Although driverless technology is still in the very early stages of development, it has developed quickly in the U.S. within the past year. Phoenix, Arizona has been a major testing ground for autonomous vehicles since April 2017. In June, Waymo announced its plans to begin exploring the possibilities of self-driving trucks. So it's only natural for driverless shuttle buses to take over the scene next. Small driverless shuttle vehicles were launched in Las Vegas, Nevada earlier this month. The electric vehicle had an attendant on board, to serve as a supervisor, and carried eight people in a half-mile loop around the Fremont Street Entertainment District.more »
A total of 17 states were granted a yearlong extension from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to comply with REAL ID laws.
The REAL ID Act was established by federal agencies in order to help minimize security standards for license issuance and production. This act prohibits federal organizations from accepting driver’s licenses and identification cards that do not meet certain requirements.
According to the REAL ID website, states including Washington, Oregon, and South Carolina have been granted an extension from now through October 10, 2018 to become compliant.
When announcing the extension, Christinemore »
Even though most experts agree that men have significantly higher chances of being involved in car accidents, studies show that women are, in fact, being charged higher auto insurance rates.
The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) released a statement last week explaining how auto insurance rates depend more on gender than they do on driving history.
“These days insurance companies are charging women more for auto insurance than they charge men,” says Doug Heller, an insurance analyst with CFA. “Not all the time, but much more than we expected.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, male drivers cause 6.more »
A new CDL license study by the American Trucking Associations reveals a shortage of drivers in one of America's largest industries. Truck drivers with a commercial drivers license have been subject to driving more miles and hauling more freight due to the shortage the trucking industry is facing. Another reason for the shortage is due to the aging workforce. The average age of a truck driver is 49 years old, and many of them are approaching retirement. According to Driver Solutions, the industry projects to be in need of 100,000 drivers through 2018. In order to combat the shortage, several transportation companies are offering programs that provide free commercial driving license training. These CDL training programs would also provide job opportunities soon after their completion.more »
On Tuesday, September 26, Speaker of the House Tom Leonard and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan unveiled a plan to help lower residents’ auto insurance rates.
According to Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, the rising cost of Michigan’s no-fault car insurance has forced some people to drive without auto coverage altogether.
“In Michigan, we did a study to find out through the secretary of state’s office how many people don’t have insurance. And what we found is, it didn’t matter where you were in the state – it was pervasive,” Johnson said during the Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island.
The new auto insurance plan is expected to offer driver’s several different tiers of coverage from complete coverage tomore »
The program, which began on September 5, gives drivers within Fulton County the option to resolve unpaid citations they may have.
“The purpose of the Amnesty Program is to help restore driving records for as many drivers as possible as well as to allow citizens to handle any outstanding charges, all at one time, often with reduced fines,” said State Court Chief Judge Diane Bessen.
Residents who participate in the programmore »
A new distracted driving study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals sobering statistics about the dangers of driving today. Distracted driving caused by external influences, such as smartphones and tablets, has been the leading cause of car accidents within the U.S. in recent years. The study conducted by the NHTSA also found that there are approximately 660,000 drivers experiencing driving distractions while they’re on the road at any point in time. According to the National Safety Council, Americans have a 1 in 14 chance of being involved in a fatal car accident, meaning that Americans are currently more likely to die in a car accident than in an airplane crash. Certain state law enforcement officials have been attempting to crack down on violators of distracted driving laws in order to help prevent the distracted drivingmore »
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is facing an estimated $16.4 million revenue deficit that may lead to DMV fee increases. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the DMV also estimates that its shortfall may reach a total of $66.5 million by 2022.
Earlier this year, Governor Terry McAuliffe gave executive approval for a $1 fee increase on informational products provided by the state’s government operations. The fee increase helped lower the original deficit estimate, which was expected to be $28 million higher.
Several solutions have been proposed by lawmakers in an effort to help decrease the shortfall.
VA DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb proposed raising the agency’smore »
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety funded a new study that has revealed how distracting new high-tech cars can be for drivers.
According to the study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah, touchscreen systems in vehicles are proving to be very distracting and are thus putting drivers at risk of being involved in serious accidents.
“It’s a staggering increase in the technology and complexity of the vehicle in the last two to three years,” said David Strayer, lead scientist in the study.
The researchers tested a total of 30 vehicle infotainment systems that take an average of 40 seconds to program and found that they all require the driver’s attention while driving.
In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded that a total of 3,477more »
The New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles has scheduled its plans to implement upgrades to the new driver’s licensing system come October. The new system is set to replace the original driver’s license system that was initially implemented in the 1980s.
In order to implement the new system upgrades, NH DMV offices will be required to close on Monday, October 9, and Tuesday, October 10, which will temporarily limit certain services.
“Although temporarily closing DMV offices is required during this transition time, we are aware of how the closure will impact our customers,” DMV Director Elizabeth Bielecki said. “Hopefully, by providing advanced notice, we willmore »