The new engine, to be called SKYACTIV-X, would be the world’s first commercial gasoline engine to utilize compression ignition. It has been noted to be 20 to 30 percent more efficient than the SKYACTIV-G engine, which is the current engine used in Mazda vehicles.
According to the Japanese automaker, it will begin incorporating electric and electrified vehicles in specific markets that abide by eco-friendly laws in 2019. The markets that will be targeted include thosemore »
After a string of police-involved accidents were reported in Casa Grande, Arizona, the city police chief ordered all of his officers to take extra driving safety courses.
According to Chief Mark McCrory, a total of nine police vehicles have been damaged from minor accidents since April 5. Each collision will cost taxpayers a $1,000 deducible to the insurance company.
The number of accident reports caught Chief McCrory’s attention after he compared them to the six total reports that were filed throughout all of 2016.
“We are tasked with enforcing traffic laws. We are tasked with traffic safety presentations, and the sheer number of preventable accidents or collisions that we've had, personally, I find embarrassing,”more »
The American Automobile Association (AAA) in Rhode Island has stopped providing its DMV services to non-members throughout the state. For a short period of time, the AAA allowed RI residents to conduct certain DMV transactions at AAA branches across the state.
The temporary program was initiated to help the state Division of Motor Vehicles transition into a new computer system, which forced them to shut down for part of July. The old RI DMV computer system was initialized over 40 years ago, according to DMV officials.
Starting August 1, 2017, RI residents who would like to perform motor vehicle registry transactions through AAA offices will need to become members of themore »
Nissan automakers have recently announced that they are close to launching their semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist feature on American roadways.
The next generation Leaf EV is set to include the new ProPilot driving assist feature that is activated by a button on the steering wheel. The button controls the cars steering, braking and accelerating, but only on a single freeway lane.
Drivers will have the ability to see every angle of theirmore »
Floridians can give their driver’s licenses a makeover starting as early as next month. Last week, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) debuted the new design for state driver’s licenses and identifications cards.
The new design comes equipped with new security measures that are intended to limit the production of fake driver’s licenses.
With almost double the security protection against fraud, new Florida licenses and IDs will include distinctive head font colorsmore »
A new Washington State distracted driving law bans the use of handheld devices while behind the wheel, even if stopped at a red light.
The new law goes into effect on July 23, 2017 and will be considered a primary offense that can be put on a driver’s permanent driving record.
“I think it’s a good move personally because cellphones are a big part of our lives and everyone feels the need to be connected,” said District 6 Trooper Camron Iverson. “The current law doesn’t address the issue of other social applications, communication on cell phones go way beyond talking and texting."
Governor Jay Inslee signed the measure into law in May but vetoed a section that had the distracted driving rulemore »
Last Wednesday, a voice vote took place amongst a panel of U.S. House members resulting in the approval of a proposal which will allow automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles. According to details of the proposal, automakers will not be required to meet existing auto safety standards. The bill would also prohibit states from regulating the mechanical, software and safety systems of autonomous cars.
The legislation had bipartisan support from both Republican and Democratic leaders after Republicans accepted Democratic proposals for provisions to strengthen safety oversight of self-driving vehicles by federal means.
"Today’s markup represents the most significantmore »
Most U.S. drivers will face expensive traffic tickets at one point or another. In certain cities, low-level speeding tickets can cost residents up to $400 for a single violation.
For this reason, entrepreneur Christopher Riley came up with the idea of creating a smartphone application that would “give people access to services [like lawyers] in a cost efficient way,” he told CNN Money.
After being cited with a huge fine for going less than 10mph over the speed limit in Miami, Riley launched TIKD.com, a web application designed to help drivers in need fight traffic tickets.
TIKD originally launched its website in February 2017 and currently operates in cities such as Atlanta, Washington DC and Baltimore, as well as in certainmore »
Oregon state lawmakers have approved a plan to produce TSA-compliant driver’s licenses so that state travelers may not be required to show a passport in order to board a plane.
The tougher ID regulations stem from the federal Real ID Act of 2005, which was passed by Congress after the 9/11 attacks in order to enforce a stronger travel vetting system.
Oregon is overdue to create driver’s licenses that comply with the Real ID Act, which has made residents subject to not being allowed to use their state driver’s license or state ID to enter federal facilities or board commercial flights inmore »
Michigan motorists are now allowed to provide proof of their car registration electronically when stopped by a law enforcement official.
The new rule comes under a legislation signed by Governor Rick Snyder on June 28, 2017.
“As technology continues to rapidly evolve, it’s important that our state’s laws adapt to these changes,” Snyder said. “Allowing motorists to present vehicle registration to a law enforcement officer electronically is a common sense move that makes life easier for Michiganders.”
House Bill 4013, which ismore »