Lyft has passed Uber in the race toward fully autonomous vehicle services by officially launching its self-driving cars in Boston, Massachusetts.
As of now, the operating driverless Lyft cars also include a backup human driver who is ready to take control in case any issues arise.
App users in Boston are still randomly assigned to the self-driving vehicles, as a routine function of the app.
The driverless vehicles have been put into motion as part of a pilot program by both Lyft and the self-driving car startup, nuTonomy. The purpose of the pilot is to begin getting people accustomed to riding in fully autonomous vehicles.
“Our partnership with Lyft has two goals,more »
The New York Department of Financial Services has finalized a regulation that protects drivers in New York from being subjected to discriminatory auto insurance rates.
For years, auto insurance providers in New York have been able to use individual’s private information, such as occupational status or educational level, as factors to determine rates.
The NY DFS has reached agreements with two major insurers regarding the new regulation.
“New York drivers who do not have a college degree or a high-paying job should not be penalized in the form of higher auto insurance rates,” Superintendent ofmore »
The United States is currently experiencing one of its harshest winters to date. The East Coast is under a winter storm watch and bracing itself for a major winter storm that is underway. Many coastal areas in the mid-Atlantic and New England are experiencing blizzard-like conditions that can make it very unsafe for drivers. Even the state of Florida is experiencing its fair share of winter this year with a freeze watch and warning in place for much of the state. To help drivers stay safe this winter, the experts at DMV.com have put together a list of the top five most helpful tips to keep in mind when driving in icy conditions.more »
According to multiple reports, Miami commissioners have decided to terminate the red-light camera systems set up across the city.
The unanimous vote took place on Thursday, December 14, and officially put an end to the red-light camera system that has been issuing tickets since 2010.
Before the system was terminated, it was operated by a company called American Traffic Solutions. The cameras automatically snapped a photo if motion was detected across an intersection while a red light was on display. Once a driver’s license plate was captured, he or she would be mailed a ticket with a $158 fee attached.
The lawmakers who voted agreed to give the company 60 days to begin shutting down operations of dozens of cameras set up throughout the citymore »
Last week during the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan teamed up with Lucasfilm, the creators and producers of the “Star Wars” franchise, to help promote its new semi-autonomous vehicles.
The multinational automobile manufacturer has revealed plans to create a fully autonomous vehicle in the near future. But, in the meantime, it has focused all efforts on its new semi-autonomous car model.
In 2018, Nissan’s new vehicle models will include standard automatic emergency brakingmore »
Ever wondered how your state ranks in terms of driving? QuoteWizard, an online insurance comparison marketplace, has released a new study ranking the best and worst driving states in the U.S. To determine the rankings, the study took into account several different driving habits including accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, citations and fatalities. Watch the video to find out if your state's drivers made the best or worst list.more »
Uber announced a new deal with Volvo that will allow them to purchase up to 24,000 self-driving cars from the multinational manufacturing company.
Under the new agreement, the ride-hailing company will be able to purchase the new autonomous vehicles once they are deemed “production-ready” and will then draw up plans on how to integrate them into their ride-hailing network.
“Everything we’re doing right now is about building autonomous vehicles at scale,” Jeff Miller, Uber’s head of automotive alliances, said. “We don’t know exactly how an autonomous world will look. But we know that we want to be the platform that’s at the center of it, from a ride-sharingmore »
Earlier this year, Washington State passed laws that make it illegal to drive while holding an electronic device for almost any reason.
Since the law passed in late July, local law enforcement has stopped a total of 5,083 drivers for operating a vehicle while holding an electronic device. Nearly 400 drivers stopped were caught dangerously distracted, which typically involves eating or drinking behind the wheel.
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission has been monitoring behavior changes through a private company’s smartphone app. TrueMotion created a voluntarily downloadable app that monitors the motion of a smartphone’s sensors. This helps detect when a driver is interacting with the device while driving.more »
Washington State passed a new law in July that strictly penalizes those found guilty of driving under the influence – of electronics.
The new distracted driving law, referred to as an “E-DUI,” forbids drivers from being able to use a cellphone or any other electronic device while operating a motor vehicle.
The bill initially went in for consideration after the state experienced a 32-percent increase in deaths due to distracted driving from 2014 to 2015.
The unique branding for the bill is sparking conversation amongst people from all over the country.
"The DUI part of it catches their attention and they get curious about the 'E,'" said Tina Meyer, whose son Cody was workingmore »
In February of 2015, 13-year-old Georgia resident, Parker Madliak, was struck by a distracted driver who was found guilty of texting and driving.
Since then, his mother Cheri Madliak has been urging Georgia lawmakers to help stop the distracted driving epidemic that the state and country is now facing.
Last Monday, Madliak stood before the Georgia House Study Committee on Distracted Driving and pleaded for action to be taken against drunk driving within the state.
“I just hope all of this goes somewhere,” Madliak said during the meeting.
Unfortunately, Madliak’s story is not an isolated incident in Georgia.
Highway deaths in the state rose by a third from 2014 to 2016. Last year alone, a total ofmore »