In 2010, the small community of specialists who pay attention to US road safety statistics picked up the first signs of a troubling trend: more and more pedestrians were being killed on American roads. That year, 4,302 American pedestrians died, an increase of almost 5% from 2009. The tally has increased almost every year since, with particularly sharp spikes in 2015 and 2016. Last year, 41% more US pedestrians were killed than in 2008. During this same period, overall non-pedestrian road fatalities moved in the opposite direction, decreasing by more than 7%. For drivers, roads are as safe as they have ever been; for people on foot, roads keep getting deadlier. Through the 90s and 00s, the pedestrian death count had declined almost every year. No one would have confused the US for a walkers’ paradise – at least part of the reason fewer pedestrians died in this period was that people were driving more and walking less, which meant that there were fewer opportunities to be … [Read more...] about Collision course: why are cars killing more and more pedestrians?
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For years handbrakes have been as familiar a part of the car as the steering wheel or seat belt. But new research reveals the end of the road is in sight for the traditional lever next to the driver's seat as it disappears from the vast majority of new cars. Only three in ten new models in showrooms today are fitted with manual handbrakes as manufacturers ditch them in favour of electronic parking devices. Only three in ten new cars in showrooms today have manual handbrakes as manufacturers switch to electronic devices (stock photo) Within a few years, mechanical handbrakes will join chokes, cassette players and wind-up windows in being consigned to history, experts predict. The study of 32 car makers by online marketplace CarGurus found that Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes and Porsche no longer have any models on sale with a traditional handbrake. Instead, the latest systems see a simple switch or push-button engage a pair of small motors connected to the rear brakes and a … [Read more...] about Car makers to leave the handbrakes off in future as Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes and Porsche all switch to electronic devices
It is news that will have parents asking: Is that all? For a survey of driving habits claims they are spending an average of 13 hours a year driving their children to social events. The figure comes in research for an insurance company that also reckons Britons are spending a total of more than two years of their lives in cars. Each year motorists spend a total of 33 hours driving to and from the supermarket and 35 hours driving to meet friends and family – on top of the 13 hours spent as the ‘taxi of mum and dad’. Road rage: Motorists spend over three weeks of their lives shouting and swearing at other drivers Topping them all, however, is the 63 hours a year simply commuting to and from work in the car. It’s not all bad. For many people, the car is a sanctuary. The research, by Privilege Car Insurance, found that nearly six out of ten (59 per cent) motorists agree that driving is a great opportunity for some thinking time, and more than half (52 per … [Read more...] about Exhausting… We spend TWO YEARS of our lives in cars – with commuting to and from work taking up the bulk of the time
Motorists in the UK are not trusting enough to surrender control to self-driving cars, a survey has revealed. The AA found fewer than a quarter of drivers would be willing to take their hands off the wheel in a vehicle designed to control itself. Truly self-driving cars are not yet used on public roads but, with companies like Tesla continuing to hone the technology, they might not be far off. But two thirds of people said they still enjoy driving and the president of the AA said drivers should be made to feel a part of advances in the industry. The AA surveyed more than 20,000 people and found fewer than a quarter of them thought they would be brave enough to let go of the wheel and surrender control to a self-driving car The British motoring association found that while many people see the benefits, such as improved mobility for the elderly and disabled, the cultural attachment to cars is stronger than technology and the issue of trust in autonomous vehicles remains a … [Read more...] about Only one in four people would trust a driverless car enough to let go of the wheel, survey reveals
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, attendees were given a firsthand look at what the future of driving will look like. Everything from autonomous 'people-movers' to a VR experience that lets users battle Iron Man from the backseat of a car was on display at the world's largest tech trade show. Major companies including BMW, Honda and Mercedes had concept cars to show off, many complete with facial recognition, flashy OLED touchscreens and futuristic pod-like designs - you'd be forgiven if you thought many of them didn't even look like cars. Scroll down for video Major companies including BMW, Honda and Mercedes had concepts to show off at CES, many complete with facial recognition and OLED touchscreens. Pictured is Mercedes' concept car, which can be used for personal rides and delivery Audi and Disney grabbed attendees' attention with their debut of a new 'Holoride' system that aims to bring virtual reality to every car, including Ford, Mercedes and other models. … [Read more...] about The future of driving: From Disney and Audi’s new ‘Holoride’ experience that puts VR games in every car to the latest in autonomous vehicles at CES