The auto industry is moving closer to deploying technology into vehicles that could go a long way to making vehicle crashes, at least serious ones, mostly a thing of the past. That's right. The industry that fought against making seatbelts standard, is marching toward creationg the ultimate safe car without the hammer of regulation coming down on it.
Quick: What is the leading cause of death for people aged 1-34? Cancer? Nope. Traffic accidents. Automakers and government regulators continue to work on reducing that statistic. And one of the ways they are doing it is looking at how kids are impacted in accidents versus adults.
The roll-out of the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf electric cars in recent months has ignited a debate over this new technology. Skeptics are posing questions about possible ghosts in the machine, wondering how long the batteries will perform at top level, worried about the length of the battery life, and want to know what it will cost to replace a battery if required.
These days, most vehicles are designed so that, if you get into a crash at about 35 mph -- even if you run straight into a solid, immovable wall -- you're likely to walk away. But recent crash tests and an analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concluded that if you crash into the "underride guards" on the backs of tractor-trailers at that speed, the consequences can be deadly.
In politics and business forecasting -- as in life itself -- timing can be everything. In early February -- less than a week after President Barack Obama set a bold goal of having 1 million electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015 -- a blue-ribbon panel issued a report saying that it was "unlikely" that such a goal could be attained.
If newly-minted teenage drivers had their druthers, they'd be able to drive whenever they wanted, with as many of their friends "on board" as they wished. But for safety reasons, more and more states have been passing laws in recent years to restrict teens' nighttime driving and the number of teen passengers allowed in a vehicle.
What goes up, must come down, said the man. And, usually, the inverse is also true. It's hard to imagine a better example of these truisms than gasoline prices. As we know, they are volatile, and many factors contribute to their rise and fall, most of them having to do with global economics, but some of them also involving geo-political forces.
Historically, there's never been a lot of love lost between carmakers and the Environmental Protection Agency. Their relationship has long been a tenuous one, as the auto companies have resisted the agency's efforts to set higher standards for fuel economy and emissions for years -- and often publicly depicted those efforts as "government interference" in the marketplace, saying that stricter regulations would make cars too expensive for buyers.
More than seven years after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety began its side-impact crash testing program in 2003, the organization says there is now enough data to correlate its test results with the survival rate of drivers in real-world crashes. According to a recent IIHS analysis, drivers of vehicles that perform well in its side-impact crash tests are less likely to die in a crash, compared to drivers of vehicles that have received poor grades in its tests.
It seems these days, anything that is any fun at all usually comes at a price. As if we didn't already have enough to worry about, what with all those ear-splitting concerts by the Who, Neil Young and Led Zeppelin that we attended in our misspent youth -- and the possible damage those high-decibel levels might have caused to our hearing -- now, comes this: Driving a convertible with the top down at speeds of over 55 mph can put drivers at risk for noise-induced hearing loss.
Even though the world can seem like it's already gone completely digital, we're still fascinated by flashy computer technology, especially when it creates colorful, rotating, sometimes kaleidoscopic graphics on a screen -- and when it allows us to perform tasks that once seemed straight out of "Star Trek."
Are we starting to see a bit of light at the end of the Great Recession tunnel? Are car buyers ready to have a little fun, fun, fun again?Are we starting to see a bit of light at the end of the Great Recession tunnel? Are car buyers ready to have a little fun, fun, fun again?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into how rental car companies deal with manufacturer recalls. It is specifically looking into whether or not rental car companies are properly fixing vehicles that have been recalled before renting or selling them and whether those repairs are being done promptly. Currently, there is no law in place that requi
You don’t need a PhD in economics to understand that when times are tough, consumers are on the hunt for less expensive products. That’s especially true with big-ticket purchases like cars and trucks. Even as new car sales remain sluggish, sales of used cars have increased in recent months, mostly because, well, they’re cheaper. The big auto dealer groups reported increases in us
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) have released their findings on insurance losses for vehicles built between 2007 and 2009. It might surprise some to see that the top three models with the lowest losses during that time are all sports cars: The Corvette convertible, the Mazda Miata and the Corvette hardtop. These “losses” refl