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Posts from the ‘Safety Regulations’ Category

21
Aug

Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act

A bill on Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act of 2011 was introduced by the Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. The bill gives more authority to the Secretary of Transportation to conduct motor vehicle safety research, development and testing programs and activities and to collect and analyze all types of motor vehicle and highway safety data and related information to determine the relationship between motor vehicle and equipment performance characteristics.

The U.S. dept of transportation is to conduct a study of crash data collection for one year and report to the Senate Committee. One section of the bill discusses efforts to explore the green methods. The bill also requires that “Vehicle Event Data Recorders” include information regarding vehicle data recorders and privacy provisions specifications beginning with 2015.

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Vehicle Safety Bill Introduced in US Senate

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25
Jul

Will The US Ban Cellphone Usage While Driving?

In 2009 around 550 people died and about 500,000 were injured in accidents caused by distractions of using Cell Phones while driving. Now the US is looking at measures to bring down such incidences. Strong law enforcement and public awareness had drastically cut such incidences in Syracuse and Hartford. Similar programs now will be extended statewide as a blueprint for safety across the country.

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US mulls over banning phone use while driving

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22
Jul

The Sweet Silence of EV’s – Unsafe?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration insists on adding artificial noise generators to new electric vehicles in US. Electric motors are silent at low speed which increases risks for the road users. Automakers are forced to add warning noises which is a risk as customers demand such vehicles as they can avoid noise pollution. In countries like Europe and Japan regulations have been formulated which suggests electric motor drivers to make sounds for vehicles operating at speed up to 20km/h. However drivers have the freedom to deactivate this regulation which has raised criticism from visually challenged groups.

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Silent electric cars deemed unsafe by US officials, may soon include …

12
Jul

Distracted Driving Campaigns – Success?

A success story – “Phone in one hand, ticket in the other.” Studies indicating that the number of accidents increased due to the use of cell phones while driving made the Federal agency think of starting to campaign against this. The two pilot programs made a great impact on the people using cell phones while driving. This proved the power of law when it is strongly enforced.

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Distracted-driving programs show success

 

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11
Jul

The Rise of Crash Avoidance Technology

Automobile manufacturers are developing “Intelligent vehicle” technology to warn drivers of impending accidents before they occur. According to this communication between vehicles are checked. These are checked on actual roads and different weather conditions. This new technology gives a signal to the drivers about the possible impending accident and the need to apply brakes. Another technology developed triggers the brakes to apply automatically without waiting for the driver to apply brakes.

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“Intelligent vehicle” Technology to Soon Warn VA Drivers of Impending Accidents

 

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8
Jul

How Much Of A Problem Is Distracted Driving?

As the rate at which distracted drivers, especially teens increase, an observed rise in car accidents has taken place. Distractions like music, texting, and calling all contribute to unsafe driving habits. A website, www.distraction.gov exists to raise awareness about distracted driving. Data reliability across studies; however, is hard to convincingly compare.

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How Much Of A Problem Is Distracted Driving?

8
Jul

NHTSA Expands Ford F-150 Pickup Probe

This article explains how the new F-150 pick up trucks have had recalls and complaints about the gas tank literally falling off. Continues to explain the different lawsuits and issues delt with while trying to fix and patch the problems that its caused.

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NHTSA Expands Ford F-150 Pickup Probe

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8
Jul

Red Light Cameras Effective?

This article has addressed the issue of red light camera usefulness. The article sites multiple theories as to the effectiveness of the actual cameras. This article lays out several theories as to why and how the cameras make an impact on everyday traffic. This article also considers the effect on traffic patterns whence drivers decide to avoid the intersections with cameras all together.

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Dr. Dustin Ballard: Public health — just due it?

 

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just waiting at the stoplight.

13
Jun
Vehicle to Vehicle Communication

Ford Exploring Cars That Talk To Each Other

Vehicle To Vehicle (V2V) communication is not a Ford specific piece of technology, but Ford was recently demonstrating the effectiveness of the technology. The company presented several impending collision scenarios and the onboard computers of the involved vehicles responded with effective warning alarms.

The V2V technology uses current off the shelf equipment like GPS and WiFi that allow vehicles in close proximity to communicate with each other. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is carefully watching these tests because the entity is considering making it standard in all vehicles within the next ten years.

V2V is going to take cooperation among all automakers. It is unlike other safety items like cameras and radar because it requires that vehicles communicate with each other. It also requires that all cars on the road be equipped with the technology. The NHTSA is considering requiring that owners retrofit all vehicles with V2V. Just how many model years the regulations will go back has not been determined.

29
Apr
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NHTSA Delays Distracted Driver Regulations

A recent government study showed that a minimum of 5,500 people were killed and 500,000 were injured because of distracted driving in 2009. Despite these numbers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated that regulations concerning distracted driving are years away because of a need to study the issue further.

NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said ”It’s really way too premature about a possible rule… I don’t think we can really set up a rule until we have much better data.” Thirty states have bans in place that make it illegal for drivers to use hand-held phones or to text while driving. The NHTSA is investigating the use of hands-free devices such as Ford’s SYNC and GM’s OnStar to see if they can cause ”cognitive distraction.”

Distracted driving is dangerous to everyone. It is difficult to believe that the NHTSA does not see the clear and present danger. Many states have stepped in, but federal regulation may be necessary to save the most lives possible.