On March 17, several car manufacturers agreed that nearly all of their vehicles will have automatic emergency braking systems as of September 2022. California drivers may not be aware that, in September 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced an agreement with 10 car makers to add this technology as a crash prevention measure.
Officers with the California Highway Patrol reported that a fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a vehicle happened on Highway 18 near Panorama Point. The accident reportedly happened just before 11:30 a.m. on March 4.
Google has been one of the leading proponents of self-driving cars and autonomous vehicle systems, and the California-based company hopes that this kind of technology will one day make auto accidents caused by human error a thing of the past. Experts in the field understand that autonomous vehicle technology will not be widely accepted by the public until safety concerns have been overcome, and they are particularly worried about the negative publicity that would follow a fatal accident involving a self-driving car.
A 43-year-old male employee of a CarMax dealership in Ontario died on Feb. 23 while riding along on a customer's test drive of a Corvette. A sergeant with the Ontario Police Department said the vehicle collided with a tree after the driver lost control on Mercedes Lane. Witnesses claimed to have seen the car speeding at 70 mph just before the crash.
A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety into the effectiveness of sophisticated automobile accident prevention and avoidance systems has found that this technology may reduce rear-end collisions in California and around the country by as much as 40 percent. The nonprofit research organization compared the collision rates of cars with no accident avoidance system, those with a system that provided drivers with an audible warning and those with an automatic braking system.
Many people are killed or seriously injured in California car accidents every year. Though the number of annual traffic fatalities in the U.S. has declined for years, it went up in the first part of 2015. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, there were 9.3 percent more traffic fatalities in the first nine months of 2015 than there were in the comparable period in 2014.
California residents share the roads with many other drivers, but in the future, cars without drivers may be making up part of the traffic. Google's driverless car passed another hurdle in its campaign for approval when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decided that if and when driverless cars are on the roads, the software that controls them would be considered to be the 'driver." The news was given to Google on Feb. 4 via a letter from the NHTSA.
Volvo has a reputation for using the number of serious injuries and deaths that occur when its customers drive its vehicles to make them safer. California Volvo owners might be happy to learn that the automaker has promised that, by 2020, they will not suffer serious injuries or deaths in its vehicles.
A "fatigued driver" means exactly what one would think. It is defined as a driver who is tired, to such an extent that it impairs the driver's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle on a public road.
As winter takes hold, California motorists need to make certain they remain aware of the road conditions when they drive. Many accidents occur even when there is a light dusting of snow or ice at times when drivers may be unaware of the state of the road.