According to an annual J.D. Power study, new-vehicle owner satisfaction revs into higher gear when vehicles are equipped with the latest safety technology. "Owners have higher satisfaction if their vehicle is equipped with safety features such as blind-spot monitor, collision-avoidance and lane-departure warning," says Dave Sargent, vice president of Global Automotive at J.D. Power.
Blind-spot warning systems have gone from being virtually unavailable in cars in 2007 to being optional in most cars and standard in some. Other rapidly growing technologies that have made driving safer include forward collision warning systems, auto-emergency braking and lane departure alerts.
A J.D. Power study found divided consumer opinions about how self-driving vehicles will affect traffic safety, with 40% expecting improvement and 40% expecting a decline. Respondents also cited low confidence about riding in and sharing the road with autonomous vehicles.
Newer, partly automated cars are safer than older cars because of their sensors, but when those newer cars get in accidents, the repair costs can be high, Joann Muller writes. But insurance rates on cars that lack those sensors and newer features could increase so much -- because the features reduce the likelihood of an accident -- that owners trade them in for safer vehicles, says KPMG's Gary Silberg.
German regulators have cleared the way for the first automated, driverless parking system to operate without a human safety driver in the car. The automated valet, designed by Daimler and Bosch, is at the Mercedes-Benz Museum parking garage in Stuttgart.
The 407 Express Toll Route has partnered with 3M Canada to test the use of 3M's high-viz pavement marking tape for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous vehicles. The high-contrast tape allows for improved detection by machines and humans.
Vehicles with internet-connected information and entertainment devices are vulnerable to a collective cyberattack that could result in a large number of deaths, advocacy group Consumer Watchdog says. The California-based group wants automakers to install inexpensive switches so cars can be disconnected from the internet, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is reviewing the report.
A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers has been discussing a potential bill that would set standards for self-driving vehicles after such legislation failed in recent years. Meanwhile, Trent Victor of Volvo Cars said during a conference that autonomous vehicles' safety should be evaluated based on how driver-assist systems perform compared with human drivers in similar situations, as opposed to the focus on road-testing mileage totals.
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.