The U.S. saw 7 million traffic collisions in 2016 - reported crashes, that is. An extensive survey from the NHTSA found that drivers admitted failure to report their collisions at a rate of 29%.
Autonomous cars would replace human drivers, the most complicated variable of a crash assessment. A year spent enduring a 0% improvement in collisions could yield more valuable data on road design flaws, mechanical faults and maintenance needs than has ever been collected previously.
Read the article at Forbes.
Despite employing nearly 20,000 people at its Alabama production plant, Korean auto giant Hyundai’s home-based labor union claims that restructuring to account for President Trump’s proposed tariffs could lead to the closure of the factory.
Some of the largest automotive manufacturing employers in the U.S. are foreign automakers, such as Hyundai and corporate sibling Kia, Toyota, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW, all of which employ tens of thousands of Americans and produce millions of vehicles for domestic sale and export annually.
Read the article at The Car Connection.
Gasoline prices in California are typically the most expensive in the lower 48 states and currently top $3.66 per gallon. A across the United States, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline $2.87, six-cents cheaper than last month, but 61 cents more expensive than at the same time last year.
“Demand for gasoline this summer remains very strong week-over-week, driving gas prices higher alongside rising crude prices,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Today motorists are seeing gas for $2.76 or more at 56% of gas stations across the country.
Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.
The slow-selling Ford Fusion sedan will soon become history, while keeping the name to affix to a sport wagon similar to the Subaru Outback.
Ford dealers are just happy they won’t suffer the penalty of losing the Fusion name. “There’s no doubt that we’ve built up equity in that name,” said Jack Kain, a Ford dealer near Lexington, Kentucky. “We can’t let that go.”
Read the article at The Detroit News.
According to a report by WalletHub, Detroit has been ranked the worst city in America to drive in. The 100 largest cities in the United States were compared across 29 key indicators of driver friendliness, ranging from average gas prices to average traffic delays to repair shop access.
The report was broken down into four dimensions: safety; traffic and infrastructure; cost of ownership, and maintenance and access to vehicles and maintenance. Detroit comes in the bottom 15 for three of those four dimensions.
Read the article at Detroit Free Press.