October 30, 2018

Tom Everett (seen above) will step into the role of executive director of the Federal Highway Administration on Oct. 22; a longtime agency veteran who is considered a “national authority” on developing and implementing highway infrastructure policies and performance standards.

He replaces Cheryl Walker, FHWA’s acting executi...

October 30, 2018

Two recent studies, one by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the other by the Highway Loss Data Institute, showed that motor vehicle crashes are up by as much as 6 percent in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, which have all legalized marijuana for recreational use, compared to neighboring states that hav...

October 30, 2018

A new study issued by TRIP Inc. claims that driving on deteriorated urban roads costs U.S. motorists an average of $1,049 annually in additional vehicle repair needs, extra maintenance, higher fuel consumption and tire wear, plus accelerated vehicle deterioration and depreciation.

[Above photo by VDOT.]

“Drivers are paying a...

October 29, 2018

The world may still wait years for autonomous vehicles to emerge from their test phase. Meanwhile, transportation continues to get greener, thanks to electric power, and cars are getting more connected to the cloud, smartphones and each other, according to speakers at a Smart Mobility Summit in San Francisco this week.

"How...

October 29, 2018

A “feasibility study” conducted by global infrastructure firm Black & Veatch reportedly “verifies” that the first long-distance route proposed by the Virgin Hyperloop One company for its high-speed passenger and freight transport system along the Interstate 70 corridor through Missouri is “safe and sustainable.”

[Above photo...

October 29, 2018

Using technology to improve safety at rural stop-controlled intersections

Intersections offer a challenge to traffic safety professionals across the country because a third of all fatal crashes occur at intersections. This is primarily caused by right-angle crashes that result from a driver failing to recognize the hazard of...

October 29, 2018

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week said it was moving to allow advanced headlights known as “adaptive driving beams” to be used in vehicles on U.S. roads that could help prevent nighttime crashes.

The agency said it was acting in response to a petition filed by Toyota Motor Corp. i...

October 29, 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered a transit operator last week to immediately stop transporting school children in Southwest Florida on a driverless shuttle.

The NHTSA on Friday issued a letter to Transdev North America directing the co...

October 29, 2018

Ford believes future connected cars could coordinate their movements in order to pass through intersections without stopping.

The company is testing the idea in the U.K., and believes it could save time and reduce crashes. Ford’s experimental “Intersection Priority Management” system is currently being demonstrated on t...

October 29, 2018

Car enthusiast McKeel Hagerty's future changed in March 2017.

He was at a car event in Vancouver, British Columbia, when a stranger involved in developing self-driving cars took Hagerty by the elbow, looked him in the eye, and laid forth the future.

" 'I'm putting you out of business,' he said to me,"...

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