Study

The states that do (and don't) like to use seatbelts
The states that do (and don't) like to use seatbelts

In 49 states and the District of Columbia, it's illegal to ride in the front seat of a car without wearing a seatbelt. In 28 of those states, back seat passengers have to buckle up, too. New Hampshire is the lone holdout, with no seatbelt law at all. But of course, just because there's a law on the...Read More»

Society of Automotive Engineers' system of rating autonomous cars (via KBB)
Interested in self-driving cars? New survey shows that consumers aren't fully onboard

If you're a fan of autonomous vehicles, Kelley Blue Book's Future Autonomous Vehicle Driver Study, has good news and bad news. (If you don't like the thought of self-driving cars, just substitute "bad" for "good" below, and vice versa.) The study was conducted in May and polled 2,264 Americans...Read More»

Google Self-Driving Car Prototype
Survey: A majority of Americans would be interested in cars from Google & Apple

Automakers, pay attention: a new survey suggests that more than half of U.S. consumers would be interested in cars developed by tech giants Google and Apple. The survey was conducted by TECHnalysis Research, which polled 1,000 Americans who (a) currently own a vehicle and (b) plan to purchase...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion concept, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
No surprise: luxury owners more likely to let autonomous cars do the driving

How excited are you about self-driving cars? According to one new study, your feelings about tomorrow's autonomous vehicles may depend on what you drive today. The study was conducted by research firm MaritzCX, which spent much of the summer asking 12,353 vehicle owners to share their feelings...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»

Honda Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system demo  -  Japan, 11/2012
Automatic crash braking systems aren't all the same, says AAA

As automakers race to make automatic emergency braking standard in more new cars, the nation's largest automobile owners club says not all systems are designed the same. In controlled testing, AAA announced this week that different automatic emergency braking systems in cars could help prevent...Read More»

American Customer Satisfaction Index (August 2016)
Lincoln, Honda, Toyota, BMW are tops in customer satisfaction (Acura, VW not so much)

Over the past few years, car owners have become increasingly dissatisfied with their vehicles. But a new study from the American Customer Satisfaction Index suggests that for most automakers, consumer sentiment has made a turn for the better. ACSI's 2016 Automobile Report polled 3,776 auto...Read More»

Texting in traffic (by Flickr user Mo Riza)
Would you buy a car on your smartphone? Many Americans would

Love them or hate them, there's no denying that smartphones make life easier for many of us. Need a ride? Book it on Uber. Want to skip the line at the cinema? Open an app and grab some quick tickets. Shocked to see that your beloved new videogame costs $60 in the big box store? Haul out your...Read More»

Gas Gauge
Study: Nearly 4 out of 5 American support higher fuel economy rules

For the past month or so, the Environmental Protection Agency has been making headlines over its proposal to lower the fuel economy standards it had set for 2025. The EPA won't sign off on any changes to its plan until 2018, though, and in the meantime, at least one group is pushing it to...Read More»

Frame from 'Benefits of Price Competition' video, by National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)
Survey: nearly 2/3 of American consumers think auto dealerships are unethical

This may come as a shock, but many people think that car salespeople are dishonest. A recent Gallup poll ranked nurses, pharmacists, and doctors among the most-trusted professions, but car salespeople landed at the bottom of the list, tied with telemarketers and members of Congress. Only lobbyists...Read More»

Tesla Autopilot sensor system
Tesla Autopilot crash didn't dramatically change opinions about autonomous cars

On May 7, 2016, the driver of a Tesla Model S was killed while the car was in Autopilot mode. The story has drawn massive headlines, as it's the first fatality linked to autonomous vehicle technology--technology that's set to become increasingly common on new cars. Many wondered if reports of the...Read More»

Auto loan
Study: Most families in America can't afford a new car

Buying a car is serious business, especially when you're buying one fresh off the assembly line. In fact, a study from Bankrate reveals that most U.S. families can't truly afford to buy brand-new vehicles. To reach that conclusion, Bankrate used three important figures: the average price of a new...Read More»

2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e  -  first drive review, May 2016
The most and least expensive cars to own

Car commercials lie. They promise viewers that owning a vehicle is a series of romantic trips to the mountains, conveniently forgetting to mention that cars can be outrageously expensive, even after you've paid off the note. To prove that point, the website YourMechanic, which arranges house calls...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»

Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden
Study: 21 million autonomous cars on the road by 2035

Autonomous cars are causing problems--not on the road, where we've seen only one instance of a self-driving vehicle being blamed for a collision, but at the regulatory level. However, a new study suggests hurdles like that will soon be overcome, paving the way for 21 million self-driving vehicles...Read More»

Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden
Study: Drivers growing more afraid of autonomous cars

The world is full of ironies big and small. For example: Most of the planet is covered in water that we can't drink; Many people prefer dogs to politicians, but euthanizing politicians remains illegal in most states; and of course, Autonomous cars are the Next Big Thing, but people don't seem to...Read More»

New Delhi traffic, by Flickr user denisbin (Used under CC License)
And the most congested city in the world is...

Traffic congestion wreaks havoc on productivity, the environment, and, of course, travelers. Last year, mapping and traffic service TomTom revealed that commuters were wasting an average of 100 hours each year stuck in traffic--and that's to say nothing of the folks simply running errands or...Read More»

Blind driver Steve Mahan in Google's Self-Driving Toyota Prius, March 2012
Most Americans are afraid of autonomous cars, even though many already drive them

A new study from AAA says that 75 percent of motorists are afraid of self-driving cars, and only 20 percent would trust an autonomous vehicle to chauffeur them around town. The funny thing is, even though fully autonomous cars haven't yet rolled into showrooms, many drivers already own cars with...Read More»

Homer Simpson, distracted driver
Study: 70% of you talk on the phone while driving (and that's not all)

For untold millennia, people have tried to set good examples for their family, friends, and neighbors. And for just as long, family, friends, and neighbors have been busting such people for doing the very things they've told others not to do. It's one thing to take the "do as I say, not as I do"...Read More»

The Car Connection Daily Headlines
I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.
Thank you! Please check your email for confirmation.