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SELF DRIVING TRUCKS RAISE CONCERN OF CONSUMER GROUP

Posted on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 at 2:48 pm    

Among Uber’s recent ventures into the self-driving arenas was its purchase of Otto, a self-driving truck company, last year for approximately $670 million. And, last October, Otto made headlines when it completed a 120 mile “beer run” with a large semi-tractor trailer in Colorado.

However, recently a California non-profit group asserted in a letter to a California DMV that Otto was testing self-driving trucks in California in violation of that state’s regulations. In support of its allegations, the Consumer Watchdog group cited documents which Otto had submitted to the California officials that described a process where the driver hit a button and let the truck do the work. According to an article appearing in USA Today, the California Department of Motor Vehicles is looking into the allegations.

This is apparently not the first time that Uber has run afoul of California law Not too long ago, Uber had announced that it would start testing its self-driving Volvo SUVs in San Francisco, but shortly after the announcement, halted that process after the California DMV said Uber had not applied for the proper permits. In response, Uber moved its fleet of self-driving vehicles to Arizona.

Source: An article appearing at usatoday.com on February 8, 2017 entitled “Watchdog Group Wants Uber’s Self-Driving Trucks Off the Road” by Marco Della Cava.

CITIES WITH THE WORST TRAFFIC JAMS IN AMERICA

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at 1:55 pm    

According to a recent study by transportations analytic firm, Inrix, United States is the most congested developed country in the world. It is estimated that congested roads cost U.S. motorists almost 300 billion dollars in wasted time and fuel in 2016. A recent article in USA Today says, based on postings on Instagram, Santa Monica came out as the city with the worst traffic jams in the country.

Rounding out the top five are:

Miami/Miami Beach:
Atlanta:
San Francisco;
New York.

The Inrix study on INRIX named Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, San Francisco and Miami as the top five. And the worst day of the week was Friday. Sunday was reported to be the most relaxed day with respect to traffic.

Source: An article appearing at usatoday.com on May 20, 2017 entitled “Top 5 Cities with the Worst #TrafficJams in America” by David Carrig.

24/7 WALL STREET LISTS THE MOST DANGEROUS CARS IN AMERICA

Posted on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 at 3:00 pm    

24/7wallst.com recently published the list of the 12 “most dangerous” cars currently on American roads. 24/7wallst.com compiled this list by reviewing the crash worthiness evaluation results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and only considered generations of cars from the model year 2005 to the present. To be considered a “most dangerous” car, the model had to have received a poor or “marginal” rating in either the frontal crash impact or side crash impact safety test and also have received a “poor” rating on either the roof strength test, which simulates a vehicle rollover or the head restraint and seat test which simulates a rear-end collision.

In general, the safest cars tend to be the largest. In 2014, there were 55 driver deaths in subcompacts per million cars registered versus only 19 in large cars per million registered.

Here is the list of the most dangerous cars compiled by 24/7wallst.com:

1. 2000-2005 Dodge Neon
2. 1996-2005 GMC Safari van
3. 2001-2006 GMC Sierra 1500 pick-up
4. 2006-2011 Hyundai Accent
5. 2001-2005 Kia Optima
6. 2006-2009 Kia Rio
7. 2000-2006 Mazda MPV (van)
8. 2000-2006 Nissan Centra
9. 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
10. 2002-2005 Saturn L Series
11. 2005-2008 Suzuki Forenza
12. 2003-2005 Suzuki Gran Vitara (SUV)

While many of the models listed above have been discontinued or redesigned, there are unfortunately many of these vehicles still on our highways today.

Source: An article appearing at 247wallst.com on October 11, 2016 entitled The most dangerous cars in America by Evan Comen and Michael B. Sauter.