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Ford’s 'Safe Cap' designed to stop drivers from falling asleep at the wheel

Ford Safe Cap - Jane King Report

SAN ANTONIO -- A cap developed by Ford may prevent drowsy driving, Texas may not get the big Toyota-Mazda plant after all, and another round of NAFTA negotiations get underway. Jane King has that and more in today’s report.

Ford Trucker Cap

Ford has a new trucker cap that they say will prevent drowsy driving.

The "Safe Cap" looks like any other cap, but it has sensors and hardware to detect sleepiness. Ford programmed its hat to pick up on those cues using an accelerometer and gyroscope. It’s still being tested at the moment.

The truck was developed by Ford Brazil’s Heavy Truck division, according to an article on AutomotiveWorld.com. The article explains the cap's sensors are capable of interpreting the driver’s head movements and can then issue a warning if the user appears tired or sleepy. AutomotiveWorld.com says the cap issues three kind of signals - "vibration, sound and light flashes to guide the driver to stop for a rest before following with the drip."

GovTech.com says the cap is not yet in production, but has so far been successful during testing. An article on the website says the company plans to share the cap with its partners and customers in an effort to help get the cap on the market.

Toyota-Mazda Plant

It looks like Texas may be out of the running for the giant Toyota-Mazda plant.

Bloomberg reports the automakers have narrowed down their locations to Alabama and North Carolina for the plant that will eventually employ 4,000 workers.

A recent study of business experts thought Texas was in the lead for the plant.

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Wells Fargo Fine

Wells Fargo will pay $5.4 million to the U.S. Justice Department to compensate approximately 450 service members whose cars were illegally repossessed.

The repossessions were unlawful according to the servicemembers Civil Relief Act, which requires that a court must review and approve the repossession if the loan was taken out.

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NAFTA Negotiations

The 5th round of NAFTA talks will get underway Wednesday.

Mexico is expected to respond to U.S. demands when negotiators meet in Mexico City.

Wednesday’s talks are thought to focus on auto trade, but NAFTA discussions carry big implications for agriculture as well.

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Artificial Intelligence for the holidays

Artificial intelligence is becoming more accepted for the holidays

A survey by Conversica says only 11 percent of Americans don’t want any AI at Thanksgiving, by improving highway traffic and ensuring flights run on time.

A small percentage thought AI could even pick safe dinner topics to avoid tense family discussions during Thanksgiving.

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