Hyundai Motor Group has unveiled the first multicollision airbag system, which it says would offer secondary protection in the case of accidents that involve multiple collisions. Hyundai said airbags could deploy in the event of a secondary collision after calibrating the status of the vehicle and location of its occupants.
The widespread adoption of 5G wireless service will allow smart cities to reduce traffic congestion and make driving much safer, experts say. The key to the 5G safety advantage is vehicle-to-everything communications, which allow cars to communicate with devices such as smart traffic lights to prevent collisions.
Fractal Antenna Systems has developed technology designed to make road tags brighter and easier to detect by vehicle radar. The company said its "RDiD" technology would improve driverless vehicle tracking and potentially benefit flying taxis and satellites.
Jaguar Land Rover is developing a system that projects light on the ground to communicate with people. The lights would act as a signaling system for the activities of autonomous cars, such as turning and braking.
Makers of autonomous vehicles are largely focusing on improving their safety features, but they're also developing ways to make driverless cars accessible to the elderly and disabled. Advocacy groups such as the American Association of People With Disabilities are working with automakers to develop accessible features for AVs that comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act, Axios reports.
CarVi has announced that its artificial intelligence-powered video driving assistance technology will now collect data on potholes. CavVi said the data can be used by municipalities and states to direct maintenance efforts.
Noncall driver distractions such as texting and browsing the internet increased by 57% in 2018 compared with 2014, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The study found that one-quarter of drivers were distracted from the road, leading to an estimated 800 people killed in 2017.
Drivers of some Nissan models are reporting malfunctioning Automatic Emergency Braking systems, prompting widespread consumer complaints and a pair of class-action lawsuits. Auto Connected Car News offers tips for drivers experiencing the problems, including checking the front sensor, checking for software updates, and trying other dealers in your area, if the primary Nissan dealer is unable to fix the problem.
AAA has proposed a series of standardized items for the various Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, technologies on the market, citing consumer confusion caused by varying marketing terms. AAA proposed 20 separate terms with specific definitions that should be used to minimize confusion.
A Nebraska state senator has introduced a bill that would outline who is liable in crashes involving driverless vehicles. The automaker would bear responsibility in crashes involving vehicles that are fully autonomous, while the driver would be responsible if the vehicle requires some human interaction for certain driving tasks.
Only six states got the top rating in the 16th annual Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws, whose data show $2 billion in crash-related costs in Nevada in 2017. "If every state passed one measure per this year, substantial safety improvements for occupant protection, child passenger safety, teen drivers, impairment and distraction could be accomplished," said Catherine Chase of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, which published the report.
Registration has begun for the Automotive Safety Council 2019 Annual General Meeting. This year's conference is March 20-24 at the award-winning La Cantera Resort and Spa, located about 20 minutes from the San Antonio International airport. This will be another outstanding event with the world-class speakers that our attendees have come to expect and the timely topics that make this a "can't-miss" event for all our members. The preliminary technical agenda and general information are available on the ASC website. Meeting sign up is offered through the site through February 15, with a $100.00 early registration discount for all registrations made by Friday, February 8, 2019.
The trade association of the leading Autonomous, Crash Avoidance and Occupant Protection automotive safety suppliers. The mission of the Automotive Safety Council is to improve the safety of people through out the world through the development, production and implementation of the latest automotive safety equipment by preventing accidents, protecting occupants and pedestrians when in a collision and to notify emergency responders after the collision when necessary. The mission utilizes voluntary, regulatory and legislative directed use of these life saving products in order to make them available to the most people in the lowest cost manner to save the most people from injuries and fatalities.