Females Surveyed Also Have Greater Safety Concerns
Drivers are intrigued by the benefits of self-driving cars, but they remain concerned about the safety and cost such vehicles could introduce into the marketplace, according to a study published by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in late July.
April Fools! That dip in new-car fuel economy during the fourth month of this year was in fact an aberration. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) calculated the weighted average of new-car fuel economy and determined that new car month-over-month fuel economy in May rose for the fourth time in five months. Better yet, May represented a monthly record high.
New-vehicle fuel economy in the US fell last month from a record high in August and was at its lowest level since January, likely reflecting a drop-off in sales of hybrid models such as the Toyota Prius, the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) reports. September's fleetwide fuel economy came in at 24.6 miles per gallon, down from a record 24.9 mpg in August. Year-over-year figures were still up from 23.8 mpg in September 2012.
Average new-car fuel economy figures ended two straight months of in January and reached an all-time record of 24.5 miles per gallon, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) says.