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Sep 25, 2018

The Secure Transportation and Executive Protection News for Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

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In Vehicle News

From NBC News

Trump's new limo cost $1.5M and comes with a fridge full of his blood type

When President Donald Trump rolls up to the United Nations to speak to the Security Council today he’ll have an unprecedented level of security of his own.

On Sunday, the Secret Service flew into New York City with the newest in a long series of specially designed presidential limousines. Like its predecessor, which came into service during Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, the new limo goes by the nickname, The Beast. And considering it weighs in at somewhere near 20,000 pounds, that’s clearly appropriate.

Intended to look like a stretched version of a Cadillac XT6 sedan, it’s one of a dozen that make up a contract initially estimated at $15.8 million and designed to help the Commander-in-Chief survive virtually every possible form of attack from a terrorist or assassin. And, even if injured, the Beast has an extensive range of medical supplies on board, including a refrigerator full of the president’s own blood type.


In Terrorism News

From Forbes

Saudi Arabia Accused Of Turning A Blind Eye To International Terrorism Financing By Global Watchdog

Saudi Arabia has been strongly criticized for its failure to tackle money laundering and international terrorism financing in a new report which will make uncomfortable reading for the authorities in Riyadh.

report published on September 24 by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – an intergovernmental body based in Paris – said “Saudi Arabia is not effectively investigating and prosecuting individuals involved in larger scale or professional [money laundering] activity” and is “not effectively confiscating the proceeds of crime”. 


In Technology News

The World's First All Bluetooth Smart TPMS

FOBO Tire is an advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) using the latest Bluetooth 4.0 that works directly with your Android and iOS device. It also comes with an intelligent In-Car monitoring unit that works on its own or simultaneously with your smartphone. So that you will still get an alert in the absence of a smartphone. Comes with 4 wireless tire sensors and 1 wireless In-Car unit.

It monitors round-the-clock to ensure your tires stay properly inflated, even when your car ignition is switched off. FOBO Tire Plus does not need an external power source and it is wireless. It comes with batteries included which last up to two years and are easily replaceable.


In Driving News

From Medical Xpress

Sleep deprived people more likely to have car crashes

A new study in SLEEP indicates that people who have slept for fewer than seven of the past 24 hours have higher odds of being involved in and responsible for car crashes. The risk is greatest for drivers who have slept fewer than four hours.

An estimated seven percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. and 16 percent of fatal crashes involve driver drowsiness.


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