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The road to success for electric cars has always been plagued by various problems, such as limited range, the lack of charging stations and the upfront price premium that makes them much more expensive than comparable gasoline-powered vehicles. Now, a new study shows that in addition to these obstacles, ignorance and image problems are the biggest factors standing in the way of electric cars.
Since Google first started testing its driverless car prototypes in 2009, the tech giant was able to claim that they had an accident-free record, even after completing hundreds of thousands of miles on highways and city streets in several states.
Pretty much all electric-car enthusiasts have been waiting for this moment for a long time: the official launch of the the latest Tesla Motors vehicle – the Model X crossover. After being delayed several times over the past two years, the Model X is finally here, with Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk, unveiling it at an event near the company's factory in Fremont, California.
The fact that self-driving cars will be safer than conventional vehicles is no longer up for debate, with automakers having proven that by taking the driver away from the equation, autonomous driving technology will drastically reduce the risk of accidents.
The Tesla Model S has been immensely popular among wealthier, environmentally-conscious Americans for a couple of year, which should suggest that customers are pretty satisfied with the service and the products they are getting from the Palo Alto-based electric-car manufacturer.
The leading Japanese automakers consider hydrogen as the car fuel of the future, and are betting big on hydrogen-powered vehicles, as they believe that electric cars are not practical enough to present a good alternative to conventional vehicles.
One of the main reasons behind Google's commitment to driverless cars is their ability to avoid accidents and improve traffic safety, as they eliminate human error, which is the single most common cause of motor vehicle crashes.
Car sharing, peer-to-peer accommodation and other sharing economy services have been making a huge impact on many cities around the globe, and especially in the United States. Companies like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb have become important contributors to cities' economies, providing extra income for thousands of people and generating demand for new services that didn't use to exist and helping bring additional revenue to cities.
Greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles have an exceptionally harmful effect on people's health, causing chronic respiratory disease, heart disease and lung cancer, among other things, but the negative impact of the automobile goes beyond air pollution. On top of carbon dioxide, motor vehicles emit substantial noise that is generated by engines, exhaust systems, horns, alarms, as well as tires contacting the road.
There are various factors that put teen drivers at a greater risk of being in a crash than older drivers, with inexperience and lack of skills being the most common ones. But so far, no one has been able to pinpoint what specific driving skills teens need to acquire in order to become more well-versed drivers and reduce their risk of crashes.