Starting next month, the state of California will no longer impose driver’s license suspensions because of unpaid traffic fines.
The new provision comes as part of a series of bills which were signed by Governor Jerry Brown last Tuesday to approve the new budget. This new legislation will prevent CA courts from issuing driver’s license suspensions solely on the grounds of unpaid traffic tickets on a driver’s record.
According to the Associated Press, Gov. Brown said the punishment of driver’s license suspension fails to help collect unpaid fines and can ultimately send low-income people into a negative cycle of job loss and financial struggle.
Gov. Brown said, “There does not appear to be a strong connection,” when referring to licensemore »
As part of the deal made between Apple and Hertz, the car rental company has agreed to lease the technology giant six of its vehicles for autonomous software testing. According to documents released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Hertz’s Donlen fleet-management unit has agreed to provide Apple with Lexus RX450h sport utility vehicles.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been adamant about the importance of incorporating self-driving technology, calling it the “mother of all A.I. projects.” Inmore »
Texting and driving is now legal in the state of Colorado, with the exception of drivers who text and drive in a “careless or imprudent manner.”
This revised legislation also includes an increased penalty for drivers who are caught texting and driving carelessly.
Originally, all Colorado drivers who were caught texting and driving, no matter what the circumstance, would be subject to a $50 fine. The new state provision has increased the penalty to $300 for drivers who are caught texting in a manner that caused them “to drive without due regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic andmore »
Last Thursday, Oregon became the first U.S. state to allow residents to mark their gender as “not specified” on their driver’s license, learner’s permit or ID card.
The move was reportedly influenced by several LGBT rights groups and comes after a Multnomah County judge allowed Jamie Shupe, a Portland resident, to legally change her gender to “non-binary” in June 2016.
According to reports, the Oregon DMV said it carefully studied laws, updated computer systems, worked with law enforcement and courts and changed administrative rules tomore »
Lyft continues to advance its self-driving technology by partnering up with Britain’s biggest car maker, Jaguar Land Rover. InMotion, Jaguar Land Rover’s mobility service business venture, has announced that it will invest a total of $25 million in the ride-hailing company based in San Francisco, California.
The investment, as part of its $600 million Series G fundraising round held in April, is said to help Lyft develop and test technology for self-driving cars. Included in the investment, JLR will supply a fleet of Jaguar and Landmore »
General Motors Co announced last Tuesday that it has completed mass production of 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles. The production began in January and took place at GM’s Orion assembly plant located in Michigan.
A GM company representative released details of the company’s plan to deploy the autonomous vehicles in San Francisco, California and Scottsdale, Arizona. The deployment is scheduled to take place within the month after a final test in Michigan with ride-sharing affiliatemore »
Alphabet Inc.’s autonomous car company Waymo announced its plans to begin exploring self-driving trucks on Thursday, June 1st.
“Self-driving technology can transport people and things much more safely than we do today and reduce the thousands of trucking-related deaths each year,” a Waymo spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.
Alphabet, Google’s parent company, had been testing autonomous technology since 2009 and finally announced the launch of Waymo in December 2016. Since then, it has set in motion several driverless-car test-ride initiatives throughout Phoenix, Arizona.
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Cell phones in the car can be tempting, especially if you are receiving text message notifications. Although driving requires 100 percent of a driver’s attention, the sound of a cell phone ping often gets the best of us.
In fact, at any given time throughout the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are attempting to use their phones while behind the wheel of an automobile, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For this reason, the software developers of Apple Inc. have announced that the new iOS 11 update, coming this fall, will feature a new “Do Not Disturb” feature that will disable smartphones from receiving alerts while a driver is behind the wheel.
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Earlier last month, the Colorado State Senate passed a bill that increases the penalties that repeat drunk-driving offenders will face.
The bill, properly referred to as House Bill 17-1288, was originally presented by Republican Senator John Cooke of Greely. If the bill passes, habitual DUI offenders who commit a class 4 felony DUI or who have been charged with four subsequent DUIs must be sentenced by the court to no less than 90 days and up to two years in a correctional facility. Additional community service requirements of up to 120 hours may also be required, along with mandatory enrollment in drug and alcohol safety classes, based on the language included in the bill.
Drunk driving in Colorado has been deemed a serious issue with more than 4,600 DUIs occurring in 2015more »
Iowa state officials have recently announced that resident’s should be able to start downloading their driver’s licenses via their smartphones by late next year.
According to a report made by The Des Moines Register, the Iowa Department of Transportation administered a pilot program that required over 100 state employees to use state-issued iPhones last year. After a successful test period, officials decided to expand the digital driver’s license program statewide within 12 to 18 months.
"We definitely need to be able to accept this as proof of identity and driving privilege where necessary," said Mark Lowe, director of the department. "Our law enforcement should be able to interact with it,more »