The federal government is taking a number of steps to promote auto-safety technology in the U.S., but there is one area that may be getting overlooked: its own fleet of vehicles.
Regulators are working to expand the prevalence of collision-avoidance systems and other semi-autonomous features in cars, which have been praised for their ability to save lives, reduce traffic and improve fuel use.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) is expected to release guidance for states on self-driving vehicles later this summer.
A new study casts doubt on Uber’s claim that ride-sharing has reduced drunken driving.
Researchers at Oxford University and the University of Southern California who examined county-level data in the United States before and after the arrival of Uber and its competitors in those markets found that ride-sharing had no effect on drinking-related or holiday- and weekend-related fatalities.
One reason could be that, despite the soaring popularity of Uber and other ride-sharing services, there still may not be enough ride-share drivers available yet to make a dent on drunken driving, the authors said.
They also suggest that the tipsy riders who now call Uber are the ones who formerly would have called a taxi. For others, the odds of getting a DUI are still so low that many would prefer to gamble rather than lay out money for a ride-sharing service. Drunks, after all, are just not rational.
More than a half century of safety advances, public-relations campaigns, legislation, and advertising pitches by the Department of Transportation and the world’s automakers have persuaded 88.5 percent of Americans to fasten their seat belts when they get into their cars.
But that also means 11.5 percent of vehicle drivers and passengers still don’t buckle up. That translates to almost 25 million people who ignore the public-service ads, the reminder chimes in their vehicles, the 49 state laws that make seat belt use mandatory, and the nagging from loved ones who do click into their seat belts.
At this point in the history of the seat belt, the research behind its effectiveness is so conclusive and well-socialized that few abstainers can claim ignorance, forgetfulness, or confusion. To regulators and safety advocates, the remainder of stubborn people who refuse to buckle up represents an incredibly high number of unnecessary vehicle fatalities.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said on Friday the U.S. government plans to release a set of guidelines on cybersecurity best practices for the automotive industry in coming weeks.
Foxx made the announcement at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit in Detroit where automakers, security experts, cybersecurity companies and government officials discussed the importance of industry collaboration aimed at keeping cars safe from being hacked.
“There is no one company that can do on its own what all companies can accomplish together," Foxx said.
Avis Car Rental has announced a major overall to the company’s mobile app with the addition of the new Avis Now features, which will allow customers to control every detail of the rental process.
As part of the Avis Now innovations, customers will be able to select their rental car in real time by swiping the app until they find a vehicle that suits their needs. In addition, travelers can extend their rental or view their rental agreement through Avis Now.
The new app's features also include the ability to lock and unlock doors, flash the headlights to help find the car, and it allows customers to return the vehicle without assistance by simply using Avis Now on a smartphone.