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Vehicle-to-vehicle communication may finally be mandatory on new cars
Vehicle-to-vehicle communication may finally be mandatory on new cars

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications promises to be a very big deal. Allowing automobiles to "talk" to one another could dramatically improve traffic flow and slash the number of car crashes by more than half. Working hand-in-hand with self-driving systems, the benefits could be even bigger. Engineers...Read More»

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AAA & Secretary Foxx plead: Don't play Pokemon Go while driving

No matter what some politicians say, America is already great at many things--for example, fostering innovation, generating game-changing technology, and finding new uses for Twinkies. However, that's not to say that we don't have room for improvement in areas like energy efficiency, education, and...Read More»

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Traffic deaths may have soared last year, as did miles driven

The figures aren't yet official, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's early estimates suggest that 35,200 motorists, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians died on U.S. roads in 2015--an increase of 7.7 percent over 2014. That's a remarkable uptick. In fact, the last time the...Read More»

Rush hour traffic in Washington, D.C. (photo by Flickr user haddensavix)
Automotive Travel Probably Hit A New Record In 2015

It's nearly official: 2015 was likely the busiest year ever for automotive travel in the U.S. According to the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration, data from the end of November put America well within range of record territory. During the first 11 months of 2015, U.S...Read More»

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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»

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx
Should NHTSA Be Able To Stop Sales Of Flawed Cars On Its Own?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration oversees a long, thorough process for recalling flawed vehicles. It collects complaints, launches investigations, and formally requests recalls from automakers. One thing NHTSA can't do, though, is halt sales of poorly or improperly manufactured...Read More»

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Nearly Half Of All U.S. Drivers Are Over 50: Is That Good News Or Bad?

If you like statistics and factoids, you're going to love the ones that the U.S. Department of Transportation has uncovered regarding American drivers. They're being used as part of something called Beyond Traffic (PDF) -- a strategic plan that makes projections about transportation in the year...Read More»

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Worried About Recalls? Just Check Your VIN On The Department of Transportation's New Website

Last summer, we told you about the Department of Transportation's plan to develop a website that would allow motorists to see if their ride had been recalled simply by typing in their vehicle identification number, or VIN. As of today, that website is officially up and running. Maintained by the...Read More»

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NHTSA: 628 Children Have Died In Hot Cars Since 1998; Technology To Protect Kids "Isn't There Yet"

Senior officials from the Department of Transportation held a press conference yesterday in Washington, D.C., and the news they shared wasn't much comfort to parents and guardians of small children. According to Detroit News, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and David Friedman, Acting...Read More»

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Feds Say That GM Doesn't Have To Force Chevy, Pontiac, Saturn Owners To Park Recalled Cars

In early April, a federal judge heard from plaintiffs who wanted General Motors to tell owners of 2.59 million vehicles affected by the "Switchgate" recall to park those cars until they were fully repaired. Several days later, the judge ruled that GM didn't need to do any such thing. In her...Read More»

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Speed Limiters May Be Mandated On 18-Wheelers, Could Cut Top Speed To 68 MPH

Federal officials have a slew of new auto regulations in the works, including backup cameras, data recorders, and -- further down the line -- autonomous car standards. But the Department of Transportation's most controversial new rule might not involve passenger cars at all. According to the...Read More»

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Study: Rearview Cameras Better At Detecting Objects Than Parking Sensors

In 2008, the U.S. Congress passed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act (PDF), which, among other things, required that all new cars sold in the U.S. come equipped with devices to enhance rear visibility. According to the terms of the bill, the Department of Transportation had until...Read More»

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Your Car May Soon Be Required To 'Talk' (To Other Cars, Anyway)

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems will make automotive travel dramatically safer and more efficient. So, what's the big holdup? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has yet to determine when V2V will be required on new passenger vehicles. At long last, however, the...Read More»

KidsandCars preventing backovers
Rearview Cameras Still Delayed, Consumer Groups Sue DOT

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is the target of a lawsuit filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York, by safety advocates and two parents who unintentionally backed over their children. The lawsuit asks the court to direct the DOT to issue a backover rule...Read More»

Taxi accident
U.S. Traffic Deaths Decline in 2011; Fatality Rate Hits All-Time Low

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has completed its analysis of traffic data from last year, and the findings are astonishing. In 2011, fewer people died on U.S. roads than at any time since 1949. Even better: once you factor in the amount of time drivers spent behind the wheel...Read More»

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NTSB Wants To End Distracted Driving, Mandate Safety Tech

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its 2013 "Most Wanted List". But unlike the FBI photocopies pinned up at post offices, the NTSB isn't looking for criminals: the agency wants improvements to make U.S. transportation safer. In a press release, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman...Read More»

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Texting Tickets Could Cost You Down The Road

In most of America, it's illegal to text and drive. Today, 39 states and the District of Columbia now have laws on the books forbidding the practice. Chances are, you live in one of them. The problem for police officers is that such laws can be difficult to enforce. Even though texting constitutes...Read More»

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Stop Or Go: What Do You Do At Yellow Lights?

No matter how many years you’ve been driving, you’ve likely encountered situations where you need to make a decision about what to do at a yellow light. Depending on where and when you drive most regularly, you may experience this on a frequent basis. The question becomes: do you stop...Read More»

Traffic
Surface Transportation Bill Finally Passes. So, What's In It?

After a long, grueling slog through both houses of Congress, the highly anticipated, two-year surface transportation bill has finally passed. But now that it's been hacked to shreds by the House and the Senate, then stitched back together in joint committee, what, exactly, is in it? Hard to say...Read More»

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