Pedestrian Safety

Nissan will let its future electric cars sing with 'Canto'
Nissan will let its future electric cars sing with 'Canto'

Some consumers may enjoy the fact electric cars operate in near silence, but Nissan wants to keep pedestrians safe by giving its future electric vehicles a sound. In fact, it's more of a song. Nissan revealed "Canto," the official sound (song?) of future Nissan electric cars at the 2017 Tokyo Motor...Read More»

Waymo self-driving car prototype
Waymo patent would make cars safer by making them softer

Pedestrians are in trouble. Between 2015 and 2016, the U.S. saw an 11 percent uptick in pedestrian deaths, and there's no sign that the trend is changing course. What's an automaker to do? If you're Ford, you design cars to do a better job of detecting pedestrians. If you're Waymo (which isn't...Read More»

Distracted pedestrian, walking and texting
Hate distracted pedestrians? Consider moving to Honolulu

Mobile phones are great, aren't they? Twenty years ago, who could have imagined the joys of getting stuck in a group text with a dozen family members, including three or four retirees who have nothing better to do than send out barrages of LOLs and misused emojis? Who dared to envision the...Read More»

Distracted pedestrian, walking and texting
Careful crossing the street: pedestrian deaths soared 11 percent last year

Earlier this year, two reports revealed that the number of auto-related fatalities in America increased sharply in 2016. A new study from the Governors Highway Safety Association suggests that pedestrian deaths may be partly responsible for that uptick. The organization's projections show an 11...Read More»

Distracted pedestrian, walking and texting
Ford's pedestrian detection system knows where you're walking, even when you don't

If you own a mobile phone--especially a smartphone--you may have noticed some changes in yourself the past few years. Maybe you've begun communicating exclusively in emoji. Maybe you've become incapable of interacting with non-touchscreens. But one thing's nearly certain: that mini computer in your...Read More»

New Jersey state flag
Texting and walking? Not in New Jersey, according to proposed law

Over the past several years, we've spilled a fair amount of virtual ink on the subject of distracted driving and its effect on the nation's traffic fatality rate. What we haven't discussed very often is the subject of distracted walking, which many blame for an uptick in pedestrian fatalities. But...Read More»

Seattle Center as night falls (photo by Jeffery Hayes)
Seattle, Boston, Washington, D.C. Ranked Safest Cities For Pedestrians

As anyone who's watched The Walking Dead can tell you, it's hard out there for a walker. There's construction to avoid, broken sidewalks to navigate, and the biggest obstacle of all, distracted drivers (most of whom don't have cars with pedestrian detection systems or pedestrian-friendly airbags)...Read More»

Pedestrian crossing sign
London Uses Smart Crosswalks To Make Streets Safer For Pedestrians (And Drivers)

Most cities have an extensive network of sensors embedded in their streets -- usually at intersections. They're designed to regulate traffic lights: when sensors detect that traffic in a turning lane is particularly heavy, for example, the light will stay green longer. We've all seen this process...Read More»

Full Auto Brake with Pedestrian Detection  -  2011 Volvo S60
Pedestrian Deaths Dropped In 2013: What Changed?

Automotive fatalities have been on the decline in recent years, hovering near historic lows. However, some types of fatalities, like those of motorcyclists or those due to distracted driving have actually been on the rise. Thankfully, one of those types has begun to drop again. According to the...Read More»

Overview of the Pre-collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian-avoidance Steer Assist
Toyota's Pedestrian Detection System: Can It Fix Toyota's Image Problem?

Last week, Prius owners sued Toyota over its pricey pre-collision safety system -- a system dubbed such a complete flop that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety won't even bother rating it. Coincidentally, Toyota also made two announcements last week intended to rebuild its reputation for...Read More»

Pedestrian crossing sign
Honda's New Pedestrian Tech Uses Cell Phones To Save Lives: Video

Every few days, it seems as if another automaker announces a high-tech means to eliminate traffic accidents in the coming years. Recently we've seen two promising candidates. Last week, Nissan vowed to bring autonomous vehicles to showrooms by the year 2020. That's exciting, but autonomous cars...Read More»

Full Auto Brake with Pedestrian Detection  -  2011 Volvo S60
As Pedestrians, Men Face Higher Fatality Rate Than Women

In 2011, the U.S. reached another record-low auto fatality rate, but the drop in deaths hasn't been even across the board. In 2010, for example, pedestrian fatalities actually ticked up 1%, and in 2011, the rate jumped 3%. Perhaps more troubling -- especially if you're a guy -- is a new study...Read More»

Full Auto Brake with Pedestrian Detection  -  2011 Volvo S60
Watch Where You Step: Pedestrian Fatalities Are On The Rise

When we think of traffic fatalities, we often think of drunk drivers or those not wearing seatbelts. But many people killed in such situations are pedestrians, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just issued some sobering data that shows pedestrian deaths are on the rise...Read More»

Pedestrian-detection system from General Motors, using Wi-Fi Direct
GM's Intriguing New Pedestrian-Detection System Uses Wi-Fi

Pedestrian-detection is nothing new -- automakers like Volvo and Mercedes-Benz have been developing such safety systems for years. So what makes General Motors' new pedestrian technology interesting? For starters, it works via your smartphone. GM's pedestrian-detection system is based on Wi-Fi...Read More»

Pedestrians: Small children walking across an intersection
Kids Who Grow Up Around Traffic: Less Functional Members Of Society?

Progress in technological advancements, easy and instant access to information and entertainment, and a host of other new and better items to make everyone’s life more convenient on-demand: It's all good, right? Who really longs for the good old days anymore—the days when kids played...Read More»

Pedestrian airbag as shown on the Volvo V40
Volvo V40 Comes With An Airbag For Pedestrians: Video

The Volvo V40 that just debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show won't be coming to America, but one of its technology components might make the trip. The snazzy five-door hatch will arrive in Europe with a special airbag just for pedestrians. Perhaps more than any other automaker, Volvo has worked to...Read More»

Full Auto Brake with Pedestrian Detection  -  2011 Volvo S60
IIHS: Vehicle Pedestrian Detection Could Save Thousands Of Lives

Building better-marked crosswalks and intersections, improving sidewalks, and adding traffic-light countdown timers and clear pedestrian right-of-ways all make a significant difference in safety on foot. But these solutions come with their own significant price tags and are subject to the agreement...Read More»

Traffic in China
Why 'Safe Roads' Are Often Anything BUT Safe, Except For Cars

The great freeway battles of the Sixties and Seventies are over. It's safe to say few new freeways will be punched through existing neighborhoods. But transportation engineers are still busily at work updating and improving existing roads, generally by widening them, adding lanes, smoothing curves...Read More»

Full Auto Brake with Pedestrian Detection  -  2011 Volvo S60
Tested: Industry-First Pedestrian Detection In 2011 Volvo S60

If you've ever had a minor fender-bender because you looked down at the wrong moment, dialed your phone, or took a sip of coffee, pay attention to this: What if it had been a pedestrian, or a bicyclist? The 2011 Volvo S60 comes with a world-first system that could potentially eliminate the...Read More»

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