Category Archives: distracted driving

Travelers Attacks Distracted Driving, Cybersecurity, Weather

“We saw great engagement throughout our symposia series in 2018 and look forward to continuing to raise awareness of important social topics across the United States and Canada,” said Joan Woodward, President of the Travelers Institute and Executive Vice President of Public Policy at Travelers. Continue reading

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Will Updated Ontario Distracted Driving Laws Induce Drivers to Finally Put Down Their Connected Mobile Devices?

Distracted driving continues to be a challenge everywhere but on Ontario’s roads, nearly a decade after the initial legislation banning handheld devices was passed it’s still a problem. In Ontario one person is injured in a distracted driving collision every half an hour. Continue reading

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860 Americans Forecast Dead During Holiday Driving

With preventable deaths at an all-time high, the Council has called for states to take actions to reduce their residents’ risks – particularly when it comes to safety on the roads. The NSC State of Safety report encourages states to implement proven countermeasures to help reduce risk, including instituting sobriety checkpoints, requiring ignition interlocks for first-time and repeat DUI offenders, banning open containers, or automatically revoking licenses for more than 90 days for drivers with blood-alcohol levels above .08 or those who refuse to test. Continue reading

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Distracted Dining? Buick Adds Yelp

Marketplace, claimed to be the industry’s first in-vehicle commerce platform, is one more way Buick is using connectivity to enhance vehicles and create new and convenient “customer experiences,” if you are willing to give up your privacy and have your personal data sold for the profit of other organizations. Continue reading

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Hack Attacks – Connected Vehicle Cyber Security Lags

Then the payoff comes, but not for the car owners who have lost the rights to their own data, Smart mobility unlocks myriad selling opportunities for both the OEMs as well as so-called value-added service creators. It also brings with it a range of cybersecurity risk that never existed before. Continue reading

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Connectivity is Good? Connectivity is Bad? Both? Time to Reflect, Emotions Perpetuate and Increase Divisiveness

Many experts praise the benefits of connectivity and easy access to knowledge in their everyday experiences. However, some rue digital life’s health-threatening qualities, loss of privacy and diminishing trust. Sound familiar? Continue reading

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Driving Dangerously – an American Way of Life. And Death

Both “rushed and aggressive drivers” discovered that with practice they could improve their driving. Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence Next Big Thing in Autos?

As just the latest example of the growing use of sophisticated computer programming, some of it quite invasive and reckless in customer privacy issues, Mercedes-Benz is presenting what it calls “innovations and initiatives” from a variety of fields as part … Continue reading

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Texas Drunk Driving Deaths Lead Nation

Alcohol is a substance that reduces brain performance, impairing thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination. All these abilities are essential, of c0urse, to operating a vehicle safely. As alcohol levels rise in a person’s system, the negative effects on the central nervous system increase, too. Continue reading

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Distracted Driving: Class Action Suit Over Apple iPhones

MLG Automotive Law filed a class action lawsuit against Apple to enjoin the company from selling iPhones until it installs texting and driving safeguards. Continue reading

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IBM and GM Debut a “Cognitive Mobility Platform”

Translation: more distracted driving enablers are coming. OnStar has more connected vehicles on the road than any other automaker. By the end of 2016, GM expects to have 12 million OnStar connected vehicles on the road worldwide. Continue reading

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Toyota Moves on Connected Cars, R&D JVs, Takeovers

The latest developments come as Toyota is once again battling what is now a beleaguered, wounded Volkswagen Group for the world’s biggest car company title. The moves reflect a growing problem at all automobile companies. How do you pay for the cost of moving forward in a world with increasingly stringent safety and emissions regulations, web enabled cars, as well as the entire future of automobility and autonomous vehicles? Continue reading

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Nevada Calls for Technology Quotes to fight Pedestrian Deaths

It’s not just pedestrians. Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council say motor vehicle deaths were 9% higher through the first six months of 2016 than in 2015, and 18% higher than two years ago at the six-month mark Continue reading

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Consumer Reports Stops Gushing about Tesla. Finally

NHTSA told Tesla last week it wants to know about all crashes alleged to have occurred because Forward Collision Warning (FCW) or Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) did not occur when expected. Continue reading

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Distracted Driving Update – Construction Sign

An 18-year-old Rhode Island man was driving on I-495 in Wrentham, Massachusetts recently when he hit a highway sign warning of impending construction. The sign then proceeded to trash the windshield of his Toyota Corolla, hitting him in his obviously brain-less head. Continue reading

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