Traffic Safety

Truck drivers should pay extra to use highways, say congressional advisers The Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation of the congressional committee on transportation met on October 10 to discuss who should help fund the future of U.S. highways. The response was resounding: Commercial truck drivers. Jack Schenendorf, who headed the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission said commercialRead More

Traffic Safety

Driving during the winter is dangerous. According to researchers at Berkeley, the most dangerous day of the season is when the first snowfall arrives. Because people have not yet adapted their behavior to accommodate for more dangerous conditions, fatal crashes are 14% more likely to happen on this day than on subsequent snowy ones. Every year in the United States, the poor weatherRead More

Traffic Safety

Should cyclist be registered too? Cyclists residing in Georgia my soon need to register their bikes with the state – or get fined up to $100. The proposed licensing law — which has been gaining interest in state governments including California, Michigan, and Ohio —  would be the first of its kind in the country. In addition to requiring bikesRead More

Traffic Safety

Better traffic? For years, officials at the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization in Virginia have been working to un-bottleneck one of suburban D.C’s most congested highways. Now, with furloughs effecting 15 percent of the road’s commuters, planners can study improved traffic conditions without spending extra money. The opportunity could allow them to make specific recommendations. For example, they may learnRead More

Traffic Safety

In politics, everyone’s got an opinion: Should we subsidize school supplies? How should businesses be taxed? Should we legalize medical marijuana? These discussions seem to drag on endlessly. When it comes to traffic safety matters, however, debates can be a matter of life or death and the final decisions affect everyone. Every year, over 30,000 people die and hundreds ofRead More

Traffic Safety

This car sees danger so you don’t have too The Subaru Outback and Legacy recently received the highest honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for their auto-breaking system, “EyeSight.” During a controlled simulation, the camera-and-software enabled feature – 20 years in the making – avoided collision at a speed differential of 25 mph (the Subaru was goingRead More

Traffic Awareness

Statistician Jim Hedlund can see you while you’re driving. Well, maybe not exactly you, but a pretty good approximation. The Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) II – a study by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Hedlund consults on– has fortified the vehicles of over 3,000 subjects with advanced surveillance tools. These include lane trackers, speed recorders,Read More

Safety Glasses

It’s always a good idea to wear safety glasses on the job in order to protect your eyes, but you need a pair that’s more suited to your personal style.  Safety glasses are great when it comes to protecting your vision. Almost 1000 eye injuries occur every single day, and 70% of these injuries are caused by falling objects.  ChemicalRead More

Traffic Safety

Introducing, the car that reads your mind – and your heart and liver Nissan has unveiled Nismo, a “smartwatch” (i.e. automated wristband) that displays the vitals of drivers (heartbeat, body temperature, social media performance) and their car (fuel efficiency). Future incarnations of this technology could include a car-watch combo that measures the driver’s sobriety before agreeing to start the engine.Read More

Bicycle Safety

 A new European bike track is proving bikers, pedestrians and cars can safely share the road, and like it. “It almost looks as if these people are riding a race, rather than going home after work. They’re trying to outrun other traffic.  It really seems like a chase. There’s a lot of cycling here despite the infrastructure, rather than becauseRead More

Traffic Safety

If the economy is getting better, why are people driving less? Despite evidence of a recovering U.S economy, vehicle-in-use rates have continued to fall since 2008, after peaking in 2007. An independent study by Transportation Department economists Don Pickrell and David Pace also found that miles-driven-per-month among  individual drivers has steadily declined since 2004 and a smaller percentage of peopleRead More

Traffic Safety

The Space Race for Driverless Vehicles The world’s first automaker, Ford, has partnered with St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia to understand how robots “talk” in space.  They hope the multi-network telecommunications system, called “mesh networks,” can serve as a model for fool-proof communications between earthly machines—this includes car-to-car and car-to-traffic-signal. It could be a lynchpin in the advancement ofRead More

Traffic Safety

Keeping Cars Safe The National Highway Traffic Safety Association now requires automakers to issue a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for all new vehicles. The system—available at SaferCar.gov—allows consumers to check if their car is subject to a recall. Full article here. Source:Press Release, National Highway Safety Association Bike-Friendly Leadership from the “Big” State Texas is experiencing a statewide surge ofRead More