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May 23, 2017

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May 23, 2017

Distracted? Slowing Down, Not a Safe Option

Apr. 11, 2017 — Drivers who slow down while using mobile phones have the potential to increase on-road conflicts, a new study warns. Distracted drivers reducing their speed might sound favorable in terms of safety, ... read more

In-Car Cow Avoidance

Apr. 7, 2017 — Driverless cars are hitting the headlines across the globe but for the foreseeable future we will still have drivers. The pressure then is how might some of the safety features of driverless cars be ... read more

Mar. 23, 2017 — Traffic researchers are developing technology that will take the huge amounts of data collected by the Iowa Department of Transportation, sort through it all and identify problems. The goal is early ... read more

After the Storm: Tips for Surviving Old Man Winter's Inconveniences

Feb. 9, 2017 — Experts share some tips that go beyond the usual winter safety driving advice and touch upon those often overlooked inconveniences that winter storms leave behind in order to decrease injuries and ... read more

Mathematically Optimizing Traffic Lights in Road Intersections

Feb. 3, 2017 — Traffic modeling has been of interest to mathematicians since the 1950s. Research in the area has only grown as road traffic control presents an ever-increasing problem. In a new paper, authors ... read more

Jan. 18, 2017 — Bringing mobility into Germany’s transition to a new energy economy is a complex undertaking. While carmakers are developing more economical combustion engines and alternative drive systems, ... read more

Now Drivers Can Hear Ambulances No Matter How Loud Their Music Is Playing

Jan. 16, 2017 — If you’ve ever been startled by the sudden appearance of an ambulance while blasting music in your car, then you appreciate the value of a loud siren. Fortunately, your car is probably equipped ... read more

New Technology Will Cut Plug-in Hybrid Fuel Consumption by One Third

Jan. 10, 2017 — Engineers have taken inspiration from biological evolution and the energy savings garnered by birds flying in formation to improve the efficiency of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by more ... read more

Driverless Platoons: Analysis Finds Autonomous Trucks That Drive in Packs Could Save Time and Fuel

Dec. 21, 2016 — Engineers have studied a simple vehicle-platooning scenario and determined the best ways to deploy vehicles in order to save fuel and minimize delays. Their analysis shows that relatively simple, ... read more

Dec. 13, 2016 — Talking hands-free on a mobile phone while driving is just as distracting as a conversation using a hand-held phone, despite one being illegal and the other not, a road safety study has ... read more

Expectation Versus Reality in the Acceptance of Self-Driving Cars

Dec. 6, 2016 — New research on public acceptance of automated vehicles reveals that drivers' perceptions depend on how realistic a picture they have of the current technology's ... read more

Nov. 30, 2016 — Universal adoption of the ISA speed warning system in Norway could reduce both the average speed of vehicles and their emissions, concludes a recent report. Lower speeds also lead to fewer fatalities ... read more

Nov. 14, 2016 — When is a traffic jam not a traffic jam? When it's a quantum traffic jam, of course. Only in quantum physics can traffic be standing still and moving at the same time, say ... read more

Nov. 8, 2016 — Researchers have developed a self-driving scooter with the same sensor configuration and software as that used in trials of autonomous cars and golf carts. This new trial completes the demonstration ... read more

Will Pedestrians Walk Freely in a World of Self-Driving Cars?

Oct. 26, 2016 — Imagine an urban neighborhood where most of the cars are self-driving. What would it be like to be a pedestrian? Self-driving cars are programmed to obey the rules of the road, including waiting for ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — Most white-hat hackers believe hackers will exploit cyber vulnerabilities to remotely access connected vehicles. One objective by security experts is to identify key vehicle cybersecurity challenges ... read more

Oct. 21, 2016 — The automotive industry research is strongly focused on technology that enables automated driving. A new sensor system should help increase passenger safety, say ... read more

Study Suggests Farm Traffic Vehicle Accidents Could Be Reduced by More Than Half

Oct. 21, 2016 — Traffic accidents involving farm vehicles in the Midwest would decrease by more than 50 percent if state policies required more lighting and reflection on those vehicles, new research has ... read more

Oct. 4, 2016 — With millions of daily commuters, and nearly 80 percent of them driving alone to work each day, suburbanites and city dwellers may soon have a new alternative to get them out from behind the steering ... read more

Sep. 29, 2016 — Older adults have comparable response times to young adults when tasked with taking control of a semi-autonomous vehicle, new research ... read more

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