How Safe Do Autonomous Cars Need to Be to Gain Your Trust?  

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How Safe Do Autonomous Cars Need to Be to Gain Your Trust?  

Driverless cars were once the realm of science fiction. Fiction is quickly becoming reality — and driverless cars are about to be a huge presence on our roads. A recent survey highlighted by the Washington Post indicates that the majority of Americans expect autonomous vehicles to be common within the next fifteen years. The potential for a…

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Are SUVs Fueling the Pedestrian Fatality Surge?

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Are SUVs Fueling the Pedestrian Fatality Surge?

If the news reports are right, it comes down to this: Walk at your own risk. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently released a report noting that pedestrian deaths have increased 46% since 2009. Most pedestrian deaths occur not at intersections, but on busy, dark roads in suburbs and cities around the country. The…

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Could Mobile Apps Be Effective in Testing Impairment?

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Could Mobile Apps Be Effective in Testing Impairment?

Can you imagine a day when your smartphone can test whether you are too impaired to drive? The day may soon come. According to a recent Wired article, there are mobile apps being developed that can test you to determine your level of mental and physical impairment related to factors such as drinking, smoking marijuana…

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Rideshare Drivers Too Often Use Recalled Vehicles in L.A.

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Rideshare Drivers Too Often Use Recalled Vehicles in L.A.

When you get into an Uber, Lyft or taxi in the Los Angeles area, are you assuming the vehicle is safe? This might not be a good idea, according to the NBC4 I-Team in a recent investigation. The news team found many dangerous, open safety recalls that affect vehicles around Southern California. Many drivers and…

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Southern California Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series Drivers Warned by NHTSA

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Southern California Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series Drivers Warned by NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has expressed ‘deep concern’ in a May 2018 press release that some high-risk 2006 Ford Rangers and Mazda B-Series pickup trucks with deficient Takata airbags have not been repaired quickly. These vehicles have been designated as ‘do not drive,’ and the airbags should be immediately replaced. NHTSA has…

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Keyless Cars and the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Keyless Cars and the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Keyless ignitions on new vehicles have gained in popularity in recent years, but a startling report from the New York Times reveals something alarming: Dozens of people have been killed from carbon monoxide poisoning after they did not turn off the keyless ignition on their car. The Times report notes that 28 people since 2006…

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Does Reliance on Vehicle Safety Tech Make Us More Careless?

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Does Reliance on Vehicle Safety Tech Make Us More Careless?

By May 2018, all new cars and trucks on the market in Canada must have rear view cameras, and this requirement is being added in the United States as well. Also, automakers in Canada have promised to make automatic braking standard on all vehicles, by 2022. It is true that both are substantial advances for…

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Over 57 Million Vehicles Remain Unfixed After Recalls

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Over 57 Million Vehicles Remain Unfixed After Recalls

Every year, auto manufacturers issue hundreds of safety-related recalls for their vehicles. According to a current Carfax.com estimate, there are at least 57 million recalled vehicles being driven in the United States in 2018. Carfax reports these findings annually, noting that the states of CA, TX, FL, PA and NY have the most open vehicle…

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Uber Touts Background Checks, but Are They Doing Enough?

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Uber Touts Background Checks, but Are They Doing Enough?

It has taken many years, but Uber last month finally announced safety upgrades that it says will help to keep its ride-hail customers in the U.S. safe. Uber stated that it would first add an emergency 911 feature like a panic button, which would connect a passenger directly with emergency personnel and to share the…

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