U.S. Releases Safety Recommendations For Driverless Cars
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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Many people claim that driverless cars are our future and that the technology will reduce accidents by eliminating human error. Others feel vehicles without a driver open us up to a host of safety issues and potential hazards. One thing about driverless cars is clear: They are here today and being tested on the roads […]
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Sunday, September 18, 2016
Most people understand that texting, checking social media or using phone apps while driving is dangerous. Yet many of us find ourselves doing it, whether we admit it or not. Why do we feel compelled to respond to every notification ping from our phones? As it turns out, science can help to explain our temporary […]
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Sunday, September 4, 2016
Newly released data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports a 7.2 percent increase in automobile accident deaths nationwide from 2014 to 2015. In total numbers, this is 32,744 in 2014 and 35,092 in 2015. This may not seem like much, but it is a more alarming when you consider that the last […]
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Saturday, August 27, 2016
Automobile manufacturers are in a race to bring the first self-driving cars to the public market. Uber, the popular ride-hailing company, may have helped to accelerate this process, as they will start using autonomous cars in Pittsburgh within a matter of weeks. Although to start the vehicles will have an Uber employee inside, is the […]
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
From 2000 to 2013, the United States reduced car accident deaths by 31 percent. While this figure is impressive, our country still is falling behind when it comes to prevention of these tragic accidents. In 2013, compared to 19 other high-income countries, the U.S. still has the highest rate of car crash deaths, at a […]
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Saturday, August 20, 2016
Heavy traffic is something that many drivers here in the Los Angeles area are all too familiar with. When in heavy traffic, a driver may feel helpless and that what they do behind the wheel really doesn’t have much of an effect on the situation. However, how drivers act can be incredibly impactful in heavy […]
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Sunday, August 14, 2016
Although devastating, it is not shocking that car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers ages 15 to 20 in the United States. It also is not surprising that many of these deaths were caused by distracted driving, which can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Parents like to believe that their […]
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Sunday, July 24, 2016
Nearly as long as there have been cars, there have been ways for drivers to get distracted from their task. But as recently as a few decades ago, phones were not an issue. Then, the first car phones became available. Today, of course, nearly everyone carries a cellphone with them when they drive. These devices […]
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Sunday, July 24, 2016
For many cellphone app-based game enthusiasts, the new game Pokemon Go is the latest fun diversion. For the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the game is just another way for motorists to take their focus off the road, where it belongs. If you have not yet heard of Pokemon Go, it is an app based […]
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Monday, July 11, 2016
A deadly car crash announced by automaker Tesla Motors Inc. may reveal a vulnerability in self-driving auto technology. Tesla says a motorist died when the Tesla he was driving crashed into a tractor-trailer while on autopilot mode. The fatal wreck occurred in May, according to the Los Angeles Times. The man was riding in his Tesla on self-driving […]
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Sunday, June 26, 2016
California is among the vast majority of states with some form of anti-distracted driving law in place, but motorists continue to use their cellphones while driving, especially teen drivers. Traffic tickets and public-service campaigns explaining the risk that distracted driving poses may have had some effect, but distracted drivers are still a big problem, not just in […]
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Saturday, June 25, 2016
While many of us are intrigued by the potential safety effects self-driving cars could bring to American society, not everyone is excited. Insurance companies make a lot of money selling car insurance policies: The Los Angeles Times reports that auto insurance premiums generate about $200 billion in revenue for the insurance industry every year. And as the […]
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Sunday, June 12, 2016
While it may not yet be clear how much of an impact California’s anti-distracted driving law has had on traffic safety, one would think that it would at least make using your phone while driving a shameful act. Something that offenders do as secretly as possible, to avoid a ticket from the police and the […]
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Saturday, May 28, 2016
The English language is constantly changing and evolving, reflecting the changes in our lives as the years pass. Usually we don’t give much thought to the words we choose. But at the same time, when we use a certain word to describe a situation, it could affect how we think about what we are talking […]
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Monday, May 16, 2016
A driver who uses his or her cellphone behind the wheel should be prepared to face the consequences if he or she hurts someone in a crash. But what about the companies behind the smartphone apps the distracted driver was using? Should they bear some responsibility too? A man who suffered brain damage in a […]
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Sunday, April 3, 2016
The Los Angeles Police Department is fighting distracted driving, and with good reason. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, L.A. is the second-worst city in the country for pedestrian accident fatalities, with 99 deaths in 2012 alone. The city is also notorious for hit-and-run crashes; about 20,000 drivers flee the accident scene each […]
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