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Mon, 4/24/2017 - 4:05 pm by Kirsten Rincon

 Recent accidents involving self-driving cars have sparked controversy over issues regarding fault and liability that are directed toward insurance companies.

As of 2013, a total of 12 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation relating to self-driving cars. These states include Florida, Nevada, California, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia.

With the rise of self-driving cars, insurance companies have had to begin formulating a new plan to tackle this developing technology. "If the day comes when a significant portion of the cars on the road are autonomous, it will hurt GEICO's business very significantly,” said Warren Buffett whose company,

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Mon, 4/24/2017 - 1:18 pm by Kirsten Rincon

The rise of technology has bled into car development and helped implement several advanced features that are intended to make driving safer. Within the past decade, cars have received some major upgrades including electronic stability control systems, rearview cameras and safer airbag dispensers. These changes have been added with the hopes of preventing skids, fender benders and collisions from occurring on roadways. However, recent studies show that technological advancements may be having the opposite effect.

Recent traffic fatality estimates released by the National Safety Council (NSC) show that a total of 40,200 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2016 alone. This is a six percent increase from the previous year. Safety advocates

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Wed, 4/19/2017 - 5:35 pm by Kirsten Rincon

Ever since Uber’s launch in 2010, the company has reported a significant decline in the number of accidents caused by drunk driving throughout the U.S.

Recently, an independent study supported Uber’s claims by finding that, in four boroughs of New York City, the car accidents caused by drunk driving have decreased by 25 to 35 percent. Uber was implemented into the second largest city in the world in 2011, and this has resulted in 40 fewer collisions per month within the claimed boroughs.

“We need more evidence, but the trend seems to be pointing toward ridesharing reducing drunk driving incidents,” said Jessica Lynn Peck, a doctoral candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center who wrote the study,

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Tue, 4/18/2017 - 12:32 pm by Kirsten Rincon

With the launch of the new Tesla Model 3 sedan rapidly approaching, analysts are already jumping the gun to claim that this car may be up to 10 times safer than the average car on the market today. A recent study shows that customers’ number one determinant for car purchases is the provided set of integrated safety features. For this reason, analysts also speculate that this new technological advancement will be a huge contributing factor to a major sales increase for Tesla Motors.

“The Model 3 will feature hardware and software that provide a level of active safety that could significantly lead all other cars on sale today and could, if the company achieves its goal, be an order of magnitude (i.e. 10x) safer than the average car on the road," stated

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Mon, 4/24/2017 - 1:15 pm by Kirsten Rincon

Car crash in self driving vehicle
Source: Fresco News

Uber has temporarily ceased the testing of its autonomous vehicles after a crash occurred on Friday, March 24, 2017 in Tempe, Arizona that involved one of the company’s self-driving cars. According to the police report, the Uber vehicle involved in the crash was a Volvo SUV, which was confirmed to have been in self-driving mode at the time of the crash.

Uber’s self-driving cars always have a person behind the wheel who can take over the controls at any given time.

"There was a

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Wed, 1/18/2017 - 1:30 pm by Jordan Perch

The world's leading automakers and tech companies are adamant that driverless cars are poised to bring about a dramatic change to transport, make roads much safer and enhance the overall in-vehicle experience. However, despite the numerous benefits of autonomous driving technology, most drivers have yet to be convinced that self-driving vehicles are safer than conventional, human-operated cars.

A new survey shows that a large majority of U.S. drivers don't want fully autonomous vehicles, and would like to retain a certain level of control over their vehicles in the future. The main reason behind the hesitation among drivers to embrace

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Wed, 1/18/2017 - 1:32 pm by Jordan Perch

The growth of the electric vehicle market continues to be held back by numerous factors, including the lack of infrastructure, range anxiety, and cost, but a recent study suggests that global sales will see a dramatic rise in a couple of years.

According to a new report by ABI Research, a leading technology market intelligence firm, sales of electric vehicles worldwide will jump fivefold by 2021, thanks to a series of factors contributing to increased demand in various regions across the globe.

Alternative Transportation Options and Pollution

The ABI Research

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Wed, 1/18/2017 - 1:32 pm by Jordan Perch

Last year, ride-sharing company Uber founded a research center in Pittsburgh, with a focus on the development of autonomous driving technologies, as part of its plans to launch a fleet of self-driving taxis further down the road.

Engineers at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center have been busy working on vehicle autonomy, digital mapping, and safety, aiming to bring fully autonomous cars to the road as a means of improving traffic safety and providing commuters with an affordable and convenient alternative transportation option.

Now, the world's leading ride-sharing service has unveiled its first self-

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Wed, 1/18/2017 - 1:32 pm by Jordan Perch

A couple of months ago, General Motor made a rather substantial investment in Lyft, one of the few rivals to Uber in the ever growing ride-hailing business. The move was part of GM's efforts to expand future mobility services, as more and more automakers turn to ventures that deviate from the traditional business of selling cars.

When GM and Lyft formed their partnership, they said that a project involving car sharing or ride sharing services would definitely be something that they would collaborate on. Now, the Detroit carmaker and the Silicon Valley-based ride-hailing service have announced that they are set

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Wed, 1/18/2017 - 1:32 pm by Jordan Perch

In addition to reducing carbon emissions and helping improve air quality, stricter federal fuel economy standards have the potential to save car owners a lot of money, a new report claims. Fuel efficiency remains to be one of the leading factors affecting car purchasing decisions in the U.S., even though gas prices have been at record-low levels for a while now.

Consumers are aware that gas won't be as cheap as it is today for much longer, and most of them regard good fuel economy as a top priority when shopping for a car. Luckily, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has set strict fuel efficiency standards that are set to go into effect in 2025, and are

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