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 »
Although the full integration of self-driving cars is still many years away, it is not as far as people may believe. Autonomous vehicles are being tested more and more day by day, and companies are already projecting their effects. For instance, a new report revealed by Goldman Sachs states that self-driving cars and trucks could withdraw a total of 25,000 jobs per month or 300,000 per year in the United States.
Truck drivers are expected to experience the brunt of the effects from driverless technology. According to research conducted by Goldman Sachs, there were 4 million U.S. driver jobs in 2014, of which 3.1 million were truck driver jobs.
The report also estimates that semi and fullymore »
Most auto insurance companies lack additional coverage for drivers who work for network driving companies. Instead, they require drivers to obtain commercial driving coverage, which would cost drivers thousands more each year.
As insurance companies discover that drivers are working for Uber and Lyft under the radar, due to fears of being dropped, they are coming up with ways to incentivize drivers to come out of the woodwork.
Allstate Corp. has been one of the first major auto insurance companies to provide extra coverage optionsmore »
Lyft ranks as the nation’s second most-profitable transportation network company right after their top competitor, Uber. Their partnership with Waymo, Google’s self-driving car unit that was announced in December 2016, comes to no surprise as the race toward self-driving vehicles amplifies.
Since launching, Waymo has rolled out a test ride program with over 600 self-driving minivans across Phoenix, Arizona.
The partnership deal signed between Lyft andmore »
In the midst of what many are calling a “distracted driving epidemic,” a new device has been created to help stop preventable accidents from occurring.
Named after its similarities to a traditional Breathalyzer, the “textalyzer” is a developing device that has the power to reveal whether or not drivers were using their cellphones at the time of a car accident.
The new device, developed by Israeli company ‘Cellebrite’, works by attaching itself to cell phones and encrypting files of activity. Once the textalyzer is attached to a cell phone, it can report the exact time when a phone was swiped or clicked. However, the device cannot reveal any sent text messages or other content that might have been displayed on the screen moments before a car crash.more »
Uber Technologies has announced that it will expand its Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) outside of the U.S. for the first time. The transportation network company, which is headquartered in San Francisco, California, has chosen to expand their research development center in the Canadian city of Toronto.
The ATG differs from most Uber offices in the sense that their sole focus is aimed at the hardware and software of autonomous vehicles. Employees who work within the ATG are dedicated to developing both the algorithms of self-driving cars as well as the mechanics and robotics that execute given commands.
The new ATG research center in Toronto will be located in the backyard of themore »
On Monday, May 1st, Nissan Motors announced their plans to embed their Signal Shield into certain car models. The Signal Shield is an armrest based on a 19th century technology commonly referred to as a Faraday cage. This cage is intended to block electric fields from reaching your mobile device thus making it impossible to connect to cellular signals, data, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
Built into the armrests of Nissan’s acclaimed Juke crossovers, the Signal Shield is intended to help drivers keep their hands off their smartphones while driving. Once the lid closes on the armrest housing your mobile device, it won’t allow any text message, calls or email alert notifications from entering the phone.
Once a driver removes their phone from themore »
A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry has found that medicated ADHD patients are less likely to be involved in car accidents than people who opt out of treatment.
The study examined over 2.3 million people in the United States that suffer from attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a neurodevelopment disorder that impairs abilities to focus and impulse control in patients causing excessive fidgeting, talking or tapping.
"Core symptoms of ADHD may interfere with the competencies necessary to drive safely, predisposing those with the disorder to greater risk for accidents and injuries," said Zheng Chang, lead author of the study and a researcher in the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatisticsmore »
Last Monday, Oregon House members passed a new legislation that would establish harsher penalties for drivers who are caught using a non-hands-free device while driving.
The new legislation is titled House Bill 2597, and it specifically states that Oregon drivers caught using a “mobile electronic device” will be charged a hefty fine of up to $2,000. This bill is a result of an alarming increase in traffic injuries and fatal accidents that have been caused by distracted drivers.
Oregon is not the only state facing these dangerous driving habits. Several states across the U.S. including New York, California and Washington have also been subject to a rise in distracted driving fatalities.
In 2015,more »
Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year in the U.S. and an additional 2.35 million are left injured or disabled. Recent studies have shown that although drunk driving had been the leading cause for a majority of these accidents, drug-impaired driving has surpassed it by a large margin. Law enforcement officials across the U.S. are now scrambling to narrow down ways to identify “drugged” driving and determine how it can be stopped.
The Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility reported that 43 percent of fatally injured drivers tested positive for drugs, while 38 percent tested positive for alcohol.
This study has marked the first time in U.S.more »