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New center airbag protects against bumping heads

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The center airbag helps to prevent front-seat occupants from smashing into each other during side crashes.

ZF TRW’s new center airbag is one of those products you see and instantly think, “Yeah, that makes sense.”

It keeps the driver and front-seat occupant from smashing into each other when the car is hit from the side, helping to reduce trauma to the heads, shoulders and torso areas of the people up front.

Dirk Schultz, global engineering director for ZF TRW inflatable restraints systems, said in a press release that the risk to the front-seat passenger is "significant" when the car is hit from the side.

"Accident research shows that in the USA, nearly 30 percent of side impact fatalities involve far-side [passenger-side] events, and in Germany, nearly 30 percent of severely injured occupants in side crashes resulted from a far side collisions," he said.

The center airbags are not yet in production cars but Schultz said there is rising interest in the technology. The airbags also may get a boost from European car testing agency EuroNCAP, which is assessing new side impact test protocols for 2018 and beyond.

Cortland YMCA 5th Annual Turkey Trot 5k 2015!

Cortland YMCA 5th Annual Turkey Trot 5k 2015!

Get ready! Set! RUN! It’s time to lace up your sneakers and help support a great cause at the 5th Annual Cortland YMCA Turkey Trot! Thanksgiving is around the corner and this is the perfect occasion to burn a few extra calories before engaging in an abundance of savory foods! Join Cortland County Family YMCA and make strides to support youth and family scholarships at the YMCA! Want to know how you register and run at the Turkey Trot? Here are all the details you need to know to participate! 


The 5th annual Cortland YMCA Turkey Trot is taking place Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. We recommend arriving early to warm up before the run! 

It will be at the Cortland YMCA, at 22 Tompkins Street. You can park for free in the downtown area and walk to the starting line. 

Sunday (by 6:00 PM) is the last day to register online. The fee for registering is $25 per adult 14y/o and older $20 for Youth 13 and under. If you miss the opportunity to register online you can also register the day of the race up to 15 minutes before the starts, but early bird pricing ends at 9:30 AM on November 25th (Wednesday). 

The 5th Annual Cortland YMCA Turkey Trot is a 5K walk/run race is open to participants of all ages and sizes! Jog, run or walk around Cortland for a brisk 3.1 miles.   

Come and run to help a great local organization!

The Lexus Hoverboard Has Been Revealed

This isn’t from Tron, this isn’t from Back To The Future either. This is from Lexus and they just eliminated fiction out of science fiction.

When technology, design, and imagination come together, amazing things can be achieved. The Lexus Hoverboard represents true engineering innovation and can be seen in action soon. 

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SLIDE, the ultra-stylistic hoverboard, was finally revealed on August 5th to the public. No details on when this will be available to purchase or for what kind of price tag. However, one thing comes to mind, could hovercars be next?

If SLIDE does become available to consumers, you know skateboard aficionados will be all over this. Then again, who wouldn’t be?