Collision

Report: Driver in fatal Tesla crash ignored warnings to keep his hands on the wheel
Report: Driver in fatal Tesla crash ignored warnings to keep his hands on the wheel

On May 7, 2016, Joshua Brown was killed when his Tesla Model S collided with an 18-wheeler in Williston, Florida. News of the fatal accident was accompanied by plenty of speculation about what Brown had been doing at the time of the crash. A newly published, 538-page report from the National...Read More»

Apple FaceTime
Texas couple sues Apple because FaceTime is a distraction to drivers

If you clicked on the headline above thinking you were in for a tongue-in-cheek, fake news story, we're sorry to disappoint you, but it's all too real and all too tragic. This is #notTheOnion. This is how the story goes: on December 24, 2014, Bethany and James Modisette were driving near Dallas in...Read More»

Ford Evasive Steering Alert technology
Ford beefs up its safety tech with new collision avoidance, adaptive headlights, and more

Last week, Ford showed off its new, predictive pedestrian detection system, which is slated to debut on the 2017 Ford Fusion. But that's not the only safety technology that Ford's been working on. The automaker has unveiled a host of high-tech features that will soon appear on Ford vehicles...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Why do traffic deaths fall in recessions? Dangerous drivers drive less

During economic downturns like the recent Great Recession, auto fatality rates fall. The common-sense explanation for that phenomenon is that in tough times, companies cut jobs (reducing the number of commuters), and consumers buy fewer goods (reducing the number of big-rigs and other cargo...Read More»

Tesla Autopilot suite of features  -  with version 7.0 update
Tesla Autopilot involved in another crash--this time, in China

The past several months have been a roller coaster for Tesla, full of ups (e.g. the debut of the upcoming Model 3) and downs (e.g. ho-hum responses to CEO Elon Musk's "Master Plan Part Deux"). Unfortunately for Tesla fans, it's time for another down moment: the automaker has confirmed another crash...Read More»

‘Graham’ - Sculpture that represents a human evolved to survive car crashes
What a human evolved to withstand a car crash might look like

When it comes to auto safety, advocates Down Under really know how to drive a point home. A couple of years ago, the New Zealand Transport Agency (which is roughly equivalent to America's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), created an emotionally powerful video about the dangers of...Read More»

Tesla Model S owner tests Autopilot system from back seat
3 issues could determine who's at fault in Tesla's fatal crash

It's a question that's been on our mind for years: when autonomous cars collide, who's at fault? Sadly, the question is no longer hypothetical, but very, very real following the death of a driver using Tesla's Autopilot self-driving system in his 2015 Model S. Less than a year ago, several...Read More»

Tesla Autopilot suite of features  -  with version 7.0 update
Tesla 'self-driving' mode linked to first traffic death in potential setback to autonomous cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation of Tesla and its self-driving Autopilot software in the wake of a driver's death. The fatal collision took place in Williston, Florida on May 7 when a tractor-trailer crossed the path of a 2015 Tesla Model S. Accounts...Read More»

Map of the U.S.A.
Detroit is America's most dangerous city for drivers

This summer, many of us will take road trips, hitting the open highways, rolling down the windows, and letting the wind blow through our hair. That'll be a welcome change of pace from the bumper-to-bumper traffic and crowded parking lots we endure the rest of the year. No doubt about it, city...Read More»

 A road accident in Kolkata, India (photo by Biswarup Ganguly)
Why few offer to help the injured after car crashes in India

India is a dangerous place for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. The latest stats from the World Heath Organization report more than 137,000 traffic fatalities per year, though a study from the Pulitzer Center pegs the actual number above 200,000. Why is the situation so bad? For starters...Read More»

Toy car accident
Stop talking about 'accidents', start talking about 'collisions'

Despite all the empty rhetoric you might hear on the campaign trail, words still mean things. Some auto safety activists want people to start using the words "collision" and "crash" rather than "accident" to ensure that everyone understands the nature of those events. The distinction might seem...Read More»

Toyota Pre-Collision System
Toyota, Lexus promise to make automated braking standard by next year

Last week, 20 automakers that account for 99 percent of the U.S. car market agreed to make automated braking standard on all new vehicles by the year 2022. Toyota and Lexus fans, however, will see many of their favorite rides equipped with the safety technology far earlier. Toyota says that nearly...Read More»

Honda Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system demo  -  Japan, 11/2012
Feds Have A Three-Point Plan To Accelerate Rollout Of New Technology In Cars

If you're one of the many folks who's criticized federal agencies for being behind the times on auto issues, we've got good news. The feds have heard you, and they've got a three-point plan to bring themselves -- and automakers -- up speed. SLOW ROLLERS For a while, it seemed as if there wasn't...Read More»

Car accident
The Safest & Deadliest States For Car Accidents

We've spilled a lot of ink discussing the most congested cities for drivers. But what about the most dangerous states for auto-related deaths? Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute asked themselves the same question -- and unlike us...Read More»

Tesla Model S P85D 'Insane' mode acceleration  [frame capture from DragTimes video]
If You Have A Fender-Bender On A Test Drive, Who's Liable: You Or The Dealer?

When you're shopping for a new ride, you always take a test drive, right? But what happens if you're in an accident during those 15 or 30 minutes? Who can be sued? That question was recently posed in a Colorado court of law, and as Auto News reports, the dealership was found to be just as liable --...Read More»

Audi adaptive cruise control with Audi braking guard
Audi, BMW, Ford, GM, Mercedes, Tesla, Toyota, And Others Agree: Automated Braking Should Be Standard

Of all the autonomous car features headed our way, automatic emergency braking, or AEB, is perhaps the one that has safety regulators -- and consumers -- most excited. AEB consists of sensors and software that warn drivers of approaching obstacles and apply the brakes automatically, if necessary --...Read More»

2015 Subaru Outback
2015 Subaru Outback, Impreza, Legacy, XV Crosstrek, 2016 WRX Recalled To Fix Collision Avoidance

Subaru of America is recalling roughly 72,000 vehicles from the 2015 and 2016 model years. The recall is meant to fix a problem with collision-avoidance systems found on select Outback, Impreza, Legacy, WRX, and XV Crosstrek vehicles. ALSO SEE: Samsung Creates A See-Through 18-Wheeler To Curb...Read More»

Honda Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system demo  -  Japan, 11/2012
NTSB Wants Collision Avoidance Systems To Come Standard On New Cars

Yesterday, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a special report entitled The Use of Forward Collision Avoidance Systems to Prevent and Mitigate Rear-End Crashes. In the 60-page document, the agency laid out some of its near-term hopes and dreams for America's auto industry. As the title...Read More»

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Investigated For Over-Eager Automatic Braking

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. According to documents from the Office of Defects Investigation, NHTSA has received a number of complaints from owners about the Grand Cherokee's collision avoidance system. ALSO SEE...Read More»

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