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While electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are a few years away from becoming a mainstream, there are other types of alternative-fuel vehicles that may turn out to be much more economical and environmentally-friendly.
As a response to decreased customer satisfaction with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), DMV.com has conducted a study to examine DMV wait times. The study, which was conducted over an 8-month period, was designed to highlight the differences in service quality across states. The results are compiled by state, and are illustrated in the graphical-map below. The study revealed that the average American will wait 44 minutes before receiving service at the DMV, while the average wait time for a given state is 34 minutes.
State laws and regulations play a major role when it comes to the adoption of electric cars in the U.S. In order to help bring electric cars to the mainstream, various states offer incentives to encourage drivers to purchase alternative-fuel vehicles.
Automated Enforcement Systems Can Change Driving Regulations
Law enforcement agencies can use all of the help that they can get in their efforts to keep our roads safe. A lot of tools and tax dollars are used in accomplishing this goal. Lately, automated enforcement has proven to be a very effective option. Automated enforcement allows authorities to monitor and enforce traffic safety laws in a cost efficient manner.
Since it's clear that Google and auto-giants like Audi, Volvo, and Nissan are serious about bringing a self-driving car to market, authorities will have to create new legislation. They have to adjust existing traffic laws, and enact new ones, to ensure that occupants of autonomous cars are safe, and that they don't pose a threat to the safety of others.
Legislators in California, Nevada and Florida have begun proposing regulation for self-driving cars, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is conducting a study to develop recommendations for state laws.
At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, General Motors introduced the most powerful standard Corvette ever built. It featured exterior design changes, and a comfortable interior with new high-tech features. Its many improvements raised the bar for future models. Judging by the announcement of the Performance Data Recorder, it seems that the 2015 Corvette will live up to expectations.
Many automakers are in the process of developing autonomous-driving technology with the intention of bringing a self-driving car to market within the next 15 years. These vehicles will have the ability to turn, brake, accelerate, and swerve to avoid a collision.
While automakers are investing heavily in vehicle safety, national authorities have been busy trying to improve road safety through infrastructure. One of the most in
novative solutions could be glow-in-the-dark highways.