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A new report from the National Research Center (NRC) highlights the biggest factors that are necessary for a faster adoption of electric vehicles once again: reduced vehicle cost, more efficient batteries, and making consumers more familiar with the technology. The study that the NRC conducted was mandated by Congress, and its main goal is to determine the biggest obstacles faced by electric vehicles and suggest specific steps that the government can take to eliminate such obstacles.
The main takeaway from the study is that the government should get more involved in the promotion of electric vehicles, by funding more research programs aimed at improving battery technologies, as well as creating a well-defined set of standards that energy companies and other businesses investing in charging stations will havemore »
Charging an electric vehicle can be a bit of a problem for those who live in apartments, since they don't have access to a charger that they could use overnight. That's why apartment owners are somewhat of an untapped target audience for EV manufacturers, but that could change soon, with ChargePoint, the world's leading EV infrastructure company, ready to offer EV charging stations at residential buildings.
The world's largest EV charging network, with over 21,000 charging sites across the globe, has announced in a press release that it has developed a charging solution for condominiums and apartments, which will give residents the opportunity to charge their electric cars while atmore »
Most car makers nowadays are focused on in-car connectivity and autonomous driving technology, in addition to safety technologies, since they are considered to be the key aspects that will shape the future of the auto industry. In order to make these technologies widely available as soon as possible, a strong legislative and regulatory action is needed, and that's exactly what a newly formed coalition aims to achieve.
A group of representatives from the auto industry and some of the world's largest tech companies have created the Smart Transportation Innovation Coalition, which is intended to help make policymakers realize the benefits of autonomous vehicle and connected car technologies, so that they can accelerate the process of making them mainstream. The coalition is comprised of the followingmore »
Although there are distracted driving laws in almost all U.S. states, they vary greatly between states in terms of how strict the bans and how tough the penalties are, and in terms of the way they are being enforced. Hand-held cell phone use is still allowed in some states, and there are a few states where texting and driving is not banned. Researchers from the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University have conducted a study to find out whether traffic safety has improved in some of the states that have imposed texting bans, and found that there is a correlation between bans on texting while driving and the number of road traffic injuries.
According to the study, named “The Impactmore »
The fact that young drivers are particularly susceptible to distractions has been known for a long time, but up until now, no one has attempted to create a more specific profile of a person who is most likely to get distracted while behind the wheel. That's exactly what researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health tried to do when they conducted a study on the prevalence of cell phone use among drivers in Texas.
The study was conducted at medical campuses in Houston, Dallas, Austin, Brownsville, El Paso, and San Antonio, with researchers observing drivers at busy intersections near those campuses, focusing on several factors that can have an effect on the level ofmore »
Traffic in Los Angeles has never been particularly good, and it seems to be getting worse with each passing year. In fact, a new study shows that it is one of the cities with the worst traffic in the world, and the most congested city in the United States. According to the TomTom Traffic Index, which measures traffic congestion in more than 200 cities from all over the world, Istanbul is the world's most congested city, followed by Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro, with Los Angeles' traffic ranking 10th worst.
TomTom, one of the world's leading manufacturers of car navigation technology, has released it's latest annual Traffic Index, which shows that the congestion level in Los Angeles reached 39% in 2014, an increase of 3more »
Mostly due to their inexperience, teen drivers are at greater risk of getting into a car crash than older drivers. In the past, the most common factors behind crashes involving teen drivers used to be fatigue and drunk driving, but lately, they have been replaced by another risky driving behavior – distracted driving, which has become an epidemic on U.S. roadways. According to a new study, distraction is now the leading cause of accidents for teen drivers, who have the highest crash rate of any demographic group in the country.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted a study to find out what behaviors lead up to collisions involving teenage drivers, analyzing thousands of accidents that it has recorded using cameras mounted on the windshield of cars driven by teens.more »
Driverless cars are widely regarded as the future of the automotive industry, but at the moment, they are surrounded by many questions, in terms of when exactly they will be commercially available, which manufacturer will be the first to bring an autonomous vehicle to the market, whether they will really be as safe as proponents of autonomous driving technology claim, and how they will affect society as a whole. These are some of the questions that Clint Henderson, SEO and Digital Marketing Strategist, tried to get an opinion on from some of the leading journalists, writers and bloggers specializing in the auto industry. Clint Henderson has published their answers in a Q&A piece on partscatalog.com.
The first question that several leading automore »
The fact that younger Americans are far less interested in driving than older generation has been known for a while now, due to a series of factors that include increased environmental awareness, the rise of car-sharing and ride-sharing, as well as unfavorable economic conditions. This is starting to reflect in age demographics among drivers on U.S. roads, which is confirmed by statistics that were recently released by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). According to a new report published by the FHWA, older drivers have reached peak levels, with almost half of them aged over 50.
The FHWA analyzed data from 2013, and found that there were 212 million drivers in the U.S. that year, 93.5 of which, or 44 percent, were over 50. This is a 22 percent increase over the number of drivers over 50 in 2003, or about 0.5% over 2012. Thesemore »
In addition to encouraging consumers to buy green vehicles through various incentives, the U.S. government is also taking a more hands-on approach as it tries to cut carbon emissions and reduce air pollution. Just like automakers, the federal government is contributing to the efforts for ending global warming, which is predominantly caused by carbon dioxide emissions, so it is constantly asking federal agencies to increase the use of clean, renewable energy sources.
Now, the government is setting a new greenhouse gas emissions target, with President Obama signing an executive order last week that aims for a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 40% compared to 2008 levels over themore »