Many motorists on New York's roadways have probably seen other drivers preoccupied with their smartphones while at the wheel. Perhaps they were reading their emails, visiting a popular social networking website or even playing a video game, such as Pokémon Go. In any case, using a mobile phone device while driving accounts for around 25 percent of all vehicle wrecks, according to an estimate by the National Safety Council.
A New York man who allegedly killed a woman and injured her daughter in a July 17 car accident has been charged with multiple crimes, including vehicular manslaughter. The charges were announced by the district attorney on July 20.
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.
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.
The rapidly developing technology of self-driving vehicles could result in these autonomous cars joining the flow of traffic in New York. Because this technology nearly eliminates human vehicle operation, insurance companies will need to consider new factors when developing insurance products for robotic transportation.
An accident involving one vehicle left five people injured in the early hours of March 28 on Long Island. Two of the victims were critically injured. Police believe the incident was caused by a backseat driver.
An agreement reached by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with automakers producing almost all of the cars sold in the United States could result in a drastic drop in accidents caused to texting and driving in New York and other states by the year 2022. Automakers have agreed to install automatic braking systems in vehicles made or sold in this country.
Even if self-driving cars might some day improve traffic flow in New York, Google still has fine tuning to accomplish with its autonomous car software. The technology company acknowledged that one of its test vehicles bore some responsibility for a low-speed accident with a bus on Feb. 14 in California.
New York motorists who are interested in self-driving cars may be interested to learn that U.S. vehicle safety regulators determined that the software behind these autonomous vehicles could be considered to be a driver under federal law. This is a major step for self-driving vehicles as many state safety rules are curbing companies' ability to complete testing and development.
New York drivers may be interested in one of the world's leading automaker's claim that it will create 'death-proof" vehicles by the year 2020. Volvo has historically monitored the safety of its vehicles, but it believes that the adoption of autonomous technologies will result in no serious injuries or fatalities by that date. Multiple smart features are already installed in the Swedish auto company's vehicles, including adaptive cruise control.