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 »
After several cases where disabled parking permits were being fraudulently used in California, the Department of Motor Vehicles initiated efforts to crack down on violators.
In July, the CA DMV conducted a total of 24 operations throughout the state and issued 170 citations to drivers who were caught misusing a disabled parking permit. To find out whether or not drivers were legitimately using disabled parking placards, investigators contacted and questioned a total of 1,596 people.
Since the investigations rolled out, the DMV has issued hundreds of citations with fines ranging from $250 to $1,000. These offenses are also recorded on driving records for residents caught inmore »
Last week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced its plans to join the likes of BMW, Intel and Mobileye for the development of semi-autonomous and fully autonomous vehicles, along with “robotaxis” that can be requested via smartphones.
According to business consultants at McKinsey, the market for self-driving cabs could be worth up to $2 trillion by 2030.
By joining the group of technology companies and automakers, FCA now has the ability to contribute to the process of enhancing self-driving technologymore »
Samsung’s semiconductor division has been granted a permit to test autonomous vehicles on state roadways in California.
A CA Department of Motor Vehicles spokesperson confirmed that the permit covers a total of three vehicles including a Toyota Prius and two Audi A3s.
Samsung Electronics is joining a total of 39 companies that have also acquired permits to conduct testing for self-driving cars within the state. The technology companies on the list include Apple, Delphi, Waymo, Bosche and NVIDIA.
Top automakers such as General Motors andmore »
Google’s self-driving car venture, Waymo, has patented new technology that would create a softer body for vehicles in the effort to prevent pedestrian injuries from possible collisions.
The patent was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and it reveals how “tension members” would allow the rigidity of the bodywork to be altered on the vehicle.
The shape-shifting cushion technology would soften as soon as it detects pedestrians or cyclists within a certain proximity. If the technology software embedded in the vehicle detects there is a walker or cyclist in danger, it would soften in order to create a lighter impact that could potentially save someone’s life. However, if the vehicle collidesmore »
Along with your milk and eggs, you can now also register your vehicle at local grocery stores in certain parts of California.
“We are very excited to launch this new partnership with the Departmentmore »
The new engine, to be called SKYACTIV-X, would be the world’s first commercial gasoline engine to utilize compression ignition. It has been noted to be 20 to 30 percent more efficient than the SKYACTIV-G engine, which is the current engine used in Mazda vehicles.
According to the Japanese automaker, it will begin incorporating electric and electrified vehicles in specific markets that abide by eco-friendly laws in 2019. The markets that will be targeted include thosemore »
After a string of police-involved accidents were reported in Casa Grande, Arizona, the city police chief ordered all of his officers to take extra driving safety courses.
According to Chief Mark McCrory, a total of nine police vehicles have been damaged from minor accidents since April 5. Each collision will cost taxpayers a $1,000 deducible to the insurance company.
The number of accident reports caught Chief McCrory’s attention after he compared them to the six total reports that were filed throughout all of 2016.
“We are tasked with enforcing traffic laws. We are tasked with traffic safety presentations, and the sheer number of preventable accidents or collisions that we've had, personally, I find embarrassing,”more »
The American Automobile Association (AAA) in Rhode Island has stopped providing its DMV services to non-members throughout the state. For a short period of time, the AAA allowed RI residents to conduct certain DMV transactions at AAA branches across the state.
The temporary program was initiated to help the state Division of Motor Vehicles transition into a new computer system, which forced them to shut down for part of July. The old RI DMV computer system was initialized over 40 years ago, according to DMV officials.
Starting August 1, 2017, RI residents who would like to perform motor vehicle registry transactions through AAA offices will need to become members of themore »