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June 2016 Archives

Study participants choose safer cars over saving lives

New York drivers may have heard that autonomous cars will be available in a few years, but according to the results of one study, it will be necessary to solve some ethical issues first. The study published in the journal Science on June 23 surveyed 1,928 people about six different scenarios involving an autonomous vehicle. For example, one involved a car traveling toward three pedestrians that would be unable to stop in time. There were barriers on either side of the car, so it could not swerve. It had to choose between the pedestrians and the passengers.

Tesla, others working to gather driver behavior data

As more companies work to increase the automation of the vehicles they manufacture, some are also installing systems that automatically upload data about the behavior of the drivers. Tesla is one company that manufactures vehicles that are sold in New York and that send information about driver behavior via the Internet.

Teen accident rates surge in the summer months

New York residents may not be surprised to learn that inexperienced motorists are more likely to be involved in an accident than those who have spent decades behind the wheel, but they may be shocked to learn just how much of a danger teen drivers represent to other road users. Data compiled by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that accidents involving teen drivers claimed 2,927 lives in 2013, and individuals other than the teen motorist made up about two thirds of these fatalities.

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