A rising tide lifts all boats. But will the autonomous vehicle revolution lift everyone in our transportation system? It depends, according to a recent report published by The Greenlining Institute, an Oakland based public policy advocacy organization. The report, titled "Autonomous Vehicle Heaven or Hell? Creating A Transportation Revolution that Benefits All" provides an in-depth analysis of the benefits, costs, policy issues, and solutions for the self-driving industry becoming a mainstay in our rapidly changing society. In the last decade, the rapid development of self-driving technology and autonomous vehicles has introduced a new set of rules for the road.
For decades Detroit, Michigan, has been dubbed the epicenter of automotive innovation. In fact, more than 70 percent of U.S. automotive R&D occurs in Michigan. Currently, Michigan ranks number one in the nation in connected and automated vehicle projects. With more than 2,500 mobility-related patents awarded in Michigan over the past five years, the state continues to lead the industry in autonomous technology innovation. Consequently, it is no surprise that Detroit hosts the annual North America International Auto Show (NAIAS), which serves as the global stage for companies to debut new vehicles and innovations in automotive technology.
In our complex modern society, with many and varied governmental activities, employees working for governmental units often injure citizens through their negligence. A common example occurs when a government employee causes a motor vehicle collision.
A jury awarded a Virginia man $14 million after finding that his serious brain injuries were due to a defect in the design of his Hyundai's airbag system.
Chrysler, for the second time, has recalled hundreds of thousands of pickup trucks and SUVs because their rear axles can lock up unexpectedly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a nut in the rear axle can come loose because of a missing adhesive patch, resulting in the axle locking and the driver losing control of the vehicle.
An Essex County jury has ordered Nissan to pay Larry Clanton $4.2 million for his injuries and damages suffered after a run-away tire fell off a pickup truck and struck the roof of Clanton's Nissan Altima. The verdict was just announced last week. As Clanton was driving to meet friends at the Jersey Shore in July of 2006, a 73-pound tire bounced onto the roof of Clanton's Nissan Altima, cracking and collapsing the roof. The roof collapse caused Clanton's head to push forward and fracture his cervical spine.
In the pretend world of Hollywood, chase scenes are fun for the audience. But in the real world, police chases are often deadly for the suspect, the police officers, and even innocent motorists.
"Leaving the keys out is like leaving out a loaded gun," Benny Agosto, Jr. was quoted as saying in an article on Fox Business. The article discussed the hidden dangers of the already unfortunate situation where an unauthorized person drives your car and gets into an accident.
Earlier this year, the Texas Transportation Commission approved higher speed limits for some Texas roads. This Wednesday marks the opening of a new, 40-mile stretch of Texas Highway 130 toll road with the nation's highest speed limit: 85 miles per hour. While State officials say they are not worried about increased danger, many others are skeptical about the dangers the increased speed limit has in store for Texas motorists.
Texas has approved an 85 mph speed limit for a stretch of toll road outside of Austin. Two controversial issues have arisen following the Texas Department of Transportation's approval of this, the fastest speed limit in the country.