The latest Most Wanted List from the National Transportation Safety Board recommends that collision-avoidance and connected-vehicle technologies should be mandatory for all vehicles. The list also calls for robust measures to prevent speeding-related crashes, distracted driving, and drug- and alcohol-impaired driving.
Distracted driving causes hundreds of injuries a day and thousands of deaths a year. As part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which is this month, the National Safety Council has made a guide to teach people about distracted driving, which can be caused by activities such as cellphone use or adjusting a vehicle's infotainment system.
An early warning system currently under development would alert drivers to take control of autonomous vehicles in an emergency, giving them several seconds of advanced warning. The researchers, who are working with BMW Group, said the system is more than 85% accurate and has the capability to "learn" from previous experiences.
Verizon is partnering with Honda to study how mobile edge computing over 5G networks can boost safety on the roads by
letting connected vehicles communicate faster with each other, as well as potentially with infrastructure and pedestrians. Brian Peebles, a project lead at Verizon, said that the carrier hopes to test cars equipped with 5G this year.
Older drivers and people with disabilities could give momentum to the acceptance of autonomous vehicles, according to Nicholas Giudice, a professor from the University of Maine's School of Computing and Information Science. Giudice, who is blind, said AVs could offer people with disabilities better mobility options and is working with a team to integrate augmented reality and haptic feedback technology into the AV experience.
An app that helps cyclists and runners track their performance also is helping urban planners chart mobility patterns and plan investments. The Strava Metro platform provides insights into both leisure and commuter travel routes drawn from the app's approximately 74 million users.
Lexus created a "Driving Disrupted" film to mark Distracted Driving Awareness Month that spotlights the dangers of driving and texting. The video shows what happens when a group of test drivers, who admit to texting while driving, have the visibility removed from their windshields for 4.6 seconds -- the average length of time it takes to send or read a text while behind the wheel.
Embark, a developer of autonomous trucks, signed an agreement with Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bison Transport, Mesilla Valley Transportation and Werner Enterprises to provide its automated driving system, equipped with its universal interface, on any of four major truck brands used by the fleets. Embark said the agreement "will improve speed and reliability for customers, as well as safety and work-flexibility for professional truck drivers."
A study in Academy Pediatrics found that 40% of parents of children ages 8 and younger used only a seat belt for their child during travels in a ride-share vehicle, while 10% traveled with their children unrestrained or on their lap. The findings also showed that parents reported lower rates of child care seat use in travels using ride-sharing services overall, compared with how their child normally travels.
A new transportation research center has been completed by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and Neology on the Rellis Campus, with plans to test tolling and autonomous vehicle technology at the facility. The center includes a one-mile test track, two test gantries and an observation center.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is including autonomous and connected vehicles in its strategic plan, noting that the technology presents "unique policy and operational challenges." The agency says the technology also offers opportunities to improve safety, boost efficiency and reduce emissions.
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.