Big automakers are rushing to launch self-driving cars as early as 2021, but the industry's major players are moving slowly when it comes to widespread deployment of a less expensive crash prevention technology that regulators say could prevent thousands of deaths and injuries every year.
Nissan Motor Co Ltd said on Thursday it would make automatic braking systems standard on an estimated 1 million 2018 model cars and light trucks sold in the United States.
This includes high-volume models such as the Rogue and Rogue Sport compact sport utility vehicles, the Altima sedan, Murano and Pathfinder SUVs, LEAF electric car, Maxima sedan and Sentra small car.
Honda has been one of the more cautious automakers when it comes to self-driving cars, and a recent study put the company at 15th out of 18 in terms of overall advancement.
At a media event this week, however, Honda shared more about its plans and set a target of 2025 for introducing vehicles with Level 4 autonomous driving capability.
Honda has already said that it intends to have vehicles capable of Level 3 freeway driving on the market by 2020, and is reiterating that goal today.
Chinese web giant Baidu has accelerated development of its Project Apollo autonomous car platform, planning to freely share it with the world as the self-driving car race steps up a gear.
Self-driving cars have already found their way from the test track to the roads, but the jury is still out as to exactly when they'll find mainstream acceptance around the world.
Tesla founder Elon Musk predicts autonomous cars will dominate the roads within ten years, but China's Baidu is a late starter which aims to race ahead of Telstra, Google's Waymo platform and traditional car makers like Honda and Ford.
Hiring new technicians is a frequent practice for many collision repairers, according to the results of the BodyShop Business 2017 Industry Profile survey.
When asked how often they have to replace a technician, 62 percent of shop owners said less than every two years (up from 59 percent in the 2015 survey).
Another 28 percent of shops said they need to replace a tech about every two years.
Depending upon which automaker you listen to, you could be riding in a self-driving car within one to five years.
As cool as that sounds, the car will look pretty familiar, with a steering wheel and pedals and a dashboard just like you're used to. But in time, those features will change, if not vanish—an idea that excites automotive designers because it opens new opportunities. Seats that turn to face the rear passengers. Screens instead of windows.
Who knows what else.
Any part of a car that talks to the outside world is a potential opportunity for hackers.
That includes the car’s entertainment and navigation systems, preloaded music and mapping apps, tire-pressure sensors, even older entry points like a CD drive.
It also includes technologies that are still in the works, like computer vision systems and technology that will allow vehicles to communicate with one another.
For Peggy Dickie, the end came when she tried to cross a street during rush hour in Northwest Washington. For Betty Lou Vest, it was just before 8 p.m. near an intersection in Clarksburg, Md. For Irma Taracena, it was on a poorly lit road around 9:40 in Falls Church, Va.
All three pedestrians were among the scores killed in the Washington region and the 28,642 killed nationally between 2010 and 2015 after being struck by cars.
Pedestrian deaths soared by 25 percent during the period, far outpacing the 6 percent overall increase in traffic fatalities.
LeasePlan USA has announced a new addition to its global team, who will partner with multinational companies seeking results-driven global fleet solutions.
Heidi DiAngelo joins LeasePlan as senior vice president - international, as the company launches a new brand and strategy around fleet mobility services and innovation.
“This is a pivotal time in the global fleet management market, as customers increasingly look for a global partner to provide the most efficient solution for their international footprint,” said DiAngelo. “I am excited to join this team and be a part of LeasePlan’s global vision, while continuing to serve and consult with customers in the industry.”