correlated with the number of violations they incur, or perhaps Hummer drivers, by virtue of their driving position, are less likely to notice road hazards, signs, pedestrians and other drivers.’
Whether Hummer drivers truly have a subconscious ownership of the road, or if it’s just hard to blend into traffic when you’re speeding in a 4-plus-ton rig, is grounds for another study altogether. While the surest way to avoid seeing the blue and red lights is to follow all traffic regulations and being a safe and courteous driver, it’s worth considering at car-buying time that the model you’re looking at carries a strong potential for drawing the attention of law enforcement. If, despite your best driving, you end up bright lights of a traffic stop, check out our tips on how to beat a speeding ticket. For more details on the ticket chart, check out the MSN roundup below, or our gearhead sibling Jalopnik’s own take on the results.
While you can already jailbreak the first iPod Touch, allowing you to add all kinds of non-Apple approved applications and themes, a jailbreak for the iPod Touch 2G has remained elusive.
Alas, the team adds Right now the jailbreak process is far too manual to be useful to most people, and therefore the iPhone Dev Team has yet to post it publicly. The team has also refused to post an ETA for the release of the jailbreak, making this a case of ‘watch this space’.
In the meantime, you might want to bookmark our 30+ Apps For Jailbroken iPhones and iPod Touches, which will provide endless fun on your soon-to-be-jailbroken iPod 2G.
Another day, another dubious method for saving gas. Today it’s FastSkinz, the dimpled car wrap that promises a gas mileage boost. We think it’ll attract golf swings and dents from confused, drunken golfers.
Dimples are a proven method for reducing wake turbulence on golf balls, and that’s what creator SkinzWrapz (you know, ads on cars?) think will happen with cars, too.
In fact, they boast an 18-20% boost in gas mileage. Of course the boast comes without any kind of supporting research, but what else is new from a product that will undoubtedly be hawked by Billy Mays in the near future.
If you have always wanted to learn iPhone development but don’t know how to get started, download my free eDoc on Getting Started with iPhone Development. Try it out and see how easy it is to get started!
If you want to build apps with the unofficial SDK, check out the iphone-dev Google Code page. Jonathan Zdziarski’s iPhone Open Application Development covers the SDK and how to build applications with it.
(Via MAKE Magazine.)
CastTV is a wide-reaching video aggregator that can save you some time when searching out a missed episode of your favorite show or looking for a copy of the latest must-see viral video.
CastTV searches dozens of sites including: YouTube, Hulu, MySpaceTV, Comedy Central, CNN, ESPN, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS and MTV. One of the benefits CastTV has over some of the other popular TV-watching destinations like Hulu is that they poll the networks websites for new shows. You can frequently catch new shows before they are released to other video hosting services. For other great ways to use your computer to catch up on some quality programing check out the five best sites to stream TV and six ways to catch your favorite TV shows