According to a new study by State Farm, Americans who drive vehicles equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) or Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), admit to using their smart phones while driving at significantly higher rates than those without the latest tech.
Take your eyes off the road for less than five seconds to focus on another task - while driving at 65 mph - the length of a football field in 3.2 seconds. Anything can happen in 100 yards.
“Innovations such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist are designed to make our roadways safer,” said Laurel Straub, State Farm Assistant Vice President, Enterprise Research. “These systems are meant to assist drivers, not replace them.”
Read the article at State Farm.
As the Trump administration prepares to formally move on its plans to cut the federal mileage and emissions standards, the move could become moot.
Colorado is the latest state to strike a deal with automakers, following California’s move last week.
Agreements have now been set up with eight different automakers, ensuring the desired higher standards are met.
“This agreement will ensure that Coloradans have access to the range of clean car choices that are increasingly available to consumers in other states,” said Colorado Transportation Department Executive Director Shoshana Lew.
Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.
Department plans to go all-hybrid by 2024
The New York City Police Department will begin patrolling the city’s streets with hybrid cruisers this fall, and plans to convert all of its 10,000 vehicles to hybrid models over the next five years.
The move is expected to save the NYPD millions of dollars a year in fuel costs and significantly reduce tailpipe emissions.
The first of the department’s new vehicles will be the Ford Fusion-based Police Responder Sedan, the first true hybrid built for police purposes. Although it sounds and drives like a typical police vehicle, Ford estimates the cars will save more than 1,500 gallons of fuel per car per year. The department currently spends about $15 million a year on gasoline.
The bulk of [the] fuel savings come during the five hours Ford estimates a police car spends idling nearly during a typical eight-hour shift. The electric motor on the hybrid allows the gas engine to turn off, saving more than 900 gallons a year per cruiser.
An autonomous vehicle continuously scans, detects, processes and, microsecond by microsecond, responds to what it sees or senses under, around and above the vehicle. Even weather is factored in.
Communication between autonomous vehicles is key to safe and effective autonomous operation.
Phasing out non-autonomous vehicles, necessary for sufficient vehicular intercommunication, must be staged over time region by region. Dominant autonomous car production and use throughout the country are years away.
Read the article at The Washington Post.
German prosecutors have charged Rupert Stadler, former chief executive of the Audi luxury car division of Volkswagen, with fraud for the company’s role in a diesel emissions cheating scandal.
Prosecutors said Stadler knew about the manipulation but continued to allow the cars to be sold or failed to take any action to prevent their sale.
The charges were the latest in Germany’s efforts to investigate and prosecute the architects of the scandal that has rocked the country’s automobile industry.
Read the article at The New York Times.